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The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go Lyrics 2 months ago
first listened to this tune around the same time I first started with pot. I would get so fried listening to this song that after the first stanza, partly because the remaining lyrics never overtly mentioned the romantic relationship again, my imagination would twist the song's meaning to something ridiculously metaphysical. My state of "deeper awareness" would hear "should I stay or should I go?" as asking God whether I should continue living or not. Should I stay on this Earth or leave it? My thoughts couldn't escape this way of thinking when I was in a room with friends and we were blasting that song full volume. The lyrics were drilled into my brain by the volume and I couldn't ponder anything else. It was classic stoner micro-focus! It was a bit too much and too deep to handle. I laugh at myself now when I recall it. Funny song to get deep about, but I suppose anything can seem ultra-deep when you've got some good shite!

The Association – Along Comes Mary Lyrics 4 years ago
@[shankre:11759] And as further evidence of the cannabis connection with the writer .. he *invented* a waterpipe, called the "Tandyn Slave-Master" which was described in the book "A Child's Garden of Grass" as the "Perfect Bong"

Dervish – Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé Hí Lyrics 5 years ago
The line "It's ar Éirinn ní neosfainn cé hí" translates to "It's for Ireland I'd not tell her name".

.. but that only confuses me. This song is a love song, but the singer doesn't not want to reveal his lover's name because of Ireland??? Why??? Does he think Ireland might be offended?

I love this song immensely. But I've never quite come up with an interpretation of that line that satisfies me.

Tom Waits – Bad Liver and a Broken Heart (In Lowell) Lyrics 6 years ago
The subtitle "(In Lowell)" is a reference to the city of Lowell, MA - the hometown and burial site of novelist Jack Kerouac, who died at the age of 47 due to cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis is, invariably, caused by alcoholism. Hence at least two parts of the title, "bad liver" and "in Lowell" are references to Kerouac.

But I don't think the lyrics necessarily tell Kerouac's tale. Just the title, and overall tone of the song, describe Kerouac. Perhaps someone else can clarify that.

Rod Stewart – Maggie May Lyrics 9 years ago
I first became aware of this song around 1975, when I was 14. I've listened to it ever since and it *still* sends chills down my spine. This song oozes emotion in every way possible: awesome melody, killer lyrics, Rod's raspy voice soulfully tugging at your heartstrings, great band, and, wow, the way that mandolin is layered on top of the suspended rhythm at the end is the perfect way to allow the listener to reflect upon the feelings he/she has lived in the previous 2 mins.

Maggie May show her age, but her song hasn't aged a day since the moment it was released.

Rod Stewart – Maggie May Lyrics 9 years ago
Agreed. 100%!

Broken Social Scene – Cause = Time Lyrics 9 years ago
I don't really care what this song means - I *love* the drums and guitars on this track. The entire song is one long crescendo into a cacophony of awesomeness. These guys can really write, _and_ play their axes! :)

(well, actually, I do care what the song means .. but I can never listen to the words long enough, I keep re-focusing on the instrumentals)

Alison Krauss – Foolish Heart Lyrics 10 years ago
This song's about a girl whose heart wants to fall in love for a no-good man - a man she's had a history with before. Perhaps he was uncaring, abusive or unfaithful. Whatever the reason, she knows in her head he is bad news. But her heart, being foolish and refusing to yield to her mind's logic, continues to pull at her.

It isn't an easy decision, as she's obviously attracted to him. Yet this time she is determined to leave. She's been burned one-to-many times by this guy.

BTW - I absolutely *love* Allison Krauss' voice! And, especially, in the opening to this song. She's so musical in so many ways .. tone, emotion, phrasing, tempo - she's got it all and uses it to really communicate the emotion of a song :-)

Blockhead – Hello Popartz Lyrics 10 years ago
These come from old Charlie Brown TV specials. The candy apples line comes from "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and is spoken (in the movie) by Sally (Charlie's sister) after missing Halloween because Charlie convinced her to sit in a pumpkin patch all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin. The entire quote is:

"I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could have been out for tricks or treats. Halloween is over, and I missed it! You blockhead. You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and all that came was a beagle. I didn't get a chance to go out for tricks or treats. And it was all your fault. I'll sue! What a fool I was! I could have had candy apples and gum and cookies and money and all sorts of things, but no, I had to listen to you. You blockhead. What a fool I was. Trick or treats come only once a year. And I missed it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead. YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION!"

