Song Explanation: “So Far”

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This is the final of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. This last song on the list is “So Far.” You can find the words to the song and Reese’s explanation below. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation. 

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So Far

I leap from buildings in a single bound.
I’m flying downward near the speed of sound.
If gamma rays,
blast through my fragile outside,
a hulking mass,
grows as my cells divide.

So far, there’s nothing that you and I can’t do.
So far, well, mostly so far it’s all been you.
So far, so far.

I’ll light on fire with a single spark
my body battling the wicked dark.
I’ll catch bullets,
just between my bones,
and Vita Rays tear through my chromosomes.

So far, there’s nothing that you and I can’t do.
So far, well, mostly so far it’s all been you.
So far, something about this still rings true.
So far, all that I need is you.

Web-swinging is only wishful thinking.
You lift my soul, you keep my heart from sinking.

Explanation by Reese Roper:

So, when we started writing for this album, Scott Kerr would write what we called “placeholder” lyrics over his songs that we could use to get the gist of where to put the actual lyrics, their cadence, and melody. He had written this beautiful song about his wife, called “So Far”, which I completely annihilated with stupid references to comic book characters. Yeah, I’m that bad of a person. I tried to make it be about God, to remove some of my guilt, but I am still haunted by my utter wretchedness. Lo, I am but a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, and despised by the people! Anyway, it’s some song about how we need the Lord, because the things that comics have told us will give us superpowers will actually only kill us.

Here’s the references:
I leap from buildings in a single bound.
I’m flying downward near the speed of sound.
– Superman. Also, leaping from buildings is a great way that you can die of death.

If gamma rays,
blast through my fragile outside,
a hulking mass,
grows as my cells divide.
– The Hulk. Gamma rays will seriously give you cancer. Please do not try this at home.

I’ll light on fire with a single spark
my body battling the wicked dark.
– The Human Torch. No. Please do not light yourself on fire. Not even at parties to try and look cool. You will not look cool. You will be dead. From burning.

I’ll catch bullets,
just between my bones,
– Superman. Again. Fun Fact: George Reeves, TV’s Superman from the 50’s was actually not faster than a speeding bullet.

and Vita Rays tear through my chromosomes.

– Captain America. Number one, Vita Rays are not an actual thing. Number two, if you shot any type of “Ray” at yourself, other than visible light or one with the last name of Romano, you will probably only gain body mass in the form of tumors. You should however, take your vitamins.

Web-swinging is only wishful thinking.
You lift my soul, you keep my heart from sinking.
– Spider-man. Please don’t irradiate spiders. They will also get cancer. Also, has Charlotte’s web taught us nothing?

7 Comments

  1. One of my absolute favorites from “Engine”. Glorious. Luminous.

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  2. A song that blesses me .

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  3. Out of curiosity, do you think we could see some of Scott’s placeholder lyrics. The writing process always intrigues me, and seeing what song started as, and comparing it to what it finished as is pretty neat.

    If you don’t want to though, it’s cool, never hurts to ask.

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  4. @tim you’ll have to wait until “Cheeses…2: Aged Cheddar” for that.

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  5. Reece strikes again, Fortess of Solitude and now this. Once again, I love the superhero imagery only used ironically.

    So are we getting no Blizzards and Bygones explination?
    Normally I would be fine without one but this is basicly how I think of it…

    The final verse could be a Hal Borland reference concerning winter
    Hal Borland graduated from the University of Colorado
    UC’s school colors are black, gold, and silver
    Three colors
    HALf Life 3 confirmed

    I get we are entitled to our own interpretations, but some insight on the song would be appreciated.

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    • You’ll note that the song Blizzards and Bygones gives lyric credits only to Scott. As nearly as I can tell, the song tells of Scott’s experiences during his descent into atheism, and facing the weight of unanswered questions. I learned to handle my unanswered questions in a quite different way, by trusting that there is both an intellectually and a spiritually satisfying answer that has not yet been discovered or articulated, or else that I have not come across it yet. This is partly what motivates my own interest in Christian apologetics, and many of my formerly unanswered questions have been answered through my research, but if you’re not willing to trust in God to provide the answers later (and remain loyal to Him during that time), and if having all the answers is more important to you than having a relationship with God, unfortunately we’ve all seen too many times what will happen to those people.

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