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Glen Hansard – This Gift Lyrics 2 years ago
@[jazminr5392:27042] No~this is a perfect summation.

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Glen Hansard – This Gift Lyrics 2 years ago
@[jazminr5392:27041] No~this is a perfect summation.

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Elbow – Friend of Ours Lyrics 6 years ago
This is the kind of stuff that music exists for. Every song that is about missing a good friend is an important one. Heartbreaking because of the death that inspired it, but transcendent, because of what it is. Thanks Elbow.

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The Civil Wars – C'est la Mort Lyrics 6 years ago
Even in a seemingly destructive partnership, there's love and healing in the alliance. God, but I love this song.

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Fleet Foxes – Blue Spotted Tail Lyrics 7 years ago
So...cute.... Dah!!!

I have no interpretation, this song is just simply too cute for words. Literally. <3

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Radiohead – Motion Picture Soundtrack Lyrics 7 years ago
I agree that the songs in this album are more about feelings and putting across emotions, rather than building a story in any real sense, so in my head this is all about not pain or anger of happiness but losing all hope to the point of absolute oblivion. Like nearly overdosing on drugs--and then waking up the day after to see your whole life has been a sham and that it should just end as soon as possible? Yeah, that feeling.

Oh, Radiohead, you geniuses you.

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Radiohead – Idioteque Lyrics 7 years ago
Both of which* -- go me!

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Radiohead – Idioteque Lyrics 7 years ago
Thom's repetition of the lines, the almost painful and relentless beat behind it, the subject matter and feeling of absolute panic...

This is a song about trauma. Made beautiful by the absolute genius of Thom Yorke and Radiohead's songwriting and musicianship, both of are truly worth a nosebleed or two, they're that good.

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Tracy Chapman – She's Got Her Ticket Lyrics 7 years ago
Tracy is SOOOO soulful in this song.

I find this song filled with hope. Shame on those who jump to the conclusion a girl can only be free of 'Too much hatred, corruption and greed' by killing herself. This song is about being bold, never looking back, and enjoying your freedom. Granted, if it really was about suicide the happy reggae feel would be rather ironic, a bit too much maybe...

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Kings of Leon – Pyro Lyrics 7 years ago
I really like your analysis! Especially the part about running to represent real freedom.

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Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst Lyrics 7 years ago
This song is amazing

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M.I.A. – Amazon Lyrics 7 years ago
Correction: 'how each and every HOOK*' is repeated

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Justin Timberlake – Strawberry Bubblegum Lyrics 7 years ago
Sex somewhere inside a restaurant kitchen... nuff said!!! The flow of the song is hella smooth though. Vocals are watertight!

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Frank Ocean – Pyramids Lyrics 7 years ago
First half could be him havin' a 'bad dream.'

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Frank Ocean – Pyramids Lyrics 7 years ago
Thought provoking as hell.

IIRC Frank Ocean actually had (er, has?) a relative who's also a pimp. I imagine the 2nd half of this is about the sex industry from the point of view of the man selling, and presumably living with, a woman whose 'love ain't free no more' (and so does that mean that the woman is no longer free herself?)

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k-os – Papercutz Lyrics 7 years ago
Freestylinnn
Mad love for k-os on this track <3

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Frank Ocean – There Will Be Tears Lyrics 7 years ago
808s and Heartbreaks pales in comparison.

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Frank Ocean – Songs 4 Women Lyrics 7 years ago
broken by some girl who went with some big-shot guy*

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Frank Ocean – Songs 4 Women Lyrics 7 years ago
If I sing songs to get at women, I say naw/ They say who do you think you're kidding

Um so I'm hearing 'you say who do you think...' here, and if that's really it then that might change the meaning of the last verse a lot, as in, indicting some guy who stole his girl and that's why he's singing about his heart getting broken by some big-shot guy who can't believe making music isn't about getting pussy. I'd LOVE that. Need to verify hella.

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Frank Ocean – We All Try Lyrics 7 years ago
Only criticism is that ITS JUST TOO DAMN SHORT K Now, so in the first verse, at least on the album track, he sings the verses with so much feeling and then all cool during the chorus. Love love love his vocals, gotta wonder if the difference in tone lends itself to suggesting the song is a dialogue between a fighting couple.

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Frank Ocean – Thinkin' Bout You Lyrics 7 years ago
Far as I can tell this song is about a guy pining for a person who's long, long, long gone.

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Frank Ocean – Lovecrimes Lyrics 7 years ago
Nice wordplay in 'lovecrimes'--is it the opposite of a hate crime? I wonder how? *sigh* Gotta love Frank's writing.

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Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free) Lyrics 7 years ago
Solid solid solid song. So real. Especially that reference to Manila. We need more of this. Everything after 'America's a big motherfuckin' garbageman/ If you ain't know, you're part and parcel of the problem...' really really tight!

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Lupe Fiasco – Strange Fruition Lyrics 7 years ago
Was listening to an indie radio show hosted by the Vibe Collective, who actually hail from Canada's First Nations--and got blown away by the line: 'Delighted by the dummyin’ down of the importance of crowns we’ll never have' and then that baptism line, damn. Not to mention you could get addicted to that violin! Love it. Learnin' to love Lupe and listening to more of him.

