Gorillaz, Cracker Island: inside the meaning of the lyrics

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On June 22nd Gorillaz released a new song, Cracker Island, and as it always happens with them, people started immediately to analyze the lyrics, trying to understand how the hidden story of the band is progressing. As many know, Gorillaz are a fantasy band made of 4 characters, 2D, Murdoc, Noodle e Russel, with a long and complex story (tracked carefully in their fandom page). This new song is therefore introducing something new: in this article we will delve into the story and the meaning of the lyrics.

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Cracker Island: the lyrics and their meaning

Cracker Island is a mysterious place introduced by 2-D in the song. In this island a ancient cult was born, and 2-D is now a member of it. Previously, Gorillaz referred to it as The Last Cult, and even invited fans to join it on this website. In the song, he’s describing what it meant for him to take part of this cult, what the price to pay way, and what the benefits are.

The lyrics are highly symbolic, so we are supposed to find the hints distributed on the lines.

On Cracker Island it was born
To the collective of the dawn
They were planting seeds at night
To grow a made-up paradise
Where the truth was auto-tuned

This is the beginning of the song. What was born on Cracker Island is the cult, which will be referred to later on in the song. There is an ancient community who created the cult, “to grow a made-up paradise”. The world promised by the cult is not purely natural: talking about a made-up paradise and using the autotune metaphor (a tool that digitally stabilizes the voice in music production, turning often the human voice in a robotic one) make us think that we are talking about an artificial paradise.

In the end, I had to pay (What world is this?)
In the end, I had to pay (I purged my soul)
In the end, I had to pay (I drank to write)
I’ve got nothing more to say (I drank to write)

2-D paid with his soul, in order to enter the cult. And the cult will deliver new world to him. How does this world look like? We can find some more hints in the following lines.

What world is this?

In the end, it will be great (Beneath the hills)
I’m like a ship between the tide (I saw myself)
I held on, I surprise (Beneath the void)
In the end I’ll be okay (Forever cult)

Nothing more to say

From these lines we understand that we don’t know yet what the new world will look like. 2-D refers to this new world always in the future, so it has not arrived yet, despite he already gave up his soul for it. In order to know how the story will evolve, we will have to wait for more Gorillaz songs. There could be a new album coming, after last one released in 2020, and maybe the title is just “The Last Cult”. We will probably know more about it in the upcoming days.

Is there a metaphorical, hidden meaning behind the song? Well, why not. A new world coming, the promise of a bright future made of artificial changes, all this could have some connections with what is happening to the world lately, and how the natural life as we always knew it has been forced to change. We will wait more inputs from Gorillaz to understand if there could be some connection between the new part of the story and the events of the real world.

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The complete lyrics

On Cracker Island it was born
To the collective of the dawn
They were planting seeds at night
To grow a made-up paradise
Where the truth was auto-tuned (Forever cult)
And it’s sadness I consumed (Forever cult)
Into my formats everyday (Forever cult)
In the end, I had to pay (What world is this?)
In the end, I had to pay (I purged my soul)
In the end, I had to pay (I drank to write)
I’ve got nothing more to say (I drank to write)

They taught themselves to be occult
They didn’t know its many strategiеs
They taught themselvеs to be occult
They didn’t know its many strategies (Fantasies)

What world is this?
What world is this?

On Cracker Island it was raised (Hey, hey, hey, hey)
By the collective from the grave (Hey, hey, hey, hey)
It only came out at night (Hey, hey, hey, hey)
It ate up their paradise (Paradise)
Where the truth was auto-tuned (Forever cult)
And it’s sadness I consumed (Forever cult)
Into my formats everyday (Forever cult)
In the end, I had to pay (What world is this?)
Out there on my silver lake (I was not there)
In the end, it will be great (Beneath the hills)
I’m like a ship between the tide (I saw myself)
I held on, I surprise (Beneath the void)

They taught themselves to be occult
They didn’t know its many strategies
They taught themselves to be occult
They didn’t know its many strategies (Fantasies)

On Cracker Island it will die (Forever cult)
Join the collective in the sky (Forever cult)
And on the shining bolt of light (Forever cult)
Go out to paradise (What world is this?)
Where the truth is auto-tuned (I purged my soul)
And it’s sadness I consume (I drank to write)
Into my formats everyday (I drank to write)
In the end I had to pay (Forever cult)
In the end I had to pay (Forever cult)
In the end I’ll be okay (Forever cult)

Nothing more to say
Nothing more to say
Nothing more to say