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R.E.M. – Green Grow The Rushes Lyrics 20 days ago
@[painxtreme:31431] Either English or Scottish, think: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Grow_the_Rushes,_O or possibly https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Lover%27s_Songster/Green_grow_the_Rashes,_O

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Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness Lyrics 4 months ago
Listen to it alongside Ryan Adams' 'Outbound Train'

"You said when you met me you were bored
You said when you met me you were bored
And you, you were in a band when I was born"

and

"I swear I wasn't lonely when I met you, girl

But I was so bored, I was so bored
I was so sure, I was so bored
I was so bored, I was so bored
I don't know anything anymore"

(FWIW, I'm inclined to side with Bridgers' account, but there's no rule that says arseholes can't write great music...)

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The National – Hard to Find Lyrics 1 year ago
I stumbled on the Philip Larkin poem, 'Maiden Name' and wondered if Berninger was inspired by it. In particular this part of the last verse...

"It means what we feel now about you then:
How beautiful you were, and near, and young,
So vivid, you might still be there among
Those first few days, unfingermarked again."

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Throwing Muses – Heel Toe Lyrics 1 year ago
I assume it's not about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heel-and-toe

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R.E.M. – Welcome To The Occupation Lyrics 2 years ago
Am I alone in thinking there's a deliberate play on the double meaning of the word occupation: as in both military and job of work?

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DJ Shadow – Mutual Slump Lyrics 2 years ago
@[MakeYourSelf101:19825] The vocal samples are taken from a recording DJ Shadow made of his wife talking about coming to America for the first time. (Apparently, there's over twenty minutes of it, and he just lifted 30 seconds or so for the song)

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The National – Tall Saint Lyrics 4 years ago
@[Aquarius121:2985] That's what I thought too

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The Connells – 74/75 Lyrics 5 years ago
To me, the song makes a lot more sense if the narrator is female. If it's her love for the guy that she got over... Can't explain why but I'm somehow sure it would be a thirtysomething woman rather than a thirtysomething man who would say "I was the one who let you know/I was your sorry ever after".

A companion song to Pink Rabbits?

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The National – Exile Vilify Lyrics 5 years ago
Nothing to add, beyond that "you're thinking too fast, you're like marbles on glass" is a great line.

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The National – Hard to Find Lyrics 5 years ago
It reminded me of the feeling I had, driving into the town I had grown up in nearly twenty years previously, suddenly recalling a girlfriend I had barely seen since leaving school. And the weird feeling that our eighteen year old selves were still lurking somewhere in that small town we'd both long ago escaped.

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The National – Val Jester Lyrics 6 years ago
I heard it as "all the most important people in the almanac" which doesn't make a great deal of sense now I think about it

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The National – Pink Rabbits Lyrics 6 years ago
Maybe. But somehow I imagined that the person sitting in their fainting chair, drinking pink rabbits, was female. Could be written from more than one viewpoint, though.

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Elbow – Lippy Kids Lyrics 8 years ago
Pedantry, I know, but the 'crows' image doesn't quite work for me. Crows wouldn't collect together on a corner. Norfolk saying - If tha' sees one rook, tha's a crow, and if tha' sees two crows, them's is rooks...

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Laura Marling – Hope In The Air Lyrics 9 years ago
I might be way off base here, but there are bits of this that sounds like the narrator is arguing with/berating god

"pick up your rope, Lord
sling it to me
if we are to battle, I must not be weak
and give us your strength, Lord
our food and your water
oh, I am your savior
your last serving daughter"


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R.E.M. – Sitting Still Lyrics 9 years ago
If you listen to the live version on 'Olympia' Stipe says after this song

"This is why the internet sucks. Well number one, they never get the lyrics right. Number two, it says here "These lyrics are approximations, Stipe himself doesn't know what he says." Thank you search engine."

Made me laugh. I think in the live version he's definitely singing "setting trap for the big kill" but I'm sure on Murmur it's "silly time for love-making"...

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Thea Gilmore – Cheap Tricks Lyrics 10 years ago
I'd always taken this to be a song about an encounter between a prostitute and a priest. ("another lesson in the rise and fall of holiness")

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Mercury Rev – Goddess on a Hiway Lyrics 10 years ago
Two possible interpretations. One is that it's ecological - environmental damage, and the link to being on a highway - ties in with the line "I know, it ain't gonna last".

The other possibility (and maybe the writer had both in mind) is a river of tears - it ain't gonna last because they're too unstable, too unsettled. There's been too much pass between them. But, the narrator is saying, let's get on and drive.

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Aimee Mann – The Scientist Lyrics 11 years ago
Finally, I realise my problem with Coldplay is Chris Martin's voice. I really rather like this.

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R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious Lyrics 11 years ago
anarchysomething44 - I think you're almost there. But he's not looking back sarcastically, but in celebration - or nostalgia. That's how I hear it anyway

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R.E.M. – Bang And Blame Lyrics 11 years ago
Think a lot of people have gone off on the wrong track here (but I can't prove it) - I'm convinced the narrator is female - and a victim of an abusive relationship.

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R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious Lyrics 11 years ago
Ah this sounds like a return to form to me... Hope the album is as good as this first single.

What's it about? Oh I don't know - REM are often kind of abstract - Me? I was a terrible guitarist as a teenage kid (I don't play any more) but a couple of times I just got up in front of people, picked up an acoustic, and sang, and really enjoyed myself. And this song just brings that feeling back to me.

"Inexperience, sweet delirious" - yeah, that's it.

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R.E.M. – Tongue Lyrics 11 years ago
I remember reading Stipe say something about this song to the effect of "anybody can get laid, it's just a matter of lowering your standards enough". Seems oddly relevant - it's about a girl who's in a relationship with someone because she lacks the self esteem to leave - with a guy "you want a room with a fire escape" who, equally would leave the moment a better offer came along. Kind of sad, and I suspect, kind of true.

And what does Stipe's being gay have to do with anything? (I thought he was bisexual, but it hardly matters) Surely that doesn't prevent someone from singing from the point of view of someone with a different sexuality from his own?

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R.E.M. – Perfect Circle Lyrics 11 years ago
Now I could be wrong, but to me, the imagery of "standing too soon, shoulders high in the room" suggests someone ill at ease, uncomfortable - shoulders hunched up - getting up before they should.

Could be way off here, but I always thought the song was about someone uncomfortable in a particular social setting - maybe said ex-girlfriend, whom the song is supposedly about.

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R.E.M. – Low Desert Lyrics 11 years ago
Something really gets me about the last lines of this song "the mountains yawn, the clouds let out a sigh..." As if the world looks on disinterestedly at the struggles of us mere mortals...

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R.E.M. – Hope Lyrics 11 years ago
I agree with those above who say it's about mortality - and more specifically, someone who is suffering from a terminal illness. Something about the childishness of some of the lyrics - dreaming of alligators? - makes me think it's a relatively young person.

Someone who wants to believe that it will be ok - trust to science? but look what a mess it made of Matthew (whom I take simply to be a name arbitrarily assigned to someone he has seen suffer) trust to religion? He may value what religion has to teach - but he doesn't really believe it - "the people who are followers have written their own story"

How about a space ship? Maybe aliens will save him? In the face of the really terrifying, we'll cling to anything....

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R.E.M. – How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us Lyrics 11 years ago
The reference to the uranium mine - I wonder if it is linked to the line about "just add water, stir in lime" - I vaguely recall that limestone and water are used as part of a technique for extracting uranium from its ore....

Might be coincidence

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