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Three Dog Night – Mama Told Me (Not to Come) (Eric Burdon cover) Lyrics 6 months ago
To me, this song is about a sexual encounter a guy has at a party with a woman, while cheating on his girlfriend, feeling disgusted about it while it's happening, but still feeling too horny to turn down the affair.

The "mama" in this situation isn't someone's mother, but a dominant woman with the nickname "mama".

The first verse is about the guy's experience when he first enters the party. It's essentially his dialogue when he's talking to mama, asking her about all of the questions people were asking him.
We then discover their location, "Don't turn on the light 'cause I don't want to see", which hints at the two of them being in a dark room, getting ready to have sex, but he'd rather not see it for some reason.

The chorus switches to the man's perspective, saying "mama told me not to come", referring to mama giving orders in bed, telling the man she's sleeping with (our main character) to not cum inside her.
"that ain't no way to have fun" refers to what would happen if the guy did "come". She would get pregnant and have to raise a kid. Her days of going to parties and having sex with would be over. Not very fun, indeed.

Second verse is the guy's dialogue.
This is after they had sex, and mama lit up a cigarette. He's complaining about her perfume which now smells stale after mixing with all of her sweat. Again, this reinforces the part in the first verse how he doesn't actually find her attractive.

The third verse talks about the cops arriving due to noise complaints.
It also references the guy's girlfriend, who is now passed out on the floor. I don't think the girlfriend and "mama" are the same person, and I think this is why he didn't "want to see" in the first verse, and why he was so disgusted in the second verse... because in a way he was disgusted with himself, because he was cheating on his girlfriend with her... since he was just too horny and mama was the only one there to fulfill his desires, with his girlfriend too busy drinking and getting wasted.

"I seen so many things
I ain't never seen before
Don't know what it is
I don't wanna see no more"
This references that it was kind of a scary experience. This is probably because mama was the dominant one, and he wasn't expecting it. He also probably feels like it was a mistake, hence the "I don't wanna see no more" line.

The Tubes – What Do You Want From Life Lyrics 6 months ago
To me, this song is basically one giant message against modern consumerism.

Madonna – Like a Prayer Lyrics 7 months ago
@[koyisxoxo:24988] Your English is absolutely fine. I would've never realized if you hadn't said anything about it.

Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now Lyrics 10 months ago
To me, the song is saying that it's good to be aware of all of the bad things in the world, and the trials and tribulations that one might have to go through, but to not focus on them, and instead focus on the good aspects of life.

"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way"
The "rain" here refers to troubles that he was personally going through, but even though he got through those personal troubles, there's still plenty of bad things going on in the world, obstacles for living a good life.

"Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright sun-shiny day."
However, even though there are obstacles in his way, he remembers that his personal troubles have faded and for him, he's going to be able to enjoy a sunny day.

"I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I've been prayin' for."
All of these lines produce an image of pushing forward and breaking through the strife you might have in your life. Forward momentum, riding atop a cheerful rainbow with good vibes carrying oneself forward.

"Look all around, there's nothin' but blue skies"
This line, to me, is saying that even with the obstacles one might face, if you look around there's plenty of good to focus on as well.

"Look straight ahead, nothin' but blue skies"
Again, references to forward momentum, pushing through bad times and focusing on the good, on the "blue skies".

The Animals – Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone cover) Lyrics 3 years ago
I've always felt like this song was about a person who is very candid and open about the way they talk... but the things they're saying get misinterpreted and they ends up offending others, despite having good intentions about the things they're saying.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You Lyrics 4 years ago
I remember reading somewhere that he originally wrote this song as a powerful ballad, but after getting so drunk during the album recording that it turned into what it is today.

That leads me to believe that this is some kind of love ballad, but... the lyrics are pretty interesting to me.

The whole song seems to tell the story of a man who loves someone, but they won't return his affections.

The song gives off a pretty creepy, controlling vibe...
If we take a look at the lines:
"I can't stand no runnin' around"
and "I don’t care if you don’t want me
I’m yours, right now"

Both of these suggest he's trying to manipulate the person he loves into loving him, and only him, despite that they might not return his affections.

I feel like "I put a spell on you" line could be referring to some kind of manipulative drug, but it's likely just referring to alcohol, and the concept of getting somebody drunk enough to manipulate them into returning your affections.

All in all, I really love the song, despite what it might represent.
What do you guys think of my interpretation?

The Cardigans – Never Recover Lyrics 4 years ago
I'd say the song is talking about not being able to get over a break-up, while your ex is in love with somebody else, and the reality surrounding that situation.