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Mat Kearney – Ships In The Night Lyrics 7 years ago
This is a ridiculous song. It's ridiculously beautiful, ridiculously inspiring, and ridiculously real. I agree it can be about divorce and/or distance driving relationships to straining point, but what matters in the end is the desire to connect anyway. Props to Mat K for penning this beautiful thing.

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Fink – This Is The Thing Lyrics 8 years ago
This song.

Not wanting to but still having the perfect explanation for one's relationship going haywire.

Just... Achingly beautiful. I love how subtle and deeply-resonant Fink's songs can be, even if they come out of intensely personal, 'normal' things like forgetting some one and committing to some thing other.

(Check out the video; it's just pitch perfect, visuals-wise! )

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Fink – Honesty Lyrics 8 years ago
Despite the angry wording, this song is just dripping with frustrated desire (and frustration)

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Fink – Sort of Revolution Lyrics 8 years ago
The multiple vocal tracks crooning 'Let me know when...' really make me feel AWE. The speaker, soldier, revolutionary, suitor, dreamer, scientist, whatever, is absolutely in love with the process and the struggle towards the goal and not just with the goal itself. Beautiful--Fink's flexing his muscles here. But still something about the instrumentation feels like the song's just plodding along--there's no punch line, not even at the end with that sort of coda, and I can't find much interest in the track overall. Oh, well.

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M.I.A. – Amazon Lyrics 8 years ago
You can really hear the tension in this song. I love how each and every verse is repeated twice even tho each one has a different volume, rhyme scheme, and texture. The chorus can stand out that way. And you slowly slowly follow the lines down to the end of the fictional story and get so much joy in the final modified chorus even though the narrator isn't at all liberated. It's a lot like listening to the beginning of 'Bolero.'

Pretty sure 'Amazon' is a song about getting kidnapped and adjusting to those material conditions in your life. To me it's about embracing your humanity at the same time you're coping with something that's enormously difficult.

And 'Amazon'... Knowing the title doesn't matter; to my ears this song brings the Philippines, where my family and I all come from, to mind. No idea why.

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Malajube – Casablanca Lyrics 8 years ago
This song is very... Dracula-like.

Here's a transliteration that I think might prove interesting:

When you peer through
These fingers of mine
My love is sucked of
All of your blood
When you peer through the veins
Under-tongue
My love is sucked of
All sense of You

Yet you stay wise
Within mirages
And in the clouds
Your visage
Down at the beach

When you peer through
Into my legs
My love is sucked of
All of your blood
When you peer through
My furrowed forehead
My love is sucked of
All sense of You

Yet you stay wise
Within mirages
And in the clouds
Your visage

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Radiohead – Reckoner Lyrics 8 years ago
To me this song is about not wanting to need someone who takes you away from your hedonism--which you're so used to using to soothe an old, old pain--and almost failing.

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Mother Mother – Angry Sea Lyrics 9 years ago
A song about one wave of all the things wrong with Man hitting what at the moment is a pristine white beach.

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Mother Mother – O My Heart Lyrics 9 years ago
On Mother Mother's CBC Radio 3 Session, Ryan G. told the host Tariq that this song was about being indifferent about a lot of things but yourself... and painfully, consciously feeling bad about it:

'That sort of tormented exclamation "O my heart!" sort of conjured up feelings of not really being able to engage with other people emotionally and inspired this song, that theme. It's something that I feel from time to time... I'm sure everybody feels it, too. Sometimes, you just wanna be more compassionate, and you wanna empathise with someone or the world; and you are just stoic, you are just so removed and comfortable there, but at the same time you feel a little bit guilty. Because it's good to care about things other than yourself.' (check it out!! radio3.cbc.ca)

I especially like the way all of this is phrased in the line about his heart that 'just stays shaking' despite trying to give it a stronger foundation (like they would for buildings vulnerable against earthquakes).

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Sam Roberts – No Sleep Lyrics 9 years ago
A hangdog, fizzled out but cooled down song--I get something like the blues from the English stanzas. As for the French, I can see it being about an overly-romanticized encounter, one with a woman of the night--except it was all a dream. 'Et moi, je me reveillais.' Walter Mitty comes to mind.

Bravo, Mr. Roberts, for making such a spectacular bilingual song!

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Kanye West – All of the Lights Lyrics 9 years ago
Why, thank you, magic.

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Kanye West – All of the Lights Lyrics 9 years ago
My own intepretation kinda takes the lyrics a bit more literally. To be sure, there's a sense of exhilaration in the song, fun and cool and beautiful, but it hits really hard, too.

I'm seein' this song as a narrative almost bout a guy losing control of his "rock life," despite caring about his family. First few verses with the abuse, the affair, the restraining order, and the public visitation let us know that the familial situation ain't working out well, so when you hear that grit in Kanye's voice when he sings about "flashlights, spotlights, strobelights, street lights," it sounds like bitterness.

