David Dodd (ddodd) Tue 2 Sep 03 15:15
Eyes Of The World w: Hunter m: Garcia AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/eyes.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/EYESWORL.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Tue 2 Sep 03 19:45
Eyes Of The World Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Jerry Garcia Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Right outside this lazy summer home You ain't got time to call your soul a critic, no Right outside the lazy gate Of winter's summer home Wondering where the nuthatch winter's Wings a mile long Just carried the bird away Chorus Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world But the heart has its beaches, its homeland and thoughts of its own Wake now discover that you are the song that the morning brings But the heart has its seasons, its evenings and songs of its own There comes a redeemer and he slowly, too, fades away And there follows his wagon behind him that's loaded with clay And the seeds that were silent all burst into bloom and decay And night comes so quiet, its close on the heels of the day [chorus] Sometimes we live no particular way but our own And sometimes we visit your country and live in your home Sometimes we ride on your horses, sometimes we walk alone Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own [chorus]
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 25 Sep 03 15:28
This is a note I received from a reader of the annotated lyrics site: From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:07 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Eyes of the World There comes a redeemer and he slowly too fades away There follows a wagon behind him that's loaded with clay and the seeds that were silent all burst into bloom and decay The night comes so quiet and it's close on the heels of the day I always thought this was a thinly-veiled reference to Jesus and Christianity, although I am not familiar with the Gnostic tradition, so it may well refer to that (or to both). Redeemer, of course, I thought of as Jesus, who was said to redeem humanity from sin through his death. He slowly too fades away, I think, refers to the removal of Christ qua philosophy from Christianity qua religion (i.e. the gradual devaluation of the spiritual principles that Christ preached in favor of an organized religion, factions of which have been responsible for the worst genocide in recorded history, etc.). The wagon behind him loaded with clay again, I think, refers to the following of Christ after his death, which was clay in that it was bound to the earth and bound by earthly experience. It would be doomed to fall short of Christ's ideals precisely because this following, this Christianity, was an earthly creation run by men. The seeds that were silent, I believe, references the parable of the farmer which, I believe, appears in the New Testament (somewhere). In this parable, Jesus talks about a farmer planting seeds. Some seed fell on hard rock, and was dried up, some on fertile soil, and grew into enough wheat to feed a nation. The seed he was referring to was love, and the people's hearts as the rich soil, or vice versa. As far as the song goes, I believe the seeds that were silent bursting into bloom were the hearts touched by the love of Christ. The decay occured down the line in history as time and men's hearts and minds moved further away from the actual presence of Christ, and brotherly love decayed. The end of this verse confirms for me that it is clearly a reference to Jesus. There is a passage in the New Testament (again, somewhere) that states that Christ will return like a thief in the night to judge humanity. I feel this last part of the verse is a statement that the day of the return of Christ and the day of judgment may soon come subtly and without warning. It's close on the heels of the day means the return of Christ and/or the day of judgment will be coming sooner than we think or care to recognize. What do you think?
Dan Levity (danlevy) Thu 25 Sep 03 15:44
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Thu 25 Sep 03 16:51
Yeah, but you can see the facets of that gem in many perspectives. As an Aethist/Buddhist-tending secular Jew, I've never had to connect it directly to any one religious tradition. It could apply as well to the Greek Mystery Rites as Taoism or monotheistic traditions. Wide open stuff... take from those verses what thou wilt.All valid given the moment and present point of view. That's part of the lyric's beauty, for me... and that music...
Christian Crumlish (xian) Fri 26 Sep 03 10:26
"hero with feet of clay" and "plaster saint" come to mind as well....
David Gans (tnf) Sat 27 Sep 03 17:10
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