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Symbolism of absence is not absence of symbolism February 13, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in humor, ideas, videos.

I always smile when I watch the last 2 minutes of this video or listen to this short little audio file (a BBC radio program) or for that matter watch this song video ( which the context of this story apart itself, is well shot ). So its all about this singer named Katie Melua and her song :

On 30 September 2005, Melua came under criticism in The Guardian from writer and scientist Simon Singh for the lyrical content of the track “Nine Million Bicycles”.

Melua’s disputed lyrics were: “We are 12 billion light-years from the edge. That’s a guess β€” no-one can ever say it’s true, but I know that I will always be with you. ”

They were interpreted by Singh as an assault on the accuracy of the work of cosmologists which sparked a series of letters from other Guardian readers, agreeing or disagreeing. On 15th October, Melua and Singh both appeared on the BBC’s Today programme, and Melua unveiled a re-recording of the song which included Singh’s tongue-in-cheek amendments to the lyrics:

We are 13.7 billion light-years from the edge of the observable universe; that’s a good estimate with well-defined error bars and with the available information, I predict that I will always be with you.

Believe me, you have listen to that BBC radio program or watch the video to realize how funny it all is. Cool ain’t it !

I know its a song afterall. But that apart, how many lovers will leave symbolism behind, just for the heck of it and accept this kinda guarantee ? πŸ™‚ If one lover asks another about whether he/she thinks they will always be lovers till the end of time, will a reply that calls upon the laws of physics be accepted ? πŸ™‚ Geekiness can be just another kind of symbolism, can’t it ?

Anyway, the fact is that the majority of us don’t see any compatibility between these geeky constructs and romantic love thus precluding the possibility that those alternative set of lines above make a superhit love song among but a small minority of us.

Happy Valentine’s Day anyway. I am still laughing.

Update The last bit on the V-Day for this year – I really had to post this. Incredible. Truly great.



1. Achala - February 14, 2007

So this is what factually correct lyrics look (and sound) like! What a refreshing break from all the sun and moon and stars stuff… Lol!

2. raosharath - February 14, 2007

You bet ! πŸ˜€

Ofcourse, those new lyrics didnt go into the new recordings or something…but were unveiled just as a symbolism ..But I still appreciate Katie for that :p

3. Achala - February 15, 2007

Yeah, me too! She managed to get her point across effectively with her rendition of the factually correct lyrics. It sounded so funny. πŸ™‚

And the update: Wow! I have no words… Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I would’ve missed it otherwise.

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