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Matt Pond PA – Devil in the Water Lyrics 4 years ago
@[asSTARSfallx:5817] @[rrrobinson:5818] Thanks for your thoughts, rrrobinson. My comment may have missed the mark with this song, although I do still see threads of dismissing origination theories - Matt tends to do albums that link up to a larger theme though, and your thoughts and a re-read caused me to reevaluate. Perhaps it's Matt's own existential realization about the so-called meaning of life. It's interesting the way he contrasts the indoors (as an anxiety-inducing prison "hard to breathe") with the outdoors (enjoyment/liberation, through symbolic sunshine). He's brooding in his apartment, distracted by sounds coming from the ceiling until they actually become a floor (a ground, so to speak, that enables his epiphany). Still, it seems even in the light or when drowning the sand in the tide, the memory seems to wash in again. Then Matt is plagued with new questions -- thoughts about origins. In forgetting his past he is still confronted with his existence and what it means. To me, the end seems exasperation at not knowing (but it could be a bit more shallow in that he's sitting in his apartment constantly wondering what another person is thinking... someone he misses and cares about... and he realizes that even though he can't actually drown that memory he has to start looking at it differently). All that said, we are our past and our future [we just don't always know what that means depending on what point in time we evaluate]. The song is a bit, as you said, throwing the past away; again, the thought of burying the sand and drowning it in the tide does suggest two things: i.) cyclical nature (does the sand really ever go away or does it become part of something else?), and ii.) origins - what could be more primitive than grains of earth/sand?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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T. Rex – Jeepster Lyrics 6 years ago
Dude, really? You're so "sweat"? Yeah. The smell of body odor gets me every time!

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Vetiver – Faint Praise Lyrics 6 years ago
To me, this song is about someone who is forced into the spotlight (maybe even a has-been) and how their relationships will never be the same. The fame and constant scrutiny will always interfere with meaningful relationships.

You could also read it is as a damaged relationship, where one person cares more about the other and knows they will never be said s.o.'s only one.

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Third Eye Blind – Crystal Baller Lyrics 6 years ago
He says "dance hall days" not "dance of days." It makes more sense, and a dance hall is probably just an attempt at making a club sound fancy. Good song from SJ and Co.

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Foo Fighters – February Stars Lyrics 6 years ago
I like your interpretation. Two things I'd change though, the "fall" refers to falling in love, and the walls coming down. Second, you only get scars AFTER wounds heal. The scars are temporary because time heals wounds, and he forgets about them as the love develops and past mistakes are forgiven. Love and life are like that sometimes -- back and forth, never really sure which way you're going or what's happening until you stop and reflect. What I like about this song is that it really captures those FIRST hopeful feelings at the start of something with this really wistful mood. I think FEBRUARY is also significant, though I'm not entirely sure about that theory.

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Awolnation – Not Your Fault Lyrics 6 years ago
I think you've got it right, b0ldasl0ve. Another thing I see in the song is that he ultimately realizes he IS worthy of her. The "hey hey na na na" lines suggest that he is more confident and wants to shout about it. Towards the end, you see a slight doubt creeping in, but -- and maybe I am only seeing what I want here -- I think he realizes she's crazy about him, too.

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Jimmy Eat World – Digits Lyrics 6 years ago
These lyrics aren't complete; JEW often has lyrics in the booklet that aren't complete, especially on the older stuff. And, second line, it's "paying" not "playing" for regret. That's just what I hear, and it makes more sense that way. In this case paying isn't a reference to money (though it could be a double meaning); it's more like, "don't beat yourself up." Small consolation when you're in the midst of depression.

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Colin Meloy – Barbara Allen Lyrics 6 years ago
Star-crossed lovers?

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Jay Reatard – Hammer I Miss You Lyrics 6 years ago
Hammer? Think about it. Most definitely sexual. Sex acts in alleyways... male prostitutes? I don't even know, but definitely sex. I want to think it's about telling someone that despite this ugly side of life, the one he's thinking about is this chick he misses and he's telling her to hold on to the good and bad, think of him, remember that there's also beauty and love in life, and maybe they have it.

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Matt Pond PA – Spring Fawn Lyrics 6 years ago
"If you change your mind, and don't mind the drive." Man, these lyrics are so wrong! The song is so good, though.

