Today, while doing some very boring office work, I was thinking that along with all the serious messages there is also a lot of humor in Robert's words. Often, they are the same things, and he'll use juxtaposition as a literary device, cynicism and optimism at the same time. (Yes, I am a teacher, so apologies for getting technical here.) This is something we don't always talk about, so I put a mental list together and wanted to write it down...
And you're swirling while the lights shine
Burning through the light
Bittersweet the drops of life
-Fancy Colours (II)
(The image I get in my head with this song is a girl on a dance floor. There's a lot going on in this song musically with Terry's using his Cry Baby and Walt's flute playing over the whole arrangement, so it is easy to not pay attention to the words, but it's great imagery.)
Natural man took her natural face
Made it a strange and alien place
You can't bear to look 'cus she ain't there
A mother has been raped and left to die in disgrace
She is gone
(Great personification and so blunt as compared to the hippy tunes of the day that were about the environment.)
Feels so good to be soaring
'Cause LA was so boring
(That's just funny, and we hear so much of theme of feeling down in LA.)
Are you a civilized person?
Is your life-form advanced?
All music is static
Every book is a lie
There was no evolution
Only a flood, there was no time
-Sacrificial Culture (In My Head)
(This song and whole album are under-rated. I love this song because the shallowness of culture, and being bombarded with meaningless images, is all I've ever known. We live in sad times, the idea that we're digressing as a culture.)
These random moments of content
We hunger for, our soul is spent
Born each day, then die with sleep
The memories in the darkness weep
-Will People Ever Change? (In My Head)
(Some of the topics in this song turn up again in Naked In the Garden of Allah. Again, the idea that we are bombarded with so much that means so little.)
Please add any other lyrics that mean something to you...