|The Twilight Singers – Underneath The Waves Lyrics||3 years ago|
"once i count the number down, to the end or there around
free or thus, forever bound, for forever's coming down
This is genius.
ONE, I count...
TWO the end...
THREE or thus...
|The Twilight Singers – The Conversation Lyrics||3 years ago|
|I can't figure out what this song is about. The vocal harmony in it is incredible, however.|
|Barenaked Ladies – Brian Wilson Lyrics||3 years ago|
|It's almost as if Page is condoning Wilson's 70s, because the book is closed on him, and it makes going to a record store, for a musician, a harmonious experience, since a large percentage of records in any given store are directly or indirectly influenced by Wilson.|
|Barenaked Ladies – Brian Wilson Lyrics||3 years ago|
I don't think this song is nearly as deep as others think.
It's about a young musician offering a tribute to a legend, and likely one of his favourite musicians. It's written very sarcastically, like, "you may be a freak who records barking dogs, used mono over stereo, and eats jelly sandwiches in a bedroom converted into a sandbox, but you're Brian freeeeeaaaaking Wilson, dude, and I want to be you in the worst way".
|Bruce Springsteen – All I'm Thinkin' About Lyrics||4 years ago|
One of the best songs on this record. His falsetto takes a little getting used to, though. I feel this song is about first love, and the tribulations of growing up in a poor and religious environment, being 11 or 12, and discovering your own sexuality. There's a certain level of mischievousness in the lyrics, like the narrator is horny.
"Mama, go to church now" is just an oldtimey way of saying "mom, we're out of mustard... you should go buy some at the supermarket", so that the narrator can be alone, either with himself, or with a young lover.
It's a nice, little, inspired love song.
|Bruce Springsteen – The Hitter Lyrics||4 years ago|
This is one of his most underrated narratives. It's so vivid, you can smell Depression era dirt on The Hitter's knuckles as he beckons his mother. You can almost see him flinch, from years of dishing and receiving beatings, as he steps to her front door.
It's a brilliantly told story about a boy struggling to survive, meeting shady characters, and simply wanting to have a nap on his mom's couch. As if that'll fix things.
|Bruce Springsteen – Long Time Comin' Lyrics||4 years ago|
It's pretty crystal clear. It's about a man, who has been a terrible father, like his father before him, and he sees his unborn child as a sign of redemption, and a way to stop the cycle.
A fairly typical, but excellent rendition of the "sins of the father" theme and possibly a companion piece to "Straight Time".
|Bruce Springsteen – For You Lyrics||4 years ago|
I would definitely agree with previous comments about this being about the end of a relationship, and not necessarily through suicide. However, I do think the suicide/troubled party girl angle works as well, but as always with Springsteen, there's something more there, just under the surface.
**You wouldn't even give me the time to cover my tracks
You said "Here's your mirror and your ball and jacks" but they're not what I came for and I'm sure you see that too**
This signifies returning to her place after being kicked out, one they likely shared together, under the guise of getting his possessions back. Of course, he's not there for his possessions, and he wants another opportunity to right the wrongs. Or likely, just sex, which "barroom eyes shine vacancy" seems to allude to.
**Didn't you think I knew that you were born with the power of a locomotive
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
And your strength is devastating in the face of all these odds
Remember how I kept you waiting when it was my turn to be the god**
These are great sets of lyrics, obviously showing how much faith the protagonist had in the woman in the song. He loved her, madly, and thought she was the most amazing human being on the planet. Superhuman. The second part of this set indicates that he was likely the problem in the relationship. There's quite a lot of self-loathing going on in these lyrics.
**And your Chelsea suicide with no apparent motive
You could laugh and cry in a single sound**
Chelsea, I believe, is a community in New York City, where Springsteen lived briefly during the post-John Hammond years. I may be wrong on this. The lyric "no apparent motive" is an anomaly. He knows exactly why her feelings towards him changed, and he explains it on the next line "your strength is devastating..." In regards to laughing and crying in a single sound, again, refers to her "superhuman" qualities. It's one of her rare idiosyncrasies that only someone in love with her could pick up on. We all remember our first love, and their quirks. I had a girlfriend who would grit her teeth right before smiling. I loved her, of course, so I picked up on it. I'm not sure anyone since, or prior, has. It was "my thing" I had with her. The fact that the narrator has picked up on this, is something that, I think, only someone in the know could have.
You were not quite half so proud when I found you broken on the beach
Remember how I poured salt on your tongue and hung just out of reach
And the band they played the homecoming theme as I caressed your cheek
That ragged jagged melody she still clings to me like a leech**
He met her during her most vulnerable moments ("broken on the beach"). Salt could refer to any number of things; an incident, the narrator's inability or ability, etc. Not sure what it means, or at least I can't decipher it.
The next lyric is brilliant though, with an allusion to an actual event. They were likely the only lovers each ever had, seeing as homecoming tends to be a high school only thing, and Springsteen didn't go to college.
**We were both hitchhikers but you had your ear to the roar
Of some metal-tempered engine on an alien distant shore
So you left to find a better reason than the one we were living for
And it's not that nursery mouth I came back for
And it's not the way you're stretched out on the floor
'Cause I've broken all your windows and I've rammed through all your doors
And who am I to ask you to lick my sores**
"It's not that nursery mouth I came back for..." is one of my favourite lyrics of all time. Nursery mouth can mean any number of things, as well. There could be an age different between the narrator and the girl and he wants someone more mature, she could be dying/upset, and is babbling, like a baby, she could have cleaned up her act (hence, you could grow flowers in her mouth) and the narrator looks down upon her, as a result. It's a perfect example of an ambiguous lyric. I'm going to go towards the anger/babbling like a baby. He wanted her to be strong, like how she normally is, and accept him back, but she's babbling like a baby, and not making sense. If she's not taking him back, he's not going to bother listening to her explanation.
"Who am I to ask you to lick my sores?" is another great lyric. It's more self-loathing, with him describing how he took the girl for granted, and maybe even used her, in some sense. "Broken all your windows, ran through all your doors" references the effort he made in the relationship- fast, harsh, unthinking. He would have had better results if he took his time and knocked, and he knows it.
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