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Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot Lyrics 15 years ago
While I fully see the 'Chavscum' angle to this song, couldnt it also seen to be a good thing in the same way that Oasis 'Cigarettes and Alcohol' is obviously about a good night.

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Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot Lyrics 15 years ago
Describing somebody as Lairy means somebody is looking for trouble, and implies violence or the sense of violence soon to come.

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Guns N' Roses – Civil War Lyrics 15 years ago
"All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers. "
Francois Fenelon

I think this quotation is the basis of this song.

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Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing Lyrics 15 years ago
Ha! Thats even better than the Producers-esque accidental success story! What a legend this man was.

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Dropkick Murphys – Worker's Song Lyrics 15 years ago
Fairly obvious meaning, and I saw them live supporting the Pogues in Brixton acadamy. This was the best song they did.

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The Cure – Friday I'm in Love Lyrics 15 years ago
See I think this song is about a player, and he has a different girl for every day of the week, but suddenly he realises that A) Friday's girl is a lot better in bed than the rest of them and that. "E.g: Sunday always comes to late.."
B) He is in love with her. "It's Friday I'm in Love"

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Squeeze – Cool For Cats Lyrics 15 years ago
"I'm invited in for coffee
And I give the dog a bone"

- For the Americans here who dont know, "The Dog and Bone" is cockney slang for phone, so give the dog a bone could mean phoned someone. But I think its a bit of double entendre, as to "bone" somebody is slang for to have sex with them (I imagine thats the same over on your side of the atlantic) and the dog could be referring to the insulting way of referring to women (I've seen enough TV to know thats the same over there) so maybe he means he had sex with the girl. Maybe.

There is absoloutly no overall meaning to this song, so dont bother looking for one, just thought I'd explain that little bit.

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The Killers – All These Things That I've Done Lyrics 15 years ago
In awnser to your comment aaronsicedcoffee, if Jesus were alive the sort of people you say the Killers write about are exactly the sort of people He would be mixing with, for as He says (to paraphrase) its not the healthy who need a docter. In fact, a glance at the New Testament will tell you Jesus was against the way people of His day insisted on judging others as if they had any right to. Theology lesson over.

As it happens, it does seem like this song has religious undertones. No, annoying American atheist-liberals (before the American religious right think I'm with them, i find you lot even more annoying so dont get your hopes up), that does not mean I think that every song ever written is about Godbothering, but it does mean I think this one is. Not even every song by the killers (as aaronsicedcoffee points out, they cover a wide range of issues) but again, just this one. I wont bother repeating what other people have said, but the Biblicle references they were able to point out are too numerous to be co-incedence.

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Johnny Cash – Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover) Lyrics 15 years ago
Cash made a beautifull cover of this song. It's hard to know what I can add to it by attempting to explain the lyrics, I think they speak for themselves.

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Dead Kennedys – Let's Lynch The Landlord Lyrics 15 years ago
Social Justice - Dead Kennedys style

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Grease – Summer Nights Lyrics 15 years ago
What makes you think she's telling the truth? Sounds more like the girl has an idealised ultra-romantic slightly rediculous version of events, wheras yeah he's just trying to look big in front of the lads.

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Blur – The Universal Lyrics 15 years ago
Well the entirety of the Great Escape album is about people who's lives are, for one reason or another, unhappy.

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Bruce Springsteen – Night Lyrics 15 years ago
O come on! Where are the comments?

It's about escapism and living for the weekends.

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Bruce Springsteen – The E Street Shuffle Lyrics 15 years ago
The joys of being young, all in one song

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The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone Lyrics 15 years ago
Ok there are no lyrics or meaning, but still, what a tune!

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Freedom Lyrics 15 years ago
This does seem to be a civil rights song.

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Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause Lyrics 15 years ago
Public Enemy had it all, probably the best hip hop group ever. (Although DE La Soul might have something to say about that)

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Oasis – The Importance Of Being Idle Lyrics 15 years ago
What a great song by a great band. The death from cocaine thing does seem to make sence, although it could just as easily be about simple lazyness.

