Pancreas is an amazing song on so many levels. It is no wonder it is my favorite song on the album.
On the surface, Pancreas may be seen as merely a cheery, odd little song about a usually obscure topic. A cute song about an under-appreciated organ.
But it's so much more than that. The song has soul. Meaning. Stronger than any other song ever before. It's enough to bring tears to my eyes. But I may be getting a bit ahead of myself.
This man has such a love for his pancreas. A passion. A passion that burns brighter than a million suns. It's creepy and beautiful at the same time. This man, whom we shall call Bob, recognizes the importance of this lovely organ. Without his pancreas, Bob would die. He's always thinking about his pancreas, because he knows that it's there for him, always, whenever he needs it. It will never desert him, never abandon him when he needs it the most. The pancreas never complains. It just sits and does its duty. Never wavering. Without faltering. How can this NOT bring joy to Bob? It compels him to sing! My pancreas!!!!! It's beautiful.
But he also knows that his pancreas isn't the only one in the universe. All pancrei do the same thing. They never ask for anything in return. They just mind their own business, giving their love to the rest of the body in which they serve.
And then "Flow pancreatic juice"... that part conveys such powerful imagery. That life-bearing fluid that the pancreas was created to create! Lipase, amylase and trypsin... they're going to help with my digestion...... Wow. The way Bob sings this part... it's very touching. And what can be more important than the organ that helps us with our food.... food, which we eat in order to keep ourselves alive. Who does all the work? The pancreas, that's who. Doesn't get enough respect, and Bob is here to right that wrong. Can't you see he loves his pancreas?!? Golly gee, he loves his pancreas.
It's a touching story of love, devotion, and unwavering support. And the music itself adds to it. The magic... the mood.. the sense of purpose.... You can FEEL what Bob feels, through the music alone. When you add the words, it really is enough to bring tears to my eyes, as I mentioned earlier. Never before has there been a song so touching, so moving... It really awakens your previously neglected love for the most important organ in our body.
I highly doubt we will ever be taught a lesson as valuable as the one Bob has taught us.
Silence will fall.