An Electron Emits a Photon, Travels Backwards in Time (Feynman)

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Inspired by the graphic novel Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick, performed live in the Bushwick Book Club at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY, on October 7, 2011.


Not going to simplify gonna tell it like it is
If you don’t like it find another place to live
It’s all photons and electrons over and over again
The laws that apply are self-evident don’t make any sense

There’s a lot of stuff we don’t understand
See the universe in a grain of sand
But our theories don’t explain gravity
Or the things we see when we go to sleep

An electron emits a photon, travels backwards in time
Richard Feynman writes a letter to his dead wife
He says: I tried to show you the tapes that I made
But there were delays and I was too late

It doesn’t matter if you like this game
More in heaven and earth than any scientist can name
The great mystery of life is how can any body know
Of all the paths it could take where’s it gonna go honey even though

We can calculate probabilities
We imagine the possibilities
But the gods they play their celestial chess
We don’t understand we just take a guess

An electron emits a photon, travels backwards in time
Richard Feynman writes a letter to his dead wife
He says: Please excuse me for not mailing this
But I don’t know your new address

Now write this down in indelible ink
What do you care about what other people think
What seems impossible is just a state of mind
An electron emits a photon travels back in time
Travels back in time travels back in time...


from Songs About Books (selections from the Bushwick Book Club), released August 10, 2013
Ellia Bisker - vocals + piano


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Sweet Soubrette Brooklyn, New York

Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy "existential indie rock" has won fans' hearts and critical praise since the release of debut album Siren Song. She is joined by a talented backing band, often featuring as many as 8 musicians onstage. Sweet Soubrette's fourth album, Big Celebrity, was released in 2016. ... more

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