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Sarah McLachlan – Stupid Lyrics 10 years ago
The Mark Bell remix of this song kicks the original's ass.

Sarah McLachlan – Elsewhere Lyrics 10 years ago
I'll make this one short and sweet: Be yourself; fuck what the world thinks.

Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Lyrics 10 years ago
I think this song brilliantly and beautifully describes the feeling of very unexpectedly becoming comfortable in your own skin, and accepting yourself for who you are, and damn the world.

"Peace in the struggle to find peace/Comfort on the way to comfort."

I'm gay, and this song really helped me come to terms with who I am and realize I deserve love too.

Sarah McLachlan – Angel Lyrics 10 years ago
boysrlife84 is correct. The song is about heroin. The word "angel" has always been a nickname for heroin. If you pay attention to the lyrics, it will make sense. "It don't make no difference, escaping one last time"- One last time shooting up isn't going to be better or worse than all the other times.

Sarah McLachlan – Full Of Grace Lyrics 10 years ago
ryansmommy- listening to this song, then reading your interpretation shot chills through my entire body. I never thought of this song in that context before. Simply heartbreaking. I'm so sorry for such a devastating loss for you. God bless.

Delerium – Silence Lyrics 10 years ago
I have to wonder whether a lot of people have heard the original version of this song from the album, "Karma". Since there have been at least 10 dance/trance remixes in the last 13 years, I think the original has gotten lost in the shuffle a bit.

The original version of the song is MUCH darker than any of the remixes (save maybe Fade's Sanctuary mix, which was, I believe, the first remix ever done of this song).

Taken in the context of a club remix, the track loses a lot of its darkness, bleakness, despair and rage. The themes seem a little less depressing when the vox and lyrics are set to an upbeat, faster tempo remix. I believe there are only two remixes (again, Fade's Sanctuary mix, and Above & Beyond's 21st Century) that give even the slightest nod to the gorgeous cathedral choirs and gregorian chant from the original song, which are a very significant part of the reason I love this song so much.

Don't get me wrong, I think some of the remixes of "Silence" have been absolutely brilliant, but for me, all of them seem to lack depth, particularly some of the more recent ones like the Lissat & Voltaxx remix and the Niels van Gogh mix. Even the Tiesto (who I am a huge fan of) remix is at times loud and obnoxious. I'll give him credit though, I think he captured a lot of the darkness of the original, but in also trying to capture the power, he used volume rather than letting Sarah McLachlan's voice do the work. As I said, I think the Sanctuary mix by Fade is probably the best mix of all that have been done.

Now, as far as meaning goes, if you take the song in the context of the original, I think the themes are extremely sinister. For a long time, I interpreted them as having to do with drugs, and I still believe they can be looked at that way, but the more I really pay attention, I am really coming to think that the song is about severe depression and suicide, and the desperation of just simply needing to be SEEN for who and what we really are, instead of the masks we hide behind that conceal our deepest fears and bleakest feelings. I lost my father-in-law to suicide earlier this year, and I think that may have been the catalyst that changed my perspective about this song. The lyrics are so sad, so desperate, begging for a release from the pain of living- whether that means actual physical death, or some kind of way to just release all the building pressure and darkness within. I think the character Sarah McLachlan is singing from has reached a crossroads: she can no longer deal with what's going on in her mind, so she has two choices: Reaching out for help, whether that's from her idea of God, or simply from another person. The alternative for her is ending her own life. I think we've all been where she is at one point or another in our lives, when we have this internal dialogue going on with the universe, or God, or simply ourselves...desperately pleading for things to change, one way or another.


"Give me release;
Witness me;
I am outside;
Give me peace."

She wants nothing more than to be released from the hell of her own brain. She's outside of herself looking in, the sole being in her dark world. She feels invisible, and is begging for someone to see her (Witness me).

"Passion choke the flower;
'Til she cries no more;
Possessing all the beauty;
Hungry still for more."

The first stanza in this verse (Passion choke the flower; 'til she cries no more) suggests that she has used sex or other forms of superficial human contact to fill the void inside herself, and as a means to quiet the screaming in her head. She has lived her life always striving to be loved and accepted, making herself beautiful on the outside, but as beautiful as the mask she wears is, she is crumbling and disintegrating inside.

"Heaven holds a sense of wonder;
And I wanted to believe that I'd get caught up
When the rage in me subsides."

To me this suggests she has been trying so hard to live up to some unattainable ideal that she's never experienced (heaven), and she's always thought she'd get there if she could be strong and overcome the darkness that swirls around in her brain. "Heaven" could also suggest the lure of death; to be free from the pain.

