Perfect Song Thursday (early): The Apparitions – “God Monkey Robot”

The Apparitions are a band from Kentucky.  Details seem to be scarce as they have seen to have broken up/completely disappeared, but I know they released an album called As This Is Futuristic in 2006. Before that came another album and an EP, which I now have to figure out how to get my hands on.  ATIF got some decent reviews, and I might right more about it when I get the whole thing, but as for now I have two tracks from it.  To be completely honest, I didn’t really like “God Monkey Robot” at first.  I thought it was too long and repetitive; in retrospect, I was an idiot.

This song is amazing (I dare say perfect), and it was only after I realized that its drive is the key to its success that I was free to let it really sink in.  The double singers are pitch perfect, and their harmony works wonders to keep the song moving and the listener entertained for all five minutes.  So if you have five minutes of free time, this is what you should do with it.

The song is about evolution, resurrection, space, and hope.  Oh, and robots. It also contains one of my favorite lyrics ever, highlighted below.  Enjoy!

The Apparitions – God Monkey Robot

The myspace will reveal all, and maybe you can buy something pretty for your significant other…In a distant city
A long time ago
In a tiny office
With a tiny window
There was a monkey on a wheel
And while the monkey was running
He started to wonder
How far had he gone
How much further to go
The TV came on
It was his favorite show
A documentary
Off-beat comedy
About a man starring in his own lobotomy
They took the man
They put him in space
Left him there just to watch his face
The man and the monkey their minds went blank
They were both watching reruns
The ratings were great
And it seemed
It all seemed so easy
It would always be

In a distant city
It was a modern jungle
Where the monkey could swing
Through the canopy
Above the collated copies
Obsolete floppies
Florid in a brand new
Florescent botany
These were the robots
Growing free
To do the things
That the monkey needs
And they left no evil for the monkey to speak
And there was plenty of food
For the robots to eat
So it seemed
It all seemed so easy
The way that things should be

In a hidden location
A distant place
God was watching
And God was great
So he decided to send the angel in
To end it all and begin again
The brain-dead spaceman watched in vain
Waiting for a hero who never came

‘Cause all the monkeys were ripped apart
The robots died of broken hearts
And the angel
Oh, the angel sang
Over and over again

First there was God
Then came the monkey
Then came the robot

Then there was God
Then came the monkey
Then came the robot

Next there was God
Then came the monkey
Then came the robot

Again there was God
Then came the monkey
Then came the robot

And on and on amen!

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