Something's Burning



Don't count your chickens 'cause they're never gonna hatch
You can't catch a monkey with a shotgun and a sack
'Cause you're too dumb baby, you can't see the wood for the trees
'Cause you're too slow baby, you just couldn't get off your knees

Don't count your chickens 'cause they're never gonna hatch
You can't catch a monkey with a shotgun and a sack
'Cause you're too dumb baby, you can't see the wood for the trees
'Cause you're too slow baby, you just couldn't get off your knees

I can see the love and the hate in your eyes
Penny for the thoughts behind the disguise
What you gonna do and what you gonna say ?
I'm not the only one believing there's an easier way

It doesn't pay to disorientate me
It doesn't cost to be someone
I am the vine
And you are the branches

Don't knock a young man, you don't know what he'll get done
You can't kick an old man, see what he's become
You are far too lazy
You stick to your pillow with ease
'Cause you're much too lazy, you just couldn't get off your knees

I can see the love and the hate in your eyes
Penny for the thoughts behind your disguise
What you gonna do and what you gonna say ?
I'm not the only one believing there's an easier way

It doesn't pay to disorientate me
It doesn't cost to be someone
I am the vine
And you are the branches

Don't count your chickens 'cause they're never gonna hatch
You can't catch a monkey with a shotgun and a sack
'Cause you're too dumb baby, you can't see the wood for the trees
'Cause you're too slow baby, you just couldn't get off your knees

I can see the love and the hate in your eyes
Penny for the thoughts behind your disguise
What you gonna do and what you gonna say ?
I'm not the only one believing there's an easier way

What you gonna do with the rest of your life ?
Penny for the thoughts behind your disguise
What you gonna do with the rest of your life ?
Penny for the thoughts behind your disguise
What you gonna do with the rest of your life ?
Penny for the thoughts behind your disguise
What you gonna do with the rest of your life ?
Penny for the thoughts behind your disguise

I am the vine
And you are the branches


Lyrics by:
Squire / Brown

Music by:
Squire / Brown

Written:
1990

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums, vibraphone)

Produced by:
John Leckie

Available on:
One Love single (b-side)
The Complete Stone Roses (3.37)
Turns Into Stone (7.50)

First live performance:
Copenhagen Patrol (15th May 1990)

Details:
With the police on their tails, the band set to work recording Something's Burning, a song demoed around a Fool's Gold type beat. A Can ('Paperhouse') influence imbues this brooding track, available in two versions, the longer of which features an atmospheric extended intro, an extra verse, and a vibraphone played by Reni (see Q4 of this John Leckie interview).

'Paperhouse' is the opening track on Tago Mago (1971) by Can.

The Vine and the Branches is a metaphor to describe the Mystical Body of Christ, to which we must remain united. Highlighted in bold is the possible origin of the song's title:

In the Old Testament, Israel is presented as a vine that God planted, intending for it to produce the fruit of godly character (Isa. 5: 1 - 7). Israel failed to produce that fruit. Here, Jesus is stating that He Himself is the true vine, and will accomplish the transformation that ancient Israel could not. Bethlehem Ephrata. Jesus identifies God as the vinedresser (John 15: 1), on whose expertise the production of fruit depends. The branches (John 15: 5) are individual believers who are united to Christ. Fruit (see She Bangs The Drums) is used consistently in Scripture (Isa. 5: 7, Gal. 6: 22 - 23) to symbolize godliness. Just as only a branch attached to the vine can produce fruit, similarly Man is powerless to accomplish his own transformation; this is achieved only through Jesus, the vine, who enables us to bear fruit. The Garden of Gethsemane (gethsemane means oil press), located at the base of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, was an orchard of olive trees. While wild olives are propagated from seeds, cultivated olives are planted using shoots that grow at the base of another olive tree. Shot forth from the root of Jesse, Christ is the Tree of Life and the disciples are leaves on the vine of time, olive shoots around His table. Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. Nazareth is formed from the Hebrew for 'branch' (netzer). What moves Nathanael from sceptical derision toward Nazareth (John 1: 46) to a proclamation of Jesus as the Son of God and King of Israel (John 1: 49) ? Israel is the new name for Jacob (deceiver) and here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit. I am going to bring my servant, the Branch . . . and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day. In that day each of you will invite your neighbour to sit under your vine and fig tree. The fig is the only tree mentioned by name in the Garden of Eden. In ancient Jewish tradition, the choice place to meditate on sacred scripture was to sit under a fig tree. This was envisaged as a foretaste of the age of the Messiah, of the new heavens and a new earth when God would restore the world to its Eden state.

Instead of being followers of the Way, the disciples too often strayed in search of an easier way.


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