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Madonna – Crazy For You Lyrics 2 years ago
One of Madonna's most gorgeous, purely romantic songs. It's always been one of my favorites of hers, along with "Holiday". It seems a lot of other folks agree, judging from all the covers that've been made over the years!

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Madonna – Holiday Lyrics 2 years ago
It's worth noting when this song was released - the fall of 1983, a very, very tense and worrisome time worldwide (we now know that World War III almost started by accident). It's no accident, I think, that the lyrics call for the titular holiday to take place "all across the world, in every nation" and plead "You can turn the world around/Just bring back all those happy days" and "Let love shine/And we will find/A way to come together, we can make things better". Not to mention that it's a terrific dance track.

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HIM – (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult cover) Lyrics 14 years ago
OK, I've found a quote from Roeser (this comes from another lyrics-meaning site and I don't know what the original source is, but I believe it's authentic):

“ I felt that I had just achieved some kind of resonance with the psychology of people when I came up with that, I was actually kind of appalled when I first realized that some people were seeing it as an advertisement for suicide or something that was not my intention at all. It is, like, not to be afraid of it (as opposed to actively bring it about). It's basically a love song where the love transcends the actual physical existence of the partners. "

Another thing that I didn't think about when doing my previous post but should mention is that the first verse is VERY important to understanding what the song is really about. Roeser is, essentially, telling is that death is a part of nature, and if nature doesn't fear it, why should humans? (Not to mention that death itself is a crucial part of the life cycle; without the nutrients provided by the decomposition of dead creatures - and yes, that includes humans - new life couldn't grow and thrive, and the planet itself would become a dead thing.)

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HIM – (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult cover) Lyrics 14 years ago
I was reading up on the song last night (for those of you who don't know, the game Guild Wars: Factions has a quest called "More Cowbell" that takes off on the famous SNL skit spoofing the recording of the song) and I found a reference to Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser talking about the song. According to him, it's NOT about suicide - it's about the kind of love that transcends death. Unfortunately, I've lost the link (trying to find it) but I thought you guys might want to know what the songwriter himself had to say.

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Stevie Nicks – Desert Angel Lyrics 16 years ago
By the way, Stevie says in her liner notes for the song that "Operation Desert Angel" was a project gotten up by relatives of service members from Arizona during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I have to go back and check these notes but apparently it involved angel figures with the names of the service members on them.

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Stevie Nicks – Desert Angel Lyrics 16 years ago
That's right. In fact, if you look at the sleeve of her single "Sometimes It's A Bitch", from the same album ("Desert Angel" was the B-side), it's a picture of Stevie superimposed on an American flag that a soldier sent her from the theatre of operations. Stevie has been passionately supportive of U.S. troops for many years now; she's made repeated visits to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington in the last couple of years to see soldiers wounded in the current Iraq war. Her official website contains lengthy excerpts from her journal describing these visits.

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Fleetwood Mac – Big Love Lyrics 16 years ago
The video for this song is also great - it's one of the most visually striking ever done, IMO.

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Fleetwood Mac – Freedom Lyrics 16 years ago
I understand that one of the inspirations for this song (which appeared on "Behind the Mask" in 1990) was Stevie seeing the word "freedom" painted on the Berlin Wall during the coverage of its opening in November 1989.

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The Beatles – Sun King Lyrics 16 years ago
I'm a big Fleetwood Mac fan, and from what I understand, "Sun King" was intended as something of a pastiche of the Mac's big hit at the time, "Albatross" (this was during the band's early blues years with Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan). As it happened, during the last couple of years of the 1960's, Fleetwood Mac was THE hot act in Britain, selling more records than the Beatles _or_ the Stones, and at one point Apple Records was seriously working on signing them up. So "Sun King" can be seen as the Beatles' salute to the competition.

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The Beatles – Lovely Rita Lyrics 16 years ago
I don't think this particular song has to mean anything significant, it's just Paul having fun and cranking out a good pop tune.

