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in through the out door
Here, the line [In Through The Out Door] is a direct homage to the rock band Led Zeppelin, of whom Prince has often professed an ardent admiration. It references the final studio album the band released before the untimely death of drummer, John Bonham, in 1980.
Prince has covered their songs throughout his illustrious career, and in 2007, he included an incendiary verion of Led Zeppelin's classic "Whole Lotta Love" on his Indigo Nights album.
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I woke up, suddenly I just woke up to the happening
A happening is an event, performance or situation originally meant to be considered art, most generally as performance art where the audience is encouraged to take part in the events. It became predominant in the 1960's, when this song was written. A twenty first century revival of the happening is the "flash mob" phenomenon.
Famous "happening" artists include Yves Klein, Joseph Beuys and Yoko Ono.
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Grave dirt on my blue suede shoes
This (the title of the song) probably refers to the "death" of rock and roll, as it has been predicted throughout the years by many prominent rock journalists including (among others) Lester Bangs.
Riggs is contemplating his own involvement in the history of contemporary music, and how that may relate to the demise.
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Isle of Innisfree
It is widely accepted that this (the title of the song) is referencing Ireland; as the author is Irish, and paints a fond recollection of the landscape, people and traditions associated with the island country.
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As an old memoria

Memoria
is one of the Five Canons of Classical Rhetoric concerned with the crafting and delivery of speeches and prose. The other four being Inventio, Dispositio, Elocutio and Pronuntiatio.
Kurt Cobain uses the word here as a mnenomic device based on the common assumption that the human mind more easily remembers personal, surprising, sexual, humorous, or otherwise "relatable" information, rather than more abstract or impersonal forms of information.
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Children look up, all they hear is sky-blue, bells ringing
A play on the term "clear as a bell" underlines how clear the sky is.
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houses, farms and fields
This phrasing is an homage to Arlo Guthrie from the song City of New Orleans.
Rush – 2112
May 12, 2014
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'... I have not left this cave for days now, it has become my last refuge in my total
Despair. I have only the music of the waterfall to comfort me now. I can no longer live
Under the control of the Federation, but there is no other place to go. My last hope is
That with my death I may pass into the world of my dream, and know peace at last. '
Written Introduction to Part VI. Sadly he falls into a deep depression knowing he can't change anything. He feels he would be better off dead than to continue on in a world without self-expression, without the music he had found. Without art life is meaningless.
He commits suicide (or just succumbs to the elements).
Rush – 2112
May 12, 2014
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'... I guess it was a dream, but even now it all seems so vivid to me. Clearly yet I see
The beckoning hand of the oracle as he stood at the summit of the staircase... '

'... I see still the incredible beauty of the sculptured cities and the pure spirit of man
Revealed in the lives and works of this world. I was overwhelmed by both wonder and
Understanding as I saw a completely different way to life, a way that had been crushed
By the Federation long ago. I saw now how meaningless life had become with the loss of
All these things... '
Written Introduction to Part V. Now we find out through a dream a hidden past is revealed. An oracle shows him things that can't been unseen and he soon realizes just how oppressed their society has been all along.
Rush – 2112
May 12, 2014
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'... In the sudden silence as I finished playing, I looked up to a circle of grim,
Expressionless faces. Father Brown rose to his feet, and his somnolent voice echoed
Throughout the silent Temple Hall... '

'... Instead of the grateful joy that I expected, they were words of quiet rejection!
Instead of praise, sullen dismissal. I watched in shock and horror as Father Brown ground
My precious instrument to splinters beneath his feet... '
Written Introduction to Part IV. This passage tells us how the protagonist finds a disappointing reception to his discovery and his confusion and dismay is quickly enveloped into a terrifying reality check.
Rush – 2112
May 11, 2014
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'... Behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was hidden beneath the cave, I
Found it. I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in
My hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was beautiful... '

'... I learned to lay my fingers across the wires, and to turn the keys to make them sound
Differently. As I struck the wires with my other hand, I produced my first harmonious sounds
And soon my own music! How different it could be from the music of the Temples! I can't wait
To tell the priests about it!... '
Written Intro to Part III. Another non lyrical preface, this one opens to the soft gentle sounds of a waterfall.
Rush – 2112
May 11, 2014
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'The massive grey walls of the Temples rise from the heart of every Federation city. I
Have always been awed by them, to think that every single facet of every life is regulated
And directed from within! Our books, our music, our work and play are all looked after by
The benevolent wisdom of the priests... '
Intro to Part II. After the emboldened swell of the overture and a brief soothing calm denoting the first lyrical phrase (a single sentence delivered with repose) the music explodes into Part II.
Rush – 2112
May 11, 2014
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'i lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of Megadon. City and sky become one, merging
Into a single plane, a vast sea of unbroken grey. The Twin Moons, just two pale orbs as
They trace their way across the steely sky. I used to think I had a pretty good life here,
Just plugging into my machine for the day, then watching Templevision or reading a Temple
Paper in the evening.

'My friend Jon always said it was nicer here than under the atmospheric domes of the Outer
Planets. We have had peace since 2062, when the surviving planets were banded together under
The Red Star of the Solar Federation. The less fortunate gave us a few new moons.
I believed what I was told. I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found
Something that changed it all... '
Technically, these are not lyrics, as they are merely an introduction to the overture. These prose were included in the original LP packaging. There are 7 parts to this song and the first 6 are unveiled by a short introduction similar to this. Each part is numbered using Roman numerals, I through VII.
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the summer of love
The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, initiating a major cultural and political shift. Although hippies also gathered in major cities across the U.S., Canada and Europe, San Francisco remained the epicenter of the social earthquake that would come to be known as the Hippie Revolution.
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Come Susie dear, let's take a walk
Just out there upon the beach
Refers to the known universe and all the stars we can see.
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wall of death
At a fairground a giant cylinder round the inside walls of which a motorcyclist rides.
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And don't forget my dog
Fixed and consequent
The phrase, "my dog, fixed and consequent" is a veiled reference to Sirius, a.k.a., the "Dog Star", the brightest (appearing) star seen in the night sky. It is in the constellation Canis Major. It is a white main-sequence star on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, with an apparent magnitude of -1.5.
Sirius (A) is a binary star, and its companion (Sirius B) is a white dwarf star referred to as the Pup.
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