One Way Ticket To Paradise



All this creation
Many many roads to your destination
None of these warmongers can really talk at all
So we'll see all that glitters isn't always gold

Threw a dice, came up as seven
Now I'm on my way to heaven

Two situations
Never are the same no two situations
I'm in seventh heaven
My place in the sun
Where I'll stay until I get to kingdom come

All this temptation
All this desire
This celebration, baptism of fire

Threw a dice, came up as seven
Now I'm on my way to heaven

I'm on a one way ticket to paradise
I got a one way ticket to paradise

Threw a dice, came up as seven
Now I'm on my way to heaven

I'm on a one way ticket to paradise
I got a one way ticket to paradise

I'm on a one way ticket to paradise
I got a one way ticket to paradise


Lyrics by:
Brown

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6 ... 7 ... go to hell or go to heaven. Powered by a series of fuzz-toned riffs and shifting rhythms, One Way Ticket To Paradise dices with death, finding correlation between a gamble to die and one final cast of the die. Paradise via a pair o' dice. A face to die for. Seven has the highest probability of occurring as an addition, when rolling dice. In the Islamic tradition, there are seven heavens and seven earths; the numbers of fires in hell and the number of doors to both the heaven and the hell is also seven. The highest level in Islam is the seventh heaven - Paradise. "See you not how Allah has created the seven heavens one above another, and made the moon a light in their midst, and made the Sun a Lamp ?" (71: 15 - 16). Islam's heaven is simply an extended immortal construct of earthly pleasures. Dice, of course, are subject to what the participant desires to read into them. Indeed, "Threw a dice, came up as seven", in the mind of this player, manifests in divination as "Threw a dice, came up as heaven". Jihad is a one way ticket to death and eternal damnation. The 9/11 hijackers firmly believed themselves to be en route to a martyrs' paradise. On a one way ticket to paradise.

Dice are the oldest gaming instruments known to man. Their exact origin is unknown, but the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set, at the Burnt City archaeological site in Iran. In ancient times, the throw of a die was not just considered to be determined by luck. Rather, the outcome was believed to be controlled by the gods, and casting dice was a way of decision making, such as choosing rulers, dividing inheritances and as a method of prediction. The Roman goddess, Fortuna, the daughter of Zeus, also known as Lady Luck, was believed to determine the outcome of a throw. The Romans and Greeks were enthusiastic dice players. Roman Emperors notoriously gambled with dice compulsively. Dice games were popular in Europe during the Middle Ages when French academics taught them to their students. English kings, such as Richard the LionHeart and King John, both gambled with dice. King Henry VIII even lost the bells of St. Paul's church on the throw of a die. "Triumph depends on a roll of fate's dice; the ultimate prize is a place in heaven", said Friedrich Nietzsche. See 'Monkey Gone to Heaven' by The Pixies for a distillation of gematria within popular music.


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