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Plateau
Meat Puppets Lyrics


Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the plateau
Some belong to strangers, and some to folks you know
Holy ghosts and talk show hosts are planted in the sand
To beautify the foothills, and shake the many hands

Nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
And an illustrated book about birds
You see a lot up there but don't be scared
Who needs action when you got words

When you've finished with the mop, then you can stop
And look at what you've done
The plateau's clean, no dirt to be seen
And the work, it was fun

Nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
And an illustrated book about birds
You see a lot up there but don't be scared
Who needs action when you got words

Many hands began to scan around for the next plateau
Some said it was Greenland, and some say Mexico
Others decided it was nowhere except for where they stood
But those were all just guesses
Wouldn't help you if they could

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Written by: C. KIRKWOOD

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Julius Ebola

But where are you getting the power metaphor though? It sounds more like he's talking about the futility of searching for ultimate truth. The last verse where he leaves the door open to the plateau being either external or internal to us is the most important one probably. The plateau is either the earth or its abstract representation on the stage of our minds, which is always at odds with the reality it purports to represent. It's like Plato's Cave allegory. The prisoners don't know they are prisoners and have no idea what is above, if anything, and their political and religious leadership will confuse them about it, mostly because they have no idea what is above either. Or it's like Althusser defining ideology (the shadows or the plateau) as your "imagined relationship to your actual conditions of existence."

I found this interpretation somewhere on the web:

"Many a hand (All who have lived and now live on Earth) has scaled the grand old face of the plateau (Earth)
Some belong to strangers and some to folks you know (Your relatives and everyone else)
Holy ghosts and talk show hosts are planted in the sand (Burials all the same. We all end up with the same outcome)
To beautify the foothills and shake the many hands (Death regenerating the Earth. Fertilizer.)

There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
And an illustrated book about birds (A simplistic view of God)
You see a lot up there but don't be scared
Who needs actions when you got words (An unresponsive God who only communicates via the written word, which comforts most.)

When you're finished with the mop then you can stop
And look at what you've done
The plateau's clean no dirt to be seen
And the work it took was fun (God enjoying the cycle of life that is the Earth)

There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
And an illustrated book about birds
You see a lot up there but don't be scared
Who needs actions when you got words

Well the many hands began to scan around for the next plateau (Everyone who is in search of the answers to life)
Some said it was Greenland and some said Mexico (Clues left without answers; i.e. the pyramids and other monuments)
Some decided it was nowhere except for where they stood (The answer lies within)
But those were all just guesses, wouldn't help you if they could (Endless cycle of disappointed souls who seek the answer to life and never receive it. Forbidden knowledge.)"

This guy didn't bother with the gnostic interpretation. Instead he just recognized its possibility at the end, but if this is what the last verse means, then a dual interpretation is necessary, which is exactly like reality in so far as we're capable of perceiving it.



Dawid Trela

Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the plateau
Some belong to strangers and some to folks you know
Holy ghosts and talk show hosts are planted in the sand
To beautify the foothills and shake the many hands

There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
And an illustrated book about birds
You see a lot up there but don't be scared
Who needs actions when you got words

When you're finished with the mop then you can stop
And look at what you've done
The plateau's clean no dirt to be seen
And the work it took was fun

There's nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
And an illustrated book about birds
You see a lot up there but don't be scared
Who needs actions when you got words

Well the many hands began to scan around for the next plateau
Some said it was Greenland and some said Mexico
Some decided it was nowhere except for where they stood
But those were all just guesses, wouldn't help you if they could



All comments from YouTube:

David O'Donnell

Kurt was a huge fan of Curt.

Damien Mcelwee

No joke.....the man modeled his whole persona to this man

luistown 69s

Thats ironic

Ivan Pardo

What about Qurt?

Kevin Croner

Now I know you're talking about Cobain, but doesn't this sound a lot like Kurt Vile, too?

StationDead96

haha that's thing one and that's thing two.

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xander j.

It's okay to like Meat Puppets & Nirvana, people. What's wrong with you? 

Pablo Gaviño Ramírez

nirvana

New Groove Vinyl Club

@Darth Anddedeu I'm not going to argue with that but it's also a little bittersweet because Noami thought that appearance was going to lead to a lot more opportunities for himself, at least some more work with Bowie which never happened, and Klaus would die 4 years later. At least that's what I remember from the 2004 Klaus Noami documentary I watched a shockingly long time.

Do you watch Venture Bros? Or did you before it was canceled?

Darth Anddedeu

@New Groove Vinyl Club and yet the version with Klaus Noami beats the original and Nirvana's out of the water.

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