The Mind Electric

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The Mind Electric
Written by Joe Hawley
Appears on Hawaii: Part II
Sung by Joe Hawley
Duration 6:13
Genre Progressive rock
Language English
Addtl. Info: Previously known as Inside The Mind of Simon

The Mind Electric is a song by Joe Hawley for ミラクルミュージカル that was previously known as Inside The Mind Of Simon[1] before being recorded for Hawaii: Part II. The Mind Electric consists of two very similar versions of the same song, once of which is reversed, so the song essentially plays backwards before playing forwards. A similar style technique was used for Joe's university film: The Other Way

On June 14th 2015 a lyric video for The Mind Electric was uploaded to ミラクルミュージカル's YouTube Page The lyric video version of the song is the exact reverse of the studio version, so that the opposite half of the song plays forward. In this version, the forward section doesn't contain as many samples or stutters, and is about thirty seconds shorter than the backwards section.[2]

A Youtube user previously known as Haivas Knud ( wrote about the voices in the background of the instrumental, the comments on The Mind Electric's Instrumental ( further detail the possible meaning or origin of these excerpts it's well worth a read!

1:03[3] -- “I too”

1:05[4] -- “________ now”

1:05[5] -- “Besides, you think I’m man enough to t-t-”

1:08[6] -- “IHATETHIS”

2:02[7] -- “They hopefully need no power for my mind-”

2:06[8] -- “You ought to be ashamed of yourself”

2:07[9] -- slow demonic voice “Y O U O U G H T T O B E” 2:17[10] -- "Oh, Suzy." 2:19[11] -- "Yes, a sloop! And then they sail off and dump you on the beach at Timbuktu!"

2:23[12] -- "They couldn't sail off and dump me on the beach at Timbuktu."

2:26[13] -- "Why not?"

2:27[14] -- "Timbuktu happens to be in the middle of the Sahara Desert."

2:30[15] -- "...Oh."

2:31[16] -- "Yes, 'oh'. And please tie an anchor to that imagination of yours."

2:36[17] -- "Okay, Mr. Holiday; but if you wind up on the other side of the world, please don't write me a letter about your voyage."

2:42[18] -- "No?"

2:43[19] -- "No. Just reading about the ocean makes me seasick." (endless thanks to Zero the Jackal for sharing the entire sample and source through 2:18-2:43!! You can listen to the original source here: (Alan Ladd in Box 13 (Box Thirteen): Shanghaied (1948 Old-time Radio)) and skip to 2:34 of the video to listen to the snippet) 2:34[20] -- “But by a sort of genius and inspiration; they are like diviners or soothsayers who also say many fine things, but do not understand the meaning of them." (*many* thanks to using this for comments (username) for pointing out that this was an excerpt from Apology by Plato and sharing the full line)

For those who want it, here's a broken down version of 2:34 since it's hard to hear: 2:34[21] -- "But by a sort of genius and inspiration... 2:37[22] -- "They are like diviners and soothsayers... 2:40[23] -- "Who also say many fine things..." 2:44[24] -- "But do not understand the meaning of them." (you can hear the st in understand at 2:44) (this entire segment only plays on the left earbud/headphone, so it's helpful to take out your right one when listening closely to it)


In the longer, "glitchier" part of the song, there are two references to other songs on Hawaii: Part II: during the climax of The Mind Electric, a synthetic instrument uses a chord progression similar to the instrumental outro to Labyrinth. The piano line of Murders is also sampled.

In the non-glitched version of the song, there is no synthetic instrument playing the progression.

In the non-glitched version, during the progression section, the backing vocals "See how they fall?" are included in the instrumental while the glitched version does not.


!thgir ti ta kool uoy fi gnimlaC
cirtcele rehtehw rednop yeht reveN
thgin eht hguorht ti edam gnivah levraM
ot trats selcitrap eht thgirb sworg ti nehW

em ton m'I fi llet t'nac I rotcoD
dnim ym edisni no gniog s'tahw dnatsrednU
em pleh enoemoS
a edisni eloh a edisni llaf uoy dnA
ees t'ndluoc uoy eloh a edisni llaf uoy dnA
dnuora syalp niarb eht woh eeS


nwod er'uoy lit' tog ev'uoy lla ti evig uoy dnA
tog ev'yeht lla ti evig yeht dnA
[llaF] tog ev'yeht lla ti evig yeht dnA
[llaf yeht woh eeS] dnuorg eht krow sfres eht woh eeS

em rof yhtapmys evah eeht fo daelp I
ees uoy yob a tsuj saw I
em no ycrem evah eeht fo geb I
ytsejam yht nwod gnilarips oS
ytngierevos eniht tuo gnihcrocs yllohw srebmahc enim gniyfirtcelE
suht selpmet enim sekirts gninthgil eht sa [!em pleh][etirdned – noxa] gnitnacni ecnemmoc snuN

yærp dna rewoc ot uoy redro I
drol ruoy ma I modgnik ym ni ereH
yawa em yrrac dna em revileD
ygrene thguoht fo skraps gnirettacS

elbuort rof tsriht a setas suineg yht llul fo llah eht ni gnikeirhS
elbbur rednu gnipsag srewolf eht nwod elbmurc srewot enim llA

yramrifni eht ot mih nmednoC
enasni tiebla traeh doog a ev'I
em revo yrolg sti demialc sah niarb yM
nialpxe I yam ronoh ruoy rehtaF

dnah thgir ruoy esiar won nos uoy pleh oS
hturt elohw eht llet ot raews ylnmeloS
[muf of if eef eht fo ecivres] dnats eht no ynomitset ruoy deen ll'eW
daelp uoy od woh ronim tnediseR

lamiced ni etunim htaed sA
htaerb siht gnidloh tnemom hcae fo knihT
thgirf fo yrtiucric gnisolc gnisopxE
thgil sseltimil sa sthguoht eseht fo knihT...ereh esrever ot

Think of these thoughts as limitless light
Exposing closing circuitry of fright
Think of each moment holding this breath
As death minute in decimal

Resident minor how do you plead
We'll need your testimony on the stand [service of the fee fi fo fum]
Solemnly swear to tell the whole truth
So help you son now raise your right hand

Father your honor may I explain
My brain has claimed its glory over me
I've a good heart albeit insane
Condemn him to the infirmary

All mine towers crumble down the flowers gasping under rubble
Shrieking in the hall of lull thy genius sates a thirst for trouble

Scattering sparks of thought energy
Deliver me and carry me away
Here in my kingdom I am your lord
I order you to cower and præy

Nuns commence incanting [axon – dendrite][help me!] as the lightning strikes mine temples thus
Electrifying mine chambers wholly scorching out thine sovereignty
So spiraling down thy majesty
I beg of thee have mercy on me
I was just a boy you see
I plead of thee have sympathy for me

See how the serfs work the ground [see how they fall]
And they give it all they've got
And they give it all they've got [Fall]
And you give it all you've got 'til you're down [Fall]


See how the brain plays around
And you fall inside a hole you couldn't see
And you fall inside a hole inside a
Someone help me
Understand what's going on inside my mind
Doctor I can't tell if I'm not me

When it grows bright the particles start to
Marvel having made it through the night
Never they ponder whether electric
Calming if you look at it right!