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A Poor Man's Memory song meanings
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    General Commentoh i LOVE this explosions song. what i see:

    a military veteran in a retirement home. he's been severely wounded, and suffers from post-anxiety depression. all he can do is remember what he experienced in the war. there r high points, and there r low points. the beginning could be his initiation, judging by how the military drumbeat is kept in the back but at the same time the guitar sings of hope and youth. then there's a transition into quiet (where the drum silences), which could be seen as him thinking of a home without war right before he heads into battle. the silence is followed by what could be his recollection of a battle, or some front-line encounter. the constant rain of crashes, along with heavy drumming and guitar, could easily represent the bombs and guns firing as well as the assumed calamity of the environment. then it slowly simmers to a halt, which is when the man returns from his recollection to find himself in the silence of a nursing home that has great contrast with the chaos of a battle.
    nofear01525on January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song. The entire song just builds up while you're climbing to the edge of this great precipice. The conclusion is the fall when you realize the significance of the buildup and climb and that it was totally worth it.
    pglive21on February 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfantastic marching drum beat. such a wonderful build up.
    dalaraon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfantastic marching drum beat. such a wonderful build up.
    dalaraon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe feeling I get from this song is fearlessness. The buildup is the time to breathe deep and get rid of any fear or inhibitions or whatever, and it is perfectly capped off by the silent period right before it gets loud. By the time that it is real loud, I feel like I could do anything without fearing pain or death or anything else. Very powerful for me.
    csufcf44on April 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcsufcf44, I was struck by how my interpretation of this song relates to yours.

    To me, I always have the same image in my mind when I listen to this song. It is a man, middle-aged, hand-cuffed and seated near the back of an armored bus that is carrying new prisoners to prison, and the man has his head against the window, staring wide-eyed at the world that whizzes by. He sees glee, glory, sadness, past, present, and future outside that window, little children playing soccer, bright, consuming lights, an old blind man on a bench, and every other solitary life, and the life that this man has given up starts running through his mind. The immense fear of all this beauty and tragedy and wonder being closed away in a little black box and discarded builds and builds with the marching drum beat. When the crescendo breaks open, the man explodes into a frenzy, shooting up from his seat, flailing around wildly, screaming, pulling at his chains, until he is subdued by a guard with a baton, forced back into his seat as the song winds down to a contemplative murmur, to silence...
    dynankeeon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhenever i listen to this song, i always think of an old man who has lost his memory and can't remember his family, his past anything and the beginning of the song represents the struggles the family goes through to help their father/grandfather remember.. and as the song continues the music is more intense and i feel that it shows he's starting to maybe remember something and then the big climax comes which i think represent the old man's memories of the war (which would explain the drums) and all those painful memories return to him and he just wants to forget again.. and he forgets or doesn't want to think about anything because he's afraid of remembering starting the song almost all over again..

    that's just my interpretation though, explosions opens up so many endless possibilities.
    mah-nikka_pleaseon April 25, 2008   Link

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