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iamamiwhoami – Goods Lyrics 6 years ago
This is iamamiwhoami saying goodbye (for now). That meaning is REALLY apparent in the stanza: "Don't expect to hear from me 'Cause I have got to feed our hungry mouths I do enjoy your company But we must work to keep you content"

Also, "Now we found a cure Returning to the shore" this is them sort of saying "alright, we figured out the answer to our mission (which, IMO, was to take strange musical styles and make them more poppy for public crowds), and now we're returning to the workplace to make more music!"

So really, who knows what their next endeavor will be. The BOUNTY series was her establishing herself and figuring herself out creatively. The Kin series was her responding to her fans and producing something more poppy and making something people will more easily love. And the next series? Who knows. But I bet she'll be back.

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iamamiwhoami – Idle Talk Lyrics 6 years ago
The title of this is "Idle Talk," and I think that the lyrics of this song are meant to be from the perspective of iamamiwhoami fans, who all partake in a LOT of idle talk, haha. Every line in this song makes more sense when you think about it not as Jonna Lee singing it to her fans, but as the fans singing it to Jonna Lee. After all, it's Jonna who is the "long lost love," who we held closest to our hearts, and with whom we feel withdrawal symptoms whenever she is away. I could go further, but that'd be a waste of keystrokes. I'll let you figure the rest out for yourself. :)

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Patrick Wolf – The City Lyrics 6 years ago
This song is probably about Los Angeles. Especially with the lines "No, I don't care about cash or careers, Your losses or your arrears" I feel like he's pinpointing the problematic nature of the rampant materialism and superficiality of LA that can destroy so many basic human natural qualities, especially love. And it's true that this can happen in ANY city, and it DOES happen in every city, but I feel that it's especially true for LA (and the music video was filmed at Santa Monica Beach) since it's the land of "glamour and fame" when really it's mainly comprised of soul-sucking desperate and sad people.

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iamamiwhoami – O Lyrics 8 years ago
There are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

In the O video, pregnancy is more of an apparent theme than the religious aspect, however. For example, the video BEGINS with a barren tree. However, when the tree is revisited at the END of the video, it has grown Mandrake Berries, signifying not only fertility (pregnancy, childbirth, etc.) but also hallucinations and visions. Mandrake Berries produce hallucinogenic effects, which could in turn be connected to the theme of religion in the videos. However, I don't believe that Jesus Christ was known for being on drugs or having visions, but I may be wrong?

As mentioned in my analysis of the B video, however, Jonna is once again wrapped in some sort of material, this time what looks like plastic again, but it is a bigger encasement. It doesn't form-fit to her body perfectly like in B, but rather is a sort of placenta-like bubble that she is in. This once again could be a reference to fertility; just as pregnant women's bellies grow, the thing Jonna is wrapped in grows around her.

This wrapping of the maing singer brings up the recurrent theme of drowning, too, which is (possibly) referenced in the lyrics "the words that slit your throat," "kneel and crawl to hell and back" and "Under the full moon, only endless rain." I'm not quite sure what suffocation/drowning has to do with the rest of my analysis, however. Make of it what you will.

There are the rest of the lyrics, too, however. This song most certainly talks about love, but a certain kind of love -- Love of someone that EVERYONE loves. Jesus Christ maybe? I think so. The things that make me think of Jesus are such:

"I became a fortress of your heart" "The sight of you that we all set aside when the world was new" "An absence of your heart" and of course the chorus "Love, the kind that kills and scars, and makes you kneel and crawl, to hell and back."

All of these seem to reference the death of Christ, however, and how not just Mary Mother of God, but also Mary Magdalene were quite upset about his crucifixion. They were "fortresses of his heart," if you will. However, there is an "abscence of his heart" because he is dead.

Also, the line "To hell and back" could be seen as a reference to the fact that Jesus, after being crucified, was resurrected! To hell and back, if you will (although I don't think Jesus actually went to Hell.)

One thing is for sure though: Everyone loves Jesus, and mothers love their children, almost in the same way maybe. Not that I have had children, but the two scenarios both seem to share a divine sense of the concept of love. Who knows.

