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Atlas Sound – Te Amo Lyrics 10 years ago
"Romantic" doesn't have to be synonymous with happy. Lots of romantic things are sad, and I never said the line was a completely happy one. Like the rest of the song, to me it's a very mixed feeling.

Atlas Sound – Te Amo Lyrics 10 years ago
The words "te amo" in Spanish mean "I love you." And it fits so well with the rest of the lyrics. I just find this song so beautiful and romantic, even though there's obviously more than a touch of sadness here too. I think it is definitely the most romantic song he's done. Usually Atlas Sound/Deerhunter songs about love are... well, kind of creepy and/or depressing. (Though in a good/interesting way. I don't mean that to be insulting in the least).

Despite the melancholy laced within, I just find the idea of one and one's partner having wild, fantastic dreams together really gorgeous. Intense love is quite often like that though - both aching and wonderful at once. And "I'll pretend you were the only one..." That line really captures that feeling of sadness and happiness intertwined together so perfectly to me. Like I said... so romantic. :-)

Okkervil River – Your Past Life as a Blast Lyrics 10 years ago
This song is so fucking beautiful. My favorite from the new album. Unlike many Okkervil songs though, I don't think there's any hidden, deep meaning to this one. To me it is a love song, plain and simple, although perhaps you could say it is about love in several different senses (i.e., romantic, familial, etc.) and therefore has somewhat of a deeper meaning on that level. While I do think it's just a love song though, I must stress that I don't mean that as a slight at all - it is a spectacular song. :-)

Okkervil River – Just Give Me Time Lyrics 12 years ago
I love it too. Generally speaking, I always thought it sounded like the narrator's girlfriend had been hurt in a past relationship, and because of that she doesn't completely trust him yet. It's implied that he's jealous over the situation (the "coiled tight and green inside" part), but he tells her it's okay because he'll get over it with time. And he believes that she'll overcome it as well (the last verse). I love how it seems to go from talking about himself to talking about her, changing from "just give me time" to "just give IT time."

But that being said, some of the specific lines are very opaque to me. I have no idea what "tore a pinecone from the pine/to cut into her palm" could possibly mean, to give just one example. :-P Whatever it's about though, it's really beautiful.

I kind of find it interesting that Will said it was about an ex-girlfriend though, just because it doesn't seem like he writes about himself (at least not so directly, anyway) very often.

Animal Collective – Bleed Lyrics 12 years ago
So beautiful.
I think it's simply about trying (and perhaps failing) to help a friend. But who knows. All that matters to me is that it's lovely, and it makes me feel. Thank you once again for some wonderful music, AC. <3

Andy Yorke – Found The Road Lyrics 12 years ago
Reducing this song to Andy Yorke whining about his brother's success is kind of ridiculous and really not fair to either of them, especially Andy. I'm sure he has a life outside of being Thom's brother, and it seems like he's always been very professional and conscious of keeping their careers separate. Sorry if I sound harsh, but constantly coming across people trying to read things like that into his music gets tiring. :-/

The song's vague enough that it could mean a lot of things. I think it's just about being lost in general, in a metaphorical sense. It sounds like it could be romantic as well, as though the "you" in the song planned for the two of them to have a future together, but the narrator couldn't follow through with those plans for whatever reason.

I like Andy's solo album... I think I like his Unbelievable Truth stuff more, but it's still quite good; just lovely, soothing music. He has such a beautiful voice - guess it runs in the family. :-P

Radiohead – On the Beach Lyrics 13 years ago
Yes, it is a Neil Young cover. Radiohead (or more specifically, Thom and Jonny) did it during an acoustic set for a radio broadcast. Quite an appropriate song for such a situation, given the lyrics.

I think they did a good job with it (Thom's voice suits the song beautifully), but it's a great song in the first place. Neil Young has written many amazing songs, and this is one of them. The original is worth checking out, if you're not familiar with it.

I think it's about fame and mixed feelings that come with reaching it. The narrator needs people to like his work, but at the same time he can't face them and wants to get away. Even though he's reached a high point, he's still not satisfied ('the seagulls are still out of reach').

'Though my problems are meaningless/that don't make them go away' is such a great line to sum up how the general world sees famous people. Someone else's problems might seem trivial because of their station in life, but that doesn't make their problems any less difficult for them to deal with. Everything is relative.

Such a sad but brilliant song. It's no wonder Radiohead have done four different Neil Young covers.

Radiohead – Blow Out Lyrics 13 years ago
I just watched the Astoria '94 DVD for the first time in a while and was reminded of just how great this song can be. The album version is one of the few tracks on Pablo Honey I'll go out of my way to listen to, but it has nothing on the live version. Anyone who hasn't seen it should look up the Astoria version of this song on Youtube or whatever. The band as a whole sounds amazing, but Jonny's performance on that is absolutely phenomenal.

