Interpreting Chevelle’s “Piistol Star (Gravity Heals)”

The timing of Chevelle releasing their new album, NIRATIAS, on March 5, 2021 and then hearing this song, reminding me of the importance of gravity, was an immeasurable and invaluable coincidence. Texas had just survived a very stressful February, with rolling power blackouts, extended periods of no power, frozen pipes, no running water in our homes and then the associated cleanup efforts. We needed healing. “Piistol Star (Gravity Heals)” reminded me what could bring the healing and as a result, is easily my most favorite track from NIRATIAS!

A major theme I took away from the book “12 Rules for Life” was in order to lead a meaningful life, one should assume as much responsibility as one can possibly handle. Personal responsibility. Financial responsibility. Social responsibility. Community responsibility. Work responsibility. All of these responsibilities are Gravity. As Chevelle points out in this new track, Gravity Heals. Gravity brings meaning. Gravity brings purpose. Gravity grounds you to the earth beneath your feet.

We humans have not yet evolved the necessary features to fly. That’s why Icarus used wax and feathers to fashion a pair of wings. We humans of the late 20th and 21st centuries have learned how to build machines capable of space flight though. With this new technology and ambition, we must also maintain balance. The yin & yang kind of balance. We must remain ever vigilant of the limitation of our wings. Too close to the sun and the wax melts. Then, whether you want to or not, Gravity takes hold and promptly returns you.

I’ll never learn though! Looked right into the sun. Once again. Melted my wings and blinded my eyes. I’ve been cooped up in this house for over a year and wanted to feel the warmth of the sun. I’ll never learn… (as the lyrics go). Well, not with that attitude! I have to keep trying though. Iterate and improve each day. I have to keep taking on more and more responsibilities, increasing the gravity, because it keeps me occupied. It keeps me distracted. It keeps me from looking right into the sun. The gravity keeps my wings intact and my eyes open so I can see the world around me. Gravity keeps me from wanting to escape and losing site of the dangers above and below.


[Verse 1]
Steal these sins and maybe guilty wins
One more cat life left lazy tryst
Keep shaking loose these walls
I found a life in them
Embracing these unknowns
How much we got to lose

[Chorus]
I'll never learn
Looked right into the sun

[Verse 2]
Life ain't easy for you faceless mess
Turn those lights out crazy
Clear the mind of negative ills
Jumping in so fast I confess
Steal that one thing still left to risk

[Bridge]
Gravity, gravity heals
Gravity, gravity heals

[Pre-Chorus]
Keep shaking my own walls
Divide the vitamins
We're facing these unknowns
Now face the things ignored
Not like I sold the world
Not like I stole your best

[Chorus]
I'll never learn
Look right into the sun
I'll never learn
Look right into the sun

[Bridge]
Gravity, gravity heals
Gravity, gravity heals

[Chorus]
I'll never learn
Look right into the sun
I'll never learn
Look right into the sun
I'll never learn
Gravity, gravity heals
Gravity, gravity heals
I'll never learn
Gravity, gravity heals
Gravity, gravity heals
I'll never learn
Gravity, gravity heals
Gravity, gravity heals

https://www.last.fm/music/Chevelle/_/Piistol+Star+(Gravity+Heals)

https://music.apple.com/us/album/piistol-star-gravity-heals/1545068576?i=1545069186

https://www.shazam.com/track/550076919/piistol-star-gravity-heals

Why do you think Chevelle named the track “Piistol Star” with two “i”, considering the Pistol Star is spelled with one? I’ve been researching the answer and still haven’t found one yet. Let me know your thoughts!

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