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Jeff Buckley – Lilac Seasons Lyrics 8 years ago
landing on spires - potentially a church steeple, hence landing on dogmas or landing on someones sword and dying for their beliefs ... brilliant! A good song has to paint good imagery with words, like hi archs seabirds, fly zones, and I also like the use of non-disbelievers, a clever usage to fill the syllable gap with something other than just what it means - believers. haha

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Jeff Buckley – Lilac Seasons Lyrics 8 years ago
oh. looks like it's SOundgarden's Chris Cornell. Can someone confirm this?

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Jeff Buckley – Lilac Seasons Lyrics 8 years ago
isn't it funny that every Buckley fan that has typed his name in Napster or some P2P program has this song yet nobody knows who the hell sings this! I think it's a beautiful song but that sure isn't Jeff's voice and what does Lilac Seasons have to do with dreaming the dreamer's dream? Jeff has a song called Lilac Wine so my guess is this song was renamed appropriately / opportunistically in order for someones music to ride in on the tails of Jeff's popularity, BUT if you did this, wouldn't you reveal your identity after a while to benefit from such a hoax? Hmmmmmm.. Hello perpetrator? REVEAL YOURSELF NOW! because your song is cool and you deserve credit.

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Propagandhi – Haillie Sellasse, Up Your Ass Lyrics 8 years ago
With the holy land situation set aside, I've always followed the fuck religion mantra but I do respect the bible on a metaphorical level. The whole new age idea that god is the sun which is really kind of an age old pagan thing makes sense, and that if you lie and cheat, and rape, then maybe you won't go to a fiery place and burn beneath the earth's crust but in a way you will enter your own hell when your conscience starts fighting against you with guilt. I'm no Christian, but it is interesting to see how the bible can be interpreted through a different filter. When god is dead, hedonism will rule which is an improvement in a way because it's something I can see but its not going to make the world necessarily more enjoyable. Mark my word, there will come a time when those sanctuaries now being turned into condos and recording studios will be missed for their ability to bring communities together. So what I'm saying is religion still sucks but I'm sure going to miss those churches. If I had the bucks I'd make one badass recording studio in one then go straight to hell for sure but it'd be worth it.

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Bob Dylan – Million Dollar Bash Lyrics 9 years ago
It's all kind of figurative when you have Dylan-esque lyrics like this but I think there is some loose reference to the city folk and their ability to assimilate the simple man with their hyped up money monster machine thats bigger and better than anything in the country like mashing potatoes and yarning. Filter had a song that sang "your celebrating nothing, and you feel aye ok!". It kind of reminds me of that modern delusion of grandeur where were all getting down and rolling around in the mudpit to follow that paper bill trail. but Dylan is able to write songs that can be interpreted in so many ways when most of it is just imagery of what he absorbed in those days that reflect a kind of macrocosmic aura of the time. There's no exact literal interpretation to this stuff.

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Neil Young – Don't Let It Bring You Down Lyrics 9 years ago
the imagery in this song is strong with life going on persistently with heavy lorries, skyscrapers, and sinking moons that show the inevitability of circumstance and especially death, but in the most positive sense. It is life and energy going through its various transformations, and the light of the night kinda shows a soul that has passed on with new consciousness, meaning, and enlightenment. Where there is darkness there is light. Neil is a prolific writer and a song that can be interpreted in so many ways is powerful. I don't really get the protest song feeling but maybe it can represent that too but this song just feels so far away from that. It feels more like a song that is embracing and learning to accept the good and bad perks of life.

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Dio – Don't Talk To Strangers Lyrics 9 years ago
the lyrics are pretty straight forward. its as though he's chased after and seen many things but is a bit sour
about it, like what we think is beautiful (heaven, flowers, women) and the whole search for truth through writing and
personal conquest isn't as glorious and rewarding as he thought. It's like they say "you want the truth? you can't handle the truth!"
and of course "ignorance is bliss". The rest of the lyrics are about a girl he knows probably a failed relationship
where he thinks she couldn't handle reality and went back to her imaginary unconscious world when she left him.

