there’s something weird about this song. it’s included on “the empire never ended,” (available for download/streaming at ieatpants.bandcamp.com) which includes songs inspired by sci-fi author and all around insane genius life hacking guru philip k dick.
but “the universe is cold” is the only song that isn’t tied to a specific novel, story, or pkd-related event.
it was written in the fall of 2009 after a date (it must’ve been our 3rd or 4th date) with my now wife, and at the time, i was reading ‘Martian Time Slip’ so there is some loose connection.
anyway, pkd writes a lot about the duality of the universe — life and death; good and evil; etc etc etc., and this song is about where those things meet, which to me is a crucial idea for understanding life.
it sounds ridiculous, i guess, but the idea is that life and death are part of a cycle of adaptation and evolution; that we’re not really the lifeforms we think we are. that life is, in fact, bigger than all of us combined. that the universe and time exist as one variation in an infinite struggle that ends… how? when? i guess we don’t know. and why should we? the bacteria that live in our stomachs and help us turn carrots into poop have no idea where their host is going, so why should we?
i’m not saying we’re stuck in some host’s stomach, but it’s the closest metaphor i can come up with.
so, yep. here you go. the video. an old yiddish animation. featuring a goat.
the universe is cold
and i can’t make it
i can’t live
in this universe
we prove that the end is near
we’ve torn our hearts from the ground
we’ll watch as our bodies decay
we’ll stand above our own graves
singing our own funeral songs
rustling our feet through dead leaves
that were once
our rotting flesh
soft acrid smell
it is our body’s last wish
to bury itself
as it ends