"I'm pretty sure this song is about pornography. 'This intercourse of nature, this vulgar social past time, reflects the lowest mark of our progress.' Greg also says 'voyeuristic public.' In fact, I think it may have to do specifically with the internet porn industry."
"That's one of the stupidest interpretations I've ever heard. just because you see the word 'intercourse' and 'voyeur' doesn't mean its about porn. If you looked at the lyrics, in the mean it has NOTHING to do with it, so try interpreting the whole song instead of 2-3 words."
"I don't think it has anything to do with pornography, those few lines were metaphor. It's about politics and success, leading or following others. 'There's the image of a man / Who commands a high opinion / And he hides his hatred with a sheepish grin / And beside him flanking closely / Are the boisterous hollow masses Who lap up whatever trickles in.' Certain people are Leaders. They have the charisma, intelligence, karma, whatever, to make themselves heard and believed. And many more are Followers, who have not the intelligence or will to fight for something. Sort of the driving force for pop culture. 'This intercourse of nature, / This vulgar social pastime, / Reflects the lowest mark of our progress / And the few who ride peripheral Maintain subtle advantage / Fighting hard to abstain and redress' He's talking about politics, people. 'Intercourse of nature,' I think, refers to partisan politics in America, which would support the 'few who ride peripheral' as free-thinkers who are trying to support a better system. 'Tell me do you know your place / In the big parade? / Are you more than they?' That's pretty obvious. I love this song; it's really eloquent about the nature of people."
"I think this song has NOTHING to do with pornography! The 'intercourse of nature' and 'vulgar social pastime' refer to the 'the boisterous hollow masses / Who lap up whatever trickles in'... This song is clearly about the masses and how the politicians can so easily control our thoughts and emotions... 'And the few who ride peripheral Maintain subtle advantage Fighting hard to abstain and redress' This refers to those who are not influenced by politics, and who are battling hard against this mass propaganda and thought-control. Lastly, I think that the song makes one reflect about his position in society: whether he/she is one of these mind-controlling leaders (There's the image of a man / Who commands a high opinion), or part of the masses, or one of those fighting against this."
"Government they are 30 or 40 humans and rule over 30 or 40 millions and we the 30 or 40 millions follow without a reason only because we are afraid of change or because we don't know how to make a change."