What I want to know is whether Blockhead the artist named himself after this nickname for Charlie Brown, or did he just realize the connection after he already came up with the name.

Canned Heat – Going Up The Country Lyrics 10 years ago
I know its an oxymoron, but this song has the most kick ass flute playing in all of rock-n-roll!!!

Also, this song epitomizes, like no other, the summer of love / flower power era that was 1967. This songe, as well as the mood among young folk back then, was all about checking out of "proper" society and all the stress and strife that entails; and about leaving it all behind for mother nature and a simpler life filled with drugs, little stress, no fuss, peace and love.

By the 1980s, like the true hypocrites they were, they all sold out.

C.W. McCall – Convoy Lyrics 10 years ago
omg dude you're a god for seeing the truth in this song, nay, *prophetic* song. And of course ol' CW is absolutely *THE MAN* for foreseeing the cluster f**k that was Win98, a full 23 years prior to the fact! I long thought CW chose his stage name with the idea that CW stood for Country/Western. However it is plain to see he was thinking simply "Crash, Windows!"

Furthermore, I submit that "McCall" is a hidden reference to that all-too-frequent event emanating from Redmond, the dreaded "Memory Corrupting Call".

Tom Waits – Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen) Lyrics 10 years ago
Bingo! Tom, like so many great artists over the ages, have indeed been reluctant to explain their art for the very reason you spelled out for us.

And that is the reason I always come to with trepidation. If it is a song I really care about and in it I have vested much of my own emotion, I probably won't read other people's take on that song, for fear of tainting my own relationship with the song.

This song, however, has so many references and slang terminology which I'd like to understand I was willing to come here just to see if people can explain some of the terms (what's a Stacy, and an Old Bushmill?)

Looking Glass – Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne Lyrics 10 years ago
No matter how many times I listen to it, it *still* sounds like he says 'her ass', as in ...

Just seventeen, everything that you've seen
It's all there in her ass

sorry, but that's how I hear it. Listen, and you'll agree I'm sure

Electric Light Orchestra – Turn To Stone Lyrics 10 years ago
Damn! Why didn't I think of that? It is so f'ing obvious. Furthermore, "roll past my door into the day" .. he was rolling joints, using his old Doors album as a table, all night long!

Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman Lyrics 10 years ago
When I was a kid I always thought the chorus "evil woman .." the words were "He needs a woman".

Even though I've known the real words for decades, it *still* sounds to me like 'he needs a woman'. Give it a listen, and you'll see what I mean!

Electric Light Orchestra – Don't Bring Me Down Lyrics 10 years ago
Agreed .. it is BRUCE .. no matter what Jeff says. But, who the heck was Bruce????

Tommy Sands – There Were Roses Lyrics 10 years ago
I have to admit, when I first had this song on CD I listened repeatedly and sobbed more tears than I had for many a year. Very moving song.

This song doesn't hide much, it tells a story with no metaphorical disguises whatsoever (well - perhaps the roses are a metaphor, more on that later).

If you don't get it, this is the story: the singer had two friends, the 3 of them would listen to music at local pubs in Northern Ireland - this was during the time of much protestant vs catholic bloodshed in that "northern land". One of his friends is protestant, the other catholic. The protestant is murdered for no reason - other than he was a protestant and some catholic thugs were out to kill (probably to avenge a previous killing of one of theirs). Protestants then retaliate a few days later, by murdering the catholic friend.

The singer pens this song, trying to understand, trying to cope with sorrow, and hoping to teach others.

BTW - roses are a typical flower used in funerals, and often signify death in lyrics. Hence the connection of roses to the story line.

