Non-Objective Portrait Of Karma Lyrics - Circle Takes The Square
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Light as a feather, stiff as a stone (2x)
Ignorance is bliss
No wise woman's failed to mention
And surely some koan
Suggests neglect leads to perfection
But the more I turn my face from the crowd
The more I feel my backs' increasingly compelled
For the sake of escape
To turn a knife on itself
A knife of relief from all the petty insight
And finally I'll sleep
I'll sleep through the night
BORED AS FUCK WITH THIS STREET CORNER-COVER
STUDY OF A FACE IN A FIGURE
SURVEYING THIS LANGUAGE AS A GAME
SURVEILLANCE OF THIS LANGUAGE
(AS THE PLAGUE (2x))
THE DIMENSION OF PERSISTENCE CONDEMNS
(WE’RE PLAGUED (2x))
THE DIMENSION OF PERSISTENCE CONDEMNS
IT’S THE PLAGUE
(THIS LANGUAGE (4x))
THE DIMENSION OF PERSISTENCE CONDEMNS
THIS PORTRAIT OF KARMA
CRAFTED IN ACCIDENT
TEXT BOOK SEDUCTION
MINUS THE TEXT IN THE LANGUAGE OF GHOSTS
AND SO WE RAN, LIKE THE WOLVES WERE BITING
THE INHIBITIONS OF THEIR PREY
KEPT THEM FROM SCREAMING
SCRATCH MY BACK AND
I WILL STAB YOU IN YOURS
SO I CHOSE TO LIVE THIS LIFE ALONE
WITHOUT THE TEETH MARKS
BUT I PREDICT
I'LL HAVE TO SINK MY FANGS
IN SOMEONE ELSE'S HEART TO HEAL MY OWN
JUST A VICTIM'S SPLIT
ONE PART FOR THE WOLVES
ONE PART FOR YOU.
BUT I'LL GROW WEARY SOON
WEARY OF THIS FRACTAL CODE
WEARY OF THIS HALLWAY LINED WITH GHOSTS
JUST A SCRATCH UPON THE SKIN
A DROP OF BLOOD TO LET THEM IN
THEIR WORDS WILL CAUSE
THE SWEETEST FRACTURE FROM A STONE'S THROW
JUST A SCRATCH UPON THE SKIN
A DROP OF BLOOD TO WELCOME THEM
PARASITIC, VIRAL CRITICS, OR LOVERS
LIKE SPIRITS MINGLING IN THE MIST
THAT WE CRAFTED, A STARVING JURY
LET THEM EAT SHIT FROM OUR TREMBLING HANDS
THE HEAT FOR HEAT'S SAKE
ON THIS BARNARD BLOCK OF CONGRESS
DEDUCTIVELY SPEAKING THE POLAR OF PROGRESS
WELL MAYBE I PUT TOO MUCH FAITH IN the accident
Entranced, we danced toward the ripest display of escape
(Let the starving ghosts feats (3x))
From this flesh, from these bones
LET THEM ALL FEAST
(LIGHT AS A FEATHER
STAND BACK LET THE STARVING GHOSTS FEAST (3x))
IN THIS CHESS GAME OF LANGUAGE
FORCED TO SIT SO I PLAY ALL ALONE
WATCH THE BATHOS DRIFT FORTH LIKE
THE PETALS FROM A WILD CRAFTED ROSE
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amazing talent | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/26/11
Amazing lyricism. i fell in love with this band for their contrast of tones. the first thing that generally registers is the abrasiveness of the vocals, or maybe the gain levels on the guitar, or the hyperactive drum beats. dig a little deeper though, and the lyrics are some of the most beautiful, thoughtful, and meaningful lyrics to come out of our generation.
i could never claim to have unravelled the sentiment intended here. that is for the songwriter to know. what's great about this sort of writing though, is that any number of people can interpret these lyrics in any number of ways. as a musician myself i try to keep in mind that once i put a song out there, it is no longer mine. it belongs to all it infects, and each listeners interpretation is the most important way for them to take it. because that is how it's relevant to them.
i personally am of the school of though that this record is indeed, a concept album. the post below mine sums it up splendidly i think. that's not to say any other interpretation is any less valid by any means though. that is the beauty of great writing. it can become what the listener needs it to be. this band was a great talent of our era, and they new not to stick around to long. they left such a profound mark on music in such a short time, and they knew when to call it a day.
there is such conviction, so much passion behind their lyrics. i can't imagine how anyone could criticize, though they are a bit cryptic, and comprehensive reading isn't everyone's thing. for those who get it though, it will stick with us.
the explanation for the whole album | Reviewer: strife from the inside | 11/6/10
Guess what guys?
I'm pretty sure this is a concept album, though I may have just listened to it a bit too much and over-analyzed everything. But it makes sense! Take my metaphorical hand: I'm going to walk you through this.
Intro: A song about the birth of a thought in the head of a man.
Same Shade as Concrete: Our man begins to question Religion and the validity of god. in this process, a new idea is sparked...
Crowquill: Man (let's just call him Jerry for the lovely sake of reference) decides that he will kill himself. He will end his own life to find out if god exists. He writes a note (Or a crow-quilled threnody) and plans for his departure.
In The Nervous Light: Jerry goes down a path of recollection before his death. He silences himself, closes his eyes, takes a breath and jumps out the window. But our friend Jerry didn't think the whole thing through. He regrets his decision on the way down, but it's too late.