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Pink Floyd – High Hopes Lyrics 10 years ago
If you watch the video you can see the relevance of the school bell or church bell that calls children away from their humble but balanced state. The bell is of course the calling of the adult world that promises so many things but never really delivers in the end what is promised. CG Jung spoke about this alot mainly in "Modern Man in search of a Soul" he calls that time in youth "the unbearable age" where instinct and consciousness come to head and threaten to rip you apart in the process before you are forced to choose the way that puts food in your mouth and vaporous dreams are left behind you across the bridges that are now burnt and unreachable. That of course is the division bell in all it's sharp ironic humanity and the entropy of mother earth will find a way to restore instinct again if we don't kill everything beforehand. The division bell is the sliver in our mind driving us mad, its what seperates us from the instincts of the past that are a threat and have the ability to topple our modern world. We have rejected nature, and if we don't embrace paganism and sustainability again nature will reject and destroy us.

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Sinead O'Connor – Black Boys On Mopeds Lyrics 10 years ago
I grabbed this bit of a web page ..

the lyrics refer to an incident in England on 17 May 1989 where the police were pursuing a youth called Nicholas Bramble, who was riding a moped, in the mistaken belief that he had stolen the moped. Bramble lost control of the moped (which it turns out was his) in the chase, and crashed it, killing himself. His death was ruled accidental, but O’Connor felt that the police, a “representative of state authority”, caused his death, and the incident (re)sparked accusations of racism in the police force, on the grounds that the police would not have assumed that the youth had stolen the bike, or pursued him so aggressively, had he been white.

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The Guess Who – Guns, Guns, Guns Lyrics 10 years ago
yeah this song is pretty straight forward but nothing short of amazing. I could see it played for the closing credits of the story of man "never wanted to say goodbye" very sad, but right on the money. Not the first time they write about mother nature either.

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Genesis – The Knife Lyrics 11 years ago
This song sounds millitant for sure but I took this in a less literal maybe more modern form where "the knife" that strikes out against the lies that spread like disease through our minds is a war waged not only in violence but in words. The current battleground of righteous ideologies is also battled virtually, in the media, in academia, in the senate which would be ideal if they didn't persist to be realized outside the mind in anger and vanity.

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The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky Lyrics 11 years ago
I always misheard the chorus as "I believe your lies" and I think I prefer it that way because it just gives the song such a powerful sad element like that. But now that I read the proper lyrics I don't see any doubt that the victim of these lies is over the relationship. The eye in the sky is kind of that moment of clarity when your finally over someone thats hurting you and you can see through to the other side that is brighter, without those lies.

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Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight Lyrics 11 years ago
The name Huang Chung literally translates from Chinese as "yellow bell", but refers to the standardized bass pitch of ancient China. Early on the band summarized the definition as "perfect pitch" and later, on American Bandstand, which they claimed was the sound a guitar made.

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Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight Lyrics 11 years ago
I always knew this song was a sexual cannotation for hot lusty chinese sex! If you sing it with that in mind it makes perfect sense.

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Bob Dylan – One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) Lyrics 11 years ago
This song is about a pagan girl and her kind that worship the stars. All songs are relative to the listener, but for me this refers to the peace, beauty, and magick of the untouched, undomesticated mountain dwellers living on the periphery of civilization whose way of life is lost to the dawn of having to earn a wage. Before we all came down the slopes to the carnival, the valley below where the banks offered a civilized lifestyle for us vulgarians, we were more prone to being well balanced individuals of nature (pagans, and gypsies) giving rise to foresight and psychic abilities that were later demonized by "worldly gentlemen" as witchcraft instead of natures gift to those willing to see. Maybe the bible was an allegory, a cautionary tale warning us about giving into money and such temptation so we'd never build America and have to bomb other countries for prosperity? As any country hick like myself who must commute to the city everyday to make a living its easy to appreciate and recognize the genius of such folk music like this, and the sad irony of our modern disposition.

