Einstein On The Beach (For An Eggman)

Album: DGC Rarities Volume 1 (1994)
Charted: 45
  • Albert's always sincere; he's a sensitive type
    His intentions are clear -- he wanna be well liked
    Well, if everything is nothing, then are we anything?
    Is it better to be better than to be anything?

    And Albert's visions blooming uncontrolled
    All his wings are slowly sinking

    The world begins to disappear
    The worst things come from inside here
    All the king's men reappear
    For an eggman, fallen off the wall
    He'll never be together again

    Einstein's down on the beach standing in the sand
    'Cause everything he believes in is shattered
    What you fear in the night in the day comes to call anyway
    And we all get burned as one more sun comes sliding down the sky
    One more shadow leans against the wall

    And the world begins to disappear
    The worst things come from inside here
    And all the king's men reappear
    For an eggman, fallen off the wall
    He'll never be together again

    Albert's waiting in the sun
    On a field American
    For the cause of some inflated form of hit and run and...
    Yeah-e-yeah

    One more sun comes sliding down the sky
    One more shadow leans against the wall

    And the world begins to disappear
    The worst things come from inside here
    And all the king's men reappear
    For an eggman, fallen off the wall
    He'll never be together again

    Albert's fallen on the sun
    Cracked his head wide open

    The world begins to disappear
    The worst things come from inside here
    And all the king's men reappear
    For an eggman, fallen, fallen

    The world begins to disappear
    The worst things come from inside here
    And all the king's men reappear
    For an eggman, fallen off the wall
    He'll never be together again

    No, he'll never be together again
    No, no, never never never again, uhhh-uh
    What you fear in the night in the day comes to call anyway-e-ay, ehhh-eh
    Never never never again
    No, no
    No, no, no, no Writer/s: ADAM DURITZ, DAVID BRYSON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Michael from Pittsburgh, PaEinstein actually wrote a letter to Roosevelt urging the development of the atomic bomb at the request of Szilard. Both men felt, as did many of the scientists eventually recruited to work on the Manhattan Project, that the Germans were probably working on the bomb themselves, and that the Germans were certainly capable of developing it with the scientists and resources they had in Germany. Einstein urged Roosevelt to develop the bomb first so that the Germans could not use it to their advantage in the war. He regretted this letter almost immediately, and came to deeply regret it when it became clear that the Germans had never really tried to develop the bomb in the first place. He was always a passionate pacifist.

    I agree that there's a strong current of anti-nuclear sentiment in this song, at least as I hear it. It's also a great song to just enjoy listening to.
  • Andrés from Montevideo, UruguayI totally agree with you Chris, I totally believe this song is about the effects of atomic bomb and anti-nuke. "The world begins to disappear" that's one of the consecuences of nuclear war, "One more shadow leans against the wall" that refers to what happens in a nuclear explosion, people close to ground zero are evaporated and the only remains are shadows on the wall.
    It's an excelent song.
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma...Eggman?!? Dr. Eggman?
  • Joe from Nome, AkThis is a reference to Plato's Allegory of the Cave in The Republic. The "shadows on the wall" are the most telling of this reference.
  • Chris from Meridian, IdI've always thought there was a pretty strong anti-nuke aspect to this song -- "Albert's vision blooming uncontrolled" -- "One more sun comes sliding down the sky" -- The work of Albert Einstein, of course, was fundamental to the understanding of atomic energy and, vis a vis, the creation of the nuclear bomb. The song seems to imply that Einstein is remorseful about how his discoveries have been used. (Though it's probably unrelated, there's also a post-apocalyptic movie called "On the Beach")
  • Bob from Jackson, MiEinstein on the Beach is also the title of an opera composed by Phillip Glass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_on_the_Beach
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass
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