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Coldplay – Violet Hill Lyrics 6 years ago
Love this song so much. I wish I could write like this.

"Was a long and dark December
From the rooftops I remember
There was snow
White snow

Clearly I remember
From the windows they were watching
While we froze down below"

"Dark december" indicates that it was a hard time, but it's not the only indicator. The second verse means that there's a huge wealth gap- the wealthy watch the dirt poor freeze outside.

"When the future's architectured
By a carnival of idiots on show"

The government is a shadow, useless puppets controlled by money.

"If you love me
Won't you let me know?"

The subplot of the song, the narrator has someone he loves but she won't say she loves him back.

"Was a long and dark December
When the banks became cathedrals
And the fox
Became God"

Banks became cathedrals suggests that money has become the most important thing, with a greater hold on people's lives than anything else. Foxes served as tricksters in a lot of Native American lore, meaning the second two lines here refer to bankers and the rich as greedy manipulators with the one thing people need and value.

"Priests clutched onto bibles
Hollowed out to fit their rifles
And the cross was held aloft"

Corrupt religious leaders pretend to rally around spiritualism, but are really just trying to gain power.

"Bury me in armour
When I'm dead and hit the ground
My nerves are poles that unfold"

"Bury me in armour" is the narrator asking for God's protection after he inevitably dies, forced to be a soldier for the falling, useless government, which we know because of these lines:

"I don't want to be a soldier
With the captain of some sinking ship
Would stow, far below"

Again, he's been forced to fight for a doomed cause.

"I took my love down to violet hill
There we sat in snow
All the time she was silent and still"

Violet hill refers to a soldier's cemetery, where the narrator's been buried. His love comes to visit him, but she still doesn't say she loves him.


Beautiful song, and pretty sad. Coldplay, in my opinion, is like poetry with music backgrounds. It really is amazing.

Think I got anything wrong? Feel free to tell me in the comments.

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Vampire Weekend – Diane Young Lyrics 6 years ago
There is.......

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Vampire Weekend – Holiday Lyrics 6 years ago
You don't know how metaphorical Vampire Weekend is, do you?

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Vampire Weekend – Holiday Lyrics 6 years ago
Thanks.

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Vampire Weekend – A-Punk Lyrics 6 years ago
I had no idea what the song meant at first, so I had to rely heavily on others for this. Let's break it down:

"Johanna drove slowly into the city
The Hudson River all filled with snow
She spied the ring on His Honor's finger
Oh-oh-oh"

The first couple lines are irrelevant except it means that she is visiting His Honor, so he must not be a husband. In the third line, it says she spies a ring. This could be a family heirloom or a symbol of her family. It could be a non-family member, but based on the fact that she gets the ring (more on that in a second) it's likely.

"A thousand years in one piece of silver
She took it from his lily-white hand
Showed no fear--she'd seen the thing
In the young men's wing at Sloan-Kettering"

Here, the first line tells us that the ring is storied and old, which means it has been handed down generation to generation (or, less likely, sold). She then takes the ring and apparently inherits it, which is why His Honor is likely family. The second two lines refer not to the ring, but to death. She was unfazed because she'd seen a young man (perhaps a brother) die of cancer at Sloan-Kettering, a cancer centre. These lines don't refer to His Honor, however, because it says she'd, as in she had, so it must be before His Honor died.

"His Honor drove southward seeking exotica
Down to the pueblo huts of New Mexico
Cut his teeth on turquoise harmonicas
Oh-oh-oh "

This part seems to be a sad flashback to His Honor seeking a last bit of fun before he died. You can tell it's from a disease because of "cut his teeth on turquoise harmonicas", which is something nobody does unless they're frail and weak. The disease could well be cancer.

"I saw Johanna down in the subway
She took an apartment in Washington Heights
Half of the ring lies here with me
But the other half's at the bottom of the sea"

The first two lines are inconsequential except for the fact that Columbia University, where Vampire Weekend formed, is in Washington Heights, so it's implying that she moved near the singer for comfort. The other two lines, however, are more important. She must have cut half of the ring off and thrown it out to sea out of anguish and grief. She wanted to forget, so she got rid of the memories. But, at the same time she couldn't abandon her family so she gave the other half to the narrator for safe keeping.

"Look outside at the raincoats coming, say 'oh'"

Perhaps the most depressing line of the song, this seemingly insane blurb is actually quite sad. The raincoats represent her gray, melancholy spirit as she grieves, depressed and endless.

Just my take on the song. Hope this is useful and you understand it more now.

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