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Tom Waits – Downtown Train Lyrics 5 years ago
'Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman.'
— Charles Bukowski

Bukowski quotes that line as a preface to probably his best novel 'Women'.

Well you wave your hand and they scatter like crows
They have nothing that will ever capture your heart
They're just thorns without the rose
Be careful of them in the dark
Oh, if I was the one you chose to be your only one
Oh baby can't you hear me now, can't you hear me now?

This verse somehow reminded me of that quote. As it goes, Tom loves Bukowski anyway.

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Jennifer Warnes – Lights of Lousianne Lyrics 5 years ago
Such a great tune. Jenny's voice so good...delicate poetry too...I don't know specifically what place Lousianne is, I suppose some city or a town, something like that. If anyone knows better, please guide.

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Bob Dylan – Sugar Baby Lyrics 5 years ago
Discovered this song like an hour before. Being a big Dylan buff, whatever he does speaks to me. This song is pretty cool too. The song is pretty much self explanatory. Probably some Biblical references are hiding here and there, someone with a knowledge in that field might wanna enlighten us.

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Tom Waits – Innocent When You Dream Lyrics 5 years ago
Thanks for mentioning that documentary. I had forgotten about it. Gonna revisit soon.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Right Now I'm A-Roaming Lyrics 5 years ago
Fantastic song.

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Bob Dylan – Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands Lyrics 5 years ago
This is a long shot but recently I came across an old photograph of teenage Dylan playing what looked like an Arabic Drum. That added something in the meaning of this song for me personally. In that context, I think warehouse eyes might be a reference to his childhood neighborhood buildings full of warehouses possibly as his town was a coal mining town or maybe the warehouse his father had to store his electrical machinery that he sold or worked on etc. This is a wild long shot, it may not be relevant for some at all, but it is to me in some way so sharing it here. He has come all through these years of growing up to the lowlands where the sad eyed lady lives and where no one comes, with his past of arabian drums and warehouse eyes, he wants to submit it all to her and look for salvation from Time maybe which only she can provide through her mystique, love and feminine powers etc. But she isn't there yet, she is out somewhere or maybe he is not that pure or mature yet to invoke her in front of him so he asks from the outside 'Should I put it all here and leave or should I wait for you to show up and take me in?'

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Bob Dylan – No Time to Think Lyrics 6 years ago
One of those great literary Dylan songs. Love the images he invokes, from all kinds of places and eras and fields of human knowledge like politics, nature, relationships, economics, psychology, philosophy, religion, arts, colors and smells et al.
Fantastic melody and rhythm! I love dancing to this song by myself! :) Full volume and bass, treble pumped up. Bob's vocal delivery is as always spot on. He enters the mix with a bang and he takes it higher and higher with his peculiar intimate and howling and raw and true style and voice quality.
I love the fact that the refrain has that 1st line made up of 4 different words everytime. That allows me to imagine it all on a larger canvas. Probably what he was shooting for.
Anyway, it is a bit late in India as of now and I am listening to Bob sing this song as I type here. It is a fantastic experience to be alive when Bob's on a roll and life is hard but he helps you forget those parts of life for a while and opens up the doors of higher grounds for you from his recordings from a few decades ago and I am sure he will continue doing that for coming decades after my father's generation is gone and we are gone. Here's to each and everyone of those! May the comments on this post grow over time and may my comment be somewhere out there for your eyes to fall on to. So that you know what legacy this artist is leaving behind. 'A hero is a person who understand the responsibility that comes with it' as he said once. Cheers!

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The Decemberists – Down by the Water Lyrics 6 years ago
This is originally written by someone else on another website, I am just sharing it here:

Its about the joyful and now forgotten life of Portlands (and America's) essential maritime past. The old main drag in Portland is the port area along the river. Once industrial by way of steam powered craft, it remained vital thru the 1920's, essentially dying out with the advent of railroads.

Tow-Head Teen refers to Steam tenders that worked the river, tying barges along side as they went (known as fingers) to make extra money. The shipping industry was seasonal, summers bringing a controlled swell (pretty little patter) to the ports.

Eventually the rails render all this economically untenable, leaving these boats scrambling for revenue, even through unsafe conditions(knocked down=capsized, tear me up=beat up hull), they bore it all to fill their cup. Stubborn lot, old mariners.

The lyrics listed above are incorrect, the line should read the "lash-flashing Leda on pier nineteen".

Tourism is exploited in the end. In the 1920's steam launch rides provided civilized entertainment. Old boats at piers were decorated for patriotic events, especially decaying tall ships, like British Leda class frigates, of which only a few remain today.

Lashings are rope joinery, and tall ships are famous for their miles of lines. Lash flashing Leda indeed! These were draped in colorful weatherproof bunting of red, white, and blue drapes of worsted wool, or gaberdine, for the 4th of July.

To me this is such a sad song, invoking the horrible feeling of fighting to stay afloat whilst watching beloved lives, traditions, and graceful ships sink silently into the past. A beautiful, haunting, and uniquely American homage that deserves a place amongst our greatest maritime stories. Well Done Decemberists!

