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[Powderworks] Bedlam Bridge

Brian Jacobs suncrush@lycos.com
Thu, 22 Aug 2002 09:48:54 +1200

I'm a fairly religious person, and I've always seen the man on the bridge as Jesus.  For me, the song says that, while there's a lot of trouble and pain in the world, Jesus will make everything okay in the end.  I see the "Drive the engines harder, won't you turn the engines over?" as the singer encouraging the listener to press on to Bedlam Bridge, where Christ is.


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On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 17:24:06  
 Beth Curran wrote:
>Well, since we've done arguing about politics, how about let's talk
>about Bedlam Bridge for a while?  Alan and I see the singer approaching
>the metaphorical bridge leading away from Bedlam.  There's something
>there (Alan sees God, and I see the underlying decency and unselfishness
>within mankind) that he can't get to because of his horrible
>surroundings, that will take (Only the singer?  All of Bedlam?) out of
>the chaos.  What we can't agree on is whether the singer is expressing
>solid faith in (God/mankind) as he waits, or whether he's struggling
>with a crisis of faith and is trying to work through it as he stands
>there.  "A man who makes no enemies" would seem to support the first
>idea, while the "Drive" phrase sounds more like the second.  Would love
>to hear your opinions - Beth
>The very first time I heard this song it created a picture in my mind
>that's so vivid, it's seems like a real place.  I love the video because
>it's so much like my cherished mental image.  Why are some of the most
>awful videos associated with some of the most evocative songs?  Like the
>embarrassingly bad video for Skateaway (by Dire Straits), and Ono's
>intrusively watchful presence in Imagine - ewwww!  But then you get one
>like this, where it all comes together.  Lovely.

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