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Lyrical Analysis #1

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This is the first of a series of song lyrics I will be posting up to be analyzed by FORUM members as though they were poems. Some will be lyrics I like and agree with, others may be lyrics I don't particularly care for, but all will have some "message" that needs to be weeded out. An open invitation is extended to everyone to engage in the analysis, or to post up your own suggestion for lyrics to be mulled over.

Bridges, Squares by Ted Leo

As i walked to kendall square

and crossed the river basin there

the charles was black, the sky was blue

the view was old, the bridge was new

and past the flow's constricted mouth

commercial lines flowed mostly south

or east across a boundless sea

where rising soon, the star would be

the tides are moved by sun and moon

the spring will last from march to june

the red line train will pass behind

as long as bridge joins stream and sky

and from that point where i did stand

i wondered at the works of man

i wondered how this walk began

til red line train came round again

but it's not the time to ossify

it's not the end of wondering why

it's not in your faith or your apostasy

it's not the end of history

as i can take, so i could give

if i could shop where i could live

as i can read, so i'd write books

if i could eat where i could cook

where talkers have a place to meet

where walkers walk along the street

and subways travel paths well hid

but ferries take you off the grid

and it's not the time to ossify

it's not the end of wondering why

it's not in your faith or your apostasy

it's not the end of...

predictable waves of historicity

nostalgia for gas-lit time i'll never see

futurians manifest, internationalists

connected are the promenades and waterways

the living waves of harbor nights and city days

and where is the builder

was there something missed

hidden in the plans to the bridge that started this

but it's not the time to ossify

it's not the end of wondering why

it's not in your faith or your apostasy

it's not the end of history

as i walked on to founders' square

and crossed the river basin there,

the passaic was grey, the sky was blue

the bridge was old, the view was new.

and from that point where i did stand

i wondered at the builder's plan.

i wondered how this walk will end

til path train came around again

but it's not the time to ossify

it's not the end of wondering why

it's not in your faith or your apostasy

it's not the end of history.

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It's clear that this song is in favor of human achievement. Now I ask all of you:

What does Ted Leo consider to be the significant aspects of human achievement? Is it social achievement, technological achievement, economic achievement, or something else?

What does he think is the source of such achievement?

What is his attitude about the past?

What do these lyrics mean for you?

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I guess nobody liked my game. :D

So much for that idea.

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I guess nobody liked my game. :D

So much for that idea.

I didn't see the post until this evening.

I almost wonder if you'd get more response if it were posted in a sub-forum under The Arts?

I do see where you were going though and will have to read and attempt to analyze another time. :D

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