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Akron/Family – Running, Returning Lyrics 10 years ago
Jesus, this song is powerful. To me it is about the realization of love, that force that is always growing, always rising from who knows what mysterious depths, bringing us, in the end, to where we should have been in the first place, to who we are meant to be. It's about love as a power that transcends even death--when we wake up on the other side--and lives on even when we are underground; in the words of Kahlil Gibran, "You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days./Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God."

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United State Of Electronica – Emerald City Lyrics 10 years ago
so fucking seattle.

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Rosie Thomas – Why Waste More Time? Lyrics 10 years ago
oh yes, and the disparity between the goofy beginning and ending and the song itself is really interesting, eh? I think they left them in almost just to let the listener know that Rosie isn't /too/ depressing.

Also, what is up with her voice? I can't believe that's her real voice.

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Rosie Thomas – Why Waste More Time? Lyrics 10 years ago
Take responsibility for your life. It's all you have.

It's so easy to tell some one that; it's almost impossible to get them to appreciate it.

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Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground – Birds (On A Day Like Today) Lyrics 11 years ago
I don't feel embarrassed; when I copied the demo to my hard drive for some reason it had the names of the two songs switched when it found them on CDDB. Thanks for being an internet punk! :]

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Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains Lyrics 11 years ago
The song is addressed to his literal older brother, Sean Pecknold.

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Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood Lyrics 11 years ago
I agree with EldaAnzari so I changed the lyrics.

To me this song is partially about the beauty of Spring coming alive. I know that feeling living in Seattle, as I imagine Robin does.

Also, this Yeats poem might help understanding this song:

The Ragged Wood by William Butler Yeats

O hurry where by water among the trees
The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh,
When they have but looked upon their images -
Would none had ever loved but you and I!

Or have you heard that sliding silver-shoed
Pale silver-proud queen-woman of the sky,
When the sun looked out of his golden hood? -
O that none ever loved but you and I!

O hurty to the ragged wood, for there
I will drive all those lovers out and cry -
O my share of the world, O yellow hair!
No one has ever loved but you and I.

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Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant Lyrics 11 years ago
Anyone who lives in Seattle knows how true this is. Though you wouldn't guess it from the last couple weeks...

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Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains Lyrics 11 years ago
To me, Robin seems to be saying something like, "It's alright, friend, it will all be fine; in the scheme of things, in the passage of time, you will see that what missing your flight is a mere trifle."

I do believe Robin's lyrics are influenced by Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet.

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Fleet Foxes – Mykonos Lyrics 11 years ago
oh, I'm also pretty sure it's "slammed" and not "slam"

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Fleet Foxes – Mykonos Lyrics 11 years ago
I am 98% sure it's "
The door slam loud and ROSE up a cloud of dust on us"

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Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground – Simon Courage Flees The Coop Lyrics 11 years ago
okay, I just realized that's because I am listening to this song right now and these are the lyrics to Birds (On A Day Like Today). I'll fix that I suppose.

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Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground – Simon Courage Flees The Coop Lyrics 11 years ago
huh I coulda sworn it was "GOTTA GET OUT TODDAAAAAYYYYY" at the end

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Bright Eyes – Four Winds Lyrics 11 years ago
i think Conor Oberst doesn't like the way the world works. But he feels kinda ambivalent about what to do about it, if anything.

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Klaxons – Gravity's Rainbow Lyrics 11 years ago
I just finished reading Gravity's Rainbow, and while of course everyone is up to their own interpretations (to a certain extent, though especially a dense work like GR) the lyrics have almost nothing at all to do with the actual novel, as far as I can tell.

Also, the novel's title might come partially from the path of ejaculate, if that's true then it's only a vague meaning. The title is mostly derived from the parabolic path a rocket traces through space as it flies into the atmosphere and then falls back down to earth--the book is about the V-2 rocket program at the end of WWII. Here's a link to a discussion about the source of the title, and the quote where the title is derived from:

"But it is a curve each of them feels, unmistakably. It is the parabola. They must have guessed, once or twice — guessed and refused to believe — that everything, always, collectively, had been moving toward that purified shape latent in the sky, that shape of no surprise, no second chances, no return. Yet they do move forever under it, reserved for its own black-and-white bad news certainly as if it were the Rainbow, and they its children...."

The rainbow part is a reference to the biblical story of Noah and God using the rainbow as a sign to Noah that he was still with him and that the flood would end soon.

http://gravitys-rainbow.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Gravity%27s_Rainbow_Title

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Owls – Everyone Is My Friend Lyrics 11 years ago
it's a song about being young and vulnerable and confused, not quite understanding your life yet but somehow knowing your own strength and believing in that, even if nothing seems like it is working or will work out.

this is my favorite song ever. i genuinely feel like anyone who knows this song knows an essential part of who i am as a person. i don't quite understand why i feel such an affinity for this song, but i do, and i love it.

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Owls – Anyone Can Have A Good Time Lyrics 11 years ago
why married suburban life can go so well with perscription medication.

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Maps And Atlases – The Most Trustworthy Tin Cans Lyrics 12 years ago
pretty sure this is about a friend or significant other leaving, across the pond, or the ocean. there's a lot of imagery i associate with aeroplanes, iike the air conditioning hum and 60% glass. "tin cans" is an ironic reference to means of communication, referring to the old-school method of communication whereby people would talk through two tin cans connected by a taut string.

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Aaron Sprinkle – The Boy Who Stopped the World Lyrics 12 years ago
I have it from a friend of mine who knows Aaron Sprinkle that this song was written about/for his friend David Bazaan, ie. Pedro the Lion. I don't know if Pedro is religious (I thought so, but I'm not sure), but the lyrics seem to me to be about Aaron wishing the subject of the song to just "give in" and stop wishing they could change the world, perhaps that he wishes they could "give in" to religion?

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The Blood Brothers – The Shame Lyrics 12 years ago
To me this song is about America and its cultural legacy. Johnny sings that his hands, his heart will manufactue so many excessive, useless and terrible things. But as an American, America is in a sense his body; he is a part of the system and the society that creates so much waste, so much misery. The ballroom that he discusses is, perhaps, the world, continually groped by so many evil whims.

He also talks about how everything is commoditized--music, art, "the shadows of seagulls," human life, and perhaps even smiles--to the extent that it all boils down to the monetary value and it can feel like it's impossible to find a single ounce of beauty, of art, of color in anything anymore. All we become is salesmen, each of us, selling what we can make or find to carve a niche out for ourselves in the system. Urban life becomes a mass-meditation on the primacy of economics and money, groveling beneath billboards and skyscrapers, symbols of modern industry.

OF course, when we are like that everything is going to be just awful when we're around, and the only thing we will leave the world is shame and disgrace.

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