User:Hyperbole/Where My Heart Will Take Me
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Where My Heart Will Take Me's heart-rending lyrics are often thought to be so powerful that even writing them down is sacriligious. However, for the sake of explication, they are reproduced here.
- It's been a long road, getting from there to here.
This line implies that it took a long time for human civilization to discover space travel, Hyperdrive, and that little magnetic harpoon thing the Enterprise shoots out when Captain Archer loses his keys in space.
- It's been a long time, but my time is finally near.
Brilliantly, this line reiterates the first line in a way that rhymes with the first line. Actually, the first line implies that the singer is "here" while the second line implies that the speaker is merely "near"; however, this can be interpreted as an insightful observation that wherever you are, you are merely near to wherever you are about to be.
- And I will see my dream come alive at last. I will touch the sky.
The line "touch the sky" reminds us that we're about to watch a show about spaceships.
- And they're not gonna hold me down no more, no they're not gonna change my mind.
The pronoun "they," in this context, refers to gravity and the little gnomes that grab us by the feet to create it. These gnomes have also been known to try to convince human beings that space travel is futile.
- Cause I've got faith of the heart.
Faith refers to the innate ability to assent to a proposition despite no evidence of its validity. The heart is a muscle that pumps blood through the circulatory system and cannot assent to propositions. As a heart is therefore incapable of faith, this line points out that Captain Archer, the main character of the show, has an exceptional heart capable of conscious, though irrational, thought.
- I'm going where my heart will take me.
His heart may also have wheels, although this has yet to be confirmed.
- I've got faith to believe. I can do anything.
Normally, one must believe in order to have faith. This line cleverly turns the logic of faith on its ear, suggesting that one must have faith in order to believe. In other words, the line asserts that it is impossible to assent to a proposition on the basis of evidence of its truth, because the evidence of its truth is, de facto, untrustworthy. This recalls René Descartes observation that he has no evidence that all his senses are not being fed by a malevolent demon.
- I've got strength of the soul. And no one's gonna bend or break me.
The soul is both a hypothetical construct developed to explain how a rotting corpse could experience an afterlife, and a style of music and food enjoyed by attractive and successful African-Americans. This line refers to the former. Here, the singer's soul is so rigid that he is unable to bend at the waist.
- I can reach any star.
This line reminds us that we are about to watch a science fiction television program.
- I've got faith, I've got faith, I've got faith, faith of the heart.
This line is about the importance of telling people repeatedly that you possess the ability to assent to irrational propositions, and ends by reiterating that this ability is contained within the singer's ventricles.