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The Decemberists – Down by the Water Lyrics 6 years ago
This is originally written by someone else on another website, I am just sharing it here:

Its about the joyful and now forgotten life of Portlands (and America's) essential maritime past. The old main drag in Portland is the port area along the river. Once industrial by way of steam powered craft, it remained vital thru the 1920's, essentially dying out with the advent of railroads.

Tow-Head Teen refers to Steam tenders that worked the river, tying barges along side as they went (known as fingers) to make extra money. The shipping industry was seasonal, summers bringing a controlled swell (pretty little patter) to the ports.

Eventually the rails render all this economically untenable, leaving these boats scrambling for revenue, even through unsafe conditions(knocked down=capsized, tear me up=beat up hull), they bore it all to fill their cup. Stubborn lot, old mariners.

The lyrics listed above are incorrect, the line should read the "lash-flashing Leda on pier nineteen".

Tourism is exploited in the end. In the 1920's steam launch rides provided civilized entertainment. Old boats at piers were decorated for patriotic events, especially decaying tall ships, like British Leda class frigates, of which only a few remain today.

Lashings are rope joinery, and tall ships are famous for their miles of lines. Lash flashing Leda indeed! These were draped in colorful weatherproof bunting of red, white, and blue drapes of worsted wool, or gaberdine, for the 4th of July.

To me this is such a sad song, invoking the horrible feeling of fighting to stay afloat whilst watching beloved lives, traditions, and graceful ships sink silently into the past. A beautiful, haunting, and uniquely American homage that deserves a place amongst our greatest maritime stories. Well Done Decemberists!

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The Decemberists – Down by the Water Lyrics 6 years ago
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Its about the joyful and now forgotten life of Portlands (and America's) essential maritime past. The old main drag in Portland is the port area along the river. Once industrial by way of steam powered craft, it remained vital thru the 1920's, essentially dying out with the advent of railroads.

Tow-Head Teen refers to Steam tenders that worked the river, tying barges along side as they went (known as fingers) to make extra money. The shipping industry was seasonal, summers bringing a controlled swell (pretty little patter) to the ports.

Eventually the rails render all this economically untenable, leaving these boats scrambling for revenue, even through unsafe conditions(knocked down=capsized, tear me up=beat up hull), they bore it all to fill their cup. Stubborn lot, old mariners.

The lyrics listed above are incorrect, the line should read the "lash-flashing Leda on pier nineteen".

Tourism is exploited in the end. In the 1920's steam launch rides provided civilized entertainment. Old boats at piers were decorated for patriotic events, especially decaying tall ships, like British Leda class frigates, of which only a few remain today.

Lashings are rope joinery, and tall ships are famous for their miles of lines. Lash flashing Leda indeed! These were draped in colorful weatherproof bunting of red, white, and blue drapes of worsted wool, or gaberdine, for the 4th of July.

To me this is such a sad song, invoking the horrible feeling of fighting to stay afloat whilst watching beloved lives, traditions, and graceful ships sink silently into the past. A beautiful, haunting, and uniquely American homage that deserves a place amongst our greatest maritime stories. Well Done Decemberists!

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Nada Surf – Inside Of Love Lyrics 6 years ago
This morning I got up the bed and the chorus of this song was what I was thinking about. So I put this song on repeat and have been listening to it now for straight one hour or so. I am remembering my exes who are now engaged or married. I am here 25 years old learning music, poetry, songwriting and nothing actually seems to be working out. I made out with a friend last night and we laughed it off the next morning. Then went out to have breakfast and I saw my ex on the streets with a group of her friends who are not there in my friend list after we broke up. This song speaks volumes to me now, it always has. ofcourse I will be alright I just had a bad night . .

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Bob Dylan – Every Grain of Sand Lyrics 6 years ago
I am from India. I was raised in a Hindu family. I love Bob in general and I love this song specifically. Though I didn't know the Christian connotations that the lyrics of this song have, I could still relate to the generic meaning of the words, lines and the emotions and thoughts and ideas expressed by the protagonist of this song. After reading about the Biblical references the song was enriched further more for me.

The sense of despair the protagonist tells about is so rich in its understanding of the big picture of this world. Just the recognition, realization of 'Master's hand' in every grains of sand, every trembling leaf is the realization of the silent watcher within us, the one who suffers is someone else that our true consciousness and that we are all one, we are the consciousness experiencing itself subjectively through various forms.

Melody is soothing, the arrangement is calming. Bob's voice so deep and believable. I want to cry now.

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Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind Lyrics 6 years ago
I read an interesting thing today which made me think about a line from this song. Here it is :

"Bockscar, sometimes called Bock's Car or Bocks Car, is the name of the United States Army Air Forces B-29 bomber that dropped the "Fat Man" nuclear weapon over Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, the second atomic weapon used against Japan. It was assigned to the 393d Bomb Squadron, 509th Composite Group.

The name painted on the aircraft after the mission is a pun on "boxcar" after the name of its aircraft commander, Captain Frederick C. Bock."

Source- Wikipedia.

