"I think this song is kind of a prediction of things to come with overpopulation & people heeding 'clarion calls.' (ie: the protestors' that have no clue what they're protesting) & of course, thinking that following or resisting certain things is going to change the world (ie: all the movements that are around today, calling for arms, to create a 'better place') when he knows (the writer) nothing will change the world."
"Since Antigirl did such a good job at explaining this song metaphorically, there's nothing left for me to do but to explain the science of it. According to the Big Bang theory, all the matter and energy (which are both the same thing, just in different forms--remember E=mc*c) was once concentrated in a point in space--and I do mean a 'point.' Now, the universe as we know it today has about 10 to the 11 galaxies, each having approximately the same number of stars. However, there's more than this in the universe. The thing is, the big bang theory predicts that there's many times much more mass in the universe than what it's accounted for. Scientists think that some may be dark matter, exotic matter than it's can't be seen by our eyes though we can see it in other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum (i.e. the different 'kinds' of light, like X-ray, UV, Gamma rays, radio, and infrared). So, you may ask, where am I going with this? Well, by knowing the mass of the universe, and then finding out its density, we can correctly calculate the Hubble Constant (which is now around 65km/sec*Mpc). By knowing this constant, created by Edwin Hubble (remember the Hubble Telescope, well, it was named after him) the fate of the universe could be predicted. Up to a couple of months ago, there were 3 possible outcomes. First, the universe could be a closed curved, such as a ball, and one could travel, like in the Earth, from one point and return to the same point by going one time around. Second, the universe could be negatively curved, like a saddle, and it'd expand forever. Third, the universe could be flat and it'd expand forever (which turned out to be the correct one). Now, if the universe was closed curved, and there was enough gravity to stop the expansion of the universe (which turns out to be accelerating, some think because of dark energy, quintessence, or anti-gravity black holes, all being anti-gravity entities, meaning they repel rather than attract), then the opposite of the big bang would occur! (just like what happens when a star goes black hole). The universe would then collapse under its own gravity in the Big Crunch state, where it'd be like time was reversed from today to the time of the big bang. All would return to be a point. Time would die, as it's thought that time exists because there's a universe. Big Crunch, however, it's not a very likely outcome, especially with the new research that proved that the universe is basically flat. So, a Big Crunch would destroy everything we know...and there would be nothing for humans to do. Ultimate, irreversible doom...but not so now."
"Alright, Bad Aeronuts did a formidable job of explaining the 'scientific' meaning of the song. My job now is to explain what I believe is the real purpose of the song, which is to explain the triviality of Christian dogma. First, in the beginning of the song Graffin refers to a 'plastic trend' which (if taken literally) would mean easily formed or influenced in reference to Christian doctrine. As the song goes on he describes human instinct to need to have structure in life and that the Christian belief was merely a convenient set of rules and laws that both explains and establishes a fear factor that keeps people in line. The emphasis on human nature is apparent when Graffin sings, 'what goes around always comes around.' The 'protected walls' in which all Christians dwell is merely dogma, which is considered unquestionable (look back on Galileo). Sure a 'clarion call' might be taken as a positive thing in the eyes of many, however, if you look the word up the definition is 'Shrill and clear' the key word being shrill. Skip down a little and Graffin refers to 'countless shadows.' An interpretation of shadow would be an imperfect copy of something else (hmm… where does that sound familiar??). After this he goes on to say 'all suffering in the notion of better things to come.' This basically says that all Christians do is give up luxuries for an unseen voice. And, of course, the infamous last couple of lines in which Graffin basically says that, scientifically (Christians, argue all you want but there is a scientific explanation for everything… sorry!), heaven and especially hell couldn’t possibly hold the population of the earth up until now. So, clearly, this song has nothing to do with the big bang theory (its just a metaphor of a big explosion of something) and has everything to do with religion."
"Hey I thought that the guys above did a good explanation, but still I want to get in my 'two bits'. I'm going more towards the religious view because look, This isn't another new fashion Or a new wave plastic trend Everybody's searching for something But in the mean time let's all just pretend. Most of the religious people I know choose to do so because their looking for something and when they find a good group they join it. okay what else is in this song, This room is overcrowded man and I need air to breath Big bang, big crunch You know there is no free lunch Kneel down and pray Here comes your judgment day Big crunch, you know It's going to be quite a show What goes around always comes around. I think that this a about how we live with big families, or big cities and we are virtually living on top of each other. 'Cause there's no room left in Heaven And there's sure no room in Hell, this i thin is how with this religion and our overpopulation that even the places at where said to hold an infinite number of people will fill up."