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Wilco – How To Fight Loneliness Lyrics 2 years ago
I don't think it's meant to be ironic or sarcastic, but I certainly don't think it's meant to be taken literally. I see this song as a melancholic look at how many people try to deal with loneliness, or, more likely, at the way many people recommend dealing with loneliness, and how that advice hurts those who follow it.

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Pedro the Lion – A Simple Plan Lyrics 3 years ago
This is not criticizing socialism. However, the narrator did fight for socialism, and he succeeded in creating a socialist system. The main part of the song is the idea that without something to fight for, he is useless. It could be somewhat of a metaphor for communism in Russia, how it began as a noble idea, and after it was put into place it lost its purpose and became something for tyranny to hide behind.

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Modest Mouse – Heart Cooks Brain Lyrics 3 years ago
I had wondered what absence versus thin air meant for a while, but now I think I may understand. Both are forms of emptiness, something that Isaac writes about often, but absence is a lack while thin air would be a simple nothingness.

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Elliott Smith – Everything's Okay Lyrics 4 years ago
@[afreijat:2987] I think it might be that the character is killing himself, but I think the whole son and especially that part is about putting too much of yourself into something, especially a relationship, and possibly destroying your personality or life in the process.

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Grandaddy – Chartsengrafs Lyrics 4 years ago
To me it seems like this is saying that he stopped fooling around (laughs) because he found that unfulfilling, only a numbing agent (until the evening), but found that either way he had to confront himself.

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Modest Mouse – Whenever I Breathe Out, You Breathe In (Positive/Negative) Lyrics 4 years ago
@[Jate:2361] And I would like to say that I am not unhappy. I do feel, certainly, it is not constant apathy (i.e. I am not clinically depressed), but I seem to feel less or at least more distantly than everyone else I know.

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Modest Mouse – Whenever I Breathe Out, You Breathe In (Positive/Negative) Lyrics 4 years ago
Damn this is a relatable song. I agree with most of the comments I've read here: it's about an emotional state that is not quite depression, but is not normality either. It is what you feel when ignorance, naivety, and sadness have all been stripped away, yet you are left with nihilistic feelings. Those feelings are not identifiable with sadness, but rather with boredom and a mild but perpetual pessimism. You are not angry, you are not depressed, you don't want experience to end in sleep but you also don't want to deal with the melancholy of staying up late and the consequences that it brings. You don't feel anything, but you recognize that this is the price of living (unless you delude yourself with religion or limitless love, et cetera.). Certainly I have lived this.

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Heatmiser – You Gotta Move Lyrics 4 years ago
I always took this song as one talking about his move away from Dallas and Charlie, how he took what seemed like his whole world with him and it "pulled him apart" (he often talks about guilt he feels about leaving his mother)

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Weezer – The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn) Lyrics 4 years ago
The spoken word is not supposed to be a reference from Macbeth, though it is. Rivers was heavily inspired by Elvis for that section, while Elvis was indeed referencing/quoting Macbeth.

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Elliott Smith – No Confidence Man Lyrics 4 years ago
God... I don't mean to be arrogant or mean (I do not claim to know all about Elliott, but I do know a good deal for a fan), but some of these comments are ridiculous. Rubber loop= condom? No... Just no... I've always assumed rubber loop means a belt... as in for beating a child... in this song. Elliott did not experience the revelation or delusion that Charlie molested him until the early 2000's (after he started quitting drugs and all that). He definitely did not start using heroin in '93. You don't just keep that secret from everyone, and all of his old friends were horrified that he started using. If the rest of the evidence isn't enough. It seems to me that this is a song Elliott wrote about the relationship he had with Charlie, and the bitterness he felt about the way Charlie had treated him. I think some of the confidence man comments may hold some merit. I agree that all that about 'bullshit schemes', 'nothing but grief', 'bullshit story', and 'you're full of it all the time' is probably elliott talking about how charlie would tell him lies, tell him to do things that were " for his own good" ( charlie might have even thought they were) and now Elliott has realized that only a trusting child would believe such things, and that they were all bullshit. My two cents.

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Elliott Smith – No Name #4 Lyrics 5 years ago
I would agree with Dante, but I can offer a source: the Knitting Factory show on 7.31.97. Right before he played this song, he said "This is a song about my mom." It all really fits with it being a song about his mother taking him to leave Charlie and then returning.

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Modest Mouse – Breakthrough Lyrics 5 years ago
I heard a live show in which Isaac during the "breakthrough" parts replaced "it" with "me". I think this song is about someone who became very introverted after a disastrous wedding (probably the person was stood up). However, beneath the mild outer shell (partially created by this shell) is a very angry, mindless man who is trying to break through the shell.

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Pedro the Lion – Second Best Lyrics 5 years ago
t seems to me that this song is being narrated by the mistress, distressed that she is second best to the wife, and annoyed that the spark of excitement seems to have gone out of her relationship with the man.

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Elliott Smith – No More Lyrics 5 years ago
It seems to me that this song is talking about how he would try to find a source for his problems (arguing my case to the wee hours of the night), when in fact the source was his own attraction to sadness (rather be unhappy that's the cause of it all). He blamed everything on his stepfather, and thought that with that realisation everything would be okay (put it in your face and let the petals fall, cursing your family name). That blame was useful, it helped him give his negative feelings a focus, but it was not the real problem (That's a useful dream that pretended to explain). He's tired of trying to find someone to blame and of trying to hide his pain and the truth, but realizes it plain to see (Tired of looking sideways, but the thing's in black and white). Beautiful song.

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