Tiger The Lion references


"...This is Tiger The Lion
Gimme the Knuckles of Frisco
-If there's danger in the language, gentlemen
I suggest no further use of
The two-way radio"

"...Get me into the pillows
If you're painted by radar gentlemen
There'll be no further use of the two-way radio."

If you're a Tom Cruise fan, then you know the affinity fighter pilots have for cool nicknames. While "Tiger The Lion" may not be as 'bad ass' as "Maverick" or... "Goose," Gord Downie has said that the inspiration for the language throughout "Tiger" comes from Second World War airborne aces. During the conflict, WWII pilots had to be leery of radar and radio intercepts, and thus cloaked their language in code words and monikers.

The official term for this dialogue was "Brevity Code," and since the success of the 1986 blockbuster "Top Gun," fighter pilot slang has worked its way into the mainstream vocabulary.       

"...John Cage had come to feel
Art in our time
Was much less important
Than our daily life."

John Cage was a composer, artist, critic and intellectual whose first Hip link stems from his work on the subject of existentialism which is often referenced in academic studies of Hugh Maclennan. Cage was fond of experimenting with music, and was often heralded in the same ways as Canadian master pianist, composer and eccentric genius; Glenn Gould. Like Gould, Cage was interested in the process of making music, the technologies that could improve that process, and the ways in which that process affected human beings. Cage sought to discover if creative choice could be completely replaced by random luck. He famously composed a piece of music by flipping a coin to select which bars would come next.

When not recording 4 minutes and 30 seconds of silence or collecting mushrooms, Cage was fond of lecturing on the role of art in society. The Cage passage from "Tiger" comes directly from a 1980 book called "Off The Wall" which dealt with art in the post modern world. Cage's 1961 address to Wesleyan University is also footnoted in Music@Work's lyric booklet.

Fighter pilots going silent, (One of Cage's favourite "states" of sound) and later skimming through the clouds, seems to provide a nice metaphor for John Cage's notion that modern man could not adequately navigate his world without first embracing art. By neglecting our understanding of culture, art and expression, John Cage had come to feel that we were all flying blind.