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Toby Keith – Bullets in the Gun Lyrics 4 years ago
I was really surprised when I saw the music video after having heard the song on the radio a couple times. The lyrics alone suggest that both of them die, but not so in the video.

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Anna Nalick – Breathe (2AM) Lyrics 4 years ago
"And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary screamin' out aloud
And I know that you'll use them however you want to"

These mean so much to me, because--apart from everything else in the song--they show that performers and authors *know* that their work will be misinterpreted and/or applied in ways other than what the author intended, and that's not always the best feeling. I wish my high-school English teachers could hear this.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter – Only A Dream Lyrics 5 years ago
The saddest song I've ever heard. Simply beautiful.

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Eric Clapton – Lay Down Sally Lyrics 5 years ago
Are you kidding? These lyrics aren't about kidnapping, and they wouldn't make sense that way. They are about the singer telling Sally how much he loves her, and he doesn't want her to leave (to go to work, say). When he says he doesn't want her to leave, he means both right now, stay with him and forever, be with him. The tone is all wrong for a kidnapping song.

Also: don't be such an asshole, please. Notice that when you post comments on this site, you can "Select Comment Type" and one of the options is "Opinion": your opinion of the song. It's a great song! That's an opinion. Now please be a decent person or get off the damn site.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner Lyrics 5 years ago
Sorry, but I think the Mockingbird idea is ridiculous. It's reading way too much into the song, and if it were an "adaptation" of TKaM then where is the WHOLE BOOK? The only common link between TKaM and this is a courthouse in (presumably) a small town. It's not related, sorry. defunct is dead right: this is just about a street band riffing on the corner of a small town, with people listening nearby.

I don't really agree with the idea that it's about the band, either, except what one person (sorry, not going back to check) said about the joy of just playing music, that's what the song is all about. Nothing really to do with the band except inasmuch as they are musicians and so enjoy playing music.

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Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart Lyrics 5 years ago
I think this song is about a relationship, the singer broke up with the guy (the one who is singing "turn around"), he never stopped loving her and then she has just realized that he is a very important part of her life and she needs him no matter what else she thinks.

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Coldplay – Viva la Vida Lyrics 6 years ago
In this song, there are some pretty obvious biblical references, which have already been explained thoroughly in five pages of comments, so I won't bother with those. I also don't believe this song is about the French Revolution because of the line "the King is dead, long live the King." The French Revolution didn't result in a new king. But what struck me about this song was, I was reminded of King Richard I, who went on Crusade toward the end of the 12th century.

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
(While not perfectly in line with my thought, Richard was captured during his crusade and his brother also plotted against him while he was gone.)

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
(Richard was known as a brave warrior, etc etc)

Listened as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead long live the king
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
(His brother's attempted usurpation of the throne showed him the fragility of his rule; or also his Crusade came to a sudden halt when his ally deserted him)

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
(Richard battled near Jerusalem; if you interpret the second line as Roman Catholic choirs then it references Richard's piousness while on Crusade)

Be my mirror my sword and shield
(Weapons reflect who he really is--a warrior)

Missionaries in a foreign field
(Spreading God's word far from home)

For some reason I can't explain
Once you'd gone there was never
Never an honest word
(References John's attempt to gain the throne?)

And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become
(I don't know what this stanza means)

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
(more references to Richard's brother John)

Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?
(Richard disliked England, saying it was cold and rainy--who would want to rule that?)

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St Peter won’t call my name
(he repented his sins before crusading but he knew he wouldn't be forgiven)

Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

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