|of Montreal – Rapture Rapes the Muses Lyrics||3 years ago|
|The title "Rapture Rapes the Muses" to me suggests Barnes isn't inspired to write music when he's happy, only when he's sad or angry. Therefore happiness (rapture, joy) seizes or changes his Muses, tragedy, epic poetry, lyric poetry, dance, comedy, astronomy for instance. I think the song also calls into question wonders about life and death, which are recurring themes throughout the discography.|
|of Montreal – Everyday Feels Like Sunday Lyrics||3 years ago|
|I think the symbol of Sunday refers to the relaxation aspect of the end of the weekend. It's supposed to be the "Day of rest" and consider that in comparisson to the other days of the week. Friday and Saturday are weekend days too, but Sunday is a down home, sleep in, wake up and enjoy breakfast and the newspaper sort of day, more so than any other day. More than any other day of the week people are at home and enjoying their day off for all it is worth before they go back to the work week. It truly speaks to the idea of being in love that everyday feels so comforting and nice. The song to me is the narrator, or Barnes, showing hwo bereft his life was before he found this person and how grateful he is to have found someone who can make him feel like that. I disagree that he isn't singing soulfully, especially on the key change with "I-I must destroy this artificial darkness. That's how it seems to me, to be." I think he really rocks at singing this song. I really love this song because it's one of the most purely romantic without the drawback of being so deep in the emotion of love, which as you can tell from so many other songs by Of Montreal, goes to both extremes of good and bad.|
|of Montreal – Sink the Seine Lyrics||3 years ago|
When I first heard Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna was the album that I listened to. This song had a huge impact on me because not only do I have a penchant for haunting melodies, but one for interesting lyrics (which is one of the major draws of Of Montreal)
The prints that crease the wires make me think of a certain orator of destiny. A person who perhaps routes the energy or communication, such as a telegraph. The other idea I have for the meaning of that is the idea of foot prints on a tight rope, which would make sense in the context of an unstable relationship.
I am fascinated right now to learn about the seine being a net, gabrieleades. This makes a lot more sense than the River of the same name, which is pronounced more like "Sen" en Francais. Although draining the river still remains a viable idea and very, very poetic, the idea of using a sinking cast net to "find" someone makes sense as a net is used to catch. In either case, water is an idea that binds both ideas together. Water is a major idea here in my analysis because Mosquitos are laid and hatch and live in water until they are full fledged. I also believe "operate on her brain" refers to incephalitus, which is carried by mosquitos and essentially means "water on the brain." Incidentally, the net or the seine, could be used to stop or catch flying or swimming things.
The 2nd verse seems to be more earthbound than waterbound, with symbols of ascension and flight in the stairs and the crows (even though they are fake.) The stair suggests an element of standing above, or over the situation. Fake diamonds are imitation of course, and those fake diamonds are attached to something else that is false. Interestingly I find that he refers to himself as the fake diamonds either in response to a botched marriage or engagement (diamonds) or because they are beautiful and sparkling, but in the end, inexpensive and replaceable. The plastic crow might symbolize death or bad news but to me suggests the death of something that wasn't solid or real to begin with. The planters to me suggest the Earth vs. Water and show that earth is more easily contained and more stable than water. That being said, earth and water are feminine elements, but the earth here is in a planter. The planter perhaps suggests the narrator is somehow symbolically a plant. or something that can grow in a stable situation. To find him, you must go where there is steady turf to tread on.
I would agree that the song should be longer notthedestroyer, but the element of it being short and sweet is so effective here, especially as a buffer between the hyper Suffer for Fashion and the eletric gloom of Cato as a Pun.
|of Montreal – Beware Our Nubile Miscreants Lyrics||3 years ago|
|i love that yelp too... so good|
|of Montreal – Mingusings Lyrics||3 years ago|
"I know from past experience He never takes it easy on his readers" refers to God. and to "become a foreign substance lying in your familiar bed" is a reference to the was God would play up sins of the flesh. Kevin Barnes has been described as "the polite anti-christ". Given the sexual imagery throughout the album, this is clearly Barnes rejecting the rejection of God.
Overall I would say the song is about rejection and the unfavorable characterization of the girl and his situation of being potentially hers but then suddenly cut off clearly shows that, especially followed by the next stanzas.
I absolutely love this song, the cut from Beware our Nubile Miscreated into this one is incredible. I also really, REALLY like this album.
|of Montreal – Gallery Piece Lyrics||3 years ago|
|To "Queer" someone out is to "Weird" them out.|
|of Montreal – Tulip Baroo Lyrics||3 years ago|
I will start by saying I love this song and the album it came off of very much and I will tell you it inspires a strange story for me.
Before I discuss the title character, Tulip Baroo, I feel like the narrator of the song is a secret agent involved in a spy mission, almost like a strange James Bond. Tulip Baroo is another spy or perhaps a powerful, deadly enemy. As the song goes it mentions other characters like the magnetic rollerskater and the turtle necked boatman. They are the other world leaders involved with the main characters, the narrator and Tulip Baroo.
Specific moments of pursuit can be inferred by the lyrics "Caught you" used twice. The idea of catching the Tulip Baroon "disguised as a man with a moustache selling secrets to a canned tomato" really seems to be an act of shady exchanges of classified information.
Think about the reference to the "Coup" and how that is a military reference as well as to societal downfall. Getting back to the idea of a wacky James Bond, being able to control the weather on an island in Spain almost seems too fitting for the real Bond villain.
The very end makes me think of some kind of bomb blast with the character "Underhanded grocer" who is "Soaking a tube." Specifically in reference to the ground splitting wide open.
Sorry if that was too abstract!
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