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Dance Of The Clairvoyants lyrics

SeaSea EarthPosts: 2,372
edited February 2020 in The Porch
“Dance Of The Clairvoyants” Lyrics

Confusion is,...to commotion
What love is,…to our devotion
Imperceptibly big, big as the ocean
And equally hard to control

So save your predictions
And burn your assumptions
Love is friction
Ripe for comfort

Endless equations
And tugging persuasions
Doors open up
To interpretation

Expecting perfection leaves a lot to ignore
When the past is the present and the future’s no more
When every tomorrow is the same as before

The looser things get,...the tighter you become
The looser things get,...tighter
There’s not one man, who’s greater than the sum
That’s not a negative thought, I’m positive

Falling down,...not staying down
Could’ve held me up, rather tear me down
Drown in the river

Expecting perfection leaves a lot to endure
When the past is the present and the future’s no more
When every tomorrow is the same as before

Numbers keep falling off the calendars floor
Stuck in our boxes, windows open no more
Collecting up the forget-me-nots
Not recalling what they’re for
I’m in love with clairvoyants
Cause they’re out of this world

I know the girls wanna dance…
Away their circumstance
I know the boys wanna grow,..
Their dix and fix and fire things

I know the girls wanna dance…
Clairvoyants in a trance
I know the boys wanna grow,...
Their dix and fix and fire things

Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back!

Took my love...to have and to hold
Held me down in the river
Took my love...to have and to hold
Drowning in the river

Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back!

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  • PJNBPJNB New BrunswickPosts: 8,033
    Thanks for this!

    Fire things! 
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  • LostpawnLostpawn Posts: 408
    Wow. Thank you. 

    I love this:

    There’s not one man, who’s greater than the sum 

    That’s not a negative thought, I’m positive

    So good!
  • Vedd HeddVedd Hedd Posts: 3,630
    This sort of confirms its about relationships.  Even tho somehow that was in question before?
    Near to death.
    Here to die.
    Scared alive.
  • LostpawnLostpawn Posts: 408
    Also, I’ve been wondering for awhile now why Ed thinks that boys like to “file things”. We don’t. Filing sucks. Except maybe chainsaw blades. 
  • pjhawkspjhawks Posts: 10,892
    Lostpawn said:
    Wow. Thank you. 

    I love this:

    There’s not one man, who’s greater than the sum 

    That’s not a negative thought, I’m positive

    So good!
    i thought this was 'not one man greater than his son' meaning each generation gets better than the one before.  interesting.
  • Now the lyrics to Yellow Ledbetter please 

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  • tishtish taking the looooooong way,...Posts: 3,351
    NOW we can discuss!
  • PB11041PB11041 EarthPosts: 2,395
    dix?
    His eminence has yet to show. 
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  • Foriginal SinForiginal Sin Scottsdale, AZ Posts: 1,359
    The 2nd time he sings “expecting perfection leaves a lot to “endure”. Anyone else hear it different between 1st and 2nd lines? 
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  • PB11041 said:
    dix?

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  • jjflashjjflash Posts: 4,261
    Thanks @Sea
    :peace:
  • tishtish taking the looooooong way,...Posts: 3,351
    edited February 2020
    ^ dick in plural

    *urban def: in chatrooms when dick word not permitted, makes it lighter on the palate, non?
    Post edited by tish on
  • pjhawkspjhawks Posts: 10,892
    The 2nd time he sings “expecting perfection leaves a lot to “endure”. Anyone else hear it different between 1st and 2nd lines? 
    yes, i think 1st one is Ignore and 2nd one is Endure
  • ed243421ed243421 Posts: 7,009
    Yup

    and I hear file things
    The whole world will be different soon... - EV
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  • TJ25487TJ25487 Posts: 1,262
    What was Ed thinking??? He has no chance of remembering all of these lyrics live! Hahaha! 
  • TJ25487TJ25487 Posts: 1,262
    ed243421 said:
    Yup

    and I hear file things
    Sounds like file things to me as well. Makes more sense too. 
  • CROJAM95CROJAM95 Posts: 6,761
    Viagra will be knocking on their doors soon

    hold out for that Cialis $$$


    Love the song.....cmon 3/27
  • tishtish taking the looooooong way,...Posts: 3,351
    I was looking for some artistic euphemisms to describe "fire things"... like the rocket blast-off shot in flix, and found this:


