origin of love - hedwig and the angry inch
origin of love
by Hedwig And The Angry Inch
after the symposium

when the earth was still flat and the clouds made of fire
and the mountains stretched up to the sky, sometimes higher
folks roamed the earth like big rolling kegs
they had two sets of arms
they had two sets of legs
they had two faces peering out of one giant head
so they could watch all around them as they talked while they read
and they never knew nothing of love
it was before the origin of love
origin of love
the origin of love
origin of love
well there were three sexes then
one that looked like two men glued on back to back
they were the children of the sun
and similar in shape girth were the children of the earth
they looked like two girls rolled up in one
and the children of the moon was like a fork shoved on a spoon
they were part sun part earth part daughter part son
oh the origin of love
well the gods grew quite scared of our strength and defiance
and thor said i'm gonna kill them all with my hammer
like i killed the giants
but zeus said no
you'd better let me use my lightning like scissors
like i cut the legs off the whales
dinosaurs into lizards
then he grabbed up some bolts, he let out a laugh
said i'll split them right down the middle
gonna cut them right up in half
and then storm clouds gathered above into great balls of fire
and then fire shot down from the sky in bolts
like shining blades of a knife
and it ripped right through the flesh
of the children of the sun and the moon and the earth
and some indian god sewed the wound up to a hole
turned it 'round to our bellies to remind us the price we payed
and osiris, and the gods of the nile gathered up a big storm
to blow a hurricane
to scatter us away
a flood of wind and rain, a sea of tidal waves
to wash us all away
and if we don't behave they'll cut us down again
and we'll be hopping 'round on one foot
looking through one eye
the last time i saw you we had just split in two
he was looking at me, i was looking at you
you had a way so familiar i could not recognize
cause you had blood on your face
and i had blood in my eyes
but i swear by your expression
that the pain down in your soul was the same
as the one down in mine
that's the pain
that cuts a straight line down through the heart
we call it love
we wrapped our arms around each other
tried to shove ourselves back together
we were making love, making love
it was a cold dark evening such a long time ago
when by the mighty hand of jove
it was a sad story how we became lonely two-legged creatures
the story, the origin of love
that's the origin of love
oh yeah, the origin of love
the origin of love
the origin of love

and so today, the strange prof suggested, "what if people aren't splintered just in two, but in thousands of fragments - will they ever reify, join, crystallize, configure such that all parts are the same being again?"

i like that i learned a new word today: reify.

i don't like the suggestion that people are fragmented in several places, not just broken in two - that would be too much like the jewel shards inuyasha, kagome and their friends are looking for. there's two sets of love pairs there. any thinking person would think, "whatever. the shards went into a river. it's been seven years. they'll never get all of them. even inuyasha can't pick up powdered fragments."

kagome accidentally hits the jewel shard with her arrow and splinters it into several pieces. this then starts the whole series - they have to find all the shards to bring back the jewel.

ok wait. i lost my train of thought here. lemme rewind -

so if people are fragmented several ways, does that mean that they need all sorts of things and people and experiences and places to make them whole again?

won't that be a futile attempt?

and so... if you can't find everything that you need, does that mean that you have to be satisfied with what you can reach for, what you already have, what's immediately accessible, achieveable?

and so... does that mean that the world is full of people with holes?

if so... that's ok, then. because the world may be crashing all around us, but that's because they did it looking to fill those holes.

good night.
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