There are some definite anti-war sentiments in this song - there's no mistaking that!! I do love the final stanza:

I don't know where the moral is or where this song should end,
But I wondered just how many wars are fought between good friends.
And those who give the orders are not the ones to die.
It's Bell and O'Malley and the likes of you and I.

Wow - what the world could use right now is more people to read that stanza over and over again until they understand it. Or, better yet, listen to the song 50 times a day for 50 days.

There are many covers of this song, but the genuine, unadulterated emotion of Tommy Sands' original version has never been matched.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi Lyrics 10 years ago
True enough. Though it is safe to say he was specifically thinking of the Lodi in California, rather than any other, simply because he grew up a short distance away, in the SF area.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi Lyrics 10 years ago
The 2nd meaning I always found was not "low die", but "low dive" - as in, he's stuck playing in a lowly dive of a bar, the worst type of venue a musician can end up in.

This is especially appropriate in that he distinctly sings it as "stuck in *A* Lodi again" (ie, he adds the word 'a'), which fits with being stuck in *A* lousy bar again.

The Goo Goo Dolls – Name Lyrics 10 years ago
This is another one of those songs that is written from the artist's point of view, yet is open to interpretation by the listener in any way that fits the listener's context.

In other words, it may mean one thing to the artist, but a completely different thing to the listener. We all take our own baggage to our song experiences. Usually, the artist is not only OK with that, but also *wants* it that way.

So, that being said - I refuse to read anybody's interpretation of this song. I prefer to have my own understanding, unadulterated by the thoughts - no matter how valid or interesting - of others.

And, if you feel in any way remotely like I do - then for your own benefit do NOT read any of these interpretations! Let this song be your own!!!

Burt Bacharach – Alfie Lyrics 10 years ago
lovely, touching lyrics. never quite figured out exactly the meaning of ".. what will you lend on an old golden rule?"

Ideas anyone? I know what the Golden Rule is (for example, do unto others as you would have them do unto you), but to lend on it??? strange wording.

Donny Hathaway – Where Is The Love Lyrics 10 years ago
Lyrics pretty much speak for themselves - basically just another broken hearted love song.

However, the song's "just another" aspect begins and ends with its lyrics. Everything else about this song is nothing short of stellar. Beautiful singing, awesome harmonies, well-crafted arranging and rock-solid production. This classic tear-jerker of a song owes its longevity to all these fine qualities.

I especially appreciate the superbly emotional, yet never over-the-top, singing from both Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Decade after decade, pop singers try to outdo themselves with overblown, manufactured emotion (& ridiculously pained facial expressions and excessive hand movements).

Yet there have been a few amongst the crowd who communicate ten times the emotion with one-tenth the effort. These few are pop's finest gemstones. This song features two such gems.

We lost Donny way too soon :(

Sufjan Stevens – They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhhh! Lyrics 10 years ago
Who the hell is Captain Clitus? The only references I can find are:

1. Clitus was an officer for Alexander the Great. Though he once saved AtG's life, he later ".. said something to offend Alexander the Great. Alexander took a lance and murdered Clitus. From then on, Alexander's followers had to be very wary of what they said."


2. a) an overzealous spaz, or b) diarea of the mouth


Actually, I can see how the urbandictionary definitions derive from the loose mouthed Clitus of AtG's time.

However, I haven't figured out how these definitions fit in with the song's lyrics.

Ideas anyone?

Broken Social Scene – Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl Lyrics 10 years ago
I think a previous poster may be correct in that the singer is referring to herself in the third person. For example, in "and I like you like that" - 'you' is actually the singer speaking of herself at an earlier stage of her life (hmm, taking a wild guess here, but it might be when she was 17?)

Anyway, the production/composition/arranging of this song is just so very perfect. There are millions of things to love about the music. To name a few:

1. The processing of the vocals - what a cool and unique sound, and fits the contemplative mood of the lyrics.

2. The incredibly subtle harmonies during "park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor, dream about me". The lead vocal essentially stays on the same note, while at least two other voices fade in and out, swapping pitches both above and below the lead and following a cool chromatic progression that continually changes the tone of the lead.

