Join the Red Oyster Cult: or Why I Love Guster

So I got hooked by the song “Either Way” which is beautiful and moving. I stayed hooked due to the interesting percussion (lots of hand drums)and harmonizing vocals. But the final stone that cements Guster’s lasting power in my music collection is their lyrics. Once the sounds of songs have washed over me many times I start to actually process the lyrics. And they’re good. I like them. They make me wonder what they’re about. Take these two songs from their last CD, which are far from my favorites but which have intrigued me lately:

Keep it Together:
Can we miss the storm that sucked the whole world in
And the boats went out at night
And the choppers in the sky
They searched but they could find no trace of us

The thunder struck, the clouds appear
Our fearless crew was not prepared
And pretty soon the boats came for us
half a million strong
We gathered arms and fired shells
We built a wall around ourselves
Pretty soon the spirit was a lot like what it used to be back home

What is this song about? What inspired it? Reminds me somewhat of “99 Red Balloons.”

Red Oyster Cult
If you want to be free,

take a sip of this tea
Join the Red Oyster Cult
If you drink the whole cup, you will never grow up
You will never grow old
Call your mom on the telephone
Tell her you’re coming home
Tell her there’s not a chance you’re ever going to change the world

A sort of cynical twist on Peter Pan and Neverland? And what exactly is the Red Oyster Cult? Is it a reference to something I don’t understand?

Anyway, just makes me think.

Comments 3

  1. lightswitch23 wrote:

    did you call mother?
    are you coming home?

    Posted 16 Aug 2005 at 08:24
  2. punkosopher wrote:

    Never heard of the Red Oyster Cult, but Blue Oyster Cult is a famous band.

    Posted 16 Aug 2005 at 08:53
  3. Luke wrote:

    I feel like it may be a nod to the jim jones kool-aid massacre.

    Posted 25 Nov 2011 at 09:01

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