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Matt Pond PA – Spring Fawn Lyrics 6 years ago
I hear, "Oh, Virginia is fine / but she won't be mine / I must leave her."

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Wilco – Company In My Back Lyrics 6 years ago
First stanza, he's approaching someone he cares about perhaps in a way that others would perceive as ugly, lowly, or revolting ("bug beauty"). I think the "And your afternoon, and I've been puking," is actually reflecting how much this person moves him, and maybe she didn't always realize it. He's puking because he's so emotional/nervous.

The next stanza, I see it as a person who lacks self-confidence ("I move so slow, a steady crushing hand") but actually realizes his own strength ("there's a company in my back", as in a military "company").

Next stanza - perhaps he hurt her without realizing it, but even in her sorrow she's beautiful to him ("your sorrow is sunshine"). Then he goes on to say that under all the words, it may be that they don't need to speak at all and get caught up in misunderstandings when they could acknowledge the simple truth in his eyes -- he cares for her ("just listen to my eyes").

I love the next line ("hissing radiator tunes") because to me it's complete sexual tension (hot, hissing radiator about to explode), with perhaps a little bit of anger or resentment towards the girl who may not receive his advances at first. Passionate, steamy sex is made of these things, especially if there's the I-love-you-so-much-I-could-die kind of tension.

Again, he keeps doubting himself, but is trying so hard to find that "company" in his back and muster up the strength to get to her. Meanwhile, his "old radiant beauty" is slow to catch on to all of this and just how hard it is for him as he's trying to reach her. As a result, he curves his flight and maybe turns around, again caught up in the should I or shouldn't I.

So, he realizes that this woman can crush him if she wants to, and he will die inside. However, there's a lingering hope of her remembering him because she may finally catch on and realize; all hope's not lost. Those last few lines he still goes back and forth with himself, but by the end he knows he will be strong and things will work out ("there's a company in my back").

The situation is classic unrequited love, but in this case it may work out in the end.

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Matt Pond PA – Devil in the Water Lyrics 6 years ago
And, secondarily, I think he's saying, Why fight about faith and try to figure out what others believe and think when it comes to those sorts of issues? There can be unity, and enjoyment of natural things - the sun, the sand, the ocean... but religious people tend to be so aggressive in defending their faith or trying to convert others that they often miss the little things and how simple life can be. I also like that line "throwing out salt to watch it land" (paraphrasing). To me, it's a reference to the snow, but also to superstition (throwing salt over your shoulder, maybe?? or throwing salt on old wounds... hmm). Either way, I like that so much because he's suggesting (at least to me) that if you get so caught up in these superstitions that may or may not be real, you will likely miss the natural beauty that's right in front of your face (like the snow outside your window). Something like that...

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Matt Pond PA – Devil in the Water Lyrics 6 years ago
Does anyone else see a layer of this song that dismisses traditional faith? I could go line by line with this, but it's late so for now I'm just going to throw it out there - disassociation with god and religious superstitions as a means of "finding out how we can stand." And that last line, "When it's over, why can't it be gone...?" (basically, he's saying when we die, why can't that be all there is?)

But, underneath that message (dark for some), Matt's really saying we should just enjoy the sun, and the world around us, without trying so hard to figure out/guess when it comes to metaphysics/theology/lack thereof (i.e., life is short, maybe there's nothing after, so why waste our entire lives guessing about it when we could just live and enjoy). It's probably a little deeper in that, but that's basically all I've got right now.

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Matt Pond PA – Several Arrows Later Lyrics 6 years ago
Wasted potential, and the pitfalls of idolatry. Sometimes others say what you don't think you can, or they say it better than you think you can. But, you shouldn't doubt your potential and borrow from others because you lose yourself that way. And, then, the other layer: wanting to pursue someone and not going as far as you thought, so wasted potential in love, too. At the same time, the song is still hopeful and reminds to have self-confidence and keep trying, because "several arrows later" you just may arrive where you thought you'd never be.

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David Bowie – Word on a Wing Lyrics 6 years ago
To me, this song is somewhat sarcastic towards religion. He says "in this age of grand illusion" to represent his true feelings, I think. The song appears to be a tribute to God, but as another person pointed out in the comments, David is not exactly humble in the song as one would be if they were really giving themselves to God. It also seems like he is trying to say all the things one is supposed to say and do all the things one is supposed to do to have faith, but it's all really tongue in cheek. I see the last part as a challenge, "Do I fit into your scheme of things?" If not, too bad, because I still care for myself. And the part about "Just because I believe doesn't mean I don't think," is an obvious contradiction and mockery of the blind faith position; if you believe in an illusion, are you really thinking?