3. Awesome use of syncopation by starting each line on the "and of four" (musical term) rather than on the downbeat. Just adds ever so much to this song. They could've gone uninteresting and used the downbeat, but by adding the syncopation it adds yet another level of feeling to the overall effect.

4. The cacophony of sound throughout the song - violins (electronic or real?), banjo, ... They don't just throw these sounds under the song, but whoever produced this song went to another level by having all these instruments fading in and out, changing from channel to channel, altering the timbre from one note to the next.

5. You can listen to this song 50 times in a row and still find things on the 50th listen you never heard in the previous 49. So many things going on!

All these things (and much, much more!) add up to one absolutely wonderful song! These little (and big) aspects of recording make the difference between a very cool song and an absolutely extraordinary song elevated orders of magnitude above the drivel that passes for song production these days. This song deserves an award.

The Association – Cherish Lyrics 11 years ago
Always LOVED this song!!!

I always thought the line:

Who'd say they loved you with all the rest of their lies

was actually:

Who say they'd love you for the rest of their lives

not sure which is correct

Laura Nyro – Captain Saint Lucifer Lyrics 11 years ago
c'mon people, no comments on this great song???

I think there are a few valid interpretations of what exactly captain saint lucifer represents: a lover, hard liquor, drugs, a mother's love. Which is correct? This sort of song is intentionally left vague by the songwriter so that each listener may bring their own experience and interpretation to the song.

I know this sounds like a copout on my part. Nevertheless I think the great LN truly would want us to think of it this way.

I do wish I knew what the hell some of the phraseology means:

buckles off shingles? I've not a clue about this one.

going to the moon dock? This could mean she's about to get high - on pot or booze or whatever.

Gabriel is a biblical reference - he was an angel messenger from god according to some beliefs.

Panda Bear – Comfy in Nautica Lyrics 11 years ago
I may be off base here, but Nautica is the first name of a pr0n star. I'll leave the 'comfy in' part of it up to interpretation.

The Dickies – Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song) Lyrics 11 years ago
LOL on that guess!!!

Yes, it is the theme for a show called The Banana Splits. The line 'Fleagle bingo drooper and snork' refers to the names of the four characters (each one being a Banana Split I suppose) that hosted the show. VERY catchy tune, BTW. Also, Liz Phair did a rockin' version it that sounds great!

Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Lyrics 11 years ago
Like someone mentioned previously, this song is not meant to be deeply profound - it is instead playful, a touch sad, and ever so mildly philosophical.

My belief is the girl wants out of the relationship - but she has yet to tell the guy. Then one night she senses ambivalence (bordering on pain) in the guy's feelings about the relationship.

So she jumps on the opportunity, slyly giving the guy his freedom to end the relationship with her full blessing and no ill feelings. In so doing, she paints her own image as caring and altruistic. But ultimately she is only giving him his freedom so that she gets her own freedom as well - with the added bonus that the blame goes on the guy's shoulders. This frees her of any guilt about ending the relationship (except, of course, in her own conscience - if she has any)

I like the catchy drum work at the start of the song and during the 'A' choruses :)

Broken Social Scene – Stars and Sons Lyrics 11 years ago
Indeed the bass riff is awesomely addictive. Love it. There is also much more to enjoy in this song. The clapping. All the crazy (guitar?) sounds around 3:40 - 4:00. It is a truly great song!

In terms of meaning, all I get out of it is from "this one will know how far I live on" - to me, "this one" refers to my son (name of the song is Stars and Sons, after all), and, in a way, a son is someone who keeps his father's spirit alive after the father is gone (dead) by remembering and revering all the good the father brought to the son's life.

Christy Moore – Delirium Tremens Lyrics 11 years ago
This song is lighthearted to say the least. It is filled with lots of Irish humor and is very funny.