  • MalrothMalroth broken down chevroletPosts: 2,225
    this was my first thought


    The worst of times..they don't phase me,
    even if I look and act really crazy.
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 13,463
    It sounds like file things to me the first time, and fire things the second time.
    Both make sense.  Both make sense in 2 contexts.  
    Whether the theme is climate change, some sort of relationship, or both, that chorus can make sense either as a cause or a reaction.

    The girls wanting to dance can be the cause of trouble in their wantonness, their disregard, or it can be their wanton disregard for finding a solution to the problem at hand.

    The boys wanting to grow their dicks and fix and file/fire things can either be the cause of trouble, or the ill-conceived reaction to it.
    Either way, it speaks to me of male mankind's desire to dominate both the natural world and the various interpersonal connections that people form.
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  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 13,463
    That desire to reproduce/populate and create order by fixing and filing things really reminds me directly of the entire theme of DTE.  Fire things fits in with that just as well and having both makes it a miniature mirror image of Do the Evolution.
    Ed is certainly well-versed in carrying themes and motifs throughout his career, I love that about his lyrics.  Symbols like lightning bolts, the moon, cars, etc. really call back to other songs and link it all up in a very nice way.
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  • TJ25487 said:
    What was Ed thinking??? He has no chance of remembering all of these lyrics live! Hahaha! 
    I love the internet ! there is so much shit to giggle at...all the freakin time   ;)
  • Maybe you guys don't realize - Sea is a mod. Those seem to be the official lyrics and have been added to the Pearl Jam YT channel, or rather, the lyrics have been expanded today to include the dix/fix/fire line.
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 13,463
    Maybe you guys don't realize - Sea is a mod. Those seem to be the official lyrics and have been added to the Pearl Jam YT channel, or rather, the lyrics have been expanded today to include the dix/fix/fire line.
    Yeah, but I would sure like to have a C Note for every time the official lyrics for a song don't match up to what is actually sung on an album!
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  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 13,463
    edited February 2020
    I really don't hear "who's greater than the sum"
    It definitely sounds more to me like "can be greater than the sum" with the "can" clipped off so that it actually comes out " not one man, cbe greater than the sum"
    Post edited by rgambs on
    Monkey Driven, Call this Living?
  • rgambs said:
    Maybe you guys don't realize - Sea is a mod. Those seem to be the official lyrics and have been added to the Pearl Jam YT channel, or rather, the lyrics have been expanded today to include the dix/fix/fire line.
    Yeah, but I would sure like to have a C Note for every time the official lyrics for a song don't match up to what is actually sung on an album!
    Sure but for lyrical interpretation, the official would be the starting point, ie. no need to try and explain "file".
  • halshakarchihalshakarchi TorontoPosts: 176
    edited February 2020
    Huh... these lyrics were available day one in Apple Music.
  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 6,957
    edited February 2020
    Apple music had them wrong. Fire things  makes perfect  sence . I feel file does  not. Why would a boy file more than a girl.? 
    But guns mainly fired by boys who want to feel big imo.
    Post edited by lastexitlondon on
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  • tishtish taking the looooooong way,...Posts: 3,351
    LOndon, was just thinking the same thing, but was glad it hadn't been brought up. I have a half-bro n his sister was a domestic violence death.
  • igotid88igotid88 Posts: 20,252
    Huh... these lyrics were available day one in Apple Music.
    No one was sure about "the dix and fix and fire things" part
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