Like a flag at half-mast as frames click fast

from Beastie Boys – Just a Test Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

source: Paul’s Boutique — A Visual Companion

Half-mast is the tradition of flying a flag beneath the flagpole’s summit. This is done in many countries as a symbol of distress, mourning, or respect for the loss of a notable person. The practice began in the 17th century, likely to permit “‘the invisible flag of death’ to fly at the top of the mast, signifying death’s presence, power, and prominence.” Frames clicking fast means many pictures being taken.

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