The Church — Ripple
Album: Priest = Aura
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Released: 1992
Length: 5:51
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Tiny baby, so naive
I can't believe what you believe
You were once so happy here
It may not be Eden or summer in Greece
You may not even find the Gold Fleece
In the drag of this atmosphere
Now I don't want to bring up a delicate matter
No I'd much rather bribe or flatter you
'Cause flattery gets me everywhere
But you punctured my tires, you crossed all my wires
I brand your acolytes as a pack of liars
And the fire's singing everywhere

Buckle like a wreck on the cold green sea
Like you were a ripple in my memory

I lent you some collateral to buy new clothes
It went out the window and up your nose
And that's the end of the honeymoon
Yeah we walked down the aisle for another mile
I'd walk a million miles for one of your smiles
And you can have all the money soon

You're so deluxe, you're so divine
You're so fifty light years ahead of your time
You're a riddle, you're a ripple
You're the human sacrifice to the goddess of ice
Your hairdo is filled with diamonds and lice
And you're hardly off the nipple

Another little glitch in continuity
Like you were a ripple in my memory
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sergeant_x wrote:
Nerd complaint:  The lyric "you're so fifty light years ahead of your time" —-  A light year is a measure of distance, not a time period...
 Mayasha wrote:
Nerd reply: The light from distant stars is just now reaching us, we see them how they were long time ago. We see stars that died long time ago. So yes, distance can be a measure of time. And that's true especially for an artistic expression. Just saying...
 
Figuratively, anything goes. But why use a measure of distance when you have measures of time available? "You are ahead by a century, you are ahead by a century, and disappointing you is bringing me down".

Two points: How do you know a star is long dead? You can say 'the star we observed today may well have died millions of years ago, given its calculated distance' — and you could very well be right, but you'd still have to wait for confirming evidence. That takes time. Will you wait for me?

Second: distance, per se, can't be a measure of time — unless you assume a speed (in this case, the speed of light, c, is the relevant one, as it is implicit in the term "light year"). Instead, given a fixed speed, a distance can imply an amount of time; given the approximate distance to your interstellar probe, you can calculate how long it will take for new instructions to get to it at c, the speed of light (and radio). Confirmation of receipt, of course, will take twice as long. Is it a lost cause?

d=vt
is a fixed relationship.
One of the most consistently great bands of the last 40 years...and most consistently overlooked. They continue to put out solid new albums. Forget Yourself from 2003 is a noisy space-rock masterpiece.
 Pieter wrote:
If that's a dingo on the cover, it's a long way from home.

 
Ever seen (heard of) an American Dingo?  I own 1 and he's quite similar to this album cover Aussie Dingo.
Not quite The Church of the 80's but really good.
neat  8 )
 Mayasha wrote:

Nerd reply: The light from distant stars is just now reaching us, we see them how they were long time ago. We see stars that died long time ago. So yes, distance can be a measure of time. And that's true especially for an artistic expression. Just saying...

 
Well said
 nicknt wrote:
It's incredible that this little gem doesn't reach at least an 8 average rating ... 

 
with its almost hypnotic rhythm it should...love these guys...
This is actually a great band... for those who in the later 80s and early 90s had already seen some stuff!!
Good band for a sunday, Bill.Actually, good band any day!
Firkin A lyrics.
 sergeant_x wrote:
Nerd complaint:  The lyric "you're so fifty light years ahead of your time" —-  A light year is a measure of distance, not a time period.... Get it straight people!

 
Nerd reply: The light from distant stars is just now reaching us, we see them how they were long time ago. We see stars that died long time ago. So yes, distance can be a measure of time. And that's true especially for an artistic expression. Just saying...
I try to ignore The Church and PSD straight away, but somedays (and they are on EVERYDAY) I just cant get away from how god dam crap they are! ( I know.......  each to their own and all that) And quoting a 1921 song in the lyric? I suppose that's clever irony is it? - I'm sure one of RPs resident pseudo intellectuals will let us all know.
Nerd complaint:  The lyric "you're so fifty light years ahead of your time" ---  A light year is a measure of distance, not a time period.... Get it straight people!
 joempie wrote:
Everybody in The Church loves this song :)

Interesting, I never realized they could sound like Bauhaus... 

 
Ummm...  that's because they can not.  Perhaps you should get a professional to look at the wax buildup in your ears.
 Pieter wrote:
If that's a dingo on the cover, it's a long way from home.

 

There is a unique brand of wolf or jackal native to the deserts of north africa..... I believe this is it.

Mind you, could be a street mutt! Cairo has a lot of those
 joempie wrote:
Everybody in The Church loves this song :)

Interesting, I never realized they could sound like Bauhaus... 

 
I haven't listened to this in years. I'll have to dig this one out of my cd collection and give it a listen.
I would buy this album just for the photo on the cover!

Too bad it's listed on Amazon at $45?? HUH? {#Eek}
It's incredible that this little gem doesn't reach at least an 8 average rating ... 
Everybody in The Church loves this song :)

Interesting, I never realized they could sound like Bauhaus... 
 Cynaera wrote:

I really hope Bill reads this one on the air someday - SO funny!  Thanks for the blast of intelligence mixed with humor.

 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace...