Friday, July 15, 2011

Jukebox Friday: dEUS - The Architect

Deus (styled as dEUS) is an alternative rock band formed in 1991 in Antwerp. Their musical influences include folk, punk rock, jazz and progressive rock. The band's current line-up features two of the original members, Tom Barman (vocals, guitar) and Klaas Janszoons (keyboards, violin).

When dEUS got a contract with Island Records in 1992, they became the very first Belgian group to sign with a major international label. They have since become one of the most internationally successful Belgian groups, and their 2005 album Pocket Revolution was supported by a 130-date world tour.

"The Architect", one of the bossiest tracks I've ever heard, was the lead single from dEUS' 2008 album Vantage Point. The song was inspired by and contains samples of the voice of the American architect, engineer and futurist Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). One of the samples used can be heard here. The song mentions the geodesic dome, Fuller's most famous design.

Thanks to Bika for letting me hear this song for the first time. She knows what it means to me.

The video for "The Architect" was created by Arnaud Delord, Caleb Krivoshey and Frank Seiler from ADN Factory.



Lyrics:

(Ah, never mind that space stuff, let's get down to earth!)

What is the architect doing?
He is by the riverside
What is he thinking out there?
He is committing egocide
Now isn't that a strange thing?
Well, to him it feels just
Oh we guess a person's gotta do
What a person feels he must

He said:
"I won't throw myself from the pier
I'm gonna go home and shut up for a year
And when the year is over I'll reappear
And have a solution"

I've reason to believe that what I find
Is gonna change the face of humankind
And all these years before, well I was blind
That's my conclusion

Cause I'm the architect
(I feel it's touch and go)
Cause I'm the architect
(I feel it's touch and go)
Cause I'm the architect

Now the man has understood
That outerspace is overrated
About all the problems on this Earth we should
Worry now to solve them later
And so he's brooding and alluding on a perfect design
He thinks that working on behalf of himself is a crime
He flashes out by the water, a view so divine
He's the architect of his own fate, a man in his prime

He said:
"I won't throw myself from the pier
I'm gonna go home and shut up for a year
And when the year is over I'll reappear
And have a solution"

I've reason to believe that what I find
Is gonna change the face of humankind
And all these years before, well I was blind
That's my conclusion

Cause I'm the architect
(I feel it's touch and go)
Cause I'm the architect
(I feel it's touch and go)
Cause I'm the architect
(I feel it's touch and go)
(That's it, we're going to make it)
(Don't let up)
(Don't let up or we won't make it)
(Don't let up)
(Don't let up or we won't make it)

And so he drew himself a pentagon
Thinking it through a geodesic dome
From the coast of Tahiti to the hills of Rome
Step aside cause the man will take the Nobel prize home

He said:
"I won't throw myself from the pier
I'm gonna go home and shut up for a year
And when the year is over I'll reappear
And have a solution"

Now if these aspirations bother you
Well you are just you, you don't have a clue
I'm sticking to the plan, I will see it through
Let there be no confusion

Cause I'm the architect
(I feel it's touch and go)
Cause I'm the architect
(I feel it's touch and go)
Cause I'm the architect


Source:
http://www.hotellounge.com/songs/thearchitect.html

2 comments:

  1. Ah, so THAT'S what he says in the very beginning of the song! :) dEUS is mostly too dark for me, but this is one of the songs I like. There may be a connection with Citadels of course... ;)

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  2. Reminds me we should play that again soon ;)

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