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iamamiwhoami – B Lyrics 8 years ago
I feel that most of the comments on these songs only pertain to the veracity of the lyrics and not what they're actually about, so I'm going to take a stab at analyzing it myself.

There are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is CHILDBIRTH and RELIGION, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

In the B video, it ends with an empty crib, signifying the beginning of things to come. Also, Jonna Lee is seen in the video playing on what looks like a piano that could appear in a church. There are men in the room with her listening to her play her music, as if they are the people in a church's mass. At the same time, however, this video can signify the impregnation of Mary (played by Jonna Lee) seeing as she flings her arms in the air in the middle of the video, almost as if she is connecting with God, becoming impregnated.

As far as the lyrics go, there is more of a dissonance with the theme of the birth of Jesus. In almost all of the songs by iamamiwhoami, there is a theme of drowning, or being engulfed in something, however. "Rest in quicksand" "Take a deep breath as we go" "Wanting higher until the moon forces us to climb back down" "I'd rather see the both of us drown" and "All the white only turns to blue" all signify this theme of drowning. Similarly, Jonna Lee is wrapped, head to toe, in the video.

In all of the videos, however, Jonna is wrapped in some sort of material. What this has to do with the birth of Christ, I have no clue. Sadly I am not a biblical studies buff, so I cannot give much deep insight into whether certain bible stories are being referenced here or not.

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iamamiwhoami – Y Lyrics 8 years ago
There are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

In the Y video, we finish our saga of the birth and death of Christ.

In the beginning, we see our Jesus/Baby character, sitting on a throne and boredly throwing papers around. He is now also wearing the same crown and holding the same ball and scepter that Jonna Lee was donning in the T video. He then gets up from his throne, drops his crown, ball, and scepter, and walks around in a strange manner. This scene seems to be a depiction of Christ before he is killed -- He is the king and leader of his disciples, on the metaphorical throne of his kingdom.

We then see Jonna Lee in a fetal position underwater, just as a real fetus lies in amniotic fluid before being born. At the same time, she sings of "this ugly truth" "little hope, sprung from necessity" "Little ghost" and "They would never stop hunting you." This all seems to speak of Christ, how he spoke of the truth, the "ugly truth" of his crucifixion, how his "little hope" is "sprung from necessity," the "little ghost" is like the Holy Ghost of the trinity, and finally, the people who would "never stop hunting you (Jesus)" references the people who were out to kill Christ.

The video then transports us into a forest of trees wrapped in foil, and we see one tree in particular that has what obviously resembles a vagina and a urine hole above it. Jonna Lee, covered entirely from head to two in her own hair (Long hair is also a symbol of fertility) pops out of the tree-vagina, and takes a lightbulb from the urine-hole above her, and she holds it above her head. This scene is a very direct and obvious reference to childbirth, what with how Jonna Lee herself just came out of a giant vagina in a tree. I mean really.

Jonna then tip-toes around the forest, holding the light abover her head as she sings.

Finally, however, she stops, as the light above her head is gone, and is now replaced with a hallway of fluorescent lamps that have suddenly appeared before her, all turning on one after another, illuminating the image of Jonna, making her look heavenly, like an angel.

The camera then switches angle, however, to face the tree-vagina, and as we enter it, we now enter the next scene.

The next scene is an important one, as we see a knight in shining armor throwing axes, arrows, and swords into the trees around him. With each penetration he makes into the trees, a splash of milk flies into the Baby/Jesus's face, and he looks like he is in pain. This scene acts as a brilliant double-entendre for not just being born (The knight is like a doctor, delivering a baby from the womb, breaking down the walls of the placenta just as the trees are broken down) but also as a metaphor for the crucifixion of christ. The arrows, swords, and axes are like nails being driven into Jesus' hands and feet, and the pain is apparent in the Baby/Jesus' face.

We are then transported into a mysterious room that is covered in paper, including Jonna Lee wearing a dress made of blank white sheets. She hears an infant's voice, though, and turns around to see a newborn baby standing before her. As she continues to sing the song, it becomes apparent that the two stories -- one of childbirth and one of Jesus Christ -- have culminated. The baby has been born (and is now standing before Jonna Lee) but also Jesus has been resurrected (represented by the baby also). Jonna then sings "With your mind, you dream of life now," which speaks of the fact ther her baby has been brought into the world at last.