I think it's a step above the rest of PH lyrically (though it's still not at the level of the vast majority of the songs that came afterwards). I like that it's a bit less direct than other songs on the album.

Blur – Tender Lyrics 14 years ago
"Tender is the night" is also a line from John Keats's poem "Ode To A Nightingale". The title of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, which was mentioned in one of the above comments, is taken from this poem. It's one of Keats's finest works, so look it up! (Can you tell I'm a huge Keats fan yet? :-P)

I have no hard proof that Blur's song has anything to do with Keats, but it would make a lot of sense to me. It fits quite well, I think. "Ode To A Nightingale" is about the pain and pointlessness of mortality being overcome by the beauty that can be found within life (in a nutshell, that is - it's much more complex than that, of course). Tender is about the possibility of love overcoming the same sort of feelings - that is, the difficulties life in general - and making life worthwhile. As the song goes, "Love is the greatest thing."

I'm probably looking far too deep into this, but I find it interesting anyway.

Anyway, beautiful song from a beautiful album. I think the general meaning is pretty self-evident.

Radiohead – Nude Lyrics 14 years ago
Meeting People Is Easy, a documentary that followed Radiohead on their Ok Computer tour, puts this song in a different perspective from most of the ones given here so far. Near the end there's a clip of the band playing the old version of this song (i.e. Big Ideas - Don't Get Any) in New York City. Before they start playing, Thom Yorke tells the audience that it's "about believing you're wonderful when you know it's not true".

The song is juxtaposed with an interview from around the same time where he talks about how they were all surprised and happy that Ok Computer was so well received at first, but how the effects of the album's success began to wear on each of them as their tour progressed, and the difficulty in living up to such high expectations. It's a fitting finish to the film, which basically shows the band slowly falling apart as the tour goes on. It's fairly well documented, in Meeting People and elsewhere, that it was not the best of times for them. (Incidentally, Meeting People is a wonderful film, even if it is a little hard to watch at times. Very interesting and insightful.)

With all of that taken into consideration, I think the explanation Yorke gave the audience in NYC fits perfectly. Regardless, it's a beautiful song, and one of my favorites from the album.

Babyshambles – Carry On Up The Morning Lyrics 14 years ago
Apologies for the double post, but I found the quote I mentioned above:

"I was sharing rooms in shared houses with my old best mate, but the first time I lived with Peter was in a place on Camden Road called Delaney Mansion. It was £60 a week for a '60s bedsit and the only access was through a back window - and it was broken."

Babyshambles – Carry On Up The Morning Lyrics 14 years ago
I think this is going to be my favorite song from the new album. After hearing the acoustic demo version I didn't think I'd care for it as an electric song but I really like what they did with it. I love the overlap effect of the lyrics; I think it could have been gimmicky but they pulled it off beautifully and it makes the song even more special.

About the flat by the river verse... I remember reading an article with either Pete or Carl (maybe even both, I don't recall) at some point where they talked about the first apartment they shared together, and they mentioned that they had to use a window to enter the place. I'm not saying that definitely means the song is about Carl (people saying that every single Babyshambles song is about either him or Kate gets old fast...), but it could mean it's about someone Pete knew from that time. It could also mean nothing at all, but I think it sounds too similar to be a coincidence. It's interesting to connect little things in interviews and articles to their songs (or maybe I just have too much time on my hands :-P).

The Beatles – Within You Without You Lyrics 14 years ago
I was reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and there was a line of dialogue that goes, "What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" I immediately connected it with a Beatles song, but it took me a moment to realize which one it was (and it was this one, of course). I wonder if it's is a coincidence or not. I know this song is largely based around Hindu ideals, but if you're familiar with The Picture of Dorian Gray you can draw quite a few parallels between the themes of the book and this song.

Regardless, it's a beautiful song. It's one of my favorites from Sgt. Pepper's.

Babyshambles – Up The Morning Lyrics 15 years ago
I adore the guitar solos on this one. It's positively hypnotic. Major kudos to Patrick Walden for that.

Generally speaking, I think it's about lost love and better times in the past. More specifically, I'm not really sure, though it feels like there's something more there; perhaps based on personal experience? I think this song is quite underrated. It's beautiful; simple yet powerful, sad with a bit of hope.

Babyshambles – France Lyrics 15 years ago
I have a live version of Pete singing this, so he has sung this song before. But to be fair, it's the only time I've heard of him singing it, despite the fact that there are dozens of versions of "France" floating around. As it's been pointed out already, it's pretty well-established that this is Carl's song. I'm also fairly sure it's from a solo gig rather than a Babyshambles show, so even though Pete sang it once by himself it probably shouldn't be an entry here.

But since I'm here anyway... In the track I have the lines about eye color are reversed (So I remember your eyes/That unique shade of blue/While these brown eyes of mine they stay closed). I have to admit that kind of made me sad. :-( I prefer the (many) versions of Carl singing this song, but this one was pretty, as are most of the songs Pete sings.

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