Next, Kid Cudi comes in talkin' sense (because he's awesome like that), leading finally to a breakdown; Fergie's verse is, narratively (and musically) speaking, the low point, where the speaker really goes all the way with his "line" and nearly loses it. Personally I think the song almost O.D.'s with the line "going all the way this time! thistimethistime!!!" after which, the quietest moment in this super-busy song comes. I take that as seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The end.

But the speaker isn't going for that; Rihanna begins singing again with that beautiful voice of hers. The song's revived and we got Elton John crooning that the speaker's tried to show their family, their friends, the world what his life's been like: "I tried to tell you, but all I can say is: oh..." In my interpretation, the speaker can only show through MUSIC that their super bright, super cool life hasn't all been rainbows and butterflies (something you DON'T want "for the rest of your life"), and for now, the effort in the music is enough, and they can keep on carrying on. The salvation for the speaker is in the refrain: "Turn up the lights in here, baby, extra bright! I want y'all to see this. Turn up the lights. You know what I need? I want you to see everything!" The medium is the message.

Dammit, Kanye!! Too !#^@!n' good.

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The XX – Islands Lyrics 10 years ago
'Islands' turned me on to the xx... more specifically the magically-weird music video. One view and I was hooked. The video was compelling but the song...

I like it. And it's good.

Like any good song, it can mean a lot of things depending on who you are at the moment. But I think--I *think* a lot of people are hitting the nail...erm not on the head necessarily but getting there.

A lot of people have said happiness. Just as many have said sadness. klopas mentioned that it's about a person who's "rocked their [the speaker's] world," in a positive way. vaqued suggested the speaker is never going to live life "outside that moment" now that his/her affections have been recognized by their object. noirarcanum mentions ambivalence, pGFP nervousness. it was interesting to see beccabanksxx's breakdown of getting talked into love followed by calamitycalls's explaining the pitfalls of believing in one's own delusion.

...but it's a bit bemusing when the song gets typecast as being about blissful security or transformed into a story about either wanting to be promiscuous or having some traumatic falling-out with a soulmate. 'islands' can be a lot of things but it's always itself.

if i just really sit down with the song and listen to what it's saying, i'm getting different layers. like the music video, the song seems quite simple, sparse, but what makes it haunting is that it surprises you with tonnes of meaning that you didn't expect and is just awesome. 'cause this stuff you can relate to in a visceral way, but it's enough just to examine it. oliver said that when he writes, he does it sometimes just when he's really ready to sleep, and when he wakes up and looks at his work, he sees it with a detachment.

looking at 'Islands,' with detachment, I feel as though it's just one page of someone's diary, about one who, as darkflower put really well, realized they've found a wonderful answer to just playing the field but has seen that their way of seeing things had been far from correct. and that just means a "return to old habits." the beginning is just very fresh, almost naive, but then things build, and by the end the riff from the beginning's become perfunctory, it's thawed a little. just a little. and i just gotta listen again.

if there's any song that could define slipping away out of love, this would be it.

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Taio Cruz – Dynamite Lyrics 10 years ago
There's some heart to the this song. Can't help but love it.

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Drake – Light Up Lyrics 10 years ago
How about "make this place light up" too maybe?

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Drake – Light Up Lyrics 10 years ago
Amazing song!

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Field Music – In Context Lyrics 10 years ago
Thanks! It really helps. Is this from the album booklet?

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Rihanna – Rude Boy Lyrics 10 years ago
What a laugh riot.

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Jamie Cullum – Wheels Lyrics 10 years ago
His performance at Q TV was amaazing! So uplifting and exciting. Highly recommend people look the video up!

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Dan Mangan – Et Les Mots Croisés Lyrics 10 years ago
'Et les mots croisés' = 'and crosswords' je crois.

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Dan Mangan – Journal Of A Narcoleptic Lyrics 10 years ago
Beautiful lyrics.

But still it's all about that angelic voice... Hell, Dan could be singing about anything or nothing at all, and this would still be such a heartwrenching song. <3

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Basia Bulat – The Shore Lyrics 10 years ago
A wonderful song! There's a sense of wistfulness to it. The autoharp is an amazing instrument, and I'd love to see her play it live somewhere besides Youtube! Her performance of the Shore videotaped (and uploaded on YT) at Paris has a different feeling... I like it better than the album's version.

Whatever the version, the song's most likely about acquiescing to love. I think.

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Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains Lyrics 10 years ago
La Blogotheque's Take Away Show of Blue Ridge Mountains was overwhelmingly beautiful. Youtube it, people!

Totally agree with the previous comment by djbrownhat.

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Piers Faccini – The Wind that Blows Lyrics 10 years ago
It's so serene, but also feels like a rousing call to arms! Go Piers!

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Sondre Lerche – No One's Gonna Come Lyrics 10 years ago
Maybe, just maybe, it's about someone who's so high up there in their ability and self-esteem that what people say or think--or even the idea that others matter--can't reach him, and because of that he suffers. But he's still above it all, and others can only envy him of this. A few, as expressed in the first few lines, are actually inspired by this to change.

But what do I know?

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I also think it's "you invite them"....

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Travis – Some Sad Song Lyrics 11 years ago
Oops, make that epilogue*.

* This information can be up to 15 minutes delayed.
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