I also always thought he said at the beginning, "I don't need another chain," referring more to a lover than to a God. And he says, "you walked into my life," which to me suggests a human being, since God wouldn't "walk." The "sweet name" is a lover, and maybe they've had a quarrel about faith at some point. However, the religion he's really converted to is love, not Christianity or another organized religion. So yeah, although that's a jumbled up (and possibly wrong) interpretation, when I heard the song I always thought it was about thinking you needed faith and finding love instead.

Oh yeah, and how has everyone missed, "It's safer than a strange land, but I still care for myself." Again, that's a loaded line. He's saying faith is safer than being on earth alone (which is the strange land), but at the same time he cares for himself too much to just recklessly throw his faith and belief into an illusion. And this is his "prayer," which intentionally challenges God's scheme of things. David has his own.

The prayer and the word on a wing, while they would initially suggest some hopes floating up to heaven in a fragile way, to me always represented the feeling of love and commitment. All you can give are these fragile words, on a wing, because you feel like you are flying so high above everything when you're in love. And getting down on one knee, to me that's a marriage more than an actual prayer. I could just be seeing what I want to see; that happens from time to time.

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Club 8 – Western Hospitality (Remix) Lyrics 8 years ago
I think it's one day we'll come to the point that we're no longer waiting for

and then:
One day we'll lose just to win, I will take nothing at all

and then at the end:
When all is over, we don't just collapse & run (not sure about the run, but it sounds closer)
We will live til/then fill open fields and our sun/son

Not perfect, but closer. Hope this helps. I got this through noise-cancelling headphones with volume turned way up.

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Broken Records – I Used To Dream Lyrics 8 years ago
What a beautiful song about finding yourself and losing yourself, and also, maybe, about settling for your familiar surroundings.

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The Cars – Tonight She Comes Lyrics 8 years ago
Phone sex? Think about it.

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Deer Tick – Sink Or Swim Lyrics 8 years ago
Oh, and I think he's also critiquing religion a bit as fostering that idea that there's an afterlife and we have all the time in the world. I think he's saying when we die, that could be all there is, so we have to shake the uber religious mindset, live right, and appreciate the ephemeral. Just my take. :)

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Deer Tick – Sink Or Swim Lyrics 8 years ago
McCauley's trying to say that all our lives we work so hard for things that we never fully appreciate until it's too late. And yet, we still have to keep on fighting to survive, just going with the flow so to speak. But, I think it's also a commentary that the reason why this outlook occurs is because so many people are afraid to accept the fact that they're going to die. He's saying, open your eyes, realize that as soon as you come of age you start to die and life loses a bit of it's lustre. You just have to figure out what's important and meaningful to you and cherish it before the clock runs out.

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Fleet Foxes – The Shrine/An Argument Lyrics 8 years ago
I hear "everyday I'll pass incomplete" and/or "everyday I'll pass and complete."

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Bishop Allen – Bellingham Lyrics 8 years ago
* It must've been a crooked star that tripped me out of place -- that's what I hear for the first line

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The Kills – You Don't Own The Road Lyrics 8 years ago
*better carve out your own, not "cop out"

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Youth Group – Happiness' Border Lyrics 8 years ago
Verbosity, I think you're half right. The speaker wishes she weren't getting married to this other person, but he knows that it's the right thing for her to do (maybe it's because he can't be with her fully due to his own circumstances). The last line really speaks to me, "she will be left lonely, but she will be right." It's getting married for the sake of it because it's "biologically time" and you've been with a person forever so it seems like the right thing to do. The speaker knows that her husband doesn't know how to make her happy when there's a crowd, and he can sense that she's lying when she says that she's so happy. I think that ties in with the song's title, "Happiness' Border"... she and this outside man were so close to happiness, but they can never truly cross the border and reach it. So the woman settles, and she's kind of like a trophy wife. Her new husband wants to parade her around, but she's so uneasy about all of it. It's not the life she wanted, but she drinks her wine and accepts it. I think also it may be a larger critique of marriage, and basically saying that people don't seem to do it for the right reasons.

