Out Da Box

 

Chris Case suggests there are box Christians and unbox Christians. I’m not quite sure what I think about his recommendation: an open top box, with a bottom to help us set a foundation and an open top that “allows for the miraculous and wonder-working God and allows to be humble about our certainties.”

While I’m crunching on that, I’m simultaneously crunching on the lyrics to Lupe Fiasco’s “Never Lies.” Take a listen and see if you can help me decipher what is going on in this song! Please leave your thoughts in the comments. Thanks.

Never Lies

[Intro: Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park]
And he never lies
And he never lies

[Lupe Fiasco:]
(uh, yea)
He just sits, and watches the people in the boxes
Everything he sees, he absorbs and adopts it
He mimics and he mocks it
And he hates the box but he cant remember how to stop it
(uh) So he continues to watch it
Hopin that it can give him somethin he can box with
Or how the locksmith seen the boxes
Locked in the box and aint got the combination to unlock it
Thats why he watches, scared to look away
Cuz at that moment it might show him what to take off the locks with
So he chained himself to the box, took a lock and then he locked it
Swallowed the combination and then forgot it
As the doctors jot it all down with they pens and pencils
The same ones that took away his voice and just left his instrumental, like damn

[Chorus Mike Shinoda:]
And he never lies
(he never lies, he never lies, uh)
And he never lies
(uh, he never lies, he never lies, no)
And he never lies
(he never lies)
Cuz he never said anything at all

[Lupe Fiasco:]
He just sits, and listens to the people in the boxes
Everything he hears, he absorbs and adopts it
Anything not comin out the box he blocks it
See he loves the box and hope they never stop it
Anything the box tell him to do, he does it
Anything it tell him to get, he shops and he cops it
He protects the box, locks it in a box when he goes to sleep
But he never sleeps
Cuz he stays up to watch it, scared to look away
Cuz at that moment it might get stolen
And thats the last of the boxes
So he chained himself to the box, took a lock and locked it
Swallowed the combination and then forgot it
As the doctors jot it all down with they pens and pencils
The same ones that took away his voice and just left his instrumental, like damn

[Chorus:]
And he never lies
(he never lies, he never lies, uh)
And he never lies
(uh, he never lies, he never lies, no)
And he never lies
(he never lies)
Cuz he never said anything at all, anything at all
(he never lies, uh)

[Interlude Lupe Fiasco:]
And you cant tell me just who you are
You by new clothes just to hide those scars
You build that roof just to hide those stars
Now you cant take it back to the start x2

[Chorus:]
And he never lies
(he never lies, he never lies, uh)
And he never lies
(uh, he never lies, he never lies, no)
And he never lies
(he never lies)
Cuz he never said anything at all, anything at all

[fading out:]
And you cant tell me just who you are
You by new clothes just to hide those scars
You build that roof just to hide those stars
Now you cant take it back to the start [x3]

 

 

Posted on 10-16-2007

Comments

  1. Todd Wold says:

    October 16th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    My 2 cents: This is about epistemology. In the vein of Ellul and Postman, part of the modern to postmodern shift has been a move to an image orientation from a text orientation in terms of how we know things. The boxes are the ubiquitous screens.

    There’s more to it, but that’s what I get from my first listen. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  2. chris sanders says:

    October 26th, 2007 at 2:26 am

    the box is television, as a metaphor for pop culture, as a metaphor for the mainstream. it goes in and out between being literal and being metaphor from word to word. It is more of a general idea than a literal symbolism. and, its lupe fiasco, who works with Kanye West. I love Kanye, but he does a great job of sounding meaningful without really saying much. Really, if Lupe had something that important to say, he wouldn’t be doing it through a pop-culture/mainstream/commercialism megastar like Kanye West. Take it with a grain of salt… there is meaning to be had but only if you bring something to it and also REALLY look for it.

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