"I can't help this longing;
Comfort me;
I can't hold it all in;
If you won't let me."

She's screaming for help. She's longing for death, and wants nothing more than for someone to just SEE her, and recognize what she's going through. She's never told anyone about the darkness, and has always been able to hide it so well, but she knows if someone actually SAW her, and was able to make her open up just a little bit, there's no way she'd ever be able to keep it all bottled up inside anymore and feel like she has to continue to deal with it alone. It would be like opening a flood gate, but in order to do that, she needs someone to pull the pin and open the door.

"In this white wave, I am sinking, in this silence;
In this white wave, in this silence I believe;
I have seen you, in this white wave, you are silent;
You are breathing, in this white wave I am free."

In the end, I believe she has chosen death. I think the 'white wave' represents death itself. She's letting it wash over her and she is finally set free from her pain. In death, she finally catches a glimpse of the person she desperately wanted to become: happy, at peace, and living the life she always wanted. That image of herself has finally appeared. She has accepted that the fight is over, and she's finally laid down her sword and is succumbing to the only thing she knows will give her the peace she could never find anywhere else.

Matthew Good Band – While We Were Hunting Rabbits Lyrics 10 years ago
This song is about Matt's issues with his band, but I've found my own meaning in it. To me, it speaks to my journey about leaving religion and finding my own path.

Florence + the Machine – Cosmic Love Lyrics 10 years ago
This. Song. ...Simply the most beautiful and powerful song I have heard in my thirty-one year obsession and love affair with music. The rage, the madness, the grief that Florence is able to bring through is just devastating. It has the cadence of a hawk trapped inside the cage built for a canary, such is the raw emotion that blasts out from the speakers. I don't think any other vocalist in the whole world could pull this song off. It's so big, so epic, so primal, so all consuming, it would be very easy for the voice to become lost amid the enormity of the music, but Florence grabs the music by the balls and just rips out the most heartwrenching tears and violent beauty. The song makes me want to get on the floor, pound my fists and scream at the top of my lungs and hurl violent tears into the sky, such is the depth of emotion in just four short minutes.

This is musical perfection...and yes- please for the love of everything sacred in this world...DO NOT ASSOCIATE THIS SONG WITH ANY OF STEPHENIE MEYER'S GARBAGE. This song reaches so much further than teenybopper bullshit. This song is art in its highest form. "Twilight" "New Moon" and all those other books and movies are not even in the same realm as art.

Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek Lyrics 10 years ago
A lot of really cool perspectives of this song I had never thought of! Just wanted to offer my take.

I really think of this song as being about a person's reaction to death- particularly suicide, possibly a parent- and the various stages of the grieving process. There's deep sadness, anger, denial...all of it here.

"Where are we? What the hell is going on?"- Obviously this line encompasses complete and utter disbelief of the situation. I remember having this exact reaction when I found out my mom had died. It didn't feel real.

"The dust has only just begun to fall, crop circles in the carpet, sinking feeling"- The wound is so fresh, so new- standing in the middle of this horrible situation, and there hasn't been enough time for the pain to be eased at all. I love the imagery of the crop circles in the carpet. She's standing in a place so familiar (like home), but the crop circles suggest something completely foreign and well, alien.

"Spin me 'round again and rub my eyes, this can't be happening." Again, the disbelief and denial. She keeps hoping she'll wake up from the nightmare, but she can't.

"When busy streets a mess with people would stop to hold their heads heavy." She wonders how the world can keep moving on like normal. All the people around her going about their daily lives like every other day, but she's standing completely still and this moment has completely and utterly destroyed her. She feels like this hurt should be affecting everyone, that they should all be stopping and feeling the grief like she is.

"Hide and seek. Trains and sewing machines." She's thinking back to childhood and growing up. Playing hide and seek, toy trains, mom's sewing machine. These are things that are familiar and comforting to her. She's holding on to the familiarity because if she doesn't she'll go insane.

"All those years; they were here first." The years they spent together were there before the emptiness, silence and grief. Again, this is the last lifeline to sanity she has. She doesn't want this horrible situation to replace the years of happiness and love.

"Oily marks appear on walls, where pleasure moments hung before." Have you ever taken a photograph or painting off a wall when it's hung in the same place for years? The wall around the photograph gets dirty and discolored, but when the painting is removed, underneath there is a completely different, brighter color, more like the original color of the wall. This signifies the emptiness she feels now that this person has gone. She's looking at the "walls" of her memories and all that's there is just outlines where their lives together used to hang.

