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Fergie – Big Girls Don't Cry Lyrics 13 years ago
I think the meaning behind this song has been covered several times over. I just wanted to make two comments.

1 - I think the line about "miss you like a child misses their blanket" is cute. (Doesn't hurt that we have a 14-month-old who is growing up and leaving behind some of her "old" stuff already.)

2 - I just love the way she says " straightenin' ". (The majority of people I know -- myself included -- would simply say " straight'nin' ", but maybe that's a Southern thing ...)

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LeAnn Rimes – Nothing Better to Do Lyrics 13 years ago
The only problem with that -- the actual cliche is, "Idle hands are the devil's WORKSHOP". (Or I've also seen it "devil's playground".) Little bit different meaning there. (And it bugs me to no end every time I hear this song. I think I need help ...)

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Five for Fighting – 100 Years Lyrics 13 years ago
I'd never paid much attention to this son until about a week ago. I was on my way back from a local cemetery after "paying my respects" to my great aunt and uncle. (They passed away a few years back.) I had my one-year-old daughter in the back seat, and I flipped on the radio just to see what was on. This song started playing, and it hit me all at once -- the memories of being a teenager, the joys of when I was newly married in my early 20's, where I am now in my early 30's with a baby girl, then thinking about my parents, grandparents, and some of my loved ones who had already passed on.

It brought me to tears. In fact, I'm crying again now, but I'm just a softie.

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Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street Lyrics 15 years ago
One other something --

"Nowhere in the corridors of pale green and grey" could refer to the institution she was put in. To me, the pale greens and greys sounds like the common colors seen in hospitals and mental wards. (Walls, hospital gowns, etc.) She can't find the peace she wants locked up in the hospital OR "in the suburbs in the cold light of day."

Just an alternate view on that. At any rate, a very powerful and moving song. Nearly brings me to tears every time I hear it.

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Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street Lyrics 15 years ago
Miranda,

Very well-written. I agree with almost everything you said. The one difference I got from the song was about the lines:

"Dreaming of the tenderness-the tremble in the hips
of kissing Mary's lips."

In my understanding, that line referred to the priest, recognizing he has his own issues. He longed for the touch and the kiss of a woman. Apparently sworn to celibacy, his desires were only exacerbated by seeing statues of the virgin Mary all over the church. But you might be right. What I read didn't mention much about the parents.

Then the ending, Anne finally finds the peace she's longing for in the "sea" of death. The "father" is either her earthly father, who preceeded her in death, or God "The Father", waiting for her there, to welcome her home.

At least, that how I take it.

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Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again Lyrics 15 years ago
Another favorite of mine.

The meaning? To me, it's talking about unrequited love. The big key there is, "Is it raining with you?" When she sees this person, she has this big flood of emotion come over her. She longs to express it, to walk, talk, and kiss like lovers, and she's asking the object of her affection, "Do you feel the same way about me?"

At least, that's what I get from it.

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Grease – Summer Nights Lyrics 15 years ago
I think Comrade_Liar got it just about right. There are always three sides to any story: HIS side, HER side, and the TRUTH. Sure, he's stretching the truth quite a bit, but she's romanticizing/idealizing it some as well.

Big fan of this movie, big fan of the song, and it's the song that got my wife and I ento Karaoke. But that's more than you wanted to know, I'm sure ...

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Rich Mullins – You Gotta Get Up Lyrics 15 years ago
This is one of the songs (along with "Hope to Carry On") that really re-introduced me to Rich's music, and now he's one of my absolute favorites.

He just has a way with words.

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Limah – Neverending Story Lyrics 15 years ago
One of my favorite movies, and a great song as well.

Side note -- the artist's name is actually LIMAHL (an anagram of his real last name, Christopher HAMILL), lead singer of Kajagoogoo for a few years.

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Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time Lyrics 15 years ago
I still like the original best, but my favorite cover of it was actually done by Nichole Nordeman on her live CD (and in her concerts.)

I've always seen this as a sad song. The feeling I get from it is kind-of like this -- guy and girl go separate ways for one reason or another, but she reminds him, "I'm always here for you."

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Polaris – Summerbaby Lyrics 15 years ago
I may be wrong, but to me it sounds like it's discussing ... um, "self-gratification".

He meets this girl one summer and falls in love/lust with her. She leaves for one reason or another, and he fantasizes about her after she's gone. And I'll leave it at that ...

(Someone please tell me I'm wrong!!)

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Debarge, El – Who's Johnny Lyrics 15 years ago
I've liked this song ever since I first saw *Short Circuit*. Then there was the subsequent video for it (courtroom scene with El DeBarge and Ally Sheedy, with #5 sort-of making appearances and causing mischief.) Brings back lots of good memories.

However, listening to the song now, I get a little bit confused. I understand that it's a girl toying with her guy (though at the end it sounds like she actually leaves him.) But I'm confused about some of the details.

I THINK what it's getting at is this -- the singer is "Johnny", and the girl's pretending she doesn't know who he is. ("That girl's pretending she can't remember my name.") He calls her up or sees her on the street and she pretends, "Who are you?"
"You remember me. I'm Johnny!"
"Who's Johnny?" but she smiles and winks when she says it.

But if that's the case, what's with the "You know I love you" line? "I don't know who you are, but I love you anyway"?!?! I'm confoozed ...

At any rate -- good song!

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New Order – Blue Monday Lyrics 15 years ago
I doubt this was the original intention, but every time I hear it, I think of the movie Lord of the Flies (especially the original 1963 version. Not old enough to have seen it in theaters, and the last time I saw it on TV has been a while, so my memory's a little shaky.)

If you haven't seen it, it's about some boys who get stranded on an island (because of a plane crash, if I recall correctly) and set up their own society. One "tribe" tries to live by rules and order, the other by anarchy, hunting, and murder.

Not to give the entire story away, but at the end the "bad tribe" tries to kill the leader of the "good tribe", and the guy they're trying to kill gets to see his former friends for who they really are:

How does it feel to treat me like you do?
When you've laid your hands upon me
And told me who you are

The final confrontation is averted when a huge battleship arrives in the harbor and officers from it come ashore. And the "bad" tribe members realize how evil they've become (and realize what kind of trouble they're going to get into ...)

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortune
I'd be a heavenly person today.

I know all of the lyrics don't fit this, but that's what it reminds me of every time I hear it.

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