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King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man Lyrics 9 years ago
postmodernism embodied

The Avett Brothers – The Ballad of Love and Hate Lyrics 11 years ago
And you, rloyd, are Ignorance personified

The Avett Brothers – The Ballad of Love and Hate Lyrics 11 years ago
Love is bound to hate and Hate is bound to love and they are bound together and without one there is no other.

The Who – I'm Free Lyrics 12 years ago
It about a revolt against society, how people are afaraid to listen to ideas that may challange their morality despite being more ethical. Tommy has discovered that life outside of societal control is free and real. Its reaching that point and sticking by that opinion that will always challange a person.

Eagles – Get Over It Lyrics 12 years ago
This song fits society so well nowadays its sad. The Eagles got this one right on.

Black Sabbath – Hole In The Sky Lyrics 12 years ago
The song is about waiting to die and knowing that the monotony of everyday life is really a pointless means of existance to an ulitimatly unimportant, end....or so the narrator of the song believes.
The quick ending is symbolic of the narrator's life finally coming to an abrupt ending and nothing coming after it as he was alluding to would happen.

Pink Floyd – Echoes Lyrics 12 years ago
The albatross is a symbol of acceptance and the ethereal beauty and purity inherent in nature.

Refer to Samuel Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" which also uses an albatross as the center of its amazing peom by the way.

Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man Lyrics 13 years ago
This is simply about the joys (and dangers) of escaping reality. Whether you escape by means of drugs, music, or anything else is besides the point and irrelevant. What matters, and what Dylan is trying to show us, is that inpiration can help us to transcend reality. He warns that although this is appealing and vital coping method if one becomes too far removed form reality they end up looseing all prospective "chasing shadows like a clown".

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Lyrics 13 years ago
I think its about how society trys to conform us and how it distorts your sense of self and sense of reality so that you must conform.

The Who – Behind Blue Eyes Lyrics 13 years ago
First of all HItler did not have stricking blue eyes (he actually is thought to come from jewish ancestry), however, I do feel this song is about the nazi soldiers that fought for him. Everyone immediatly stereotypes them all as being bad through and through, and don't get me wrong, that is the case more times than not, but there were the helpless few being pulled and forced along in Hitler's torrent of propaganda if not only for the fear that went along with rebeling then becasue from a young age they were programmed to be what they became. This more than anything is about looking past stereosypes and identifying human suffering from within; just becasue somone is doing something doesnt mean that it was their will, that they enjoyed it, or that they even agreed with it. Many times people are slaves to trends even if those trends are as inhumane as genocide.

Soulja Boy – Crank That (Soulja Boy) Lyrics 13 years ago
8==> wow i'm fuckin talented

Britney Spears – I'm a Slave for You Lyrics 13 years ago

ha, i know mature right

Neil Young – Rockin' in the Free World Lyrics 13 years ago
The newspaper USA Today has called the song:

"a savage attack on the policies of Ronald Reagan and the first President Bush ... (and) anything but a celebration of democracy."

On the contrary, a strong case can be made that the song is NOT "anything but a celebration of democracy." In fact, an argument can be made that the song is very pro-democracy and is a protest song that has advanced the argument about inequities in society. The song is clearly the work of someone who could be called a courageous patriot.

The song's lyrics contain the lines:

"We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand"

The lyrics are a direct reference to President George Bush's (#41) campaign pledge to create a compassionate citizenry volunteering to help cope with society's ills. The "thousand points of light" symbolize the American citizen's spirit and a shining example of giving selflessly to care for one another's neighbor and brother. Along with "a kinder, gentler hand", Bush believed that each American could contribute to helping make the United States -- and the world -- a better place to live and work.

The song is strongly democratic and with pro-American ideals in that it is a condemnation of the supply-side/trickle down politics of President Ronald Reagan. "Reaganomics" involved massive tax cuts in the wealthiest brackets which supporters claimed would trickle down to lower brackets. In fact, the policies led to huge federal deficits and exploding unemployment and social decay, particularly in large urban American cities.

The economic realities of the 1980's with increasing social problems -- such as homelessness and drug abuse -- made Young mock the campaign promises of President Bush as hollow rhetoric. The drug problems ("she's gonna take a hit") refer to the crack epidemic which swept large American cities during the 1980's.

The lyrics of "Rockin' In The Free World" also refer to the rampant consumerism of American culture and the rise of the disposable society based on waste and pollution.

"We got department stores and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive."

The lyrics "Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive" refer to the Reverand Jesse Jackson's signature phrase to "Keep hope alive." Young contrasts President Bush's rhetoric and Rev. Jackson's religion as solutions to society's ills, when in actuality, they are nothing more than "feel good" slogans with little results to show.

