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Song Released: 2007

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I'm digging with my fingertips
I'm gripping at the ground I stand upon
I'm searching for fragile bones

I'm never gonna be refined
Keep tryin' but I won't assimilate
Should we have come far in time?
Watch the bough break



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    Jun 22nd, 2014 6:37am report

    So this song is based on the parallel of how we are finding traces - bones etc. - of past life forms and how someone in the future - when we (the human race) are extinct will look for our traces. It's main point is that the human race will become extinct sooner or later even tough we are constantly denying this.

    So the first verse ("I'm diggin' with my fingertips...") is about how we humans are looking for the past life forms, and we found out that evolution exists. But in the second verse the human arrogance tries to fight evolution and not accepting it's fate("I'm never gonna be refined/Keep tryin' but I won't assimilate"), because of how long we've been here ("Sure, we have come far in time").

    But ultimately no matter how much we try to fight our extinction, we all know that it's unavoidable:

    "And I'm sorry I don't believe
    By the evidence that I see
    That there's any hope left for me"

    "And I
    I do not dare deny
    The basic beast inside
    It's right here, it's controlling my mind
    And why
    Do I deserve to die?
    I'm dominated by
    This animal that's locked up inside"

    In the chorus he (the Human) admits that the humans are only animals driven by their inner instincts, and altough he doesn't want to die, he knows that the laws of evolution will cause his extintion too - because he's just an animal.

    Than in the third verse he goes again into denial:

    "Close up to get a real good view
    I'm betting that the species will survive
    Hold tight, I'm getting inside you"

    Here's how the scientist try to work out how to avoid the extinction of our species - with modern medicine and so on ("Close up to get a real good view" can mean microscopes and "Hold tight, I'm getting inside you" can mean modern sugeries).

    "And when we're gonna find these bones
    They're gonna wanna keep them in a jar
    The number one virus caused by

    This is pretty obvious, about how humans keep the long extinct species' bones for themselves - somewhat reminding ourselves that we are gonna be long extinct species. And the line "The number one virus caused by procreation" means that all that lives will die, be it an individual or a whole species.

    "And the planet may go astray
    In a million years they'll say,
    those motherfuckers were all deranged"

    Here's the self-irony of the song. Like we're looking at these tracks of strange life forms from millions of years ago, someone is going to look at our tracks and say that we were all deranged idiots.

    "Take a look around
    Nothing much has changed"

    Now this is obvious, nothing has changed in the laws of nature, nothing ever will, and the human race can do nothing about it.


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    Jan 5th, 2012 1:20am report

    In the song Evolution, it talks about how we are slowly evolving back to monkeys because our average IQ level is dropping because we are letting technology do all the work for us.

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