It's Educational
Sparks Lyrics


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Hey you, tell me what you know
Hey you, tell me everything you know
Why the subjects move to a constant beat
Would the motion change with more heat
Do the subjects have appetites
Does this just occur on one site

It's educational


Hey you, tell me what you know
Hey you, tell me everything you know
Do the subjects seem to react to light
Do the males among them tend to fight
Does the blank look mask pain or fear
Does it bother them that we're here


It's educational


Hey you, tell me what you know
Hey you, tell me everything you know
Is it all a part of a mating rite
Why are some quite black and some quite white
Do they sleep by day and live by night
If you get too close, will they bite


It's educational


Do they ever stop or break down
Do they not look up or look down
Does it bother them that we're here
Although it's not cmpletely clear






It's educational

Overall Meaning

The song "It's Educational" by Sparks consists of a series of questions asked by the singer to an unidentified subject, regarding certain aspects of academic subjects such as biology or physics. The lyrics suggest that the singer is trying to gain a deeper understanding of the subjects being taught, questioning whether physical or environmental factors affect their behavior. The lines "Why the subjects move to a constant beat, Would the motion change with more heat," suggest the singer is exploring the behavior of organisms or particles, and inquiring about the influence of temperature. Sparks also asks about the subjects' responses to light and whether they experience pain.


The repeated use of the phrase "It's Educational" in the chorus is ironic, as the singer is essentially questioning the validity of the educational content they are receiving. The lyrics hint at a desire for an education that is more exploratory and thorough, as opposed to one that is simply reciting facts without contextualization. On a deeper level, the song could be seen as a critique of the limitations of traditional education, which often prioritizes rote memorization over critical thinking and curiosity.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey you, tell me what you know
Asking for information or knowledge.


Hey you, tell me everything you know
Asking for complete information or knowledge.


Why the subjects move to a constant beat
Asking about the reason behind the subject's constant rhythm.


Would the motion change with more heat
Questioning if heat affects the subject's movements.


Do the subjects have appetites
Mentioning about the subject's hunger or desire for food.


Does this just occur on one site
Asking about the subject's location.


It's educational
Acknowledging that the conversation is educational or informative.


Do the subjects seem to react to light
Asking if the subject has any reaction to light.


Do the males among them tend to fight
Asking about the nature of the male subject's behavior towards each other.


Does the blank look mask pain or fear
Asking if the subject's neutral look is just a mask for hiding their pain or fear.


Does it bother them that we're here
Asking about the subject's reaction towards the presence of humans.


Is it all a part of a mating rite
Asking if the subject's behavior is associated with reproduction.


Why are some quite black and some quite white
Asking about the reason behind the difference in the subject's coloration.


Do they sleep by day and live by night
Asking about the sleeping and waking pattern of the subject.


If you get too close, will they bite
Asking about the subject's aggressive behavior when humans are too close.


Do they ever stop or break down
Asking if the subject's constant movement ever pauses or stops.


Do they not look up or look down
Asking about the subject's visual targetting behavior.


Although it's not completely clear
Acknowledging that not all information is clarified.




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Philip Kassabian

An absolutely great Sparks song.

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