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Arcade Fire – Half Light I Lyrics 9 years ago
This is one of the best songs on The Suburbs. I actually like it more than Half Light II, which is also great. Lyrically there's a lot to sink your teeth into, especially this part:

Our heads are just houses,
Without enough windows,
You say you hear human voices,
but they're only echoes.

Lots of ways to interpret it, but I take it to mean being alone with your thoughts and emotions, not being able to reveal your inner self to others(i.e. keeping the window to your mind closed and concealing your inner reality). The "houses" that "hide the ocean in a shell" can be understood as both literally the houses of the suburbs that look so peaceful on the outer shell/surface but hide so much behind their external facades(i.e. family turmoil,etc.) as well as figuratively speaking with the houses as our heads analogy. This illustrates the idea that what's going on in someone's head is also walled off and away from public view, again hiding an ocean of thoughts and emotions in a shell(or an "Ocean of Noise" if you will, for Neon Bible fans). The echo is seemingly the echo of your own voice in your head, a product of feeling isolated or alone with your thoughts. Those aren't other humans you're hearing, it's just your own voice repeating on you. Interestingly, "Empty Room" precedes this song on the album by only two tracks and features the lines "said your name in an empty room", which one could also imagine producing an echo. So there's an apparent theme on the album between being alone with the echoes of your thoughts, which you've either concealed from others or have been unable to share with others.

The "half light" appears to represent a transition to becoming more free and open under the cover of partial darkness. The "half light" is enough to illuminate and shed light, but there's enough darkness present to feel more comfortable about opening up to someone else. Greater awareness and freedom result, and now they no longer feel imprisoned by living inside their heads/houses. "We are not insane". Instead, they are free("on the streets") and the world begins to look different to them. They are beginning to see things in a new light -- even if it is only a half light.

Brian Eno – On Some Faraway Beach Lyrics 12 years ago
This song is incredible. I remember sitting on a beach in Mexico just listening to this tune over and over, staring at the vast ocean in front of me with no one else around. The words are sad but freeing at the same time. The narrator is choosing("given the chance I'll die like a baby") to leave everything behind--clearing his mind of all memories---drifting away, not fighting the tide anymore. Hard to say whether it's a romanticized vision of suicide or just his ideal resting place for when his dying day comes, but either way it's a powerful and emotional song. One of Eno's best and my personal favourite.

Tommy James And The Shondells – Crimson and Clover Lyrics 12 years ago
Great song. One of my all-time favorites. It has a definite psychedelic quality to it, as though the narrator is in the midst of a drug trip and seeing the colors red and green over and over again like waves in his mind. Or maybe it's just the mind-altering effects of being in love that makes everything seem more vibrant and alive(i.e. vibrant colors like red and green -- reminiscent of "She's Like A Rainbow" by the Stones) Or maybe it's a combination of the two.

Mercury Rev – Secret For A Song Lyrics 12 years ago
Great tune. I think the line is "one day you'll give me your own" not "one day you'll give me yours".

The Rolling Stones – Monkey Man Lyrics 13 years ago
Songofish got my intended meaning. It's not about Darwin or the theory of evolution specifically, but it's definitely about our animal nature. I just said it calls to mind our primitive ancestry, which it does, even in the title of the song. And the amount of drug consumption that Keith has lived through calls to mind the survival of the fittest, which seems to be proudly illustrated throughout this song. The narrator has basically triumphed over a lot of nature's perils(bitten by she-rats and boars, gouged and gored) and has "pulled through" despite it all. It comes across as the Stones celebrating their survival through all the sex, drugs and jail-time of the 60's. Of course, the 70's would be more of the same for them. Unfortunately Brian Jones would die soon after this record(July 1969), but it's a miracle that none of the other Stones died during the next decade, when rock stars seemed to be dropping left and right(Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, etc.).

AC/DC – Love Hungry Man Lyrics 13 years ago
I love this tune. Great energy and fun oversexed lyrics. But aren't the lyrics in the second verse "all I wanna do is make a meal out of you"? Above it says "beast out of you". That's not what it sounds like to me.

Rush – Bastille Day Lyrics 13 years ago
It's not about the holiday that French Canadians celebrate - you're thinking of Saint-Jean Baptiste day. It's about the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille in 1789 France. The French nation rebelled against Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, both of whom were executed by guillotine for treason. Very good Rush song.

The Rolling Stones – Monkey Man Lyrics 15 years ago
I think this song is Mick and the Stones getting in touch with their primitive roots. The "Monkey Man" that Mick identifies himself here as calls to mind Darwin's theory of evolution and where we came from. The line "I was bitten by a boar, I was gouged and I was gored, But I pulled on through" illustrates the harsh evolutionary struggle and the survival of the fittest. Mostly this song reminds us of our own primal urges and the animal in us all. One of my favourite Stones tunes of all time.

AC/DC – Big Balls Lyrics 15 years ago
Hilarious song. The great thing about AC/DC is that even though they rock harder than anybody, they don't ever take themselves too seriously. Songs like this one and "The Jack"(another one full of double meanings) are great examples of their dynamite wit.

"It's my belief that my big balls should be held every night". Priceless.

AC/DC – Jailbreak Lyrics 15 years ago
Great song. The pause between "he made it out" and "with a bullet in his back" is pure genius. Another all-time classic by the Thunder from Down Under.

AC/DC – Ride On Lyrics 15 years ago
Actually, his friend left him passed out in the car overnight because he was too loaded to get up. He died at some point in the night.

Either way, sara blue shoes is right. It's a moving and emotion-filled song, particularly when considered in the context of Bon Scott's death.

One of the most poignant moments of the song for me comes at the very end, when Bon expresses conflict between the reckless lifestyle he's embodying and his need to "change his evil ways". We hear him exclaim "Gonna have myself a good time!" and then, as if knowing that he can't sustain his way of living forever, the song ends with the pensive words "One of these of these days...." which Bon delivers in an almost anguished tone. He realizes he has to change to save himself, but he can't bring himself to do so. In the end, he died before he could ever reverse his path. "Got myself a one-way ticket, going the wrong way". Powerful stuff. A true one-of-a-kind song from an amazing band with a legendary frontman.

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