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Joan Baez – Banks of the Ohio Lyrics 8 years ago
Minor correction: "I started to head home"

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Joan Baez – Banks of the Ohio Lyrics 8 years ago
vphi, the line means I headed home between the hours of twelve and one o'clock.

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Noah and the Whale – Do What You Do Lyrics 8 years ago
Oops, should just be "that's simpler." Accidentally threw an "any" in there. :-x

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Noah and the Whale – Do What You Do Lyrics 8 years ago
Just a few corrections:
"What can I say that's any simpler?"
"'Cause my bones were made in the womb, and they're the grains that I'll leave in my tomb."

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues Lyrics 8 years ago
I agree with Bryceing, although I would say that the song focuses a lot on the conflict between what we are told to be and what we would like to be. Uniqueness is often played up when we are young because our parents have aspirations that we will do wonderful and amazing things in a non-traditional sense. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. And sometimes we do great things, even though they may seem simple, boring and traditional.

Regardless, I think sometimes it's easy to feel like the speaker in the song, where you just want to be a cog in the machine because it's simpler. You want to be like the man on the screen because that's what everyone else seems to like, or because you want to revert back to an old purity that seems to be lost today. But, I think this song focuses on the conflict between those two viewpoints, hence "I don't know who to believe." Then the song shifts, and the narrator decides it is better to take charge rather than sing the "helplessness blues." His choice seems to be in favor of conformity, or at least a preference for a simple life of hard-work and a monogamous, one true love type lifestyle. Ironically, in this day and age, the so-called conformist choice is actually harder to come by (IMO). When the speaker refers to the man on the screen, I envision that he's striving to be like the ideal often portrayed by men in old black-and-white films. There's also a nice undertone of the conflict between mechanized labor and good old-fashioned sweat and earth. The narrator and his love seem to strike a balance between these two, and a balance between conformity and uniqueness. Just some thoughts. I could develop them even more, but this isn't a thesis paper; besides, I've already written far too much. :-)

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Jackson C. Frank – Milk and Honey Lyrics 8 years ago
I may be wrong here but in my high-powered headphones I am hearing "lives" at the end rather than "lies." If this is correct, it would change a bit of the song's meaning.

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Jets to Brazil – I Typed For Miles Lyrics 8 years ago
So, to all those who claim this is a rip-off of "Heart-Shaped Box," do you not see the irony in that? The whole song is about writer's block/inadequacy/relationship woes, so how fitting that it would begin with a song that sounds a lot like a song that infiltrated the radio waves. And even more fitting that the song is "Heart-Shaped Box" given the lyrics.

Perhaps this is Blake struggling with his own feelings of inadequacy in comparison to grunge artists like Nirvana, et. al who became huge despite all of their flaws. At the same time, I think it's a coming to terms for Blake that he's not cut out to be exactly like a stupid rip-off version of some grunge band that everyone else thinks is cool. Blake realizes that he's better than that in some way. The line, "they're playing love songs on the/your radio" is likely a reference to the mediocrity of mainstream radio, but also a clever reference to a girl. The "you keep fucking up my life" part is probably a broad reference to the knowledge of others' successes, his own feelings of inadequacy, and some chick who's making him feel even worse about himself.

The other irony is that Cobain committed suicide, after living a drug-fueled life of depression. Blake often uses a suicide/depression theme in his songs, so maybe this is just another common thread between himself and Cobain, which makes it even harder to see the difference as to how one became "commercially" successful and the other (Blake) didn't necessarily. The girl referenced towards the end, like the rest of the world, is fickle and can't appreciate Blake and his talents for what they are. Frankly, I'm just throwing out some thoughts to fuck with you guys who are trying to make the Nirvana "connection" this negative thing. I really hope Blake wouldn't actually think that he's lesser than Nirvana. Lyrically, he dominates everything Nirvana ever wrote.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Tenure Itch Lyrics 8 years ago
I should also clarify that I don't think dom/sub relationships are abusive. I think there is a distinction between abusive & dom/sub. I just was offering the abusive idea to suit some of the commenters' particular opinions. My personal opinion is that it's a permissive dom/sub relationship w/ a teacher, and the girl probably wants out because of guilt or knowledge that she can't be fully satisfied because she can never fully be with her lover.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Tenure Itch Lyrics 8 years ago
Why can't this be about a teacher/student relationship that is also abusive?