Yeah, whoever said it was right, the Oasis are as close as we can come to bringing back the 60s.

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Rage Against the Machine – Killing In The Name Lyrics 15 years ago
It is just a song of rebellion, against the racist state and its agents.

Yes anarchism can be anti-capitalist, because in an anarchist state (in theory) everything would be produced in communes which would work out of pure neccecity rather than being profit driven.

Che Guevara was not the saint he is often made out to be, but was still a good man. He did preside over heavily biased 'trials' immediately after the revolution, which did result in a lot of killings. However the people being tried were ex-agents of the old dictatorship and frankly would more than likely have received the same punishment had the trials been by a jury of their peers. It must also be noted that Che had personally witnessed the socialist regeme in Nicaragauna (I cant spell that) fall because the U.S.A had it overthrown from within by aiding and abetting a coup by funding all the old regemes generals and police commanders and just helping them out however possible. Che was not willing to let that happen to Cuba. None of that neccerily makes what he did ok, but it does explain it.

I find it interesting that earlier on when somebody was listing imperialist nations, they forgot to add the U.s.a

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The Specials – Ghost Town Lyrics 15 years ago
Absoloutly excellent piece of social commentry for its time, and a damned fine piece of music too.

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Will Smith – Will 2k Lyrics 15 years ago
I'm completel with Prog Rocker, he is loveable. He always comes accross as a genuinly nice person.

Btw, this song has an excellent video.

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Will Smith – Miami Lyrics 15 years ago
Will Smith and this song = Happy Childhood memories. He's such a generally pleasant person. There's just no reason not to like him.

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Tenacious D – Karate Lyrics 15 years ago
Ok I realise my coolness rating is gonna go way down after this, but I will go on anyway. The tune from this is taken from the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" musical episode, which ties in nicely with the subject matter of the song. Dont ask how I knew that.

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Kanye West – Jesus Walks Lyrics 15 years ago
Since the death of Tupac rap as a genre has really really become far too commercialised as "Gangster rap" became the mainstream pop genre it is now and lost all its social commentry to be replaced by the "I'm Richer Than You" Rap we see now. Hip Hop has been dying for something like this to come along and put some real meaning back into it.

To dismiss an entire genre offhand is idiotic

I myself am a Catholic and have always assumed this song would only really have meaning for fellow Christians, but it seems, after looking at this site I was wrong about that

Although Born2bastar mayhaps could have worded it better, he did get one of the sub-themes of this song. Opression of the black folk in America. To angrily say "Get the fcuk over slavery" ignores the huge social, economic and political effects that period is still having on the lives of so many african americans. Of course to pin the blame on all the white people in the world is just as rediculous.

I hope Jesus walks with us all.

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Mark Owen – Four Minute Warning Lyrics 16 years ago
Absoloutly brilliant, what pop should be all about. It is a real life thing, that if the Russians were to launch a missile at London, the government promises us 4 minutes warning to make our peace with God...

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The Jackson 5 – ABC Lyrics 16 years ago
Heehee. I bet Yournewgod thought we'd be stupid enough to take him seriously, then get angry at him so he could laugh at us.

Not me though, I get sarcasm.

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Bob Marley and the Wailers – I Shot The Sheriff Lyrics 16 years ago
Yeah I'm basically with stoolhardy

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Stevie Wonder – Living For The City Lyrics 16 years ago
Seriously, this man is a legend and this is one of his finest songs. Comment people!

A song about one boy in a good family growing up amongst injustice. Perhaps a hint that he turns to crime at the end. Social commentry, and Stevie expressing his desire for change at the end.

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Aretha Franklin – Respect Lyrics 16 years ago
Ok everybody, Comrade_Liar is here to (despite his name) dispense a little truth and tell you all what it means once and for all.

The original was sung by Otis Redding, and it was basically Otis telling his woman "You can damned well do what you want when I'm aint about, but I wear the trousers round here and you Will respect me in my house!"

