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Performed by Talking Heads

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Existencialism | Reviewer: Simone de Beauvoir | 6/29/2008

Ποταμοῖς τοῖς αὐτοῖς ἐμβαίνομέν τε καὶ οὐκ ἐμβαίνομεν, εἶμέν τε καὶ οὐκ εἶμεν -Heraclitus-

Patamois tois autois embainomen te kai ouk embainomen, eimen te kai ouk eimen.

I would translate: "Cross and we not cross the same river, we are and we are not".

This song for me recalls you are not the same before or after cross the river. Neither be the same the second time you cross the same river. This song is pure existencialism!! Is when you question yourself and when you act that you know and be you. :)

Sorry my bad english :$



Existentialism | Reviewer: Raul Madrigal | 2/29/2008

I think this is an amazing song. It's quite deep, and I believe it's a song about existentialism. Whish is to say that you are aware you exist, but you don't "Wel.. How did I get here?" and you could end up anywhere in life searching for meaning. And since my favorite book, "The Stranger" communicates the same thing, this is one of my favorite songs.



Insane but clever | Reviewer: Sailor Alpha Centauri | 12/27/2005

I really enjoy this song. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense on the surface, but that's the beauty of Talking Heads songs -- taken at face value they border on the nonsensical. This was the group at their prime; a song which demonstrates by the fluidity of the music the perpetual motion of water and how life, as water, can move you in unexpected directions. If you're a fan of 80s new-age/art rock music, I recommend giving this song a listen.

As is life, the only thing perpetual about water is that it is always moving and changing.




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