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My Chemical Romance – Zero Percent Lyrics 10 years ago
Oh my god, the chorus was bugging me so much 'cause it didn't really sound like "We can KILL them if we try" or "blame" or "cure", but I figured it out. He sings:

'Don't need this system
We can CLAIM it if we try
Shoot up everything we see'...

I am positive that's what he says, you can clearly hear a "CLAI-" sound at that word. :)

Fucking badass song by the way.

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My Chemical Romance – Zero Percent Lyrics 10 years ago
Although I think this is probably true to Gerard's more nihilistic thoughts so it's personal in that way, it does sound like a kind of trigger-happy, yay!exterminate! theme song for the Killjoys, and it's clearly anti-corporation aka anti-Better Living Industries :)

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The Horrors – Still Life Lyrics 10 years ago
These lyrics remind me of their video for 'Whole New Way', haha.

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The Horrors – Dive In Lyrics 10 years ago
Kind of a Jesus & Mary Chain-like rhythm, reminds me of 'Reverence'.
I think this song is about suicide. Girl makes a sorrowful, difficult decision to 'sever ties', goes to a 'high point', jumps, and 'away, away' she goes into the 'cold current'. She wants to go on her own terms ('before they push/pull you under'). The 'there would be tears, flowers, long shadows/she could see it now' is probably referring to her thinking about what her funeral would be like. Just my thoughts anyways.

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The Horrors – Endless Blue Lyrics 10 years ago
Very 'Sunday Morning'/Velvet Underground in the melody & dreamlike noise for the first minute. Then the cool riff comes in. Love this one to death :)

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The Horrors – I Can See Through You Lyrics 10 years ago
Good job with the lyrics, but a couple things I would change:
- might be "Don't you wish you could live this life?", not lie, but hard to tell either way
- I hear pale horse green eyes too, but I think he means "horse-green" eyes... whatever colour that is, haha

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Diamond Rings – Give It Up Lyrics 10 years ago
Some of these lyrics are great, but it worries me a little. It sounds like a lot of suicidal romanticization.

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Hole – Mrs. Jones Lyrics 10 years ago
Holy shit, does no one else hear the uncanny resemblance between the first main riff of this song and the main riff on 'Dark Entries' by Bauhaus? I'm a big fan of Hole, but I almost have to say that this song rips off that riff. Could be unintentional though, 'cause it's pretty fucking simple riff, just descending power chords.

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Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Staircase (Mystery) Lyrics 10 years ago
I think this basically has to do with MC Escher's famous woodcut 'Relativity':
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Escher%27s_Relativity.jpg
I know the band was really into art, so it makes sense.

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The Damned – New Rose Lyrics 10 years ago
I don't know if it comes from something before 'Leader of the Pack', kinda sounds like a movie line, but I know that the Damned put that in this song as a deliberate homage to the Shangri-Las.

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Once Upon a Time Lyrics 10 years ago
Lol, I thought that was just my ridiculous brain, I'm glad to know I'm not crazy for hearing that too. XD

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Brandon Flowers – Swallow It Lyrics 10 years ago
Does anyone else think at times in this song he sounds sooo much like Lou Reed? Woah.

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Brandon Flowers – On The Floor Lyrics 10 years ago
To be honest, I think it is probably a religious song judging by Brandon's religious theme that runs throughout this whole album, and by the choir that comes in the song, sounding like a church choir, but I think this is one that can be read quite secularly and that anyone can relate to it. There are no explicit references to God or praying or religious allusions--everyone has moments of reflection and remorse in their lives, everyone finds themselves begging on their knees at some point in their lives, so it can be almost about any crisis in your life really.
Possibly my fave on the album, because it's more open-ended lyrically than the others, and because of the obvious U2 influence on it.

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Manic Street Preachers – Some Kind of Nothingness Lyrics 10 years ago
I know this is said a lot about many Manics songs, but I really do think this one is about Richey. It just all seems to fit.

First verse: 'Crushed any happiness you knew'--'knew' being the key word, Richey became more and more depressed with age, longing for his childhood when he knew untainted happiness; the tree could be referring to the cherry blossom tree outside the place Richey & Nicky shared that has come to kind of represent Richey; and how the tree 'gave more to you than love' could refer to Richey's rejection of the idea of love and his struggle with finding any meaningful relationship.

Chorus: describes Richey's perpetual loneliness in 'all alone forever'; suggests the memory of someone who's passed away, but still 'conclusions' are 'foregone'--a satisfying conclusion has never been reached regarding Richey's disappearance.

Second verse: referring to Richey's choice to end the life as he knew it; 'some peace at last so don't be sad'--could be talking to himself (Nicky, I mean, being the lyricist) or to fans, saying reassuringly that while Richey might be gone, at least he is at peace.

Third verse: 'Your future glories all empty of thoughts'--because he's gone, he cannot achieve any more of the glory he had in the limelight; 'There's beauty doing nothing at all/It's what you wanted, it's what you got/Your final search for truth has stopped'--again referring to Richey's decision to either disappear or commit suicide.