CM has used various lyrics for this over the years. This one is from his own website:

"And then I dreamt I was in the jacuzzi with that auld hoor from No. 10"

('auld hoor from No. 10' instead of 'along with Alice Glenn')

Here, "that auld hoor from No. 10" translates to "that old whore from No. 10 (Downing St.)", which would be a very derogatory reference to Margaret Thatcher. This makes perfect sense, since they couldn't come from more distant sides of the political spectrum.

It is pretty hilarious once you understand this slur! :)

Tom Waits – Bad Liver and a Broken Heart (In Lowell) Lyrics 11 years ago
darn kittenchowmein, you beat me to the punch. I just logged in here to make the Casablanca connection. It is one helluva song .. sad, touching, pensive, from the heart.

Tom Waits – Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen) Lyrics 12 years ago
Whew! this song is F'ing depressing - and that's a HUGE compliment! Tom Waits is one artist extroidinaire.

To be honest, when I listen to this song I envy the poor man who lives out of a battered old suitcase - because 1) he's probably toasted, 2) he's happy enough, and he's at peace w/himself.

OK, you say I'm off target? Well, find for me in the lyrics ONE line that indicates that the subject of this song is UNHAPPY or NOT at peace with himself.

I suggest he is an alcoholic, he has accepted his alcoholism and he is basically observing the night people around him before he lays himself down for a night of drunken sleep.

Again, find for me in the lyrics any line that suggests he is unhappy.

It is funny, because the tone of the song is very sad.

Are we supposed to pity this man? If you accept my premise that he is a happy (albeit a happy alcoholic) person, then why should we pity him?

Personally, my only pity for him is if he doesn't have the joy of raising children. However, we don't even know that much. He could've easily raised 5 kids or more, and *then* became alone. It has occurred before.

Maybe he missed out on love

Funny .. I'd rank this as one of the saddest songs of all time. Nevertheless I envy this poor, probably homeless, man.

Laura Nyro – Stoney End Lyrics 12 years ago
cradle me .. mama cradle me again

my god! what other composer of pop tunes ever came up with such simple but weighty lyrics???

Laura Nyro – Timer Lyrics 12 years ago
F*CK! justoldlight .. your comment is a PERFECT example of why I am always so afraid to read anything on Here's what I mean: from now on, every time I hear this wonderful song, I will forever have the image of a cat - could be the most lovable cat in the world - but nevertheless, a cat is NOT what I used to imagine when I listened to this song. Sorry it isn't your fault - it is mine, for reading your comment when I should've known better

Laura Nyro – Been on a Train Lyrics 12 years ago
WOW!!!! There really isn't any way to explain this song .. Laura Nyro pretty much spells it out there for you in black and white. If you still don't get it, not sure what I can say to help.

this is an AMAZING song about not only hard drugs, but also about the human condition and why someone would want to inject enough drug to kill. some people have simply had enough pain in their life .. they've given up and they'll do anything to leave our reality.

This song is simply about an encounter with such a person.

I cannot imagine a more moving way to present this event to the general public. Laura Nyro's lyrics are simply STUNNING in this song.

The guy just wants to leave this earth - he doesn't care about dignity or anything else society may dictate. He just wants to check out.

But, despite his disinterest, his life simply won't be forgot .. due to the kindness and understanding of a brilliant songwritter who promises to make his story into a song.

God bless this poor soul (and others like him) .. and God bless Laura Nyro.

Laura Nyro – Timer Lyrics 12 years ago
Great, GREAT lyrics! What they mean .. I don't rightly know yet. It is the kind of song you need to cogitate on a few times before it has a meaning for you.

I think it has, intentionally, multiple meanings. First, Timer is a metaphor for, well, time.

But if so, what is she talking about in "If you love me true ... I'll spend my life with you"??? Doesn't quite sound like something you'd say to Mr. Time. More like something you say to a Significant Other.

But later, Timer is, essentially, equated with God. But you don't normally place a demand on God to 'love me true'.

So, Timer is 1) the simple passage of time; 2) a boyfriend/girlfriend; 3) God; 4) some combination of the previous.