Neil Young – Piece Of Crap Lyrics 13 years ago
Name a worse Neil song.

Neil Young – Unknown Legend Lyrics 13 years ago
The "uknown legend", like a "ruby in the dust", an undiscovered beauty.

Neil Young – I Am A Child Lyrics 13 years ago
"What is the color, when black is burned?"

Possibly one of Neil's most enigmatic riddles. Surprised there's not more posts.

Anyway, when you burn black (like ashes) they turn white. I dont know if this is the answer, only Neil does, but I think it fits both literally and figuratlively into the song.

Neil Young – Cowgirl In The Sand Lyrics 13 years ago
Why lust over sumthing you can never have, worry about something indifferent, or set goals beyond your range of achivement?

Neil Young – Cowgirl In The Sand Lyrics 13 years ago
I think this song is about self-control and the resisting of temptation. Everyone always wants to pick up the ruby in the dust, clean it off, and claim it as their own but the corrupting powers of such beauty and allure may leave you off worse, more desperate than before. The means dont justify and are not worth the ends.

Neil Young – The Needle And The Damage Done Lyrics 13 years ago
The song is so short and to the point so as to mimick the life of a junkie. The last line further emphasises this, comparing their lives to a setting sun in the sense that it disapears and fades away at a rapidly increasing rate towards its end. Once it starts setting or that person begins down the slippery slope of drug use their life worsens at an exponential rate until there is nothing left but darkness or death.

Sublime – Smoke Two Joints Lyrics 13 years ago
If sooo high!


Blue Öyster Cult – Don't Fear The Reaper Lyrics 13 years ago
dont fear the reefer

Styx – Mr. Roboto Lyrics 13 years ago
I dont know if it has any relavance but "Mr. Roboto" reminds me of "Dr. death".

Don McLean – American Pie Lyrics 13 years ago
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast

I think these three lines are reffering to Bob Dylan, Niel Young, and Eric Clapton who were sometimes refferd to as the rock and roll trinity and who Don McClean idolized. This makes sense becasue around the time Buddy Holly died these three artists were touring on the west coast.

Neil Young – After the Gold Rush Lyrics 13 years ago
This song is obviosuly very enigmatic and steeped in possible interpretations but the middle stanza I definatley think is remenicent of Vietnam.

The first lines reminds me of a soldier, crouched down in an old foundation which was recently ravaged by fighting and bombing, looking out onto the battlefield nervously and awaiting action. This would not be uncommon in Vietnam as most battles took place either in dense jungle or dense, civil war ravaged, cities where soldiers hid in ruined, "burned out basenments"

"I was hoping for replacement" also fit my theory seeing as how many of the soldiers would be hoping for the next soldier to take their place on duty.

The next line, "When the sun burst through the sky" is difficult to anaylize but in keeping with my war theme it does seems to make sense. As it is impossible to be watching the full moon and have the sun suddenly burst into the sky the sun must be a symbol of something else. I think that the sun is a bomb (possibly of the atomic nature) going off nearby which would light its surroundings suddenly. Thsi goes witht the rest of teh song which seems to allude to humans ravaging the earth and killing Mother Nature by unatural, violent means.

"There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high." only further backs up my Vietnam theory because it was at this time that young soldiers were notorious for tuning up the hendrix and breaking out the hash when serving. it was a release for them. An escape from the grim reality they were facing. And appropriatly the next lines deal with just that; denial.

The lines "I was thinking about what a
Friend had said // I was hoping it was a lie", I think, is the soldier thinkning to himself that he hopes that what his friend had told him of the pollution, and destroying of nature through war isnt a reality. If the later part of my interpretation was correct and the sun bursting through the sky really was a bomb then this thought might be provoked in the soldier's mind.
This line is obviously important as its repeated and also holds ironic significance. The thought of a person wanting his friend to have lied to him is ironic. Honesty is usually a trait we, as humans, value in a friend.

Pink Floyd – Brain Damage Lyrics 13 years ago
The dark side of the moon (in reality) is always changing. A new side of the moon is always becoming dark just as different opinions and social trends fade in and out of acceptability. Sanity and Insanity are just functions of the sate of mind society is experienceing at the time. Somone always has to be "wrong" or labeled "the lunatic" otherwise nothing and nobody would be "right" or "sane" in comparison. This song and album as a whole obviously has many dimensions and resultant morals and lessons to be taken away from it but what I see as an overiding theme is the hoplessness of society and the necessity of evil. Without the dark side of the moon there would be no light side. The universe as we percieve it cannot survive without duality otherwise one-sided and impercieable. How is one to understand good without being shown an example of evil and doent that person's perception of each depend on which they were shown first?

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