Monday, October 17, 2005

A theory . . .

So today I was doing a mindless task at work . . . the kind of mindless task that tends to make whatever mind you have wander from thought to thought.

Here is something that came to me. If you take the lyrics to R.E.M.'s "Can't Get There from Here" and study the lyrics, will they provide any insight into the overarching plot development of the hit ABC series LOST? (This feels like it ought to be the bad science fair project of some slacker fourteen year old, doesn't it?)

So here we go. Lyrics found on random lyrics-getting website. My thoughts in brackets.

When the world is a monster
Bad to swallow you whole
[So obvious I don't have to explain, do I?]
Kick the clay that holds the teeth in
Throw your trolls out the door
[sounds like something either the Others or savage "Tailies" would do . . . probably to Sawyer]
If you're needing inspiration
Philomath is where I go by dawn
Lawyer Jeff he knows the lowdown
He's mighty bad to visit home
[So, J.J. Abrams and company have the complete story arc scripted out and it is under lock-and-key in Philomath, GA, entrusted to some ABC legal eagle named Jeff. That's what I'm getting here. Can you smell what the Burb is cooking?]

I've been there I know the way
(Can't get there from here) repeat x 2
I've been there I know the way
[Trying to throw us off with reassuring words, completely ignoring the fact that Voodoo Island is practically uncharted. Nice try J.J. . . . we ain't biting!]

When your hands are feeling empty
Stick head jumpin off the ground, 'round
Tris is sure to shirr the deers out
Brother Ray can sing my song
[All of this odd stuff is either how Charlie talks during a heroin trip . . . or it's a clue to the relative quality of Driveshaft lyrics.]
I've been there I know the way
(Can't get there from here) repeat x 2
I've been there I know the way

Hands down, Calechee bound
[Maybe it means oxygen masks down; Calechee is probably a Australian slang term for ground, i.e. bound for the ground or crash.]
Landlocked kiss the ground
[This HAS to refer to Locke--someone named "Locke" that was locked to the ground (in a wheel chair) but now loves Voodoo Island for restoring his ability to walk.]
Dirt of seven continents going round and round
[You'd go round and round too if your plane was about to crash. Plus, when Sayid got lost in the jungle, the camera swung around and around.]
Go on ahead Mr. Citywide hypnotized, suit and tied
[This must be a reference to Jack, who originally wore a suit on the plane. He tried to reassure, or "hypnotize," Rose into feeling calm. If you don't like that one, then it refers to the federal marshall that was "tied" to Kate via the handcuffs. Plus, Kate and Shannon are always trying to "hypnotize" the men with their breasts and womanly wiles.]
Gentlemen, testify
[Isn't that right Jack/Sawyer/ZombieBoone/Sayid . . . don't they use their breasts to "hypnotize" you?]


If your world is a monster
Bad to swallow you whole
Philomath they know the lowdown
Throw your trolls out the door
[Shut up, Charlie! Go come down from your drugs somewhere else!]
I've been there I know the way
(Can't get there from here) repeat x 2
I've been there I know the way

Thank you, Ray.
[Hey Hurley . . . thanks for the peanut butter!]

3 comments:

Burb said...

Wow, Burb, that is fascinating and must be real!
For other amazing stuff, check out this post over on WWYG?! Omnimedia.

Sven Golly said...

You're tripping.

Burb said...

Sorry for the bad grammer and terrible sentence sonstruction in last night's post.
I shouldn't try to post while the TV is on and half of my brain is dedicated to adding new junk to my sidebar.
I think I caught and edited the worst mistakes, and I'll try to do better in the future.