I think there is no correct answer. Again, this vagueness is intentional, and is also why this song is so great - it lets the listener take from it what they may, rather than spelling everything out clearly for them. This way, it makes the song more personal and meaningful to the listener.

God bless you, Laura!

Queen – Another One Bites The Dust Lyrics 12 years ago
Cripes, so far 7 pages of comments. This has probably been mentioned before, but here I goes:

Q: What do the following songs have in common?

Another One Bites the Dust
Rapper's Delight (Sugar Hill Gang)
Good Times (Chic)
Rapture (Blondie)

A: The bass line.

Extra Credit: which was first??? (don't cheat and google it)

Laura Nyro – Sweet Blindness Lyrics 12 years ago
Also, another musical tidbit about the Fifth Dimension's rendition .. the ending is based on the signature ending of the great big band leader Count Basie. Almost all of his arrangements ended with him playing 3 chords on his piano in a particular syncopation, followed by a stinger by the band.

Laura Nyro – Sweet Blindness Lyrics 12 years ago
I also know this version from The Fifth Dimension, and I love it as well.

The musical style is pure Gospel, yet the lyrics espouse the joys of drinking, perhaps to excess. I find this very ironic and very funny.

Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind Lyrics 12 years ago

Do not let the ideas of others adulterate YOUR OWN interpretation of this song!!!

Once you read someone else's ideas on this song - those ideas infect your own ideas about it. This is one song that should remain between you, your feelings, your history, and Gordon. Don't let anyone else creep in on it.

If you don't understand the lyrics, then use a dictionary, word by word. Don't come here and let these people tarnish your own special feelings for this very special, one-of-a-kind song.

Laura Nyro – Stoned Soul Picnic Lyrics 12 years ago
First of all, this is an awesome song - as is Eli's Coming. Anyway...

WTF does surry mean?

My guess is it is supposed to be 'surrey', which is an old time carriage. This is totally consistent with the lyrics (after the word is changed into a verb). Especially when you read this definition of a surrey which I found:

"... two-seated pleasure carriage ..."

(see )

google searches on the lyrics for this song return about a 4:1 ratio of people using 'surry' over using 'surrey'. I'm not sure which spelling Laura Nyro originally used, but I'm placing my bet on 'surrey'.

BTW There is another song with reference to a surrey, "Surrey with the Fringe on Top", which comes from the old musical "Oklahoma"

Gordon Lightfoot – Summer Side Of Life Lyrics 12 years ago
Released in 1971, the US was still at war in Vietnam.

So, young girls talking to the young men they knew all night long .. going off to fight. That sounds to me like the boys are off to 'Nam.

The crying may be because of difficult war memories, or about coming home and marrying what ultimately turned out to be the wrong girl - or both. I think it is both.

Don McLean – Crossroads Lyrics 13 years ago
This is one of the most profound songs ever written.

On the surface, this is a song about the "crossroads" we all cross in our lives .. the metamorphosis we go through at various times (eg, leaving home the 1st time, graduating college & leaving friends behind, leaving a lover, etc.)

It is also about wondering if we made the correct choices in our lives .. and the acceptance that we made the choices that wewere "ready" to make at those points in our lives, hence the reason we end up in the same place today .. there just wasn't any other way.

This isn't a long song, but it packs a wollop. A VERY PROFOUND SONG - highly recommended for the introspective at heart.

Contemplate. Be at peace, Enjoy this song.

Thank you, Don.

Tom Waits – Waltzing Mathilda Lyrics 13 years ago
Whew! this song is F'ing depressing - and that's a HUGE compliment! Tom Waits is one artist exroidinaire.

To be honest, when I listen to this song I envy the poor man who lives out of a battered old suitcase - because 1) he's probably toasted, 2) he's happy enough, and he's at peace w/himself.

OK, you say I'm off target? Well, find for me in the lyrics ONE line that indicates that the subject of this song is UNHAPPY or NOT at peace with himself.

I suggest he is a alcoholism, he has accepted his alcoholism and he is basically observing the night people around him before he lays himself down for a night of drunken sleep.

