this essay explores the mystical implications of the cosmic portal created at exactly 1.48 of ‘don’t stop’ by the stone roses while at the same time trying to wed the author to the song in the same way that mark chapman did with his favourite book (catcher in the rye) by shooting john lennon. i cannot deny this. at the very basic level ‘don’t stop’ says something about my soul that i cannot say myself.
have offered up the word orgasm to describe 1.48 on occasion but today
it came to me in a startling eye-shifting moment that it is more likely
to be the actual sound of dying. a kind of grande mort, like being
sucked backwards through your (in)significant moments, or a sort of
existential hedge that attaches itself to the barnet area and scalps
is it coincidence that
‘waterfall’ (which is ‘don’t stop’ the wrong way round) is exactly the
kind of song any girl with real soul would like played at their funeral?
i don’t think so. it is 1.48 when the coffin is engulfed in flames. it
is 1.48 when the pacemaker explodes the body into a hundred different
and newly-discovered colours, disintegrating the is into the IS.
is the news for me, useless/ now so much waste’. the song is a kind of
vehicle, first taking you towards the moment of death, and then away
from it, there is a definite membrane that needs breaking from about
1.38 onward, then from 1.48 until 1.57 god speaks an actual sentence in
music. the first (human) words start after this voice: ‘don’t stop-
isn’t it funny how you shine?’
human voices come from the dark, like the red glow of faraway stars- and
the bassline is undeniably an upward stairway. this leads me to believe
that the song as a whole actually takes place in space. this is an irrefutable truth (the music of the spheres would absolutely
be backmasked- you cannot get away from it). 1.48 is the moment when
you exit your own body/atmosphere to become a god yourself.
into my heart/He must be one of us’. Moreover, the song has a kind of
insect quality to it, like a giant mechanical butterfly breaking out of a
cocoon. another coincidence? i cannot believe it. ‘to steal what she
never could own/and race from this hole she calls home’ (waterfall 0.28)
conclusion, ‘don’t stop’ is a frozen piece of the universal song,
captured by mistake like a ghost in the wrong part of the cosmos. i
believe the stone roses unwittingly uncovered the voice of god while
also revealing the sound and experience of dying using a kind of reverse
magic. the lyric ‘don’t stop’ quite clearly refers to the life-source
within and without every one of us.
in a very real sense 1.48 may actually be the number of god.