This was just something for fun. I’ve always loved Tech N9ne’s 14-second Stamina from his albums “The Worst” and still his best album “AngHellic.” This is kind of an ode to that.
I’m in the Oedipal edifice
pushin’ rocks like Sisyphus
You can’t even get with this
It’s over your head like Icarus
You don’t wanna get at this
I’m pushin’ weight like Atlas
I’m climbing the Mount to where Zeus is
Peace! I’m out! Deuces!
“I’m in the Oedipal edifice” In Greek Mythology, and later the play by Sophocles, Oedipus was foretold to kill his father and marry his mother. His father sends him away to have him killed. The one assigned with the task can’t bring himself to commit infanticide. Through a series of misadventures, he unwittingly returns to fulfill the prophecy. Sigmund Freud hypothesized that every man wants to murder his father and have sex with his mother, which I think is far too literal a reading of a story that is more likely a reference to the younger generation replacing the older, and men wanting to marry someone like their mother. Anyway, the term Oedipal complex has come to mean one who harbors a sexual desire for his mother. An edifice is a building. This line is a take on the old Rap trope “I’m in the motherfuckin’ house.”
“pushin’ rocks like Sisyphus” As a punishment from Zeus for cheating death twice, Sisyphus was given the task of pushing a rock up a hill only to have it roll to the bottom every time he got it close to the top for eternity. I used it here as another take on another Rap trope. Pushin’ rocks means to sell crack, the rock form of cocaine. I’ve never sold crack or any drugs, nor have I ever endeavored to do so. I often feel like writing is a Sisyphean task like I’m pushing a rock up a hill and never getting anywhere.
“It’s over your head like Icarus” Icarus tried to escape Crete with his father Daedalus using wings Daedalus made of feathers and wax. Before Icarus flew too close to the sun warming the wax to the point that the wax in his wings melted bringing him crashing back to Earth, he would have been over everybody’s head. The references to Greek Mythology could also be over one’s head, beyond understanding, if they are not familiar with the stories.
“I’m pushin’ weight like Atlas” After the Olympians defeated the Titans, Zeus condemned Atlas to hold up the sky for eternity. Though he is often depicted as holding the world on his shoulders. Zeus was big on eternal punishments. Pushin’ weight is another Rap trope synonymous with pushin’ rocks. For me, I work out or push a lot of weights. While I’m not a large or violent person, one is typically reluctant to get on the wrong side of one who lifts weights, especially if they’re large and/or violent.
“I’m climbing the Mount to where Zeus is” Zeus is the king of the Greek Gods who reside on Mount Olympus. I’m working hard and will settle for nothing less than deification, which is obviously an exaggeration.