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Prisoner of Mars
Stereolab Lyrics


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Searching news ways of laughing
Ones whereby one could
Express and transform
All the shattering
All the gratuitous
The burdens of guilt
Growing these new ways
Will dawn on us if
We look hard enough
Searching and finding

Mais l'arbre tombe
A la terre l'arbre tombe
Le son de ton silence
M'aide a toucher le fond
Et lac sale de l'me
Lac sale o'je ?"meurs"?
Le son de ton silence
M'apprend aussi qu'un jour
Je vainquerai ma douleur
Cette vague de douleur
Qui entre mon bras droit

Searching new ways of yodeling
Once whereby one could
Express and convey
Long lasting virtue
Without destruction
Without rejection
Hoping these new ways
Will dawn on us if
We look hard enough
Hoping and searching

Translation
Searching news ways of laughing
Once whereby one could
Express and transform
All the shattering
All the gratuitous
The burdens of guilt
Growing these new ways
Will dawn on us if
We look hard enough
Searching and finding
But the tree falls
To the ground the tree falls again
The sound of your silence
Helps me touch rock-bottom
And salted lake of age
Salted lake where I die
The sound of your silence
Informs me also
That I'll vanquish over my pain
This wave of pain
Which enters my right arm
Searching new ways of yodeling
Once whereby one could
Express and convey
Long lasting virtue
Without destruction
Without rejection
Hoping these new ways
Will dawn on us if
We look hard enough
Hoping and searching

Overall Meaning

The song "Prisoner of Mars" by Stereolab is a complex and thought-provoking piece with lyrics that delve into the search for new ways of expression and transformation. The song's opening lines signal that the singer is searching for novel ways to deal with the difficult and seemingly insurmountable problems in life. They are looking for ways to express and transform what seems shattering and gratuitous, as well as the burdens of guilt. The song suggests that these new ways will only dawn on us if we look hard enough, urging us to search and find.


The song makes use of metaphorical language to paint a vivid picture of the singer's emotional state. The tree falling to the ground represents the singer's struggles and the sound of silence is a reminder that sometimes we must suffer in silence before we can find our way out of the pain. The salted lake of the soul suggests a depth of despair, perhaps a sense of stagnation or lack of growth. The song takes a hopeful turn in the end, suggesting that the singer will eventually win over the pain they're feeling, with a sense of triumph over the wave of pain that enters their right arm.


Overall, "Prisoner of Mars" is a deeply introspective and imaginative song that reflects on the difficulties of life and the importance of finding new ways to overcome them.


Line by Line Meaning

Searching news ways of laughing
Looking for new ways to express joy and overcome sadness


Ones whereby one could
Means by which people could


Express and transform
Communicate and change


All the shattering
All the pain and brokenness


All the gratuitous
All the unnecessary suffering


The burdens of guilt
The heavy weight of shame


Growing these new ways
Developing these new methods


Will dawn on us if
Will become clear to us if


We look hard enough
We search diligently


Searching and finding
Looking and discovering


But the tree falls
However, things fall apart


To the ground the tree falls again
The cycle of life and decay continues


The sound of your silence
The impact of your absence


Helps me touch rock-bottom
Forces me to confront my lowest point


And salted lake of age
And the bitter pool of aging


Salted lake where I die
The place where I will face my mortality


The sound of your silence
The absence of your voice


Informs me also
Teaches me as well


That I'll vanquish over my pain
That I will overcome my suffering


This wave of pain
This overwhelming suffering


Which enters my right arm
Which affects my entire being


Searching new ways of yodeling
Looking for new ways to express oneself


Once whereby one could
Means by which people could


Express and convey
Communicate and share


Long lasting virtue
Enduring goodness


Without destruction
Without causing harm


Without rejection
Without being rejected


Hoping these new ways
Wishing for these new methods


Will dawn on us if
Will become clear to us if


We look hard enough
We search diligently


Hoping and searching
Wishing and looking




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: LAETITIA SADIER, TIMOTHY JOHN GANE

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