Lasers in the Jungle, was Re: Belated Re: CULTURE/SPACE: Tom Hanks on "2001"

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 22:25:45 MST

"Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> > cf. Paul Simon's
> > lyric "And I believe these are the days of lasers in the jungle,
> > lasers in the jungle somewhere" from "The Boy in the Bubble" on the
> > _Graceland_ album, Warner Bros. 9 25447-2.
> I find myself not following this "cf." very well. Can someone explain it
> to me?

Ah. Got it. Page 4 of the GM portion, direct URL :

"Now technology has found a way to penetrate and control the wild
profusion of this wonder world. A jungle road is built in one continuous
operation. First, a searing ray of light -- a laser beam -- cuts through
the trees. Then a giant machine, a factory on wheels, grinds up the
stumps and jungle growth, sets the firm foundations, forms the surface
slabs, sets them in place and the roadway bed is paved. These forest
highways now are bringing to the innermost deapths {sic} of the tropic
world the goods and materials of progress and prosperity creating
productive communities that can enter profitably the markets of the
world and offering to us all enchanting tours through the storybook
forests of tropic lands."

I wonder what this part of the tour looked like. A short jump to a James
Cameron scene, I bet.

Me, I always took the lyric as a warfare scene. And maybe it is. :|

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