"The takeover, the sweeping insensitivity of this still life." - The silence has taken over. Nothing is moving, no sound, no whisper- just silence. Some silences are pregnant with emotion, but this one is cold, brutal, unfeeling and stark. It doesn't care what she's feeling or how much pain she's in.

"Blood and tears, they were here first."- Again, all the years of work, heartache, fights, laughter, pouring her whole life into this other person...all that was there before the pain slammed down on her.

"Mm what'cha say?
Mm, that you only meant well
Well of course you did

Mm what'cha say?
Mm that it's all for the best
Of course it is

Mm what'cha say?
Mm that it's just what we need
You decided this?

Mm what'cha say?
Mm what did you say?

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
Mid-sweet-talk newspaper word cutouts (paper word cutouts)
Speak no feeling; no, I don't believe you
You don't care a bit
You don't care a bit."

This part is what makes me believe this is about a suicide. Suicide is the ultimate betrayal to the people left behind. There's no discussion with anyone about the decision, it can only be decided by the person committing the act. "It's all for the best","you decided this". This portion of the song is all very sarcastic. She's now pissed. This was a lifelong bond she had with this person, and there was absolutely no regard to how she would feel, and how much this one act would destroy her.

Anyway, just my two pennies.

J.R. Richards – A Beautiful End Lyrics 11 years ago
Just a few lyric corrections.

We say goodbye on this day
Upon this field angel lay
The sunlight fills from your grace
And so much love gives this place

We feel the warmth inside
I hear the words of your life
An angel gone, moved on

It's a beautiful end to a beautiful life
A beautiful night to a beautiful day
It's a beautiful end to a beautiful life
A beautiful soul gone this day

A candle burns in your stead
And roses line white and red
You rose up high above when
We felt the strength pass through us then

Your body failed your bones
But not the love of your soul
Your love goes on and on

It's a beautiful end to a beautiful life
A beautiful night to a beautiful day
It's a beautiful end to a beautiful life
A beautiful soul gone this day

Rest here angel rest
Make us strong
And calm all the oceans

It's a beautiful end to a beautiful life
A beautiful night to a beautiful day

It's a beautiful end to a beautiful life
And November said goodbye

Rest angel rest...
Rest angel rest...

Tori Amos – Gold Dust Lyrics 11 years ago
Whatever the true meaning, this song is, in my opinion, one of the most achingly beautiful songs Tori has ever recorded.

Tori Amos – Cruel Lyrics 11 years ago
As with all Tori songs, there is a much deeper meaning than what's on the surface.

To me, I see this as God talking to Tori when she demands to understand the miscarriage.

The opening line says it for me "So don't give me respect don't give me a piece of your preciousness". God saying: "I don't give a shit if you respect me, I don't care how much whining you do, I am all-knowing, all-omnipotent and that's just the way it is. Don't act all penitent and beg me to take it back because I won't."

The chorus is God even being more sarcastic:

"I can be cruel, I don't know why"

God says: "As with everyone else, I get my rocks off being an asshole for no reason sometimes"

"Dance with the Sufis celebrate your top-ten in the charts of pain"

God says: "Well, while you're carefree and celebrating your success, I'm going to throw a shitstorm your way to teach you a lesson."

"Even the rain bows down, let us pray as you cock-cock-cock your mane; No cigarettes only rolled Havanas for you"

God says: "I'm going to punish you for being full of yourself and I'm going to teach you a little humility. Even the rain and everything in nature shows me respect, but you just won't."

Just my take on it.

Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Delirium cover) Lyrics 11 years ago
I agree with a couple of the other posters here that the song seems to be about being addicted to drugs.
The "white wave" she describes comes across as the euphoria of the high.

Chokes the flower
Until she cries no more
Possessing all the beauty
Hungry still for more

This verse I think describes coming down from the high. "Passion" being the actual addiction to the drug. "Passion chokes the flower until she cries no more", the drug consumes everything in her life that's beautiful and innocent, but still she wants more.

In this white wave
I am sinking
In this silence
In this white wave...
In this silence...

The white wave is the peak of the high, sinking in the silence, forgetting everything.

Heaven holds a sense of wonder
And I wanted to believe that I'd get caught up
When the rage in me subsides

Heaven comes across as happiness. This is all she wants, and she was sure she'd found a way to happiness
when she started getting high. She's realizing that this was a mistake thinking the high would cure all
her rage and depression.

Another poster I think had it right when they said the opening verse:

Give me release
Witness me
I am outside
Give me peace

The singer is just begging for a release from reality she knows will come when the high comes.

