Bury Magnets?

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At the start of the 'Fall on Me' video it says 'Bury Magnets Swallow The Rapture Lets Gather Feathers'. What does this mean?

-- Steve Feretti (wraithofhere@aol.com), June 18, 2000


"Bury Magnets. Swallow The Rapture." also appears in the liner notes to _Lifes Rich Pageant_. I don't know if there is a _real_ answer to their meaning, but I had always taken them as phrases hinting at the mysterious, mystical, almost sublime theme of the song. "Fall on Me" contains references to early scientific experiments, and their shortcomings. "Bury Magnets. Swallow the Rapture." seems to be enjoining us to leave that rational scientific model and its problems behind.

-- Amy Leeds (AZNovel@aol.com), June 18, 2000.

It seems to be kind of a theme on Lifes Rich Pageant because burying magnets sounds a bit like something to do with the magnetic poles of the earth and on 'I Believe' Michael says, 'I believe the poles are shifting'. MATT

-- Matt Phelps (phelpsyboy@yahoo.co.uk), June 26, 2000.

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