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Bruce Springsteen – Balboa Park Lyrics 13 years ago
I grew up in San Diego and I know personally that this song is about the real-life, homeless young youth who hustle the downtown streets of San Diego city after being thrown out by their religiously conservative parents in places like Poway and Carlsbad in the northern parts of the county. To survive they get involved in drugs and prostitution. Estimates are that anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of all homeless youth are gay kids who were thrown out from otherwise good homes. It is all very sad. There was once a WB Channel 5 news segment on this, back in 2001 or 2002 I think. It was called "The Pavement is My Pillow". There's now a homeless youth shelter that was built downtown to house some of these youth called "The Storefront", but services to help these poor young people are still inadequate. The only way this problem will come to an end is for society to realize that homosexuality is not a sickness or a sin and simple part of who people really are. It all really saddens me and makes me want to cry every time I think about it. I could have very easily been one of those guys.

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U2 – Elevation Lyrics 13 years ago
This is a song that I'm going to play right before skydiving. It's just so cool and makes me think I'm flying.

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Tori Amos – Real Men Lyrics 13 years ago
Pansy Division did a remake of her remake.

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Tori Amos – Sugar Lyrics 13 years ago
"if I could take 25 minutes
out of the record books."


should be:


"if I could take 25 minutes
out of the WICKED books."

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Tori Amos – Crucify Lyrics 13 years ago
This song is about the anti-sex attitudes found the Southern Baptist Church, Old Pentecostal Assembly, and the Vatican. Some people spiritually get-off on self-deprivation and self-deprecation in the name of a loving God.

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Tori Amos – Cruel Lyrics 13 years ago
This song is about feeling suicidal because the anti-female media makes you out to be a whore when they don't know shit. You hit the top 10 charts and suddenly they give you that inflated, bogus saccharine respect that they accord all artists. But, you still don't feel good. You feel like giving them all the finger and telling them all to burn in hell. Now, that you're the boss... now that you're the mafiosa smokin' $1000 Havannas instead of cheap ciagarettes.... now's the time to let 'em know whose boss. Be cruel, and let them figure out why.

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The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky Lyrics 13 years ago
Everybody is wrong.

This song is about BOTH.

It IS about a relationship.

It IS about spying.

It IS about surveilance.

"What?" you say. Think about it. The person who's talking sounds like a psychopath whose going through bipolar mood swings. A psychologist would diagnose this person with erotomania.

The person singing is supposed to be a stalker.

"Can't I an gonna live anymore!"

Who says this and then makes threats like "I'm watching you!"?

A STALKER!

For more info on stalking/stalkers go to esia.net

This song creeps me out, because I was once the victim of a cult stalking.

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Tori Amos – Ruby Through the Looking-Glass Lyrics 14 years ago
"As a man do you find, doesn't every boy smoke to cry?"

That one's easy. I guess I only saw it so quickly because I'm a male. This is a reference to the so-called 'Marlboro Man', tough-guy image that many men are forced to live up to because our society refuses to let guys cry and express their emotions. He's crying through the cigarettes because that is the only way he was allowed to cry.

Notice how the cigarettes is a phallic symbol, but yet its slenderness is often associated with feminine brands. There's a bit of paradoxical softness associated with the tough guy stick.

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Tori Amos – Ruby Through the Looking-Glass Lyrics 14 years ago
"Through the Looking-Glass" is a reference to the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. Alice returns to the Rabbit's Hole. I'm guessing the "ruby" part would have to be a little Tori, going through the rabbit hole of her. In other words, she's pregnant (but just for this song, that is). That's the reason for the phrase part: "feel a little hand turning inside me"

There's a domestic violence situation:
"don't you think she feels us fighting"

He even hits her, while knowing she's pregnant:
"strike me at the root"

She's thinking she might leave him (probably for an abuse shelter):

"i won't let you
put her through
what you put me through"

This happened just recently after they got married:
"when i said --- i wanted it all,
doesn't every woman want it all..."

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Tori Amos – Butterfly Lyrics 14 years ago
"Well, nurses smile when you've got iron veins"

The girls like it when you act tough. Everyone likes a real G.I. Joe.


"You can't stain their pretty shoes"

Not heterosexual enough for you. You may have the same blood running through your veins as everyone else, but that's not enough to pass. You must instead "pass".

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Tori Amos – Butterfly Lyrics 14 years ago
"Well, nurses smile when you've got iron veins"

The girls like it when you act tough. Everyone likes a real G.I. Joe.


"You can't stain their pretty shoes"

Not heterosexual enough for you. You may have the same blood running through your veins as everyone else, but that's not enough to pass. You must instead "pass".

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Tori Amos – Butterfly Lyrics 14 years ago
When I hear this song, I imagine a gay male soldier on the battlefield, captured in the death-filled trenches of WWI. Amos is painting a nihilistic picture of the tragedy and mourning one gets from bitter loneliness and unrequited love. This solider is told by society that he isn't a "real man" (because he's gay), but he paradoxically embodies the masculine archetype of a "real man" in being a real-life G.I. Joe. It's enough irony to drive him into an opportunistic madness.

"Kittens wrapped in cement" is the grinding feeling one gets from having to hide in a cruel atmosphere of social oppression and stigma. In the homophobic military environment, the same cement that stops the bullets and preserves many lives also represents the material that makes up the walls of a society that crushes the individual will of the fragile person. The same thing can be said for the military. He is the child-like kitten, wrapped up bitterly in their ever-the-more boring, plain world of chunks of cement. It is the cement that will later form his tombstone, both materially and spiritually. Consider this song his eulogy, both on and off the battlefield.

The symbol of the "butterfly" represents both the grace of the soul and its quest to be free. As beautiful and adorable as he is, he'll never be free. Society doesn't want him as he really is. Society instead likes its own version of him "framed and dried"... straight and put on display for others to see. I know too well that feeling one gets when people mistake you for heterosexual. But it's easier to hide under badges and a pressed uniform.

"Hey General, need a little love in that hole of yours?"

No, it's not just about gay sex, but it could easily be. Rather, it's an ironic quip. A sick joke on his part. If can entertain himself with the idea that his "superior" officer is a "another fag" just like he is, it might help to soothe the humiliation he endures daily from this man and those whom he encourages. Such moments of laughter bring some soothing stickiness to his brittle, still-open wounds.

"From cradle to gumdrops"

...to bullets. You can never return that innocence that once was childhood. It was sweet like candy but is now forever gone. It was innocent...

...Back when it was like Eden... you know, back when you had that "pretty, pretty garden" and all things were hunkey-dorey and all boys liked girls... You used to think that you liked a girl but she had you moving faster than you were really ready... this only served to bring about further confusion of what you really liked... society's answer was only "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve"...

"Daddy dear, if I can kill one man why not two?"

That other man is me. Or, is it you? Daddy dear, why don't you love me? Am I enough for you? Raised in a conservative Christian home (like Tori, btw) we were a part of "God's saviors" but you didn't want your precious son to be "sweet" like gumdrops. You didn't want him to be a cheerleader queer. You wanted me instead to be going after the cherry blondes.... Maybe now I'm "man enough" for you. Either way, I won't live to see it. You'll never know who I truly am. My whole life is wrapped in cement and framed and dried for your beloved niceness to see.

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