Sarah McLachlan – Hold On Lyrics 11 years ago
This song is probably one of the most emotional songs I've ever heard, but what strikes me most is the actual DELIVERY of the song by Sarah. I don't think there are many other recordings of any song ever written that convey emotion the way this one does. You can actually FEEL the anguish the 2nd time she sings "Am I in heaven here or am I in hell?; at the crossroads I am standing"

Sarah McLachlan – Flowers Become Screens (with Delerium) Lyrics 11 years ago
Sarah did not do vocals on this song. The vocalist is Canadian singer/songwriter Kristy Thirsk. :)

Madonna – American Life Lyrics 11 years ago
Definitely a satire on celebrity and everything that comes along with it.

Even the rap cracks me up because she's talking about soy lattes, yoga, pilates, metaphysics, etc... but I think she is talking about it more in the way of "if you're a celebrity, these are the "spiritual" things you do to look "deep and meaningful" inthe public view. I love the line "I do yoga and pilates and the room is full of hotties so I'm checkin' out their bodies and you know I'm satisfied." Yoga and pilates and all that is supposed to be about self-improvement, but the typical airhead celebrity would be more concerned with the hot guys/girls in the room instead of focusing on the intent of the exercise. I always equate this with Kabbalah becoming the "in thing" in Hollywood when most of the people "practicing" it (i.e. Britney Spears) had no idea about the spirituality of it but simply did it because it was the "thing to do"

Madonna – Act Of Contrition Lyrics 11 years ago
Totally agree with Mark on this one.

I think the song is meant to be ironic. Like he stated, people use religion as an excuse for any bad behavior, then can repent, and even in the midst of repentance, pledging to God that they will mend their ways in the same breath they continue to behave badly, hence the lyric:

I reserve, I reserve, I reserve
I reserve, I resolve
I have a reservation
I have a reservation!
What do you mean it's not in the computer??!!

In the midst of a prayer begging to be forgiven for being an asshole, she begins yelling at someone for something completely arbitrary.

Madonna – X-Static Process Lyrics 11 years ago
Can't believe no one has commented on this song yet.

To me this song reflects someone realizing that they have completely changed who they are to fit into what another person (in this case, presumably a lover) wants them to be. When the relationship ends, or when they finally realize what is happening, they are left with no idea who or what they really are inside.

I think the use of "Jesus Christ" isn't meant in any kind of religious context, I think it's meant to be sarcastic, like "Jesus, look at me, what the fuck is going on"

Madonna – Skin Lyrics 11 years ago
I believe (and don't quote me on this, I can't remember where I heard it) this song is about heroin or needle drugs in general. The lyrics themselves come off as being sung from the point of view of someone who is VERY high. The title itself I think is a reference to needle use.

I think mid-song where the music starts to get really frantic and all over the place could be the musical equivalent of the manic confusion going on inside someone's drug-addled brain.

Madonna – Oh Father Lyrics 11 years ago
I've always thought this song to be not only the most beautiful song Madonna has ever recorded, but also an interesting paradox in the meaning.

At face value, the song is clearly about a young child who is abused by her father, who grows up and breaks free of the violence.

However, I like to read between the lines on things. I see this as also being about someone who is in an abusive relationship (much like Madonna's relationship with Sean Penn) and how much it echoes the same violence she received from her father as a child. She was not only physically abused by her father, but her lover is now treating her the same way. She is plagued by memories of the abuse she endured in her childhood. She was sure she had broken free of it, but only landed in the same situation as an adult.

Just my take on it.

Madonna – Live To Tell Lyrics 11 years ago
Again, probably not the intended meaning of the lyrics, but this song always struck such a deep chord with me during my own personal struggle before I came out as gay. It speaks so much of having a huge secret buried inside and the pain that comes with trying to keep it; wanting nothing more than to shout it from the rooftops but scared to death of the consequences.

This lyric in particular:

If I ran away, I'd never have the strength
To go very far
How would they hear the beating of my heart
Will it grow cold
The secret that I hide, will I grow old
How will they hear
When will they learn
How will they know

All you want to do is run away, but if you do, they'll never find out who you truly are.

Madonna – Paradise (Not for Me) Lyrics 11 years ago
Although the song was probably not written with this meaning in mind, I have always equated this song's lyrics with breaking free of the religion I was brought up in. Particularly the title lyric:

I was so blind
I could not see
Your paradise
Is not for me

Being so indoctrinated in a particular set of beliefs, never realizing that if these beliefs are the only road to "heaven" I want no part of it.

Just my two cents.

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