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The White Stripes – One More Cup Of Coffee Lyrics 11 years ago
This song is about a pagan girl and her kind that worship the stars. All songs are relative to the listener, but for me this refers to the peace, beauty, and magick of the untouched, undomesticated mountain dwellers living on the periphery of civilization whose way of life is lost to having to earn a wage. Before we all came down the slopes to the carnival, the valley below where the banks offered a civilized lifestyle for us vulgarians, we were more prone to being well balanced individuals of nature (pagans, and gypsies) giving rise to foresight and psychic abilities that were later demonized by "worldly gentlemen" as witchcraft instead of natures gift to those willing to see. Maybe the bible was an allegory, a cautionary tale warning us about giving into money and such temptation so we'd never build America and have to bomb other countries for prosperity? As any country hick like myself who must commute to the city everyday to make a living its easy to appreciate and recognize the genius of such folk music like this, and the sad irony of our modern disposition.

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Immortal Technique – Bin Laden Lyrics 11 years ago
woops I meant NORAD not NAFTA. goddam acronyms are raping my mind

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Immortal Technique – Bin Laden Lyrics 11 years ago
if Bush didn't bring down WTC5, who did? The easter bunny?? No plane flew into it and it just fell into its footprint sometime after the initial "attack" like a neat and tidy controlled demolition does. If your brain is engaged you'll listen to the facts. NAFTA was told to stand down their surveillance during 9/11 .. why does the american government disable protection of airspace on a day like 9/11?? Why does a government protect existing footage of what flew into the pentagon? (NOTHING) Do the math, the truth is out there. Bush has never showed any genuine signs of being an empathetic human being, all he does is LIE and he does a pretty bad job of it too when he can publicly declare his ignorance by stating Nelson Mandela is dead. Is this guy an alien?? This is the freek some american public still believe for some reason, and they are still existing any a cloud of denial in the comfort of their living rooms where everyone is a terrorist. The only terrorist from the start was the government and us for letting them get away with this murder.

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John Mellencamp – Rain On The Scarecrow Lyrics 11 years ago
If you want to know what this song is about watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anr0mmHAmfY
the opening excerpt pretty much sums it up, politicians want more food for less money so why should I work twelve hours a day to barely break even?? Governments have axed the agricultural industry by raising the price of quota (licensing for milk resale) so that it literally takes a millionaire to start a decent farming operation, and the salt of the earth farmers that have been around for generations would rather sell off their quota, cows, and equipment to cash in for retirement then break even for profit. It's kind of like the government saying to the Bourgeoisie "alright you've made enough money, now sit on it" only for them to take the farming responsibility into corporate more profiteable and mass producing hands. The blood on the plow is the axing of hundreds of hard working families that thought they earned nobility enough to pass on their operations to their young but strong independent families and people for that matter are not valued in this country anymore they are frowned upon by the elite. They are not profiteable enough, and thats what it all comes down to. A longstanding culture of hard work and pride murdered. You should also watch this documentary "Seeds of Change" to understand the impact pushy peckers like Monsanto have on what few farms are left.
http://www.seedsofchangefilm.org/?p=watch_film

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Van Halen – Poundcake Lyrics 11 years ago
this song is about a homegrown, down home Texan girl that used to give him lots of anal sex. "lemme hold some of that", and "wrapped up nice and tight" gives it away. So does the name of the song.

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Live – Lightning Crashes Lyrics 11 years ago
This song is about the circle of life / reincarnation described in a way that is reflective of a mystic much like Ed Kowalczyk

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax Lyrics 11 years ago
Quickies are great once in a blue moon but this song (whether it is gay or heterosexual doesn't matter) is still about tantric sex. Relax don't do it, when you want to come (cum) is the secret to building a worthwhile sex life, that is a fact.

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James – Go to the Bank Lyrics 11 years ago
wow, before adbusters , dance punk, buy nothing day and all this trendy anti-consumerism James hit the nail on the head. Some love buying crap to surround themselves with synthetic crap, and some love life. I guess Mexico doesn't really fit into "western society" or culture for that matter. Awesome song.

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James – Born Of Frustration Lyrics 11 years ago
"Show me the movie
Of who you are and where you’re from"

ever find yourself doing this? talking about where you were when Rocky came out, or yeah grade 4 was the year blah blah came out? This song is trying to show how synthetic and unnatural this is, and then ..
"How can we build our lives upon No wall of stone, no solid ground" speaks for itself. Was Rambo a life altering moment that made you a better person? Of couurrrrse ... you need an exorcist not a shrink to repair your fractured mind filled with random hollywood images. But like all James songs, theres the underlying optimism ..

