Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Charlie Darwin

Today is the 150th anniversary of “Origin of Species,” by Charles Darwin. Few if any books changed the world like Darwin’s volume. Personally, I have no problem with the ideas Darwin introduced. If anything, I feel a little sorry for the man who perhaps is even more controversial now then he was while he was living. Earlier this year The Low Anthem’s put out a single about the ideas that Charlie Darwin put forward. The song is quite possibly one of the most beautiful singles of the year, and one that makes you think. The video fits the song perfectly, I think. Here’s the video and lyrics:

Charlie Darwin by The Low Anthem

Set the sails I feel the winds a'stirring

Toward the bright horizon set the way

Cast your wreckless dreams upon our Mayflower

Haven from the world and her decay

And who could heed the words of Charlie Darwin

Fighting for a system built to fail

Spooning water from their broken vessels

As far as I can see there is no land

Oh my god, the water's all around us

Oh my god, it's all around

And who could heed the words of Charlie Darwin

The lords of war just profit from decay

And trade their children's promise for the jingle

The way we trade our hard earned time for pay

Oh my god, the water's cold and shapeless

Oh my god, it's all around

Oh my god, life is cold and formless

Oh my god, it's all around


SJ said...

I love that you refer to him as Charlie.

It's weird we've gone all this time and have all this research and so much scientific information, yet there are still those that WANT to believe God went bibbity bobbity and smashed a few things together and here we all are, yet somehow also believe He is a God of order and laws and commandments.

The ignorant take the truth to be hard?

Dunno. I'm just glad he noticed a few things that led to what we know now.

Dainon. said...

The tune really is one of the beautiful ones. They come dangerously close to sounding like they could pull off Bon Iver with this tune, too. More than any other band I've heard since Justin V. started being Bon I.