Beyond Electric Dreams Lyrics - Bad Religion



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Here we go now

No one here can show you where it is but I can point to a sign
On the roof of the world without apparent design
The frozen definition of a lunatic ambition to rise
The air is thin, the future dim, dimension hard to find

Up on a mountain encased in solar rays
Beyond electric dreams of inarticulate passion plays
Coming down a mountain, eons have a human ring
The conversation of impassive planets
Intercepted by a human being

Ratioclination is a practicable way to derive
An attitude of altitude and probity by which to abide
Or maybe of the a theophany of flaming creosote in disguise
The air is thin, the future dim, dimension undefined

Up on a mountain encased in solar rays
Beyond electric dreams of inarticulate passion plays
Coming down a mountain, eons have a human ring
The conversation of impassive planets
Intercepted by a human being

Here glaring cold in the crystalline geometry of night,
Obscuring form and tracing faceless fears
Of a suprahuman immensity in a patch of sand
Or a raptors guileless shivering intensity,
I'm only a visitor,
And atom of atoms on a jutting red splattered synagogue of granite
As it crouches literally in space,
A frozen amoral giant gazing heavenward forever

Let's go where the raptor goes to the mountain in a cosmic glow
We'll have a genuine terrestrial show on a mountain - on a mountain
Let's scan the horizon clean for any trace of human schemes
And try to touch upon immortal themes on a mountain - on a mountain





Writer: Gurewitz, Brett / Wollard, Chris / Wackerman, Brooks / Graffin, Greg
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.



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Interpretation | Reviewer: Ross | 1/10/09

I think the real meaning of the song is contained in this stanza:

"I'm only a visitor,
And atom of atoms on a jutting red splattered synagogue of granite
As it crouches literally in space,
A frozen amoral giant gazing heavenward forever"

If this isn't obvious, the "frozen, amoral giant" is the Earth itself. "Atom of atoms" means we're tiny - atom-like - in comparison with the Earth and the universe, though also composed "of atoms". The Earth does, in fact, "crouch, literally in space". "Red-spattered" is a reference to the blood that we've spilled in war and conflict.

This song is about our existence being split from the nature that spawned us after so many "electric dreams". "Let's scan the horizon clean of any trace of human schemes" is a call for us to return from whence we came - to the nature that spawned us. But we can't return to the superstitions of our species' youth. We have to return to nature with no pretense of gods or illusions of the supernatural, our probity guided and defined only by our own ratiocination.



mountains | Reviewer: john | 1/12/08

lyrics sound correct. As far as interpretation-
previous review half interesting, when caps come on stop reading. My take is a Zarathustrian enlightenment. As a rock climber I am attracted to the mountains, as are the raptors, or, giant birds as they are ever present around the mounts, even Everest. The purity and sterility from humanity found in these high places is awesome. If a person could keep that enthusiasm with them forever, this would be heaven. Reality gives us a finite period, thats fine with me.



what this means | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/8/08

what this means is that the masses believe in a heaven that they can not define... yet they can point to the ideology or path that will take you there. being of the human condition we can not accept that we are not meant for something greater in the end... pure madness. what comes next shows our impending doom. that of which seems to be our terrestrial nature to rise to existence and eventually fall out of existence. which is just the natural cycle perhaps? it has been happening since the day of the raptor or dinosaur and who knows beyond that... the path to extinction for us has been the focus of our daily lives (for a majority at least), RELIGION. lets break it down. at the end of the EON or AGE of PICESES or CHRISTIANITY a man (who will most likely be holding a jug of water... see AQUARIUS) will be coming down from on a mountain or steppes and will command the slaughter or cleansing of all those born or worshiping of the CHRISTIAN - AGE. Exactly like the biblical Moses commanded that all those born and worshiping of the GOLDEN IDOL (which was a BULL, duh) or TAURUS / PAGAN - EON or AGE that they kill their family, friends, peers, and all in the name of the GOD of the NEW AGE of PICESES (ya, the FISH). come on... don't you realize NOW why the FISH is such a prominent ICON of JESUS and why they are on so many bumbers of the faithful? I guess that leaves the question WHEN? Since an eon is immeasurable, there is no telling... but keep a watchful eye for a distant growing scheme among the faithful of any GNOSTIC belief.

eon

noun
1. the longest division of geological time
2. an immeasurably long period of time; "oh, that happened eons ago"
3. (Gnosticism) a divine power or nature emanating from the Supreme Being and playing various roles in the operation of the universe





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