TASP – What if these questions just won’t let you be?

This week’s poem is actually a song, from Moloko’s 1995 album Do you like my tight sweater?.

As science is concerned with posing and trying to answer all kinds of questions, where usually answering one question leads to lots of new questions popping up, this may the ultimate science song. (Or philosophy song. Or obnoxious children’s song. Or confused neurotic’s song. Or…)

Where is the what if the what is in why

what is a god of phoney creation
where am i going with no destination
what if the fish came from the sea
what if my lover made me feel free
what if my intake caused revelation
what if the point was reincarnation
what if my shoes don’t match my jacket
if it’s not working why don’t you smack it
what if your mamma said you were fat
if you are lost find where you’re at

what is a number without any time
you can’t get higher with nothing to climb
why have a body if you ain’t got no mind
what is a searcher with nothing to find
why is the traffic refusing to stop
why climb the ladder if you can’t reach the top

where is the what if the what is in why
where is the what if the what is in why
where is the what if the what is in why

what do you dream of when you sleep at night
see how the blind man fills up with light
what is a bird with nowhere to fly
why did you leave and not say goodbye
what is a hunter with nothing to find
what is the goodness without the unkind
when did the outfit fall out of fashion
when did the lover run out of passion

my reincarnation time
a phoney creation rhyme
with no destination mine
my information’s fine

why did the voice say don’t step on the floor
why did the sign say so float through the door

what is a god of phoney creation
where am i going with no destination
what if the fish came from the sea
what if my lover made me feel free
what if my intake caused revelation
what if the point was reincarnation
what if my shoes don’t match my jacket
if it’s not working why don’t you smack it
what if your mamma said you were fat
if you are lost find where you’re at

where is the what if the what is in why
where is the what if the what is in why
where is the what if the what is in why

how did the lover get to be rich
what is a salesman with nothing to pitch
when did the fool get to be king
why did you leave when they asked you to sing
why lose belief if you got a dream
what is a train that run out of steam
what is a spy with no-one to spy on
how do you sleep with nothing to lie on
what if the fruit don’t fall from the tree
what if these questions just won’t let you be
why waste your time looking for proof
what if the answer is never the truth?

Mark Brydon & Róisín Murphy

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  1. machiel

    Mmm, seems more like a philosophy song to me. In the following (love)song there are a few chemical terms, but to call it a chemistry song? Altough, isn’t every lovesong a song about chemistry?

    Weezer – Only in dreams (1994)
    You can’t resist her.
    She’s in your bones.
    She is your marrow
    And your ride home.

    You can’t avoid her.
    She’s in the air… in the air
    In between molecules of
    Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide.

    [chorus]
    Only in dreams
    We see what it means.
    Reach out our hands.
    Hold onto hers.
    But when we wake
    It’s all been erased.
    And so it seems
    Only in dreams.

    You walk up to her.
    Ask her to dance.
    She says, “Hey, baby, I just might take the chance.”
    You say, “It’s a good thing
    That you float in the air… in the air.
    That way there’s no way I will crush your pretty toenails into a thousand pieces.”

    [chorus]

    Only in dreams. (x6)

  2. > isn’t every lovesong a song about chemistry?

    No, some love songs are about electricity… :-)

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