|The Joy Formidable – A Heavy Abacus Lyrics||1 year ago|
|It's about mortality. The dreamless sleep is death. Martin Luther used that phrase to describe death in his writings. All of the lyrics juxtapose the briefness of life to the foolishness of not living wisely. An abacus is used for counting, implying that the singer is haunted by reminders of the finiteness of life. For that matter, a bird coming to a window is a classic symbol that death will soon come to the person living there.|
|Bob Dylan – Angelina Lyrics||2 years ago|
I think you have to focus on the time this was written. This song was recorded towards the end of his born again Christian phase, so it's reasonable to assume that he's dealing with some real theological ideas here. As great as an lyricist as Dylan is, I think it's unwise that any one of his songs is autobiographical. Sure, a lot of them are, but a lot of them aren't.
I'm not going to pretend to know what this song is about. But a number of verses refer directly to verses in Revelation. For example: the men trying to take heaven by force, the unknown rider, the pale white horse, and the angel with four faces. The tall man being overthrown could be Satan, since Jerusalem is said to be the place of the final battle between God and the devil. Argentina probably refers to the Falkland Islands war between England and Argentina.
The verses "Do I need your permission to turn the other cheek?" refers to a quote from Jesus, and the next line (If you can read my mind, why must I speak?) seems to address him.
My hunch is that the most important verse is "I've tried my best to love you, but I cannot play this game." I think this song might be about Dylan' beginning to walk away from Christianity. But like I said, it might have nothing to do with him. It could be one of his ultrasymbolic Christian songs like Groom's Still Waiting at The Altar.
|M.I.A. – Paper Planes Lyrics||3 years ago|
|it's about drug trafficking. no mysteries here.|
|Velvet Revolver – You Got No Right Lyrics||3 years ago|
i have a hunch that it's about scott's heroin addiction. it wouldn't be the first time he personified heroin as a woman. he did it in "barbarella" and stp's "atlanta," too.
the second stanza (I've took it nearly to the brink/ And if you've seen me on the outside/ You would have barely seen me breathe) is a good description of an addict from an observer's pov.
for the last stanza (And if I meet you out tonight/ Will you be loving me forever), "you" could be heroin. it fits well, especially when it gets "colder after the night" i.e. after his high ends. and i think "It's been a year and a night" is the time he's been sober, or at least claimed he was.
in that case "You really don't believe me" might be the people in his life who doubt him when he says he's clean.
|John Lennon – Imagine Lyrics||4 years ago|
this song is a a testimony to how little effect songs really have on big ideas like world peace.
no one ever took it seriously. the audience who lapped its message up in 70's ended up voting for Reagan, Bush I & II, and the republican revolution.
not only is there still religion today, on average, the believers of all the major faiths are more conservative than they were when Lennon wrote this. nowadays one can't run for office unless they're explicitly Christian, and almost no one wants to vote for a muslim, let alone an atheist.
and possessions? ha! yoko's developed a cottage industry of john lennon collector's plates and kitsch, and she sues people at the drop of the hat just for having his last name. lennon's boomer fans brought us our current corporate culture, we can re-purchase all of his music as cd's, mp3's, or ringtones for their phone.
the point many people are missing is that it's NOT healthy to dream if the dream has no basis in reality. then you're just wasting time, and maybe even making things worse.
dreaming of world peace is fine; dreaming that one day everyone in the middle east might drop their grudges and their beliefs and hug each other under the great glow of a pop singers' infinite wisdom is just plain stupid. it's not going to happen, and you're better off rolling up your sleeves and working towards peace within the hand we've been dealt in this world.
of course this song is about socialism. you can argue that it is "only" about world peace, but you have to look at how Lennon argues world peace can be attained.
South Park had the best rebuttal to this song. They did an episode where Cartman awakens in the future and finds that all the religions have vanished. But there is no world peace; wars are fought over which kind of atheism is best.
|The Rolling Stones – Rocks Off Lyrics||4 years ago|
Exile's incorrect. it's about impotence. "rocks off " is slang for sexual gratification.
"the boy" in the lyrics is Jagger's flaccid penis that isn't "coming around" quite as much as it used to.
he can only get aroused in his fantasies - hence how he's only mesmerized inside his private thoughts.
