Get a bonus track when you purchase the 15 minute DVD of the full debut performance of "One of the Wise Ones," "Stranger," and "Upon the Paths of Men," by Annie Cilley. DIY packaging.
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Stranger poses questions about personal identity and makes frequent allusions to various philosophical and psychological perspectives. The first verse centers around the legend of the Ship of Theseus. The second focuses on Hume’s bundle theory of personal identity. The third addresses Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious.
Who am I?
I have found myself
A stranger in a strange place.
How can I
Ever find myself
Am I this ever-changing body?
A ship, weathered by the sea,
In need of constant reparation
Holding on to what it is that makes me “me”.
How long until I am completely new?
Or has it already happened to me?
When did I become this body?
Am I a series of impressions?
Each moment, a picture in a frame
Each body, a flickering projection
Each soul only a face, only a name
If this shape is just an empty room,
This sense of self just an illusion,
Then what is this that makes me wonder?
Am I another incarnation?
Composed of all all that’s come before,
Singing another variation,
On a tune that’s as old as we are.