"Stop stop talking about who’s to blame
When all that counts is how to change"

the naked sharp truth, and the solution. brilliant!

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James – Lost a Friend Lyrics 11 years ago
I logged onto facebook.com for the first time yesterday and realized that I have lost my friends to the sea. A sea of electronic lies, bloated materialism, and denial that hides their suspended disbelief that modern western lifestyles of decay are not only consuming them but everyone we kill under "foreign policy" to maintain this sick way of life. You've seen it before .. those tired sore smiles that say "I am hypnotized, and adequately, even willingly! desensitized, and sedated! Please don't let my suspicions be true, please just give me another hit. The worst part is when everyone can capture it fifty times a day, digitally. This life was made possible by FUTURE SHOP, keep on pretending you sad empty sheep, you are owned and cultivated and laughed at! GOD I feel so alone.

Nice song though.

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Mickey Avalon – Jane Fonda Lyrics 12 years ago
so who wrote this song? Was it Cisco Adler or whoever?? Cause this guy looks like a mommy's boy whose been living in his parents basement whens he is offstage.

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Nat King Cole – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Lyrics 12 years ago
sure beats green day. Reminds me of all those songs about the smalltown boy/girl like Bronski Beat or The Strangler's "Strange Little Girl". We have been lured into the temptation of the big shcitty for long enough with broken promises of joy to help turn the wheels of economic progress. Natalie Merchant's "Carnival" paints a parallel with its lyrics about being hypnotized and mesmerized by what our eyes do see. If the city is the "Carnival" depicted in her song, in this song, and in Pinocchio where children are converted to donkeys and shadows of their former selves, then why are we still buying it? Can you sing this song while you parade down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams in your gas guzzling Humvee, powered by the blood of iraqi children? Why does the high cost of living have to be bombing for peace? Because we keep buying it.

Gigolo and gigolette is us, we prostitute each other and lend our bodies to corporations 9-5 for nickel and dime that we put right back into circulation anyways, and its not going back into restoring the quality of life enjoyed in dying rural towns incase you've noticed only ones that melt into the city are given any attention. Like the Borg, THEY are assimilating us, and the New World Order is almost complete so once all the shares are bought up, and the mergers are complete, get ready for the fourth Reich motherf*ckers!! Its not gonna be so sweet.

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Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams Lyrics 12 years ago
Marianne Faithfull's version is much better, and would of beat this as a cover if someone did it right.

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Rage Against the Machine – Wake Up Lyrics 12 years ago
this song is about the cointelpro (counter intelligence program) and the fact that such a government program exist(ed) should have you pissing your pants or wanting to kick some serious ass. Fortunetly thats what this song is for, to get people to wake up and consider not accepting the agenda in store. Sacrifice. Jefferson and Weishaupt spoke of enlightening the people to dispell tyranny and darkness yet any of the "have-nots" that speak out nowadays to mobilize the bewildered herd against fascist elites usually have a bullet coming their way in one form or another. Kinda makes you think twice before building your life around sedated materialism. Was the vision of the founding fathers undermined? By who? It's time to take a long look around you and consider that nothing is what it seems anymore. The technocratic New World Order that is being slipped through below your peripheral vision that undermines everything this country was supposed to stand for is happening NOW every day you press every day you fill up your tank for the lives it takes. Our way of life is about dancing on the backs of the bruised, and as the song prophesizes in the last two lines, we the people that outnumber these elite Rothschild bankers, we the people that pull the weight for the decadent that create war for profit are very pissed off and will trample them under foot when the floodgates break. Don't let them buy you out, your children's freedom depends on it. We gotta take the power back.

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Damien Rice – Me, My Yoke and I Lyrics 12 years ago
This song is about coming to terms with your own sexuality, and breaking out of your shell. Period

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The Sisters of Mercy – Black Planet Lyrics 12 years ago
Nuclear war? yeah. Industrialization? Capitalism / communism? This video is set in Russia along the "101" with a skyline polluted with every ugly nuclear injdustrial generator for profit I can imagine, just an ugly surreal, scary landscape of what a country's quest for power has become, and how this direction is not beneficial to the quest for spirituality, growth, and evolution so far away from the "minds eye". Andrew knows it, we know it. Everybody should. I suppose the great white pier has something to do with the blinding light of a nuclear blast, or maybe not? If someone wishes to emphasize feel free but all I can see is the black polluting by-product of mans futile conquest for world domination and phallic achievement.