Is that line in this song supposed to be 'smoke pourin' out of the bockscar door' rather than 'boxcar door'?
Think about it.

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Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind Lyrics 6 years ago
I agree with you. I love the New york session of Idiot wind better than the album or bootleg version.

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Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind Lyrics 6 years ago
Ok. Here is my little help for you. There are 2 unofficial sorts of versions. One is in the bootleg series vol. 2. The other one is called as Idiot wind, Blood on tracks, New York sessions. You will get the New York session of most of the tracks from that album on youtube for sure. For me the New york session version works the best because it has less drumming (almost none) and Bob's recital is particularly very effective. He is contained and still manages to make a point in rage and anger and bitterness. The album version is lyrically a little dimmed down to make it more universal I reckon. Newyork session is lyrically very direct at times. The album version is like an army being commanded by Bob with full throttle and he meets the enemy head on and kills the enemy and spits on his face. Whereas Newyork session is like a hurt man containing his pain singing to himself and creating a masterpiece while someone records the whole thing on tape and shares it with folks.

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Woody Guthrie – Hobo's Lullaby Lyrics 6 years ago
Woody, the last great traveling troubadour. Wonderful soothing song. Again Woody takes a shot at system in the last verse with the reference to the police. Brilliant piece of writing.

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Bob Dylan – Pretty Peggy-O Lyrics 6 years ago
I get the storytelling in this song. But still I wonder what it means. :) Apparently this song was a scottish folk song originally. it was twisted and changed a lot over time and got the shape of what it is in Bob Dylan's album. Joan Baez has recorded it calling it Fennario.

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Jaymay – You'd Rather Run Lyrics 6 years ago
Jaymay said somewhere 'this is one of those 'screw you' kinds of songs'

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Leonard Cohen – Love Calls You By Your Name Lyrics 6 years ago
Where are the paths your heroes came?

I think, this line uses the word 'came' as in it is used in the phrases like 'she came a long way'.

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Bob Dylan – Lenny Bruce Lyrics 6 years ago
one more class piece of song by bob. He takes the facts as they are, and without articulating them much puts them straight ahead. The facts walk by themselves and make a great protest song sort of a thing. Straight out of newspaper you might say. In general Bob appears to be secluded and unaware of current things in society because of bunch of ignorant reporters that portray him that way but this song is straight proof to it that he is not only actively involved in the current streams but also is highly sensible about it all. Lenny was a good guy and bob knew it right on.

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Tom Waits – Hang Down Your Head Lyrics 6 years ago
I listened to this song an hour ago for the first time. Loved the melody of it. The melody is very strong. Tom gets me by surprise most of the times, this was no exception. The usual Tom style lyrics of dark imagery and story don't exist here in this song in their usual way. But that should not be confused with something not up to the mark. The richness of language is vividly visible in the lyrics. The guitar lick is very jazzy. Overall a very good song. Though it would be better if people start sharing their interpretations of lyrics. I liked the one 'mpaz14', where he says he thought of a soldier and his cheating lover. Lyrically speaking the song takes a good literary turn when the song gives a name to the girl in question. This significantly helps to evoke the imagery for a listener.

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Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan Lyrics 6 years ago
Yours is very accurate and artistic interpretation. I would interpret it in the same way.

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Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan Lyrics 6 years ago
It is 'sister'. See the video of this song. It has Leonard's close up singing these lyrics. You will see clearly that his lips move to the word 'sister' and not 'system'.

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Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan Lyrics 6 years ago
http://www.leonardcohen-prologues.com/

Go here, search for the song on the left panel, click, read.

This would give you the exact meaning Leonard intended when he wrote this song and all other meanings that were attached to the song as time passed and humanity grew with time.

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Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan Lyrics 6 years ago
http://www.leonardcohen-prologues.com/

This is the website you are referring to.

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Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues Lyrics 6 years ago
That group you refer to, the weathermen, took their name from this song and not the other way round.

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Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2 Lyrics 7 years ago
Hi. Thanks for your insight with the Matthew 10:29 reference. It means a lot to me to find such references. Thanks again. You kinda helped me to put together the pieces of this song.
Regards from India.

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Leonard Cohen – Love Calls You By Your Name Lyrics 7 years ago
Here is what Leonard says before beginning to perform this song in one of his 1974 tours 'Here's a song that searches out the middle place between the beginning and the end.'

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The Decemberists – Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect Lyrics 7 years ago
Drawing down the Moon (ritual) is referred to as calling the moon down. This fits perfectly and adds some mystique to the overall meaning of the lyrics.

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Bob Dylan – Every Grain of Sand Lyrics 7 years ago
I am a born Hindu but now an atheist. Still I find it to be very humbling an experience to listen to this song of Bob's. It is full of biblical references and imagery. I don't quite know what all he means in this song. But the notion is generally about the discovery of spirituality.

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Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma Lyrics 8 years ago
Little John is the most loyal man in England.
please refer to following link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood_and_the_Monk

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Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma Lyrics 8 years ago
the coal is also referred to as 'the black gold'.
black also points to illegal/bad.
so coal might mean illegal wealth.

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