Again, find for me in the lyrics any line that suggests he is unhappy.

It is funny, because the tone of the song is very sad.

Are we supposed to pity this man? If you accept my premise that he is a happy (aleit alcoholic) person, then why should we pity him?

Personally, my only pity for him is if he doesn't have the joy of raising children. However, we don't even know that much. He could've easily raised 5 kids or more, and *then* became alone. It has occurred before.

Maybe he missed out on love

Funny .. I'd rank this as one of the saddest songs of all time. Nevertheless I envy this poor, probably homeless, man.

Sufjan Stevens – They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhhh! Lyrics 13 years ago
This song means one thing and one thing only: Sufjan Stevens is a genius - with a musical sense of humor (OK, well that's two things)

I agree with schnayel, the I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S! bit is very, very cool - and its underlying vamp line equally hip.

QUESTION: a string section plays a phrase, on top of the guitar vamp prior to any vocals (continuing to play this line whenever the vamp is repeated). This line sounds eerily like the string section from a particular 1970's hit - one you'd hear on a classic rock station, but I just cannot place it. Any ideas what this oldie might be? At first I thought it might be something by ELO, but I don't think so.

Broken Social Scene – Looks Just Like The Sun Lyrics 13 years ago
I like the voice talking to Kevin throughout the song. As for the meaning, I'm probably way off base here, but to me it is about a man watching his ex- walk away into the sunset - along with their son. The man is loosing his source of sunshine and the love of his life. He just stands there all night remembering how they walked out on him into the sunset. Very sad, but beautiful song. I love this song. I love anything by BSS. They have become my favorite group.

Broken Social Scene – KC Accidental Lyrics 13 years ago
Not sure the lyrics here are correct. Other sites have significant differences. For example:

"they come in clean" is "they're coming clean" on some other sites, which has a MUCH different meaning.

Here's the full lyrics as listen on

All your kind they're coming clean
They shut their eyes, their mess, their scenes
All your kind, their spool and lance
their crash, their kiss, they harmonize
All your kind they're, all your kind they
All your kind they come and clean
their sleep through keys
they kill their needs
it's kill..

Bob Seger – Night Moves Lyrics 13 years ago
I love this song. I hate this song. I love it because it has such an awesome groove, so laid back and easy to enjoy, and also the lyrics, at times, are rather hilarious (points all her own, way up high - if you don't understand that line, well, you're probably too young to understand ;)

But I hate it because, ultimately, it is a depressing song. It is someone living in the past. Not just reminiscing in nostalgia, but someone obsessed with the past and remembering how it was so much better back then. I don't like songs that make me live in the past. I prefer to live for today and tomorrow.

Nevertheless, I must admit I don't turn the radio station when it comes on .. I let myself plunge into my own memory, good and bad, while I drive to a classic oldie :)

Cara Dillon – There were roses Lyrics 13 years ago
I have to admit the first time I heard this song I curled up on my kitchen floor and cried profusely for at least 30 minutes straight. This is an extremely emotional and powerful song.

I know it as recorded by Tommy Sands, and later by Robbie O'Connell. Tommy Sands is the composer.

Apparently the song is based on a true incident in Ireland in 1974. The two subjects of this song were both friends of Sands.

For anyone not aware, the killings in this song were part of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland, a Protestant vs. Catholic, Irish vs. British low level war that lasted for decades.

But it certainly applies to many wars that have been fought over the centuries - in particular, civil wars, in which good friends may indeed end up fighting each other (or even brothers or cousins).

The roses metaphor ... roses are often laid on a casket at a funeral, so the song at this point is describing the tragic sadness of both Catholics and Protestants as they see more and more of their people laid to rest in the war.

Their tears running together ... he's suggesting that we're all the same on the inside, wars are caused by artificial walls created by institutions. The sorrow of one side of the war is matched, or shared, by the sorrow of the other side. We're all just people, after all.

It is tragic there isn't more of this song's sentiment felt throughout the world today (particularly in the Middle East)

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