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Guns N' Roses – Civil War Lyrics 12 years ago
I don't suppose the "Special Thanks Niven / James" in the credits to this song have anything to do with the composition?? Axl wrote great songs when he wanted to, but this song has a different style, no?? Great song.

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Jeff Buckley – Vancouver Lyrics 12 years ago
Vancouver should be ranamed to "London" when he had a fling with Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. He simply used the instrumental of vancouver to sing the lyrics of his romance with Elizabeth and didn't live long enough to rename it.

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Jeff Buckley – So Real Lyrics 12 years ago
I think it's so funny that they would put that distorted bit in there just so it wouldn't get radio friendly. It doesn't strike me as being true, but its funny anyways :) I too think this is the best song on the album just because of it's raw emotion. The distortion bit half way is kind of nervous and harsh but it's fitting somehow, just because love can be painful when it is so real it hurts because you don't want to believe its overwhelmingness (is that a word)
Love makes me want to speak in continuous proese like Kerouac. This song along with Vancouver, and maybe his rendition of Dylan's "Farewell Angelina" are my all time favourite Buckley tunes. by the way Vancouver should be ranamed to "London" when he had a fling with Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, he simply used the instrumental of vancouver to sing the lyrics of his romance with Elizabeth.

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Jeff Buckley – The Sky Is A Landfill Lyrics 12 years ago
Wasted human lives … This is social commentary Jeff Buckley style and it's great because most would gasp at a comment like "The sky IS a landfill" but that’s the peculiar hook of the song that reels you in out of curiosity.

This is the essential three lines of verse if any...

"This way of life is so devised
To snuff out the mind that moves
Moving with grace the men despise"

Theirs Jeff's signature "GRACE" again by the way, but he is getting at how much of a waste it is that our current system does not encourage evolution in a holistic spiritual metaphysical whateveryouwannacallit sense and if the final product of being a human being is the spirit that graduates from this messed up vehicle when we die and floats upwards into the clouds, then the sky is definitely a landfill of toxic waste because we are not given much of a chance to grow in this devised system. Not such a crazy idea, since even crazier electric transformations happen in a cell under a microscope. Jeff believed music was freedom and when he refers to "the men" that despise grace I'm assuming he means the men in the suits of a somewhat corporate and systematically functional nature by social standards who are probably a lot of the same men in the music industry that were pressing REALLY hard for that second album when he fled to Memphis. I like to think Jeff was sucked under by the Wolf River and forces beyond his control especially since he used to make fun of over-glorified suicide victims in music that were looking for a way out but who knows? It certainly wouldn't be the first time the music machine has pushed someone off the edge of the stage.

I think the “take another drag” business can be a miff with consumerism or Jeff’s mixed attitude towards pot smoking. Jeff smoked but didn’t enjoy the general sense of apathy or numbness that conventionally comes along with that state, and there was nothing apathetic about Jeff. This song has such a strong drive behind it that shows how inexhaustible his effort was sonically and lyrically; it’s to the floor. I assume this song could have been better if it had that final gloss, but the raw edge of its unfinished state is pretty special on its own.

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Metric – Dead Disco Lyrics 13 years ago
This is one of those songs that have an immediate hook and grow on you, that’s the beauty of pop. The lyrics potentially tap into some disenchantment with the music business and the rate at which we abandon the old (no matter how good) for new. Just listening to it now I can see a second music video with old black and white western style imagery of Bourbon and Beale street musicians keeling over in disgust while the streets flood over with rich fat American tourists wanting to hear a white guy sing some black music.

There is definitely some inner conflict going on in this song. Where is Emily directing the last line “I know you’re trying to change me”? It can’t be the music business… at least not as long as Celine Dion is busy getting rich horking out the same old shit about love moving mountains it can’t. Emily can sit pretty knowing that the music industry does not want to change her, in fact they would be quite happy with her reissuing the same stuff in a new package every year for an eternity. If a moneymaker aint broken, don’t fix it! So she is talking about her own pressuring need for change right? If this is the case then why does she seem so peeved at the dead disco, funk, and rock scenes we have left behind in our never-ending quest for the ultimate? This is a little dilemma, hers and ours alike.