"Plug in, flush out and fire the fuckin' feed"" is referring to masturbation.
|The Rolling Stones – Monkey Man Lyrics||4 years ago|
i don't think that adds up. the songs on the album are too diverse to come up with a theme (a serial killer, easy women, anti-war protests, death personified, etc).
the line "We love to play the blues" clinches it, and confirms connection to the blues slang throughout the song. the slang just fits too well together to ignore it.
|R.E.M. – Camera Lyrics||4 years ago|
|I've heard the Carol Levy connection, too. what interests me is that Stipe once said that there's song on Reckoning that's about Anne Frank (I think he said it was Harborcoat -not sure about that). but of all the songs on the album, this one seems to the lyrics that most logically connect to her.|
|R.E.M. – Mr. Richards Lyrics||4 years ago|
good song, but the lyrics irritate me. if Mr. Richards isn't the guy's real name, why the pseudonym?
worse yet, if it's about Cheney, then it comes off really, really wimpy, like they're too afraid of the guy to call him out by his real name.
Plus, if it's about the Cheney, guess what? He's not in prison!
|The Rolling Stones – Sweet Virginia Lyrics||4 years ago|
|I didn't get the meaning of the title until I went to Monticello and drank Sweet Virginia wine.|
|The Rolling Stones – Sway Lyrics||4 years ago|
i always thought it was "It's just that demon wine has got you in its sway"
"demon wine" or "demon rum" was once a common phrase.
|The Rolling Stones – Torn and Frayed Lyrics||4 years ago|
this song makes a lot of sense if you watch the movie Cocksucker Blues. You see them dealing with lots of drugs and dressing rooms filles with parasites.
i think most of the takes on it are spot-on. i always too the line "Just as long as the guitar plays" to mean that Mick was hoping that Keith wouldn't die or eel over in the middle of a performance.
|KISS – Ozone Lyrics||4 years ago|
|probably the most blatant pro-drug song ever written.great tune, though.|
|KISS – King Of The Night Time World Lyrics||4 years ago|
either way, i've always thought it was about a teenager who's takes a much more confident persona when he's away from his parents.
at home, he's just a dumb kid who has to do homework and take out the trash. away from home he can become the hot stud ripping up the dance floor and getting it on with his girl, who lives far away from him.
|KISS – King Of The Night Time World Lyrics||4 years ago|
are the lyrics accurate?
i always thought it went "And you're my midnight queen"
|KISS – God Of Thunder Lyrics||4 years ago|
Love this song and the band, but I have to admit that I used to wonder if this was about pedophilia. If you read the lyrics and couple them with the child's voice (and to me, the kids always sounded like they were resisting or protesting against the God of Thunder), it takes on a very creepy context.
I'm not saying is is about a pedophile; Kiss never gets that deep. But that was always my gut reaction to it.
|The Flaming Lips – Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles Lyrics||4 years ago|
I'm not sure, but I'm fairly certain this song is about abortion (that's the one scenario where a person might "explore" a fetus with needles). I think the bulk of the lyrics are about the darwinian savagery of nature, i.e. strong killing the weak, and nothing is weaker than a fetus at the mercy of modern science.
"The chromosomes seem not to want the fetus" = the mother doesn't want the baby.
"They beat you up, they make you leave" = the fetus is killed/removed from his mother
"Knowing God will be pleased" = this verse is the one that throws me. i suspect it's either A) all babies go to heaven, and that makes dying easier. Or B) it's saying that the mother believes that God condones her abortion, at that makes it easier for her.
"when the spaceship beams you up, boy, get drunk fast'" = could refer to the father who is stunned by the mother's decision and feels transported into another world by the news, or it could be from the fetus' POV and be about the vaccuum used to suck the fetus out.
|The Rolling Stones – Monkey Man Lyrics||5 years ago|
It's about a gay/bisexual black man on the rebound from a bad relationship. "Monkey Man" is blues slang for a man with very dark skin, and it obviously has racist origins. The jist of the song is that the guy got burned by a male ex-lover and has found a lesbian willing to hook up with him.
He was "bitten" (hurt) by a boar (a stronger male lover) and "she-rats" (bisexual women). He wants someone to gratify him ("lemon squeezer" is someone who masturbates a lot).
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