Liv Takes a Crash Course in Egyptian Mythology To Satisfy Her Compulsive Need to Know What Songs MeanBy Olivia Donohue and Olivia Donohue
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poor old Ra you were much better off as a sun god weren't ya
no one gives a shit about your falcon head anymore
Aten sunk down somewhere off the coast of New Brunswick or the arctic
The first thing I did at first was look up these gods whose names were familiar, but ultimate meaning escaped me. Ra was easy, he’s exactly how he sounds: a
The whole first verse is a very bizarre and roundabout way of describing a sunset which just makes everything feel very tired and washed out. Instead of flying the sun across the sky on a magic boat over the pyramids they’re driving it somewhere around New Jersey and smoking weed.
with every oil slick and passing barge, the chances that you
with your feet in the Egyptian sand, this weak little shell of a man falls away
The chorus, although it didn’t feel it at first the chorus is very straight forward. You will fade and eventually become nothing. This is meant to compare the slight overtime fading of ancient gods to the more rapid fading of your old friend from high school who never really did anything into nothingness.
The second verse and chorus are a lot less forward. It becomes a love song sung in first person rather than a tragic lament sung in third. It’s about two people who each feel like they’re too good for each other, and that, for different reasons, they feel the other is fading like the Egyptian gods of old.
“I am the tension, you are the tightrope” is the line that is repeated over the outro along with more references to Egyptian myths. This line, sung with the female backup singer, gives a suggestion of dependence between the two focuses of the song. They appear to be resigned to their fates and to be taking it with about as much stride as you can take oblivion. The weed helps, definitely.