Let's interpret this line-by-line:

"How I always memorize
Every single misery
And I seem to glorify
Everything inside of me"

I feel like in these two verses she's talking about how she tends to focus on her negative emotions, and build them up to such a point where it's almost like she treats them more importantly than her positive feelings.

"And the hero never dies
If the lover hides
Between the sheets"

This line is a bit perplexing, but I feel like perhaps she's talking about her ex-partner, and how she manages to see them in a positive light (as a "hero"), just because the sex was good. However, I feel like the significance of "hides between the sheets", means that she doesn't actually think of them positively, and essentially just uses the memories of all that exhilarating sex as a false positive. This is re-enforced by the fact that she says the hero "never dies", almost as though she would want them to.
This line is one of my favorites, because it perfectly tends to describe the internal tug-of-war between love and lust.

"There's no escape
Cause you can't sleep"

This line is probably just talking about staying up laying in your bed thinking about all of the things mentioned above.

"And then you'll see
You're just like me"

Not too sure on this line, perhaps she's hoping that her ex is also worrying about the same exact things?

"That's what you call waste of time
I'll be waiting down the line"

Mentioning that she still wants to go back to her ex, even though her ex thought it was a waste of time.

"That's what you call waste of time
Waiting for your valentine"

Her ex is obviously more focused on waiting for somebody else.

"That's what you call waste of time
I know where your hero hides"

Not sure about this. Perhaps she's letting her ex know that she's aware of who her ex is going after?

"That's why you don't sleep tonight"

Perhaps this is a bit of a threat? Because she knows about her ex's new love, maybe she's planning something, and that's why her ex can't get to sleep at night, because they're worried about her ruining everything for them.

"That's what I call--
That's what you call--
That's what I call liiiife!"

If we take this in the context of the previous line, perhaps she's saying that there's nothing her ex can do about it, because 'that's just life'.

"With a hero in the past
You hang on to history"

Perhaps time has passed now, and her ex started dating their new found love. however, like most relationships, things tended to crash and burn, resulting in a break-up. Now her ex is hanging onto their new love, just like how she's hanging on to her ex.

"Such a loss will always last
And there's no recovery"

Perhaps she's letting her ex know from experience that there's no way to truly get over that kind of break-up.

Finally, the song goes back and repeats part of the first verse, and the chorus again, starting from "and a hero never dies"
I feel like this is simply here to re-enforce everything she went through with her ex. I'd like to imagine she's explaining this to her ex, after her ex's break-up with their new love.

Anyway, this song is pretty fun & upbeat. I always enjoy singing along to it. What did you all think of my interpretation? Agree? Disagree? Let me know! ^_^

Blue Öyster Cult – Teen Archer Lyrics 5 years ago
My interpretation of this song is that it's about a woman who abuses drugs, and is addicted to the way they make her feel.

"She got less than you or I"
"She get tired"
Both of these lines talk about how she feels while she's not on drugs.

Then, the next few lines talk about how she feels while she's on drugs, and the things she does while on them:
"She got more than you or I"
"She get wild"
"balling all night, balling all day"

The song also gets a bit morbid, saying "She will die", but also mentions how she doesn't care, and will just smile, and enjoy her life while it lasts.
Her life might also make her cry sometimes, but the drugs make everything better for her, even if it will kill her someday.

Totally Radd!! – Master Of Diagrams Lyrics 5 years ago
I feel sorry for anybody had to transcribe all the synthesized vocals in this song.
Cool song, though.
Nice to finally know what they're saying in it, lol.

Totally Radd!! – Dressed Up Lyrics 5 years ago
I think it's mostly because the way he sings it ends up making it seem funnier than the lyrics would make you think.

Caesars – Jerk It Out Lyrics 5 years ago
I've always thought the same thing about the song
With this interpretation, I always thought it was even funnier that they used it in that iPod commercial way back when.

Hot Hot Heat – Bandages Lyrics 6 years ago
After seeing the music video, I began to think this song is more about the relative assumed safety of medical practices.
Especially the line "don't worry now, 'cause it's all under control" which seems as though it's mimicking what a doctor would say.

The part about poking a voodoo doll could also be used imagery of medical practitioners trying new procedures on patients without thorough testing.

The line "moping and hoping around the street again" might have to do with not being sure of your health, and "tripped in dirty water, tap" could be a metaphor for suddenly and accidentally getting a disease and being forced to see a doctor about it.

It could be about more than this, perhaps the parts about cuts up and down his legs is about self mutilation, as well.
Perhaps not.

This is simply my interpretation.

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