Self-Referential Ethan Miller

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I’ve been following Californian rock singer and guitarist Ethan Miller off and on since Comets on Fire‘s 2002 album Field Recordings from the Sun. I love his singing and psychedelic song writing. And so recently the song “Nomads” from the 2008 album Magnificent Fiend (with Miller’s current band Howlin’ Rain) has been playing in my head. I couldn’t quite make sense of the lyrics, so I checked on-line, and found them (perhaps predictably) to be stonerishly meandering. But also bluntly self-referential in a way that is either really stupid or neatly self-ironic. You be the judge, Dear Reader.

Cold and gray clouds staining the sounds
Straining the weight of a sorrowful sky
Wool on the trees, dust on the eves
The bark on the pines is worse than its bite

All of the lines have been lies this far
There is a feeling I must keep from you

These lines are crawling snakes up your open legs
You wear them pale and fine
This is the line I’ll give you true as the dawn
While the furious eye on the sun is upon us

The way your breasts dance while we’re making love
Now that is a line penned by a divinely guided hand

Was the line “Now that is a line penned by a divinely guided hand” penned by a divinely guided hand?

Comments

  1. #1 John Massey
    March 23, 2012

    No, he’s describing the ‘line’ of her breasts as having been divinely guided, i.e. not by him. I don’t think it’s mean to be self-referential.

    Still pretentious though, to my eye.

  2. #2 Martin R
    March 23, 2012

    Aha, I see! More a wiggly blur of a moving line though, given the activity he mentions.

  3. #3 John Massey
    March 24, 2012

    Depends on the frequency and amplitude of motion, I guess. No experience, me :P

  4. #4 Birger Johansson
    March 24, 2012

    Are we talking about “gravity wave” or “gravitational wave” here? It determines what kind of detector you can use.

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