The need for fashionable new clichés propel some into a state of no fixed identity where we are constantly grabbing at the next best thing or “flavor of the month” (remember The Cure’s “Jumping someone else’s train”?) when the classic styles of yesteryear can still sell records but not at a rate that satisfies the fattest of cats preying from on top. Maybe some of you remember how fast we jumped off the Guns and Roses train and onto the New Kids on the Block / Vanilla Ice / Marky Mark train and then back on the rockin’ wagon with Nirvana again? You guys are some sick twisted puppies …

Some are quite content with their style and feel no need to change, but I don’t think this song is about established artists who can afford to churn out the same old formulaic crap and rake in the royalties. It’s about the undiscovered ones trying to bust onto the scene with a catchy new hook for the big fish. So while the music industry feels quite inclined to push the “you must change to survive today” propaganda, Madonna can purchase her rare talents top dollar from music engineers like The Neptunes and we all hail Madonna for her survivor of the ages skills. But she’s a musician right? Not anymore than Dubbya Bush is a good President. She excelled because she hasn’t changed, she’s a business woman always has been, always will, that unfortunately some people have learned to appreciate.

Historically pop music has not been the place for die hard musicians who are in it for THE MU$IC, so let’s hope Emily still has some fresh tricks up her sleeve, cuz as of now her music kicks some serious ass and I’m anxious for what’s next.

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The Stranglers – Nice 'N' Sleazy Lyrics 13 years ago
This song is surprisingly funny if you don't know the inside meaning. I honestly thought this was Cronwell's effort to make a virtually undecipherable song to confuse the sh*&%$t out of everyone. When I learned it had meaning I was kinda disapointed, but can someone enlighten me and explain how "Nice and Sleazy" can refer to a performance at Battersea Park? cuz I keep thinking of his preference in sexual encounters after the show.

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Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) Lyrics 13 years ago
In Jeff's EPK he says he learned this song one night before a show, and he makes it sound like he just absorbed it in a way which is amazing. Keep in mind that he heard John Cale's version which I have yet to listen to so it would be interesting to see how this version is different and maybe influenced Jeff's. To me this song is about love and sacrifice in the truest sense. Someone in an earlier post mentioned how love can open wounds to heel them, and someone also mentioned sex/orgasm which I think is not at all upsetting or far from the meaning. Hallelujah is that peak or release upon realization that loves labors and sacrifice have been worth the long ride. Even if it makes you cry, your heart and open wounds have to be open to feel love around you and Leonard the world’s best romantic knows this best. Jeff too.

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Jeff Buckley – Vancouver Lyrics 13 years ago
This song makes me sad because it had so much potential and power, yet it remains an unfinished mystery. It's hard to say what this song "means" because of where Jeff stood at the time and how he lets songs develop freeform. Pods is right this was a favorite instrumental jam song for Jeff and the boys to cut loose near the end of a show and then when he was in the studio with Tom Verlaine he had to force lyrics into this for the first time, and it sounds like he was struggling hard against the currents of this song. Verlaine complained this was three songs in one, and this is exactly why Verlaine wasn't right for Buckley, but then again it is difficult for any engineer to work with a creatively volatile artist such as Jeff. It is somewhat reminiscent of his father Tim who would drop out of rhythms and into another midway like he was crossing through audible temperate zones faster than the listener could adjust. Luckily Jeff is a thousand times easier to listen to than his father, yet he still sounds like he is forcing a mouthful into an instrumentally tight song that would come off as being VERY awkward if it weren't for Jeff's exceptional ability. He somehow makes it work well with his acrobatic voice. Don't get me wrong, this is an amazing song. I love the driving yet stringy Rickenbacker-like opening, and the way it leaves you hanging naked and pillaged at the end just as relationships often do. It's so hard not to expect more with that powerful opening; it stays with you throughout and haunts you like someone’s unfinished quest.

