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Stars – Take Me to the Riot Lyrics 7 years ago
I'm absolutely in love with this song. Though I'm hearing the lyrics a bit different and would like to propose some corrections.

First verse:
"Uptown it’s dead now but
Out here no one seems to care at all"

Second verse:
"Slick girls and sick boys
And each one lining up to take him home"

Chorus:
"Saturday night in neon lights
Sunday in the cell
Pills enough to make me feel ill
Cash enough to make me well"

Fifth verse:
"Good news is my shoes is
Lined with all nickels and my tens"

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The Killers – Get Trashed Lyrics 8 years ago
I admit, you guys disappoint me. Though, to be honest, the first time I heard this song I was very 'wtf' about it. Just because it's so different sounding and really quite odd. But then, if you listen... if you really listen, you can hear how everything comes together.

I agree with fallen_angel91. I think you hit the proverbial nail on the head, here. Brandon does sound miserable. He sounds drunk or hungover or somewhere halfway in between the two. And yes, the odd backing percussion can get a bit annoying, but I also think that's the point. The monotony of Brandon's voice inflection and of the percussion and of everything about the song, basically, is re-enforcing what the song's about. Heartache, heartbreak and obsession.

It's that feeling when you think you're completely head over heels for someone else and either the feelings aren't returned or they cheat on you. "Your confusion's got me so confused" speaks volumes about this... this other person (Brooke or whomever) knows about his feelings but either doesn't know if she wants to be with him. It's a totally devastating feeling.

I personally think it's a wonderful song and just because it's different and maybe not as polished as some of the other stuff, doesn't mean you should discredit it as a song. Also, I really don't think it was a failed attempt at 'Everything Will Be Alright'. I think I feel this way because to me, EWBA is about trying to convince yourself that thing's are going to turn around and be okay even though it's painfully obvious that they're not. It's one of those songs you sing to yourself when you're trying to convince yourself that you can get through this and overcome it. Whereas this song is definitely not that. It's about that initial feeling of heartbreak and worthlessness and he's not even going to TRY to convince himself that he can get over this. He's so hung up in this situation that the only thing he feels he can do to put it out of his mind, even for a little while, is Get Trashed.

I love this song, in all of it's weirdness and hopelessness. Give a try, kids. Have a listen and really listen. You might be surprised.

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The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It Lyrics 8 years ago
I don't think this song is necessarily about death. And I think the video doesn't suggest that he's dead, but more that, in keeping with the "memories theme", he's reliving past experience(s). He appears 'ghost like' because he's going through events that have already happened and that he can't change. Almost like he's a bystander in his own memories.

And I think everyone here has good interpretations, so I'll try to articulate mine. I really do think it's about a sort of melancholy nostalgia. Looking back on everything he’s done in his life so far. Good times, bad times and everything in between. But now he’s grown up and he’s faced with a whole different set of hardships and responsibilities and everything back then seemed so simple. “Dreams aren’t what they used to be.” And letting those simple things slip away without meaning to, it’s all a part of growing up.

The line “And someone is playing a game in the house that I grew up in” always gives me the shivers. It’s sort of like, look, you’ve moved away and moved on. And even though you can look back through your memories, those times are truly gone. Even if you may be able to physically go back to those places, nothing’s the same anymore.

As for the actual “Smile like you mean it” line, I really don’t think he means it literally, like you should smile. I get that impression from the way that Brandon sings the line... you can tell that he does it with a flat expression and not with a smile on his face or in his voice. Though I do like the ‘grin and bear it’ interpretation. I think it continues in the melancholy vein of the song, it’s not necessarily a happy sentiment, but now being older (wiser? more jaded?) you sometimes really have to look to find simple pleasures in things.

As an aside, this is just something that popped into my head while writing this and listening to the song, but it’s also possible that the “Smile like you mean it” could be referring to him looking at old photographs, perhaps. Sticking with the nostalgia/memories theme. Everyone in pictures from your childhood, group pictures especially, is usually smiling and laughing and having a good time. And again, childhood means simpler times and maybe it was easier (?) to smile and look happy and actually mean it.

Anyways, there’s my two cents for you. ^_^ This song is one of my favourites.

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Taking Back Sunday – New American Classic Lyrics 10 years ago
And though my random musings I think I may have come up with something new for you all to think about...

I think this song is about an imperfect relationship that's lasted a long time and is falling apart. But for whatever reason, it refuses to just be over.

When he says, "Just ask the question/come untie the knot/say you won't care" it seems to me like he's challenging the other person (the girl?) to end the relationship if she's so unhappy. And she can say that she won't care when it's over, but he doesn't believe it.

Also, "Retrace the steps/as if we forgot" to me seems like he's saying 'Go ahead, bring up all the mistakes that we've made, as if we'd somehow forgotten making them.' And the "One thing I can do nothing about" is go back and change or fix the mistakes he's made.

And back to the beginning, the "months that don't matter" are referring to the months they may have been together. While the "days I can't take" are the days the spend awkwardly together now, not really knowing how to progress...

Anyways, just my rambling. Let me know what you think!

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Finger Eleven – For The Ocean Lyrics 12 years ago
I like that interpretation Runix. Now that you mention it, it could very well be about an addiction. But I have a different twist on these lyrics. I think its about romance believe it or not. But not just about any romance, I believe the 'speaker' of the song is afraid to fall in love for fear of getting hurt.

I think this because of the lyrics "It's like waiting for the ocean to save you from the waves" and "Waiting for the needle to take away the pain" because both lines are paradoxes talking about what love's like because of past experiences; and how they don't want to ever fall in love. Also, "Until finally we numb our every border" (which isn't posted but is still in the song) makes me think that the person is trying to close up from love. Finally, the second line "My heart waits in the wings alone" again leads me to believe that the song is about a person not wanting love.

That's just my opinion though...

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