Aretha heard it and decided to do the womans responce to Otis' song, which I spose means this could be seen to be a Womans' Equal Rights song. (The best example of this is how in the original song Otis says "And I am about to just give you all my money" but in this Aretha says "And guess what?/So is my money", as if to say she dont need her man to support her, she's earning her own way through)
However beyond that it is not a civil rights song.

Aretha's woman in this song is saying that no she aint as bad as Otis makes out (In the original Otis says "Do me wrong/Honey if you wanna/You can do me wrong/Honey while I am gone" to which Aretha replys "I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong 'cause I don't wanna") but if he wants to make this relationship work, he better buck up his ideas in the bedroom. She is basically agreeing to give Otis the respect he wants, if he can give her the "respect" she demands between the sheets. (What did you think "Whip it to me" meant?)

She also warns him at the end that if he cant give it to her, she'll find someone else who can (which is the whole of the last verse really)

A classic song by the all time Queen of soul. As a side note, next time I see Beyonce described as the Queen of Soul, I will become very very unhappy.

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Muse – Time Is Running Out Lyrics 16 years ago
Well I am suprised nobody has picked up on this, but the video is a clear reference to Dr Strangelove, which gives a definate suggestion as of to its meaning.

Dr Strangelove is about an accidental nuclear war and eventual world wide annihalation, brought about by the bumbling incompetency of the American and Soviet militairy and political leaders (It's actually a comedy, which seems odd given the subject matter eh?)

A lot of that film takes place in the War Room, which is wear Muse are playing in the video. With all the people sitting round being just as insane and rediculous as they are in the video to this song.

All of which leads me to believe that this song is expressing dissapointment and lack of faith in the political establishment, but acknowlagement that we're stuck with them. At the same time, he's warning them he wont let them get away with a "Dr Strangelove" where all life is destroyed ("I won't let you bury it/I won't let you smother it/I won't let you murder it"), except those few who are pushed underground into mine shafts.

It would also explain the title, as for most of the film there is the ever present fact that they are running out of time to stop the bombers and prevent the Doomsday Machine going off.

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The Kinks – I'm Not Like Everybody Else Lyrics 16 years ago
Well its definately a product of the 60s. And a great tune as well.

I've always taken it as a straightfoward defiance song. A sort of "rage against the machine" which turns us all into little consumerist clones.

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The Jam – The Eton Rifles Lyrics 16 years ago
Yeah definately an excellent track, and definately about class warfare looked at in a satiricall maner.

I think its also aimed at would be revolutionairies, warning them not to underestimate the Establisment they are up against.

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David Bowie – Young Americans Lyrics 16 years ago
Lyricstudent your gonna have to explain that post

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Michael Jackson – Beat It Lyrics 16 years ago
Where's hamster?

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Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal Lyrics 16 years ago
O I always thought it was about somebody raping a virgin, but thats cos I tend to assume that anything by Michael Jackson has some sort of sexual undertones. The murder theory does make a lot more sence.

Great song.

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The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar Lyrics 16 years ago
"If you'd rather live somewhere like Cuba or North Korea or ----Hell-----please feel free to relocate"

- Cuba's poor, North Koreas a scary scary place and Hells climate doesnt suit me. Come to think of it I wouldn't wanna live in America either, but thats mainly cos it wouldnt be different enough from Britain to justify moving. To suggest that if you think conditions in a country are unfair the correct responce is to leave rather than sort them out is rediculous. Remember, questioning your government is patriotic.

That aside, I pretty much agree with your opinion on this song. Deliberate double entendre, but the main focus of the song is on the rape of the slave girl.

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Rage Against the Machine – Street Fighting Man (The Rolling Stones cover) Lyrics 16 years ago
Man when the revolution comes, this will be its anthem. Only we'll use the Stones version cos its better.

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Rage Against the Machine – The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen cover) Lyrics 16 years ago
I prefer the Bruce version tell truth

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Stevie Wonder – Superstition Lyrics 16 years ago
So so very cool. Possibly about the effect drugs have on your mind (starts to see magical things etc, but then suffers for it) But definately very cool.