Anyways, could be off the mark here, but that's just my take on it. Maybe the kind of gospel choir in this one is supposed to give it a spiritual feel to suit these (in my opinion) bereaved lyrics.

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Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) Lyrics 11 years ago
Totally agree, I keep thinking of "Heartbeats" by The Knife specifically.

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Arcade Fire – Half Light II (No Celebration) Lyrics 11 years ago
I think this is about what is happening to America right now, in the face of the economic crisis in particular.

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Arcade Fire – Half Light II (No Celebration) Lyrics 11 years ago
Wow, you're so cool for hating on U2, xveganrox, like every other stupid hipster I know...

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Arcade Fire – City with No Children Lyrics 11 years ago
"City with No Children" -- Did anyone else think of that fantastic movie Children of Men?

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Arcade Fire – Rococo Lyrics 11 years ago
I like what you all are saying, but I have to add that although Lady Gaga seems empty of any substance as opposed to style at first glance, there really is deeper meaning to a lot of the things she's done with her pop career. I can elaborate if anyone really wants to ask...

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Arcade Fire – Empty Room Lyrics 11 years ago
Your French is way off, lol. See TourDeBabel's translation below.

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Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Continued) Lyrics 11 years ago
That is fucking beautiful MMforever. You must be right.

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Esser – I Love You Lyrics 11 years ago
I think it's all correct except for the line that's written out "I'd come in, offer you". That's not right, I am almost positive it's "I'd cut off an ear for you" (you know, like Van Gogh infamously did for a prostitute he was in love with). That's why right after he sings "You think I'm weird, but it's true". :)

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Radiohead – I Am a Wicked Child Lyrics 11 years ago
Radiohead is not about satire and moral reflection? Since when?

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Radiohead – I Am a Wicked Child Lyrics 11 years ago
Yeah right, and true Christians discriminate against gay people, because of your precious, hate-mongering Bible. Stop trying to push your beliefs on us, whatever you say, that is what you're doing here. Reading the Bible is a waste of time.

And Thom is not singing "Radiate his light", if you listen closely you can tell that he's in fact singing "Radiate his lie". This fits much better with the rest of the lyrics, which tell a subtle, anti-religious message.

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Radiohead – I Am a Wicked Child Lyrics 11 years ago
Radiohead doesn't mention God or Jesus in their songs 'cause they're not religious or pro-religious. Period. Much of their lyrical content espouses a sort of existentialism, which is an atheistic philosophy, definitely not a religious one. I'd like to know which lyrics of Radiohead's are explicitly "pro-Christian", I'm sure there are none.

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Radiohead – Melatonin Lyrics 11 years ago
It's like a fucked-up lullaby.

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Radiohead – Melatonin Lyrics 11 years ago
I think you're right on the money here.

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Radiohead – Pearly Lyrics 11 years ago
I really like the idea of him singing "Daddy hurts me", it works so well, but unfortunately I just listened really closely to the line and it really sounds like "use", not "hurts". And actually on second extra-close listen, I can't tell if it's "Darling" or "Daddy", so it could very well be "Daddy, use me", which fits your interpretation still :)

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Brandon Flowers – Crossfire Lyrics 11 years ago
Few things to say to you:
1. Just because you think you are right, does not mean that we are all wrong. Yours is a valid interpretation, and one that does work in its own way, but that doesn't mean that you are the one with the one and only answer. I for one disagree with you, and I think your interpretation ignores some of the imagery in the song, but I'm not saying you're wrong. Only Brandon knows for sure what the song's about.
2. Just because the video shows a chick doesn't mean that this can't possibly have a gay meaning. There are plenty of videos out there that don't match the song meaning, Killers videos included. Do you think 'Bones' is actually about two skeletons in love, or that 'All These Things That I've Done' is a Western about badass babes chasing down the band, just because those are the video concepts? Of course not.
3. I resent that you group cheating and "gay stuff" together as "inappropriate relationships". There is absolutely nothing inappropriate or wrong about being gay, so please don't spread immoral or offensive messages like that.

Oh, and yes Brandon is religious and spiritual, but is not "very" religious or "very conservative" either. From what I've read he's pretty open-minded and liberal about many things, he supports Obama, etc. so I wouldn't jump to conclusions about that. Sorry, had to get that off my chest...

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Brandon Flowers – Crossfire Lyrics 11 years ago
Okay, so while I agree that it's obviously about an affair, I believe it's about a homosexual affair rather than a heterosexual one. Now I'm not saying that Brandon is gay (or bi), but he has written songs that sound like they're from a gay perspective before, so that could be what he's doing here. I jumped to this interpretation because of 2 things: the way the subjects are kept gender neutral, and the 'caught between the crossfire of heaven & hell' & 'the devil' lines, which make more sense if the relationship was gay, since most people wildly believe that if you're gay then you're going to hell, while pretty much no one anymore believes that cheaters go to hell (because probably more than half the population has cheated on someone sometime).
Anyways, I might as well mention this too, the 'fiery arrows' kinda sounds like phallic imagery if you're reading the lyrics with this interpretation in a gay context, plus arrows have always been associated with gay imagery because of St. Sebastian...

