Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Hannah, You Were Wrong…” [LYRICS]

This song was composed based on a dream. It is about a heroin addict who dies by being hit with a bicycle because she is emaciated. But it is also supposed to indicate the folly of not believing in perpetual motion. The question Jenna Lee asks (e.g. at some kind of futuristic camp while she is dying of heroin) is: ‘could it have been different?’ Or, ‘What if Hannah had just believed in her own son?’ Essentially, the song is a peinn about pain: the tragedy of not believing in perpetual motion, the ultimate loss, comparable to a heroin addiction. Jenna Lee* , who represents both the world’s evils and the victims of those evils, not only asks the question, but dies trying to answer it. The song is also written to all the potential future victims of industrial-scale perpetual motion machines, who happen to hold a similar status to Jenna. The theme of Christianity is used ironically both to refer to the public’s ‘faith’ in science, and also to refer to the victims of perpetual motion machines, who may have been seeking belatedly and perhaps quixotically to resolve the problem of scientific ignorance about its reality. Thus, Christianity has a kind of schizophrenia, and Nathan Coppedge becomes the doubtful leader representing the Antichrist-image of real knowledge (bounded Cartesian Coordinates or ‘Omni-Science’), and again ironically, he is not a victim of his machines. Thus, in this story, the original victim---Nathan Coppedge, slighted by the scientists and his mother Hannah---- is the savior in the symbolic sense of representing those who are not victimized by the machines, and also the devil of the story, in that he appears to have caused the entire problem, represented ironically by a question. What is meant by the final line ‘Hannah, you were wrong…’ is not entirely resolved by the end of the story. But suffice to say, that she is both the creator and destroyer of perpetual motion. Where Hannah is weak is where history succeeds, and where science admits its failure. But without Hannah, there would be no Nathan, no demon behind the incarnations of the new industrialism… The story is further complexified by the idea that Nathan could be a fool… which may be the ultimate thing to react against, when the topic is real, working perpetual motion.

*(similar to ‘General Lee’ a figure despised by industrialists who inspired Nathan’s perpetual motion designs).



When Jenna Lee,

A Christian tramp,

Had a question,

Asked around

She bet we heard,

It TIMES be-fo-o-ore….


We came upon her

By the shore

We mounted our bicycles

For the last trek

We came upon her bones

As we went back…

To the camp…

Hannah, you were WRO-o-o-oNG!

OF AUGUST 12TH, 2015.


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An audio of the accompaniment can be found HERE.

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