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Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love Lyrics 16 years ago
This song has a great video. Or possibly it was a micckeh take, but either way it was great. if Lou says its about Jealousy, I believe him.

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Duke Ellington – It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Lyrics 16 years ago
I spose in fairness this is in theory a song meanings site and a lot of Dukes best is just about the music rather than complex lyrics.

However that being said, so many people write messages just to say "Wow this song is Excellent! I love it and I love the band!" it is rediculous that the Duke doesnt have any.

Everything the Duke did had that swing.

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Michael Jackson – Stranger In Moscow Lyrics 16 years ago
Surely its about a Spy who knows his time is up, and is just reflecting on life in his last few moments.

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Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. Lyrics 16 years ago
Also,

"I had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone"

That verse I think refers to his first drummer, who died in Vietnam.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Castles Made Of Sand Lyrics 16 years ago
If anybody was in doubt of Jimi's poetic genuis, they need only hear this song... and The Wind Cries Mary might help as well.

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Sam Cooke – Meet Me At Mary's Place Lyrics 16 years ago
Bruce Springsteen (who is, it must be said, a great man and a great artist) clearly took the concept from this song and used it on his The Rising album, without giving Sam Cooke any credit.

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John Lennon – Jealous Guy Lyrics 16 years ago
Sambo is correct on the songs meanings and all the people who have commented on Johns genuis and this songs beauty are correct in their oppinions

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Billy Bragg – Ideology Lyrics 16 years ago
An extremely English protest song at the establishment. It somehow seems more relevant now that we dont even have any ideological battles. Just tweedle dee and tweedle dum battling it out.

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Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come Lyrics 16 years ago
Ok I just saw an excellent programe on BBC about Sam Cooke, and it explained this song in good detail. Sam Cooke heard the song "Blowing in the wind" by Bob Dylan and thought that protest songs like that should come out of the black community. (I have heard from other sources his actual words were "Since when do whiteboys make music like that?") So he rose to the artistic challenge presented by that song and more than met it with "A Change Is Gonna Come"

I was born by the river
In a little tent
And just like the river
I've been running ever since

(-In reference to the Born-Again Church baptisms where they submerge you in a river. Sam Cooke was brought up in and first performed with these Churchs)

It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh, yes it is

(- this was the 60s, people did believe that big change was inevtiable, and soon)

It's been too hard living
But I'm afraid to die
I don't know what's up there beyond the sky

(-fairly self explanatory really)

It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh yes it will

I go to the movie
And I go Downtown
Somebody Keep telling me
Dont hang around

(- They left ths fairly ambigious, but the suggestion was that he would go downtown and either it refered to the way that the owners of restaurants and cinemas would tell him to 'move along' cos they didnt want any black faces on their establisment or that you would get all the young radical blacks saying "Dont hang around! Revolution now!" etc)

Then I go to my brother
I say brother help me please
But he winds up knocking me
Back down on my knees

(- In Sam Cookes own words, this was in reference to the white establisment, which was completely unhelpfull and hostile towards the black community)

There's been times that I thought
I wouldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on

(- perhaps Sam saying that fame and fortune have made things easier for him... Lol I realise now that I should say Mr Cooke as I'm not actually on first name terms with the man)

It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh, yes it will

Eerily, when Sam first played this song to friends and family they all said it reminded them of death. This meant that Sam only performed it live two or three times because it spooked him out. However, on the night it went to press on the B-side of his new single, he was murdered.

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Billy Bragg – The Internationale Lyrics 16 years ago
I once heard somebody describe a greenday song (or possibly album) as a "song for the revolution".

If only I had been able to make them listen to this song to show them exactly what a song for the revolution should sound like.

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Billy Bragg – Greetings To The New Brunette Lyrics 16 years ago
A working class lad involved in crime falls in love with a girl who we gotta presume is a good influence on him.

It really is a lovely song.

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