On The Verge references


"...The Men, The Legend, The Goat, The Satyr."

The Satyr was seen in medieval times as the lowest class of being in the afterlife. A good ghost was often in transit to its eternal resting place, but a Satyr was so laden with sin that it would be impossible to even imagine a heavenly destination.

The term was most often used descriptively, "that ghost is one real Satyr," and was based on an ancient Greek myth. For the Greeks, the Satyr was a permissive, sexually deviant, follower of Dionysus, the god of wine. The Satyr was said to be aggressive, troublesome and "instinctively ready for every physical pleasure." They were often depicted with an erect corkscrew phallus. (Yeah, good luck not Googling that one...)   

Another Shakespearian reference on "Road Apples:" Hamlet does refer to one of the mythical creatures described above. He wonders allowed if comparing his father, the former king, to the new ruler is like comparing a saint "to a satyr."  

"...Deadheading's never gonna kill the Chief."

The Royal Horticultural Society defines "deadheading" as:  "term used for the removal of flowers from plants when the flowers are fading or dead. It is done for the dual purposes of maintaining appearance and improving performance." If the "Chief" in this instance is taken to mean a figurehead or authority figure, the lyric fits nicely with the "I cant take it anymore" message of "On The Verge."

"Deadhead" is also the term for a log, left behind by industrial loggers of centuries ago, resting and rotting in a lake or river. Some believe Tom Thomson of "Three Pistols" fame, may have been the victim of a deadhead log.

"Deadhead" was also the nickname given to fans of the legendary 1960's perennial touring rock act, The Grateful Dead. Legend has it, the boys in the Dead knew a little something about horticulture themselves.

And while it probably has nothing to do with the song, you can count on me to plug Canada's most famous "Chief," Prime Minister John "Dief the Chief" Diefenbaker, just so I can show this:

"...The long lost Queens of some Hoodoo?"

Hoodoo is a form of magic, belief and tradition which became popular among members of some African American communities in the Southern U.S. The centre of Hoodoo culture is in New Orleans, Louisiana.