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Primal Scream – Movin' On Up Lyrics 11 years ago
"I was blind, but now I see
You made a believer out of me"

These lines are a tribute to the band CAN, who sang very similar lines in their song Yoo Doo Right (album: Monster Movie).

You might think it's a coincidence, but then consider that Gillespie wrote an account of a time Primal Scream jammed with some CAN members in the liner notes to the remastered Tago Mago.

If you like Primal Scream, you should definitely check out CAN, starting either with Tago Mago or Ege Bamyasi.

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Mr. Bungle – Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz Lyrics 12 years ago
There may be no lyrics (just Mike Patton vocal experimentations), but this is definitely NOT instrumental.

One of the best off Disco Volante, which stands as one of the greatest albums of the past two decades.

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Can – Mary, Mary So Contrary Lyrics 12 years ago
I've always felt they got better with Damo Suzuki. Just read my comment for I'm So Green.

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Can – I'm So Green Lyrics 12 years ago
^^^

To you it may be funny, but to me... perfection.

Damo Suzuki is the greatest vocalist to have ever walked this earth (though Topi Lehtipuu of Hoyry Kone is pretty good as well). Mikael Karoli (we all know who he is, right?) said it best when he said that Damo could "capture the entire sound spectrum of CAN in a single word."

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – The Donkey-Headed Adversary of Humanity Opens The Discussion Lyrics 12 years ago
Easily my favorite metal album, and yet I've only heard this song so far. Why then, do I say that... because this song is simply amazing, and the most intelligent metal song I've ever heard (must be the RIO influences).

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Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams Lyrics 12 years ago
^^^

So basically, what you're saying is that if you don't write music yourself, you're not allowed to have negative opinions on music?

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Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning Lyrics 12 years ago
^^^

And yet, what do you do? Share your political views... I don't actually know the song, but just by reading the lyrics... the song is about what the first person said...

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Can – Vitamin C Lyrics 12 years ago
I don't know why... but this song is irresistable.

CAN didn't release a bad song between 1971 and 1973...

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Can – Mushroom Lyrics 12 years ago
Nah, it's about being on the wrong end of a nuclear attack, as seen in the nuclear bomb dropped at the beginning of Oh Yeah, before it morphs into a thunderstorm...

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Can – Moonshake Lyrics 12 years ago
This is the ultimate pop song.

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Can – Future Days Lyrics 12 years ago
This song is simply a trip, as is the whole album. It all just washes over you perfectly. Almost as good as Tago Mago.

As for what it means... you've got me there...

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Can – Father Cannot Yell Lyrics 12 years ago
These lyrics are simply strange... I have no clue what they are about... not surprising considering that Malcolm Mooney ended up in an insane asylum...

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Can – Halleluhwah Lyrics 12 years ago
Did anybody see this snowman
Stand there with the lord
With proper get up, hang his hat
only you're feeling sleepy eyed

It's my recording station, man
But I record in his head
Going down to big mouth
Oh the ice came down from way up north

Ooh, shadow coming out
Why, it's all a story, story that
Oh, sample all about
Spinning that all the time

Ah, a power strike me out
Did I slip this thing on their life
And my God buying out
Who awaits me inside

Searching for my brother, yes, I am
Searching for my brother, yes, I am
Searching for my brother, yes, I am
Searching for my brother, yes, I am

Did you see the day
Every fever may I search him
You can find him, out of steam
She just cried, cried away

Oh
There's all a woman, just by me
And she asked me if I'd stay
For a night
Something was going, I was sinking
Mushroom head, oh yeah, paperhouse
I wonder if I should go...


I'll continue this later, but I don't have time now. An incredible song, and clearly indicating Suzuki's future (and unfortunate) departure in order to become a Jehovah's Witness...

Sad things religion do to humanity...

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Can – You Doo Right Lyrics 12 years ago
I believe these lyrics are improvised...

Not the greatest CAN song, Damo Suzuki simply packed more punch as a vocalist, more, in fact, than anyone else I know.

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Can – Halleluhwah Lyrics 12 years ago
At the beginning, he says something about going to praise the lord, sleepy eyed...

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Yes – Sound Chaser Lyrics 12 years ago
I can't say I enjoy the cha chas particularly, but I can live with them.

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Yes – South Side of the Sky Lyrics 12 years ago
Those talking about the Antarctic mission got it right. Apparently, a young, stoned Jon Anderson was watching the discovery channel and they were talking about said mission, so he wrote this song. I wouldn't quote me on that though. All I know is that this is an incredible song that plays a huge role in making Fragile a masterpiece.

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Yes – Heart of the Sunrise Lyrics 12 years ago
All the metal fans out there need to realize that Yes and King Crimson were vital in the creation of metal, and were notably better at it than most metal bands. I have never heard as beautiful a song with metal elements than this, and I have never heard more intelligent heaviness than Crimson's Larks' Tongue In Aspic Part 1.

I was playing this for my dad a while back, having told him about the solo projects on the album, and he asked, after hearing the intro, whether this was the drummer's solo piece.