There's definitely a teacher thread in here, otherwise words like "he says your thoughts need form", "late night sessions", "lessons", "he makes corrections" wouldn't be necessary. It could be simply a reference to a master (who would be a teacher-like figure in this dominant/submissive relationship). However, I think it implicates an actual teacher because of the title. "Tenure" is what a teacher receives after so many years of teaching at particular place, whereby that teacher is given additional rights and protections against being fired (for more info, see: http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Tenure). I think this all ties in to the overall thread of the song. The girl has been in this relationship so long that she has a hard time breaking away from it, finding a reason to "fire" her lover (the teacher). The lessons are sex, and after each session the girl is twisting to his will even though she knows she should get away. Additionally, I think the line "every night he comes and goes again" means that he gets off and then leaves (possibly because they can't be together due to other issues - so they can only enjoy the sex together). This could be why she wants to get away, because she knows it can never be more. At the same time, he keeps pulling her back into his world. The line "if it isn't right, it isn't him" means that any other attempt at being with someone has left her longing for him. This could also be about a male/male teacher/student dom/sub relationship depending on the persuasion of the lyricist.

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Belle & Sebastian – Winter Wooskie Lyrics 8 years ago
According to Urban Dictionary, "wooskie" is a slang term meaning to set oneself up for failure or embarrassment. I think it fits with the song. Also, I want to minorly nitpick on the lyrics and suggest that he's saying "Maybe that's enough OF that stuff." The guy thinks he's in love, but chickens out and writes off the entire idea of love.

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Tom Petty – It Ain't Nothin' To Me Lyrics 8 years ago
The entire last verse of this song is missing, at least from the version I have on my _Southern Accents_ LP. The last verse is about Jerry Falwell, etc. Maybe when I'm feeling less lazy, I'll transcribe it.

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The Beatles – Dig a Pony Lyrics 8 years ago
Every good artist knows that even if something HAS meaning, you don't tell people what it is because it ruins the universal quality of the music. Like all art forms, the beauty of GOOD music is that people can make personal connections with it. Dylan also did the "my song means nothing" bit on a few occasions, but more often than not he was being facetious/cryptic/ironic or deliberately trying to avoid telling his audience what to think. That said, I think it is wise to keep in mind that most songs have meaning - it's just a question of whether it's the artist's meaning or our own personal meaning. And, secondarily, Lennon may have subconsciously meant something when he wrote it that he's not even consciously aware of. In other words, I hear what Lennon's /saying/, and perhaps some songs really are nonsense strings of words meaning nothing, but I think with most of them (and with this song) there's some meaning, even if it's only personal to the listener. You can find several meanings in this particular song, but the overall meaning seems to be that there's no right or wrong meaning, because it's personal to you/subjective. That's the reason the Beatles are huge to this day. Their art is universal.

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The Beatles – Dig a Pony Lyrics 8 years ago
There are also a lot of sexual innuendos, probably just for fun, and also in keeping with the message of individuality.

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The Beatles – Dig a Pony Lyrics 8 years ago
Perhaps a reference to the media coverage/fame? This goes along with your interpretation of "roll a stoney" (which is probably also a bit of wordplay - i.e. rollin' up a joint, which coincidentally was also very popular back in the day and goes along with the line about imitating "everyone you know"). Syndicate means to sell, especially with reference to periodicals and television. In some ways, maybe it's a critique of the Beatles' fame/media obsession, and a round about way of telling people to think for themselves.

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Counting Crows – Blues Run The Game Lyrics 8 years ago
This song is a Simon & Garfunkel cover. I enjoy the cover, but the original is SO DAMN GOOD. Can't beat it.

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Minus the Bear – When We Escape Lyrics 8 years ago
Although not every song is about drugs, Minus the Bear really likes to associate white w/ cocaine, probably because they like cocaine. So, the lyric is definitely "with a white lie we're both alive," but the white lie = a white line (i.e. cocaine). He's saying essentially that via cocaine they come alive. It's a white lie because it's not really them, it's the drug. Also the "alive" part is probably a reference to sexual attraction, the desire in them comes alive. The guy throughout the song is questioning whether the hook-up is real (possibly because the girl's so hot, and also because he's high). The "when we escape it's with a white lie" is not only about the escapism of cocaine (a fixation w/ MTB), but also about escaping from the party by lying about where they're going to their friends/others at the party. What I like about the song though is we never really know whether the chick he's with/seeing IS an illusion of the drug or if she's real and the speaker's just in disbelief/awe of his great luck in hooking up w/ her. The "her" could also be his relationship w/ cocaine, hence the lying/escaping to come alive. Great song.

