Bubbles



Mercy mountain crevices hold treasures buried deep
A blizzard or rain can't wash any memories that you keep
I just came in on a banana boat, got born only yesterday
Came down through the stars, I landed from Mars
Make my way through the Milky Way

Last night I saw you metamorphosize and chrysalis into a butterfly
You opened your wings, such beautiful things and then I saw you fly away so high
A bird's-eye view onto the stratosphere, all the universe reflected in your eyes
I came to despise, your see-through disguise, your web of lies, and all the empty words you say

I see you like a bubble in the air
And bubbles can rise
But pop when they reach the top
I see you like a bubble in the air
And bubbles can rise

Last night I saw you change inside and chrysalis into a butterfly
You opened your wings, such beautiful things and then I watched you fly away to die
I just came in on a banana boat, got born only yesterday
Came down through the stars, I landed from Mars, made my way through the Milky Way

I see you like a bubble in the air
And bubbles can rise
But pop when they reach the top
I see you like a bubble in the air
And bubbles can rise
But pop when they reach the top

I see you like a bubble in the air
And bubbles can rise
But pop when they reach the top
I see you like a bubble in the air
And bubbles can rise
But pop when they reach the top


Lyrics by:
Brown / McCracken / Sayfritz

Available on:
Music Of The Spheres (4.35)

Details:

Chrysalis of a Common Crow Butterfly. Without wishing to be pedantic here, chrysalis is the pupa of a butterfly; therefore, in the context of metamorphosis, it would be more appropriate to say, "from chrysalis to a butterfly" (as opposed to "and chrysalis into a butterfly"). When birds of a feather in flight, Squire used to fly easy, so high, but broke rank and lost his way. As childhood friends, Ian had been protective of John and helped him come out of his shell. Ian was witness to John's metamorphosis, but at some point during these life stages, he discerns an undesirable change inside the guitarist, a metamorphosis of Narcissus. Before Squire changed suit, the pair weren't just two of a kind, but one of a kind.

A strong 'Black Coffee' (All Saints) influence is apparent on the production here. Lyrically, the track takes inspiration from The Beatles' 'Savoy Truffle', (from 'The White Album'). George Harrison named the different sweets of a box of Mackintosh's Good News chocolates, a favourite confectionary of his sweet-tooth friend, Eric Clapton. Ian makes reference to a 'Banana Boat', 'Mars' and 'Milky Way', with the chorus picturing 'bubbles in the air.' I propose that this is an allusion to 'Maltesers', specifically the television advertisement in which Malteser sweets would rise in the air. Just as these sweets would pop when they reached 'the top', so too had Squire's creative bubble burst by this stage. Ian and John used to exchange boxes of Maltesers at Christmas in their youth; John sent Ian a box with a message - "I still love you. I hope you're out for Christmas" - when Ian was in Strangeways jail. Ian said thanks to John only through a third party, and the lingering resentment is subtly disguised here.

   

Ian and John used to send each other Maltesers when they were young, a tradition which continued in their adult years.


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