Anyway, I'm not quite sure what this song is about, perhaps relaxation or something else like that. A great song, perhaps my favorite Yes, though the competition with Roundabout, South Side of the Sky, Close to the Edge, And You And I, and Gates of Delirium is certainly tough.

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Beck – The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton Lyrics 12 years ago
I've not heard this song, I'm just curious. How do the parts relate musically? What I'm looking for is a discussion of time signatures and overall sound between the parts. Thanks for any help provided.

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Yes – The Gates of Delirium Lyrics 12 years ago
Never mind what I said about CTTE (the song) in my last post. I know enjoy every Yes album from The Yes Album to Relayer sans Tales, and I haven't heard anything beyond that.

Not the best of prog (Genesis gets that award), but definitely up there with the greats.

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Robert Wyatt – Last Straw Lyrics 12 years ago
This song refers to the "rock bottom" he hit after his accident (falling out of a window and breaking his spinal cord - confined to a wheelchair since). This entire album is some of the most moving music around, with especially overwhelming keyboards. And Wyatt's voice... to die for.

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Robert Wyatt – Sea Song Lyrics 12 years ago
This song does not seem to me to have much of a concept, per se, but is rather more of a mixed jumble of pure emotion that goes to your soul and moves you like little else can. I'm just getting into this album, widely regarded as a masterpiece of Canterbury Prog, but this is an impressive beginning.

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The Tragically Hip – Scared Lyrics 12 years ago
Relatively good lyrics, but what type of music is it?

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Kraftwerk – Neon Lights Lyrics 12 years ago
All who like Kraftwerk ought to check out www.progarchives.com.

They'll be happy to know that Kraftwerk is one of the highest rated progressive electronic outfits.

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Caravan – In the Land of Grey and Pink Lyrics 12 years ago
Well, actually, it's not very prog, but it IS on a prog album, and it's amazing. A simple drug song, but one of the best written ones there is.

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Yes – Close to the Edge Lyrics 12 years ago
I just went on a Yes experience, as I used to find them the weakest of the prog giants. How foolish I was. Fragile is now one of ten masterpieces for me, and CTTE and the Yes Album are giving me good vibes. Tales unimpressed me, and Relayer I need to listen to again.

As a response to Camel Fan, they do mean something, but it would be incredibly difficult to figure it out unless you were Jon Anderson. Very spiritual, that's for sure.

The first four minutes are the best. As is the next part. And the ending of the song has a power to rival the ending of Genesis's Supper's Ready.

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The Flower Kings – Paradox Hotel Lyrics 12 years ago
Retro Prog is for those who don't know the 70s giants. Not to be offensive, but the Flower Kings are like an ant, while Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and the others are full grown humans. The Flower Kings may bite, but they'll never reign supreme in the world of prog.

At least they're better than (most) neo-prog.

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Jethro Tull – Aqualung Lyrics 12 years ago
^^^^^

Yeah...

And he looks at all the schoolgirls on their scuba diving field trip wearing tight bikinis...

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Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Lyrics 12 years ago
I haven't yet deciphered the meaning of this album (I haven't tried yet), but I can say it is easily Maiden's best, as it is their most progressive (progressive rock, that is) album, especially this track.

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Ange – Fils De Lumiere Lyrics 12 years ago
The buildup in this song isn't particularly original, but it is very good. Excellent symphonic prog. A truly overlooked gem.

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Anglagard – Jordok Lyrics 12 years ago
An excellent, piano dominated song, and a wonderful intro to Hybris, one of the best albums out there. Highly overlooked progressive rock.

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Anglagard – Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet Lyrics 12 years ago
The lyrics to this whole album are pure poetry, and many, many thanks to anglagard.net for letting me see that. Good lyrics make or break a song, and here they make it.

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Anglagard – Vandringar I Vilsenhet Lyrics 12 years ago
English Translation as Follows

Wanderings in Confusion

Fragments from times past are now.
The world of loneliness where we live,
with everything that has been piled up
all around us,
constantly brings our inner being
towards disturbance and disharmony.
All dreamers who know
something else are wrong.
It may be that one is led astray.
Why exist here for no good?
Time goes suffering
my soul passes onwards
in the dream.

Searching for an answer in a mist dominated
by confusion and incomplete life;
Where immoral people take over
and thought becomes a feeling of
despair, doubt and indifference.
Then, we rendezvous and gather for a feast
for comprehension beyond
a hypocritical, jesting and abracadabra world.

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Anglagard – Kung Bore Lyrics 12 years ago
English translation as follows

King Winter

In the light from my lantern
I see the shadow of sorrow,
in dreams that have been extinguished
from a life that has had its time.
I cannot stand and watch
while we flee
reality and truths,
where morality is fantasy.

It is you who chooses
it is you that swallows
their fairy tales and lies and flattery.

Is it true that they who speak
loud, strong and right
also plant dead flowers?
Then it cannot be easy
for a human to believe
that God, he is great,
when silence spreads
in the house where she lives.

It is you that chooses,
it is you that swallows,
their fairy tales and lies and flattery.