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Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly Lyrics 9 years ago
I think this song is about finding out that someone you love has killed themselves, and how, upon realizing it, you also feel dead inside. It's like the person who's passed on has taken you to the "other side" with them. Either that or it's overtly about coming down off of drugs - you're high and hanging brightly as you hit the other side (that ephemeral high), but as you come down it cuts you like a knife when you have to face reality. To me, though, I think suicide seems to fit better. Perhaps it was a literal hanging (or maybe that's just a metaphor and it was actually a drug overdose that killed her friend/lover). The "game" is either drugs (you win the game by scoring again) or life (you win by getting out of it), and the "victory" is so very bittersweet.

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Weatherbox – The Clearing Lyrics 9 years ago
It's not that Warren won't write a song about God, see "Everyone Loves a Good Microcosm" / "King Reason" (on YouTube). But, here I think the God reference is misplaced. It is possible that he's making the statement that he saw bright lights (which some people would view as God), but in reality it was just the shrooms, and human beings found him. So, I guess what I'm saying is I agree with all of you about the subject matter, just not in the way that some of you said. Aliens... maybe - that might fit in with the wreckage, although it seems kinda like he's just totally lost in the chaos of his mind and maybe that NONE of the things he's seeing are real. This would also fit if he saw God or something God-like in the trip because by mentioning the chemicals he's acknowledging that it is not real, it's just a delusion. The only way to find his way "home" seems to be to get out of the trip, or out of the delusions.

Just thoughts.

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Sundowner – Baseball's Sad Lexicon Lyrics 9 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball's_Sad_Lexicon

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Sundowner – Araby Lyrics 9 years ago
Definite reference to James Joyce's short story of the same name. Part of the _Dubliners_ collection. Chris is so damn cool for writing a song about this.

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Paul Westerberg – Born For Me Lyrics 9 years ago
This song taps the vein of forbidden love. I think it's about an affair. "I can't bear to, try and share you, well I'm the one to talk, you're the one who's free." He's saying it's funny that he's so jealous and possessive when he's either got a wife or a girlfriend, and meanwhile this girl is "free" - meaning still single, though possibly seeing someone else at the same time. Like TheSilverNoble said, the guy knows that the girl just can't be with him for some reason or other (maybe because he won't change his situation; hence, she has to pretend to be his wife for the few brief nights when they're together). Towards the end of the song, he recognizes that the relationship has to end, but she'll always be born for him; even when she forget him, he'll still be in love with her. Perhaps I'm applying it too much to my own personal tale... who knows?

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Cotton Jones – Gotta Cheer Up Lyrics 9 years ago
Here are the complete lyrics as I hear them:

Come before us, come the dark
all the colors of your mark
all the whistle in the park
children swimming through the sparks

I was hooding around, in a sea of sound
All the trumpets they blow, oh oh oh
and the drums they pound

I gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now.
Ooooh
Ooooh
Ooooh
Ooooh

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
I gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, gotta cheer up now, (repeated)
(Oh, now, in the morning light, oh now, in the mornin' light...)
Ooooh
Ooooh

[I think there's a little bit more that Nau says over the cheer up nows, and it sounds a bit like he's repeating the "trumpets blow,oh,oh" line.]

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Cotton Jones – Blood Red Sentimental Blues Lyrics 9 years ago
It's not "over the blood red sentimental blues;" it's "Oh, the blood red sentimental blues."

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Cotton Jones – By Morning Light Lyrics 9 years ago
Almost sounds like he says, "I haven't seen a soul in years." Perhaps disillusionment with the world around him - he sees people, but not people with souls. Hmm... maybe not, just a suggestion of what it sounds like with headphones.

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Jack's Mannequin – La La Lie Lyrics 9 years ago
Maybe someone's already pointed this out, but The Who had a song called "La-la-la Lies," and I believe this song is an extension of that. Perhaps the title is a hidden message to whoever the song was written about. If you read the lyrics of The Who song, and listen to the melody, I'm positive there's a connection.

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