I too feel the title for this was a placeholder, and would have changed it in the mastering stage had he survived the Mississippi/wolf's undertow. Jeff says it himself during the Chicago concert "you don't know this one, neither do we” and that’s how he did things. He let his songs grow and take flight. Before he signed the dotted line with Columbia he had all the time in the world to do this. We always want so much from a newly discovered treasure in the industry, but Jeff’s open nerve endings of emotion to the world was a burden that would suck him in and pull him under.

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Modest Mouse – The Cold Part Lyrics 13 years ago
sometimes it's hard not to think that some of modest mouse's songs are not voiced out in some kind of innebriated state because they are so wet with wavvy and echoey layers of surrealism. I just eat it up and this song is no exception, I love it. It carries me away to some far away place, and not necesarilly a cold dark place like the title annotates, but just this pleasant and sombre-like chill corner of my conscious. It's like Sarah Maclachlan says, sometimes sad is comforting and nice. As for the meaning, well it is still soaked in isolation way down there in those cold lonely empty parts, as the whole album is, but hey atleist its a song of hope. He's saying so long to embark on a journey towards something that is possibly better. Right?

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Modest Mouse – Life Like Weeds Lyrics 13 years ago
This song expresses alot of frustration with semantics / linguistics when there is a need to clearly express ones mixed feelings . Amongst all this grappling, and yearning for truth through philosophizing, the air just fills up with words and sounds. Language, audible or written just isn't a good enough tool to express things sometimes, those words just float off into the better parts of space. Thats why there is music to complete the inconsistencies of language.

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Modest Mouse – Tiny Cities Made of Ashes Lyrics 13 years ago
Here's country bumpkin Isaac Brock expressing his disenchantment with the city again. Doesn't the Bible say it best "ashes to ashes, dust to dust? Or was that David Bowie? This song is about nature vs synthetic plastic products. What is the city, is it overflowing with green life the way nature wanted it? No it is built from the ground up like plastic coca-cola commercialism and it has no genetic roots, or veins except for the sewers of rats below. It is made out of dead matter (bricks, metal, circuits) hence the term "ashes" which also symbolizes the entropy of the man made civilization; Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society that goes against the laws of balance and uniformity in nature. To quote Propagandhi - "Todays empires are tommorows ashes". A little to bleak for me Isaac, cuz cities only cover 10% of the world, and if you get your way we'll all follow your example and live in the sticks. The world will be a better place for it.

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Modest Mouse – Ohio Lyrics 13 years ago
"Rows of lights to illuminate lines
Why don't they turn them off and let us see night
Drove crazed grooming my lies
You can't look in on one way eyes"

EditTheSadParts, you almost got it. The point here is that street lights are one way, and when we shut them off it allows us to project are own light and imagination into the large canvas of blackness above. Let us not forget how disenchanted Isaac is with the city, and its one way lines of mental segregation. He's a country bumpkin. I'm not sure how Ohio is supposed to reflect anything, he just needed to compare some place to his rusted and scabbed state of mind at the time. Every city has pipes and drainholes underneath.

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Modest Mouse – Dog Paddle Lyrics 13 years ago
this is a song about those close calls you have like when you almost get run over or fall off your bike and all the things that go through your head before you hit the ground, like your life flashing by in an instant. The dog paddle, and no meat to swallow is a metaphor for a certain struggle underway, and he feels heavy like an old muscle car in the water and he's running out of gas.

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Modest Mouse – 3rd Planet Lyrics 13 years ago
This album is about isolation, possibly the rise and fall of a certain "cassanova" that is probably just a marketing ploy. But whoever casanova is, he is trying to figure out how he fits into the larger picture, the world, universe, galaxy whatever in this great vision of his. For the first and last time on this album he feels as though everything is one and interconnected. How he falls into disconnectedness and isolation throughout much of the rest of the album is a bit of a mystery after something as positive as this. Modest Mouse can explore both extremes very well, very emotional stuff.

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Modest Mouse – Breakthrough Lyrics 13 years ago
I think this song is about a average guy (or girl) caught in a the mortgage paying, 9-5 working, suburban middle class white neighborhood living hijinx. He's at an outdoor lawn party / marriage like Lester Burnham caught in a maze and little kids are running around beating and throwing up on each other and he's thinking I gotta break out of this toxic prefab moulding and into something fresh and real. He feels cultivated, like a cow.

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