"King Winter" is dead
and Spring, the newly elected,
is the people's hero.
Visions are born,
and it is time to populate
their castles in the clouds.
Life's panorama,
a hallucination, I have
longed for so tremendously.
Give me a view
into the land of dreams,
only then will I be happy.

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Anglagard – Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet Lyrics 12 years ago
The English translation of the lyrics (courtesy of Anglagard.net) is as follows

From Strength To Strength

What kind of strange thing are you
who talk of confusion?
The Aesir that govern us in our faith
say that what is happening
takes us to a better world.

What is true,
what is false
in a fabricated illusion?
To be supplied and guided
constantly ready,
does it make you free and strong in faith?
Questions [of wonder] are close to me.

Dreams about abstract things
take us on an unknown journey,
in which limitation, right,
wrong and time
do not exist.
There are wondrous things there.

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Ange – Si J'Etais Le Messie Lyrics 12 years ago
They may be in French, but they are still some amazing lyrics.

It's spoken word, by the way, and if you couldn't tell, the title means If I Were the Messiah, and this excellent line -

Si j'étais le Messie, je me ferais crucifier

- means, "if I were the messiah, I'd be crucified."


Classic. A great album.

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Phil Collins – The Least You Can Do Lyrics 12 years ago
^^^^^^^

According to many Genesis fans, Phil killed Genesis and is the leading cause of both world hunger and AIDS.

Me, I'll stick with simply he killed Genesis. He's good for pop, but pop will never reach the heights of progressive rock.

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Nektar – Remember the Future (Part 1) Lyrics 12 years ago
^^^^^^^^^ Joolz is a reviewer at progarchives.com

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Nektar – Remember the Future (Part 1) Lyrics 12 years ago
This is one of those songs/albums that you hate at first, and then grows on you, which was certainly the case with me.

As for the meaning, I'm not sure, but here is an interesting interpretations courtesy of Joolz:

The story is about the nature of life and existence as told by a kind of re-incarnating misfit ('Bluebird') to someone to whom his abnormalities have no meaning - a blind boy. Bluebird appears to be a Christ-like figure who has to be crucified before being reborn in the boy. The boy absorbs stories of the past and future, the meaning of life, before becoming the future with the promise of eternal life. The story ends with Bluebird imparting some sound and thought-provoking advice.

Back to me now. Reading the lyrics, this seems reasonable, and this is truly an excellent song and an excellent album. A must have.

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Gentle Giant – Knots Lyrics 12 years ago
The lyrics are about as complicated as the title would suggest.

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Comus – The Herald Lyrics 12 years ago
An uplifting song from Comus!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not possible. But it is.

About day coming and erasing the dangers of the night (cough rape cough murder cough cough).

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Comus – Diana Lyrics 12 years ago
Your last sentence about describes the album as a whole.

It is indeed a rape in the woods song (as is Song to Comus). The high vocals are nice, but STC is a much better song overall.

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Comus – Song To Comus Lyrics 12 years ago
Another rape in the woods song (Diana was the first). Truly disturbing, but the music is so good that I find myself able to ignore the disturbing (though well written) lyrics.

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Opeth – The Leper Affinity Lyrics 12 years ago
6th Sadistic Sniper's interpretation is the one I like, in large part because I don't like songs about rape as a rule.

Now off to listen to Song to Comus.

Hats off to anyone who got that.

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Opeth – Ghost of Perdition Lyrics 12 years ago
Oh, and for an actually useful comment, this song does seem to be about exorcism. The lyrics aren't in the style I like, but they are not bad, either. A great song, and the growls are impressive if only for the fact that it's his actual voice and not a computer.

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Opeth – Ghost of Perdition Lyrics 12 years ago
I didn't think I could like metal, especially not death metal and death metal growls, but this song changed that. Well... I still don't like the growls, but Opeth's melodic death metal is a lot better than much of what's out there.

Long live progressive rock...

Er, I mean:

Long live progressive metal!
And rock!

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Huey Lewis and the News – Hip To Be Square Lyrics 12 years ago
^^^^^

Who's going to die next?

Assuming the song means much at all, which I somewhat doubt, having read the less than admirable lyrics.

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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso – 750,000 Anni Fa... L'amore? Lyrics 12 years ago
Thanks to the people at progarchives.com for the following interpretation:

This song is imagining love 750000 years ago (obvious from the title, don't need italian to know that). A less evolved human wants to express his love for a full human, but he can not because he does not have speech yet.

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Nektar – A Tab in the Ocean Lyrics 12 years ago
Unfortunately, this is the only good song lyrically on Nektar's otherwise great A Tab in the Ocean.

Apparently, it's about what would happen if you dropped a giant tab of LSD in the ocean...

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Pink Floyd – Echoes Lyrics 12 years ago
Rayman, you're hurting me. You really are. Meddle is PF's best album NEXT to DSOTM!?!?!

No! Meddle is PF's best album hands down. Oh, and Wish You Were Here is second.

anyway, more info on all that here:

http://www.progarchives.com/Collaborators.asp?id=10074

Not everything is correct, and I'm in the process of revising some of it, but that's basically how things stand at the moment.

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