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#1 hoagie

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:15 PM

been awhile since I've been moved by a song's lyrics like this.  Had to share....reminded me of TASB actually...

 

 

Deep down in the underground, atoms spinning round and round

Scientists monitor readings
Searching for the Holy Grail, the particle or at least the tale
Of the one who gives the universe its meaning.

But what if there's nothing, no big answer to find?
What if we're just passing through time?

No one knows nothing anymore
Nobody really knows the score
Nobody knows anything
Let's break it down and start again

What happens when the markets drop,
If the numbers really don't add up?
Everyone seeks the safe haven.
And as they contemplate their ruin,
The self-proclaimed smartest people in the room
Are trying very hard not to sound craven

But what if there's nothing, no pot of gold to find?
Only the blind leading the blind.

No one knows nothing anymore
Nobody really knows the score
Seems nobody knows anything
Let's break it down and start again

Let's stop pretending
We can manage our way out of here.
Let's stop defending the indefensible.
Let's stop relying on
The lecturing of the experts
Whose spin just makes our plight incomprehensible.

High up on a mountain top, somebody with a skinhead crop
Is thinking deep thoughts for us all.
Serenity is all around, but if you listen you can hear the sound
Of one head being banged against the wall.

But what if our ancestors had stayed up in the trees
Who'd be sleeping weighed down by these worries?

No one knows nothing anymore
Nobody really knows the score
Since nobody knows anything
Let's break it down and start again

 

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#2 Lemireacle

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:15 PM

Yes.



#3 Mr Bo Berry

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:44 PM

Saw him live a couple of years ago. Very passionate and smart man.

#4 gregoir

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:11 PM

I've never really listened to his own music but I love Mermaid Avenue Vol 1 and 2 which he did with Wilco.  



#5 pixiebug

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:28 AM

Love BB....  So does CTRM :)

 

I got to see him live once at the Guinness Fleadh on Randall's Island in 1996.  That was magic. 

 

Thanks for sharing this!



#6 TheDHJ

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

I wished on them...but they were only satellites...

#7 hoagie

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

Pretty fantastic tune....something about those lyrics with the chord progression seem really familiar to me...

 

he def has a way with words!



#8 hoagie

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

I've never really listened to his own music but I love Mermaid Avenue Vol 1 and 2 which he did with Wilco.  

 

Im gonna check this stuff out...but never have been swayed by the sounds of Wilco so far....



#9 hoagie

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:46 PM

just found this one...another cool tune.

 

shit i think im turning into a hipster...

 



#10 TheDHJ

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

Billy Bragg predates hipsters by a long shot. You're fine. 



#11 Beany

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:35 AM

Yeah he's amazing.



#12 pixiebug

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:41 AM

just found this one...another cool tune.

 

shit i think im turning into a hipster...

 

Love this song