Interview at the Ruins: Jerry is no more. The living public is temporarily alive with excitement over the recent suicide, since it gives them something to talk about. Jerry is buried.
Non-Objective Portrait of Karma: The entire opening is to signify ascension. Jerry was successful, and he is indeed rising to heaven above. But when he arrives, he doesn't like what he sees. You see, heaven isn't all its cracked up to be. It is full of terrible things, angels who feast upon your energy because God is corrupt, and that's how he runs the place.
Kill the Switch: Longest song on the album for a reason. This song is about the murder of God. Jerry forms a mutiny. Everyone in heaven takes down the corruption that is God to try and acheive a true utopia, a perfect society. But they forget that perfection cannot really exist, since the definition of something so abstract varies. Heaven had always needed a leader. So they appointed our friend Jerry to take the place of God.
A Crater to Cough In: Notice the similarities between this track and the first? Of course you do. Thats because its a form of rebirth. Jerry is God. But over time, he becomes just as corrupt with power. It becomes cyclical. The angels stage a mutiny against Jerry at the end, and he is, in turn, killed again in the search for perfection. As jerry is dying for the second time, he is again full of regret. But there is nothing he can do but accept what he had become and fade into memory.
DAMN that was a lot of typing. Okay. So thats my theory. Maybe i'm crazy, maybe not. But lyrically, this album exceeds anything. And Musically....it's so difficult to capture the beauty and violence this album portrays. There are only three people in this band. TALENT. This is definately the greatest, most powerful album i have ever heard. EVER. it is impossible to describe, but you will NEVER forget it. Buy it. Do it. Now.
Personal | Reviewer: Aireal | 10/3/10
This song is really beautiful to listen to, and so are the lyrics when you can understand what he's actually saying when he's not screaming, but even though these lyrics are extremely confusing, the song is really something else. I think you take what you can from it, and interpret it. Some of the lyrics mean alot to me. And I have yet to find another song that has written something as deep and personal as some of these lyrics.
i didn't get it for love. | Reviewer: tiengo | 5/11/10
I don't think the song is about love, but about being human, maybe the pain in being human (some Nietzsche & Schopenhauer influence, maybe). "Ignorance is bliss" is pretty obvious to me (every single 'genious' that crossed this planet suffered a lot for being above average). So, every time someone rises above avarage, the consequence is suffering. the rest of this verse is about trying to escape from human stupidities and constantly being pulled back into those stupidities. The "Knife of relief" is probably sinking into one of those idiotic concepts (i'm guessing religion, but can't really state that without knowing the lyricist's beliefs) so one can sleep at night (or die).
The "language as a game" is probably about dialetics, i'm guessing these guys read Adorno or something like that, cuz Adorno said that language is a concept that define things, and truth is not in the concept or in the thing itself, but in everything that escapes through the concept and the thing. "the dimension of persistence condemns" is about how we persist in language to seek this so-called truth, when in fact real TRUTH will never be achieved, thus 'condemning' us (humans) to seek the truth but never finding it. And to finish this part of the song, the line "text book seduction" reafirms what i've just said. (I could be tripping, but i don't think so).
the next part(until the end) is all about animosity, like how humans behave like irrational animals, destroying everything and everyone to reach the so-called 'top'.
this is my interpretation of the song, trying to define the human 'journey' through life.
sorry if I made any grammar mistakes or anything like that, but i'm brazilian and i haven't used my english in a LONG time...
ctts | Reviewer: RSNZ | 7/29/09
to a post below - 'best song youve ever heard?'
'Also these lyrics are fucking retarded. whoever wrote these failed'
try reading them you tard, as this guy said, read between the lines,
(So I chose to live this life alone, without the teeth marks, but I predict, I'll have to sink my fangs in someone else's heart to heal my own.)
you call that retarded?
its a absolute portrayal of the way humans live. i cant even begin to go into the rest of the song, the post below me says it all
from the ambient start to the trash end.
this piece is incredible.
explaining those lyrics | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/8/08
To whomever posted below me, it's called poetry. There doesn't need to be any literal translation of there words that have to make sense in your head. What I personally have gotten to be the overall theme to this song is a person who is having incredibly mixed feelings about love. Whether it really exists and whether or not he could take a chance to reach out to somebody ("so I chose to live this life alone, without the teeth marks, but I predict, I'll have to sink my fangs in someone else's heart to heal my own.")
To try and explain what the parts you mentioned, I believe they're speaking about body language of sorts, maybe getting confused signals ("surveying this language as a game, surveilence of this language as the plague"). Why the human race hasn't evolved past these 'primitive behaviors' could relate to the next line ("the dimension of persistence condemns"). OR, language could refer to love itself and the singer has become so cynical that he truly sees this 'language' as becoming a plague. This is just one of MANY interpretations one could get out of this, you can't take poetry for literal face value, it's more or less reading between the lines....
What | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/29/08
These lyrics make no sense. Like 'the dimension of persistence condemns.' What is that supposed to mean? What the hell is a dimension of persistence? And why is it condemning the plague languages or whatever?
nopok | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/07
this song is really amazing and as for the lyrics i like them but they are either all methaphores or just random shit
wonderous | Reviewer: wilting memories of our struggle for escape | 8/6/07
is one of the best songs i have ever heard
circle takes the square has become one of my most favorite bands ever
Lyrics are pretty out there but.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/6/07
This song is really amazing, the lyrics are out there but you gotta take it for what it is at face value.
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