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Manic Street Preachers – Cardiff Afterlife Lyrics 11 years ago
'The past sideways crawl' = This line is really poignant to me because it reminds me directly of Richey's line in Die in the Summertime: 'I have crawled so far sideways / I recognize dim traces of creation'. I wonder if they're both homaging a famous line of some poet or someone or just both shared a similar metaphorical image... Like peas in a pod, Nicky & Richey. :)

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Manic Street Preachers – Solitude Sometimes Is Lyrics 11 years ago
Love the pretty tinkling at the chorus, fits in with the wintriness of this song(/album) and makes it sound Christmasy in a way, reminding me of my S.A.D. (Seasonal Defective Disorder) days during the holiday season.

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Manic Street Preachers – Glasnost Lyrics 11 years ago
Such a lush U2 sound to this one, like many off this album. Don't mean that in a bad way necessarily.

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Manic Street Preachers – To Repel Ghosts Lyrics 11 years ago
Maybe the ghosts are like, ghosts of your past, like painful memories that you lock inside yourself? Hence, 'a soul in pain', and 'ghosts we kept within'. When you come to terms with these 'ghosts' and break free of them ('break free from inside'/'set free'), you become enlightened about your true self ('untie our blindfolded eyes'/'all will be revealed') and can finally begin to live with grace, to deal with the pain that haunts you with grace & dignity ('So when the ghosts find you, be careful but be graceful'). The 'Build bridges and not roads/Make love make hate not war' stanza probably just refers to future relationships, or a new way to live your life now that 'all [is] revealed'.

Or something like that, it's pretty vague.

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Manic Street Preachers – Empty Souls Lyrics 11 years ago
JDB does such a brilliant vocal performance on this track :) His voice is so underrated!

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Silversun Pickups – Creation Lake Lyrics 11 years ago
That is a fucking beautiful interpretation, and I have taken it and ran with it. I love your imagination. :)

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Joy Division – A Means To An End Lyrics 11 years ago
This has nothing to do with the song's actual meaning, but the first two verses really remind me of myself and my twin sister. It eerily fits with our lives: 'One day will be improved'--We're always talking about getting out of our shit town and getting famous together one day; 'We were the better kind / Two the same'--We're identical in almost every way, and we often put ourselves on a pedestal over others around us (not out of arrogance but out of contempt for the average idiot, for example, the average idiot who would not have even heard of Joy Division...); 'Fought for good, stood side by side / Our friendship never died'--We're both obsessed with morality and truth, and of course there is no way that either one of us would ever sever from the other; 'Our vision touched the skies'--Like I said, we plan on getting famous one day, which is our shared vision; & 'I always looked to you / I put my trust in you'--Pretty much wraps up the workings of a twin relationship!

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Am I Only Lyrics 11 years ago
That makes sense, but I still don't really get the line: 'Am I only, only one of you'. I never understood it and it still drives me crazy.
Anyhow, this is a great song, never fails to make me all emotional, and it seems it's quite underappreciated judging by the lack of comments here, if that's anything to judge by.

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Vampire Weekend – Diplomat's Son Lyrics 11 years ago
I agree with you. But then is this song about wanting to seduce Joe Strummer? LOL. I hope so.

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Vampire Weekend – Diplomat's Son Lyrics 11 years ago
Yessss, it is similar to Moz! I would never have realized that, thanks.

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Manic Street Preachers – Epicentre Lyrics 11 years ago
The last bit sounds like 'happy bright days', not 'black'.

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Manic Street Preachers – Baby Elian Lyrics 11 years ago
I am absolutely in love with this song's melody, I think it's beautiful, so hearing the studio version for the first time just now was really disappointing, as the live acoustic version I'm accustomed to shows off the melody so much better :( Normally I don't like the stripped down, acoustic version of a track, but the this song sounds kind of wrong so produced. Oh well.

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Manic Street Preachers – My Guernica Lyrics 11 years ago
In case some people don't know who Alfred J. Prufrock is, he's the character in TS Eliot's famous poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock', a poem that exhibits melancholy sentiments and fears about the modern age, growing old, etc. that really suit these lyrics. This song is kinda hard to figure out the meaning of precisely, but it sounds like just another one about Nicky feeling insignificant in the grand scope of the universe and feeling depressed about this and about getting older too maybe.
"In my own little Guernica" -- I guess would translate to "my own little warzone", scene of chaotic and confused misery or despair or something.

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Manic Street Preachers – My Guernica Lyrics 11 years ago
You are not mistaken :)

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Manic Street Preachers – My Little Empire Lyrics 11 years ago
I think you are absolutely right jukebox. Thank you for a very well thought-out, intuitive interpretation. I completely identify with this song, I can't help tearing up when I listen to it, and it actually reminds me of the previous track on this album 'Tsunami'. I'm sure the Silent Twins felt this way in their older years, similar to how my twin sister and I feel now.

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