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The Beatles – Hey Jude Lyrics 16 years ago
Wilson Bryan Key (the subliminal-advertising guy) had a big long thing on "Hey Jude" in one of his books where he basically reiterates the proposition that the song was about heroin. I thought he was spouting bullshit then and I think he's spouting bullshit now. Actually, what I heard was the song was really Paul talking directly to John (not Julian), counseling him not to be afraid to "go out and get her" - that is, Yoko Ono. (This would have been before all the tsouris caused by Ms. Ono's wanting to be something of a fifth Beatle.)

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The Beatles – Helter Skelter Lyrics 16 years ago
U2 had the last word on this, I think. They cover the song on their "Rattle and Hum" double album. Bono starts the song by yelling at the audience, it goes something like this; "A murdering bastard named Charles Manson stole this song. WE'RE TAKING IT BACK!!!" and off the boys go into a rough, nasty, hard-rocking cover of the song.

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The Beatles – Revolution 1 Lyrics 16 years ago
The Cultural Revolution was going on in China at the time, and a lot of hard-core leftists were extolling Mao at the time, so it's a lead-pipe cinch that that influenced the lyrics. The "out/in" business is meant to reflect John's ambiguity about revolution; consciously, he was arguing against violence, but he acknowledged at the same time that there was a part of him that wanted to go out and fight the power by any means necessary. (If you want irony, consider this; the College Republicans, during the late 1960's, put the lyrics to "Revolution" on a poster and distributed it!)

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The Beatles – Sexy Sadie Lyrics 16 years ago
I think "Sexy Sadie" and "Dear Prudence" are the opposing sides of the same coin. "Sexy Sadie" sounds good, but it may be one of the most bitterly sarcastic songs John Lennon ever wrote. Considering that moving Times of India article, it's a tragedy that he never got a chance to meet with Maharishi to talk things out. (A lot of Westerners may not know this, but devout Hindus tend to take a strict line on alcohol, drugs and other such-like things. I once read that in the early 1970's, George took the same line and would lecture concertgoers about drinking and doing drugs, saying things like "You won't find Lord Krishna at the bottom of a bottle." In that case, it's no wonder that Maharishi got upset if he saw John and others using artifical substances instead of getting into their own natural minds.)

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The Beatles – Dear Prudence Lyrics 16 years ago
This is one of my favorite Beatles track, especially musically (Ringo does a great drum solo at the end). John could be bitingly sarcastic in his lyrics but here he's as tender as a mother with her newborn child, trying to get Prudence to come out of her meditative shell. (Note, by the way, that "the birds will sing/that you are part of everything" is citing a central tenet of Hinduism, so I think that John is saying that Prudence won't lose touch with the spiritual enlightenment she's trying to achieve if she will "come out and play".)

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The Beatles – A Day in the Life Lyrics 16 years ago
James Michener wrote about "A Day In The Life" in his novel "The Drifters". He had his viewpoint character listen to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as played for him by one of the young title characters. In his interpretation, the long, resonant chord at the end of the song is, in fact, supposed to represent a nuclear explosion.

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The Beatles – Only a Northern Song Lyrics 16 years ago
From what I heard, in this song George is taking a poke at inane media interviewers.

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Franz Ferdinand – All for You, Sophia Lyrics 17 years ago
I have to correct the earlier poster on one point. Sophie (the correct spelling) was not pregnant on 28 June 1914; in fact, since she was 46 at the time and had been strongly advised not to have any more children by her doctors after a stillbirth following the birth of three children, I think a pregnancy at that late date would have been highly unlikely. The other information, however, is correct, and I think the interpretation of the line "six times" as being about FF's last words is correct. FF is actually quite a misunderstood figure in some respects; it's not generally known, for example, that he was a strong proponent of a federal system for the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a more equal role for the Slavic peoples within the empire (Sophie herself, after all, was a Slav noblewoman from Bohemia, what is today the Czech Republic). The Black Hand was only the most sinister of a veritable witches' brew of secret societies and nationalist groups in the pre-WWI Balkans that wanted national rights/independence for one or another group. There's a weird historical coincidence to the fact that Bosnian Serbs caused so much trouble at the beginning and end of the previous century, isn't there?

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