Jonna's body is then wrapped in foil, however, and as we see just her blackened face amidst a black frame, she speaks the final words of the song: "I've seen the truth and it's nothing liek you said. I've seen your picture of a perfect world. Now you can touch the halo around my crowned head. so many questions, so many things unsaid." This stanza is an incredibly obvious allusion to the message of Jesus christ, how it causes people to "see the truth" of a "perfect world," and the mentions of "halos" and "crowned heads" and "so many questions, so many things unsaid" act as even more obvious references to the bible and its imagery.

Now, although the song is over at this point, the video is not: We return to the knight in shining armor, but now he lies in the forest, dead from an impalement wound. This can be seen as the non-believers of Christ being proven wrong (their ideology has been "impaled" if you will) and they now remain in the forest of doubt, dead.

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iamamiwhoami – T Lyrics 8 years ago
There are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

In the T video, we see Jonna Lee again, she begins in the ocean, but then once she acquires her characteristic ball, scepter, and crown (made of tin foil, which has become the new wrapping material of these videos since the N video) she then marches through the forest, does some posing on top of a car, and then returns to the ocean, submerging herself completely.

Sadly, the themes of religion and childbirth aren't very apparent in this video. Jonna Lee's crown could be a parallel to the fact that Jesus is considered a "king" of sorts. And the car wrapped completely in tin foil could be a continuation of the theme of excess from the N video (that's a lot of tin foil, after all...) combined with the car, a common symbol of a generic family/household. In this video, Jonna is portrayed as queen of the world, if you will, and she stands magestically on top of the car, stating her powerful role as mother and ruler of the family. The mother does, after all, make the babies! Some credit has to go to the mamas of the world.

The meaning of this video, however, lies mostly in the song and its lyrics. Religion, Childbirth/raising, and Drowning all appear in these lyrics.

Religion is the least apparent theme, but it can be seen in the lyrics "For the seeker who found the purest of hearts" "Millions of years, where it all began" (Jesus' story was long ago) "Above this world, now back again" (Jesus' resurrection brought him to heaven and back) "We raise our children to the beat of this comforting, bonding love" (The love of jesus/christianity?) "We build an army from nothing" (Religion does just that -- using simple stories to make an entire following of people) and "Throw my body at the stars where the angels look"

Childbirth/raising is apparent as well, especially in the second stanza: "Theree's a new world laid at your feet / We build an army from nothing / We raise our children to the beat..." This is a great parallel to being born: Just as you are born, a "new world is laid at your feet" as you are entered into life. At the same time. "We build an army from nothing" just as the human race regenerates itself with new generations of children, and from what? From nothing, essentially! A tiny sperm and egg (and a womb) are the only nessecary componenets to make an entire new human being.

Finally, however, the theme of DROWNING is most apparent in this song. Starting form the third stanza on, mentions of entering "the deepest hole," "she is her own worst enemy" "Water fills her lungs and she's inhaling" "Underneath the stars her body's sinking" "A heavy sigh and not a sound" and "Throw my body at the stars where the angels look" -- It all seems to string together the paint a picture of a woman committing suicide by drowning. What that all has to do with the rest of the themes (Childbirth, Jesus's birth, etc) I'm not sure.

One thing is for sure though -- Jesus couldn't drown! He walked on water. ;)

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iamamiwhoami – U-2 Lyrics 8 years ago
There are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

Here, we see the Jesus/baby/underwear-man bursting into the cardboard-box fortress, running around it, encountering a bottle of water, and freaking out upon discovering the water. As mentioned in my analysis for U-1, the fortress can be seen as a womb, and the baby is inside of it. However, the presence of water can be connected to the concept of Holy Water, hence why our Baby/Jesus reacts very strongly to its presence. The womb-comparison is furthered at the end of the U-2 video, however, when we see the Jesus/Baby destroying the fortress from the inside, throwing boxes all around the forest until the fortress is no more. Just as a baby breaks out of its mother's womb, this character in the iamamiwhoami videos seems to have broken his fortress.

