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Footnotes:
1 At the core of this song, I imagined this guy as an unaging mutant or even a historian. In either case, bearing the loneliness of having a deep understanding of human weaknesses, but the inability to get others to understand. Narrator talking to himself, the ‘John Doe’ the unknown dusty person, no one is listening to or trying to learn why he got that way. So all the tidal and plate tectonic metaphors are this weight, these forces of nature human planetary, his sense of powerlessness. Also, John Hutton first proposed the theory of plate tectonics. Then little interpersonal bits creep in. If an historian, he’s older, people he’s lost through death or senility.
2 Aphotic aka Midnight zone, 1k to 4k down, no sunlight in the ocean.
3 i.e. continental drift, a major symptom of plate tectonics. :)
5 In a past life, I was continually annoyed by this one organ grinder and his monkey. lol. Again, the notion of history repeating itself, in an annoying way to the character.
6 Some guilt here, also of course, double entendre - fault lines.
7 Mary’s trench. Three things mashed here, Mariana trench is the deepest spot in the ocean. Named for a Queen Mariana, which is a version of Mary Ann. Then, trench warfare, and last, ‘all’s fair in love and war.’ The whole idea, sandwiching this reminiscence with it dragging down to depression.
8 Now he’s getting bitter. Talking about people thinking themselves, ‘special little snowflakes,’ but making the same old mistakes generation after generation. I really hate this guy.
9 i.e. divination by bones, the next line referring to unknown lost people, those without grave stones. Victims of genocide, the graves around the Athens Lunatic Asylum, etc.
10 i.e. making gods in our own flawed images.

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Hey john, it's been too long1. You’re looking much
older in the day. The weight of all you’ve seen.
Adrift alone ….in the aphotic zone2. Reaching for
reflections of a smile, the hazy lines of dreams.

Drifting3 away, a child’s forgotten name.
Her long distant rhyme, ripped out with the tide.
Drifting away, all snapshot frozen frames
The long distant song, 5 the organs grinding on

Crowded space, the fault lines6 of your face, Worn out
Watching as things erode, the brief breaks of peace
Slow descent.. Mary’s trench7, war-
fare{fair} in love and all, dragging us toward the deep

Barely awake … pretty useless snowflakes8, searching for
solutions in the sky, patterns in the bones9
But not the ones missing stones, what we’ve done, what we’ve become, Thru looking glasses shrink in size, sell self portraits of our unknowns10

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from Sun Worship, released March 28, 2017
J. Glaspy bass; J. Hall drums/vocals; S. Sinner guitar/vocals; J. Skinner guitar/synths

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