Julian Lennon

New Physics Rant

J. Lennon/A. Moore/B. Ezrin/S. Humphries

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Julian Lennon"'New Physics Rant" was originally something musically that I'd put together several years ago before the Mr. Jordan album. I always keep everything so I just had bits of music here and there and I was running through old demo tapes and Bob said, 'What's that?' and I said, 'That's just, you know, jibberish' and he said, 'No, no, no, no, no. I think we can do something with that' and then Anthony Moore came along and, of course, had the craziest lyrics I'd ever seen in my life which was basically a very interesting look at the universe, life and everything else in it and I didn't quite know how to approach this. Bob said it should be like a rap and I said, 'Well, I don't really want to fall into that category' but he said, 'No, you've got to understand. It's a guy talking about the universe and life and everything else, but I think he should be a guy that's trying to demonstrate something but obviously people are not listening to him so he tends to get a little outraged at the end and wants you to definitely understand what he's talking about although it's almost impossible and so lyrically it's very deep and twisted and the idea of calling it a rap sort of annoyed me because everything else was a rap at the time and still is at the moment. Not that I don't like rap, it's just that I didn't want, you know, appear to sort of jump on any old band wagon, you know, so the British are famous for ranting on and being overly boring and terrible sometimes and just waffle waffle and so, I mean, New Physics Waffle wouldn't quite of worked but Rant did."  
- Julian Lennon on "New Physics Rant"

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The Lyrics

 

Because of things remembered, nothing changes
We simply follow
Rhythms that are distant echoes
Ancestors turning in their sleep
Silhouetted on the future, playful figures that cut
Across the winking eye of God's projector
A partial eclipse of the original light that
Emanates in all directions
So that darkness isn't pierced but rather
Forced to retreat
Pushed out by its own internal explosion
The screen of God's movie is time expanding
And every atom is a solid globular mirror in which
His grotesque anamorphic grin splits the darkness

Everywhere our world's expanding
Journeys through the soul
Past all thought and understanding
Science or control

Looking into the future
Is looking at the past
In whichever direction you happened to face
You were forward and I was slipping back
In the time it takes for the light of the -stars-
To stir-the retina-rods and cones
History's in the beholder's eye
A fait accompli dans une autre endroit
The further away we are, the farther back we see,
Unless we could gaze, instantly across the sound
Where, moored like ships, planets anchored
Swing and sway-golden barges
Laden down with mist and frozen crystals
Dancing away

Everywhere our world's expanding
Journeys through the soul
Past all thought and understanding
Science or control