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MGMT – Flash Delirium lyrics

Mild apprehension
Blank dreams of the coming fun
Distort the odds of a turnaround
Gut screams out next to none
So turn it on
Tune it in
And stay inert
You say "I've got the backbone"
The back way to escape the gun
Climbing a tree with a missing limb
And not saving anyone
And now it hurts
To stay at home
And see
The mirror ball's throwing mold
You can't get a grip if there's nothing to hold
See the flash catch a white lily laugh and wilt
But if you must smash a glass first fill it to the hilt

As far as I know are still,
Still bending toward the light
And if we dance
Until the heart explodes
It'll make this place ignite
And even if this hall collapses
I can stand by my pillar of hope it's just
A case of Flash delirium

Here's a growing culture
Deep inside a corpse
Ages stuck together
Takin it to the source
Timeless desperation
Pictures on a screen scream
"hey people, what does it mean?"

Comfort keeps us nice
So quick to donate everything (nothing arrives)
Die wolken drifting blinding smiles circling (einkreisen)
But time's tingling spines
Attaching hands to floor
The rosy-tinted flash

The hot dog's getting cold
And you'll never be as good as the Rolling Stones
Watch the birds in the airport gathering dirt
Crowd the clean magazine chick lifting up her skirt

(Why close one eye and try to
Pledge allegiance to the sun
When plastic ghosts start terrorizing everyone
Geometric troops aligning
Carried up to the burial mounds
My earthbound heart is heavy
Your heartbeat keeps things light
With the violence forever threatening the night
And even if this hall collapses
I can stand by my pillar of hope and trust)
Lines when I close my eyes and just
Aim blindly at the sun
And hear love
When the ghosts start singing terrorizing everyone
Geometric troops aligning
Carried up to the burial mounds with gold
It's a heavy load but your
You rhythm makes it light and explode
Like a violent star keeps threatening the night
And even if this hall collapses
I can stand by my pillar of hope and trust
That our heads won't bust

66 55 red battleships
40 earthlike planets
3 holes 2 tits
1 fork in it's side
Zero tears in their eyes

Sue the spiders
Sink the Welsh
Stab your facebook
Sell sell sell
Mass adulation not so funny
Poisoned honey
Pseudo science
Silly money
You're my honey

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  • o
    Good response, pb. I agree about the way the song progressively picks up and what it means.
    Although it's always a whirlwind of a time when I get really prolific, it's a bit scary how freely everything associates and how lost I get in my own head. This song is aptly disconnected in its lyrics, as it is often very mystifying to me what is going on in my head when my hands cannot stop writing. I jump all over the place and reach out for my pillar of hope, taking for granted that it will end soon.
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  • p
    I think this song has no meaning, but that in itself is a deep theme. I believe mgmt is telling us that we can analyze it as much as we want, and we will fid patterns and clues, but there is no logical way to connect them. However this should not br mistaken for a shallow topic. I think the song also represents how our minds interpret it. It starts of slow and quiet as our minds have no real ideas but ends loud fast and crazy when our minds our full of ideas and chaos.
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  • u
    I think the video is about them not being able to cope with their popularity. The eel represents 'electric feel', and the machine represents the mainstream market. Andrew, representing their 'real' fans, is trying to stop ben from exposing hidden talent to these people, who represent major radio stations/ record labels, as they will rip out his voice and use it to create something mgmt can't control. They were 'too' popular, which is why they released congratulations, such an experimental album. 95railflip (YouTube user).
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