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Hornemann, C. (2024), Score 8/99, 3* !

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For me this song is a reflection of ourselves and our prejudices. We see a little piece of ourselves in each of these people but we don’t want to admit to them. We see ourselves as that ugly girl and that pretty girl. We see ourselves as being attracted to someone of the same sex but we aren’t able to admit it publicly. We see ourselves in Jewish communities and we admire them. We all have pieces of each other but we don’t want to admit it out loud. We see pieces of all these people reflected in ourselves....

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Hello everyone, I got through this test. Causes a state of melancholy and sorrow. I like to listen to music while doing things. And this song reminds me of my studies. I have a lot of difficulty with tasks and I don't have time and it makes me feel burdened. It's good that I was lucky to find a resource that helps me complete my tasks because I was in a depressed state. As in the song the imagery of time as a demeanor suggests a somber mood, where sunlight is scarce and hidden.

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Anybody notice, it may be transposed, I’m not sure, but the tune sounds a LOT like ‘Tales Of Brave Ulysses’. I’m guessing Beck has heard a lot of Cream.

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Some of the interpretations in this "Reckless (Don't be so)" thread are wild. It is not about heroin or addiction. The whole song is about being alone.

When asked about the meaning of this song during an interview, James Reyne laughed and said it has no deep meaning...it's just a collection of thoughts on being alone. He acknowledged he didn't even know if the "Russian sub beneath the arctic" reference was an actual event or simply a childhood memory.

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This site getting rid of all paragraphs is not cool.

I'm going, as I always do, with what I think I am not stating this is the actual interpretation. A few reasons for this. One is I'm not convinced that musicians always tell the truth about what their music is about. If you wrote a song about your crazy ex or some sort of dangerous criminal would you say this? Secondly, this is how I get value from all music, what does it emotionally mean to me?:

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There is the double meaning of Catherine's Wheel both being a firework and a torturing instrument. Catherine's wheel seems also to refer to the round shape of a vinyl record here. With that in mind I understand this as an ode to the nerve wrecking thrill of being a musician, hoping for success very badly. The success here is impersonated by "her", whom the lyrical person is longing for. And he knows that he stands at the crossroad of either going to the sparkling and shining world of success or experiencing the torturing experience of fading to darkness and becoming...

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Some great comments here already. I just want to add that I think the change from the original first-person lyrics is brilliant. "I'd be giving it to her" becomes "He'd be giving it to her" and now it's like a friend of the couple offering observations on their complicated relationship. The original is kind of condescending, like "if this mixed-up girl could sort herself out, she'd realize how great I am".

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Great song on an even greater movie soundtrack.

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It's about the acquired taste of fixated addictions and describing their discomforts easily surpassed compared to a specific common verbal expression

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