For the Light to Reign

Pray icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 07 from the Magma LP by Gojira icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

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We pray for the light to reign
We call the day

We rise, pray for the wind to blow
We know the way

No faith in your world
Create my own to thrive

We pray for the light to reign
We call the day

No faith in your world
Create my own to thrive

Humorous Flaws in Futuristic Imagery

Chrono Trigger icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 is considered to be one of the best video games of the 90s. It’s a role-playing game (RPG) made by the same company that produced the incredibly popular Final Fantasy icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 franchise. The goal of the game, in a nutshell, is to travel through time and alter the course of history to prevent cataclysm. The player visits many different versions of the Earth as he or she leaps from one epoch to another, including a post-apocalyptic world where people are forced to live in cities surrounded by protective bubbles.

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These bubbles are presumably to create pockets of habitation on a planet that is so ruined it can no longer sustain life. Clearly, things aren’t going so well: it’s the type of scene that suggests everyone consumes double-helpings of soylent green icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Before the calamity that would destroy the planet, people lived in a verdant paradise, where the oceans glistened in their azure purity and the mountaintops towered vigilantly over the land. Posterity seemed ensured.

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Yet there was something very unusual about the people of this land: in the futuristic society that existed immediately before the destruction of the planet, everyone chose to isolate themselves from nature and erect protective bubbles around their highly pollutant cities.

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It is impossible not to be vexed by the peculiar sense of priority these people placed on nature. In fact, this exemplifies a particularly extreme form of environmentalism that is very rarely practiced with any degree of success: where humans resolve to endure their own waste. The people of Chrono Trigger were progressive indeed—so much so that they were going to destroy themselves before they allowed their actions to hurt the planet. It’s truly a stroke of bad luck that the alien parasite Lavos, who unceremoniously crash-landed in the year 65,000,000 B.C., was about to emerge and lay waste to the land.

Spending Cash and Talking Trash

Pan Am Highway Blues icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 07 from the Tejas LP by ZZ Top icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )
“Pan Am Highway Blues” Song Lyrics icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12

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Enjoy and Get It On icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 05 from the Tejas LP)
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Asleep in the Desert icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 10 from the Tejas LP)

Your Heart is Just Like that Promise

Don’t Believe a Word icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 04 from the Johnny the Fox LP by Thin Lizzy icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

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Don’t believe me if I tell you
Not a word of this is true
Don’t believe me if I tell you
Especially if I tell you that I’m in love with you

Don’t believe me if I tell you that I wrote this song for you
There just might be some other silly pretty girl I’m singing it to

Don’t believe a word
For words are so easily spoken
Your heart is just like that promise: made to be broken

Don’t believe a word because words can tell lies
And lies are no comfort when there are tears in your eyes

Don’t believe me if I tell you
Not a word of this is true
Don’t believe me if I tell you
Especially if I tell you that I’m in love with you

Don’t believe a word

Sometimes the Wind Ain’t Right

Power to Love icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 04 from the self-titled LP by Band of Gypsys icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )
“Power to Love” Song Lyrics icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12

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Message to Love icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 05 from the Band of Gypsys LP )
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Changes icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 04 from the Band of Gypsys LP )
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Just Keeps Walking

The Wizard icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 02 from the self-titled LP by Black Sabbath icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

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Misty morning, clouds in the sky
Without warning a wizard walks by
Casting his shadow, weaving his spell
Funny clothes, tinkling bell

Never talking
Just keeps walking
Spreading his magic

Evil power disappears
Demons worry when the wizard is near
He turns tears into joy
Everyone’s happy when the wizard walks by

Never talking
Just keeps walking
Spreading his magic

Sun is shining, clouds have gone by
All the people give a happy sigh
He has passed by giving his sign
Left all the people feeling so fine

Never talking
Just keeps walking
Spreading his magic

Unlikely Victims of the Perpetual Methamphetamine Epidemic

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker Meme

Receiving this news about Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was more jarring to my inner child than the Bill Cosby scandal.