There is also the Jonna Lee cardboard-doll, however. In quick shots, we see the Jesus/Baby holding the doll in various sexual positions. I'm not sure what to make of this, except for a very Freudian analysis involving a boy's desire to sleep with his mother.

All of this analysis, however, taps mostly into the childbirth side of the iamamiwhoami videos, save for the possible holy water reference.

And as for the lyrics -- once again, the U-1 and U-2 videos are not very substantial in the way of lyrics. What is it exactly that "can't be denied"? Lots of things, I guess.

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iamamiwhoami – N Lyrics 8 years ago
There are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

In regards to its video, N is most certainly about food. Jonna Lee is made to look like a fish with capers on a platter of lettuce and tomatoes. Also, there are cups of milk everywhere in the forest, and at one point there are two big suction-cup nipples on Jonna's breasts. Clearly, there is a theme of Breastfeeding in this video with the milk.

The theme of food is also continued in the lyrics, with "sharpen your knives, watering mouths, Clean your plates for some tender I."

Finally, in the end of the video, we see Jonna (or someone) covered head to toe in what looks like giant empty plastic baby bottles. While the baby bottles obviously reference breastfeeding and providing for one's baby once again, it also can be a reference to how MUCH goes INTO providing for one's baby. Adding to that, the cups of milk in the forest are extremely high in number. The theme of excess is present in this video as well.

One must not forget the religious aspect of this song and video, however. I believe that "N" also acts as a reference to the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. This is shown in the video with how Jonna Lee is dressed up like a fish on a platter: A common thing to eat in biblical times.

The lyrics go more in depth with the image of the Last Supper. While the mention of knives, whatering mouths, and plates make the "supper" part evident, the aspect of the Last Supper in which Jesus Christ tells his disciples that one of them has betrayed him, and will cause him to be killed on the crucifix is shown in the lyrics: "It's storytelling time" "Tell me how the story ends now" "Come wallow in my sorrow" "Breathe your air into my lungs" "What hides in teh shadow?" and "My worst fear is real life" all emulate the themes of betrayal, not knowing who has caused Jesus' demise, and everyone's love and reverence for Jesus himself.

For a pictorial aide, just look at Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" painting: The "wallowing in [Jesus'] sorrow" is apparent as everyone seems outraged a his pronouncement that someone at the table there has betrayed him. "What hides in [Jesus'] shadow?" everyone asks. Hearing this news of Jesus' imminent death is everyone's "worst fear [becoming] real life."

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iamamiwhoami – U-1 Lyrics 8 years ago
There are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

In the video for U-1, we see a mysterious man wearing only underwear and with pieces of tape on his face making a sort of beard and moustache walking through the forest, only to come upon a fortress made of boxes. This could be a connection to the "Fortress of your heart" in the song O. However, the pregnancy imagery is strong here, if one considers the fortress of cardboard boxes to be like the womb, and our underwear'd hero to be the baby. Let's not forget, also, that there is the lyric "you gave me life," which seems to definitely be a line spoken from an unborn child to his mother.

There is also the state of Jonna Lee in this video, too. She is not herself, to say the least -- Instead of Jonna Lee being in this video, we are instead presented with a cardboard-and-tape doll that resembles her, mouthing the lyrics. It makes sense, however, for Jonna to be depicted as a cardboard doll here, however, because cardboard is what the baby sees as the womb he is in. And since the womb is his mother, it makes sense for his mother to be cardboard.

Also, let's not ignore the fashion in which the "baby's" beard and moustache looks on his face -- he looks like Jesus! But more on that later.

Then there are the lyrics: Unfortunately there's not much for me to say on these lyrics, simply because I don't fully understand them. There is some sort of structure referenced in the song that is burnt and built and built back down, and this could be a parallel to the box-fortress in the forest of the video. Unfortunately, I don't really know what else to say. U-1, from the looks of it, is not very substantial in the way of what iamamiwhoami is trying to say with these videos/songs.

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