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PUSH THE ENVELOPE

To stretch established limits, as in technological advance or social innovation.

The phrase has its origins in the world of aviation, where ‘envelope’ has, since at least the late 60s, had the meaning ‘a set of performance limits that may not be safely exceeded.’ Test pilots are often called on to ‘push’ a new aircraft’s performance envelope by going beyond known safety limits, as in determining just how fast an airplane can be flown. In 1979 Tom Wolfe’s best-seller ‘The Right Stuff’ vividly described the life of test pilots during the 50s and 60s, and it appears that this book, and the subsequent movie, did much to popularize the notion of pushing the envelope. [Stuart Leichter reports that the words used in the movie are “pushing the outside of the envelope”;
The idea of an envelope as a kind of enclosing boundary is of course not new. In 1899 Arnold Bennett wrote: ‘My desire is to depict the deeper beauty while abiding by the envelope of facts.’

Lyrics: Billy Attwell © 2009
Music: Joshua Irwin © 2009

Vocals: AbstractVision
Music: Joshua Irwin
Produced By AbstractVision & Joshua Irwin

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Lyrics
Lyrics: Billy Attwell © 2009

As man we try
To go beyond
The realm of expectations
Beyond the pale
Extend the scope
Of our imaginations

Higher further & faster
Just how far can we go?
Mathematics & Perfection
Fuels our desire to know

We’ve built machines
In the extreme
Defied the realms of reason
Escaped the pull of gravity
& even changed the seasons

How much higher can we go?
How much faster can we go?
Just how much further can we go?

The Oceans we’ve sailed them,
The Mountains, we’ve climbed them,
Distance, we’ve shrunk it,
The sky, we fly it,
The moon, we’ve been there
The stars? we’re on our way

Grey matters at work
We’ve shaped the past
Innovation is under control
The science it moves along so fast
Now survival is the goal

We strive to grow
Desire to know
We learn from our pitfalls
Continually PUSH THE ENVELOPE
Innovation it has no walls
& in our minds we see
Fantastic things beyond our dreams
We know no boundaries

Expand our scope
Push The Envelope
We live in hope
Push The Envelope
We’re on the outside
Enjoy the ride
Keep Pushing That Envelope

Expand our scope
Push The Envelope
We live in hope
Push The Envelope
We’re on the outside
Enjoy the ride
Keep Pushing That Envelope

The Oceans we’ve sailed them,
The Mountains, we’ve climbed them,
Distance, we’ve shrunk it,
The sky, we fly it,
The moon, we’ve been there
The stars? we’re on our way

The Oceans we’ve sailed them,
The Mountains, we’ve climbed them,
Distance, we’ve shrunk it,
The sky, we fly it,
The moon, we’ve been there
The stars? we’re on our way
The stars? we’re on our way

Today’s become our future
Today’s become our future
OUR FUTURE!
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Uploaded: Aug 16, 2009 - 05:37:50 AM
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011 - 12:55:43 PM Last Played: Aug 26, 2017 - 03:12:33 PM
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Re-al said 3041 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Trippy

and thought-provoking. Lyrically reminds us of Rush. Musically, Stone Roses. Great cocktail of sounds and lyrics.

Re-aL
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Feter said 3041 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
Push The Envelope
Very deep and thoughtful music ...loved the vocal
work indeed ..felt somehow of (Roger waters) here
cool arrangement felt so very much the old school
or prog here ...a real treat ..thnx alot for
sharin !!!!
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Wummimann said 3041 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
...
very good tune. great dynamics.
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michael2 said 3040 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
very cool
like the way you used delay on the vocals (without going over the top), and i love the rhythm during the verse. this is very cool. could almost be a lost Krautrock track from the early 70's. very cool.
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Reggie_Pole said 3040 days ago (August 17th, 2009)
Optimism
The opening is quite Toolish. You've captured something there, but it's a red herring. The theme is quite optimistic. It's rare to here lyrics that aren't trying to tear down science and technology. I like the repetition. It's a building groove. By the way, I think the envelope is a graph that shows the maximum altitude vs. speed (or vice versa). Much enjoyed.
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Name: Billy Attwell
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