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The Beatles – This Boy Lyrics 5 years ago
I've also read 'this boy' and 'that boy' as being two sides of a single personality. The idea that we often have the destructive urge towards the things that we love is embedded in a lot of John's songs at this time.

The Kinks – Funny Face Lyrics 5 years ago
I think it's about terminal illness, and the helplessness that comes with watching a loved one die and knowing that there's nothing you can do.

This a sort of messy song that's easy to pass over, but there's a lot to it. I think there's a shift in narration during the bridge. Those two lines are from the girl's perspective.

The Kinks – Afternoon Tea Lyrics 5 years ago
Usually the lyrics for songs about girls leaving can be boiled down to "Please come back! I can't live with out you! I'll change, I promise!" or of course, "Well I didn't need you anyway!"

I like that the narrator here mostly seems hurt that she didn't stay to have one last cup of tea. I also appreciate that the relationship feels more like a close friendship than something romantic or sexual. That's something rare among 60s pop songs. (Or pop songs from any era).

Chuck Berry – Back in the U.S.A. Lyrics 5 years ago
This USA sounds way better than the one I live in.

Jay Reatard – It's So Easy Lyrics 9 years ago
I don't know if he meant it more literally but I take this song as being about isolating yourself from your former friends because maybe life is easier when you only have to worry about yourself. of course it's really not easier because without friends you have no one to rely on when things go bad for you, but it's an easy trap to fall into, especially when you're depressed.

The Kinks – Apeman Lyrics 9 years ago
This is a great song, but I do think that it can be construed as culturally insensitive or ethnocentric if only because of the reference to voo-doo. The concept of voo-doo is closely linked with African and African American cultures and he groups it with living in the trees, Tarzan, King Kong, etc. You can see how someone would be offended by this.

Caetano Veloso – London, London Lyrics 9 years ago
I think you're right about most of what you said. It could also be a reference to a song on his previous album called "não identificado" ('Unidentified' in English). Here are some of the lyrics to that song in english:

I'll make a love song
To record onto a flying saucer*
A song telling her everything
I'm still alone, in love
To launch into outer space

My passion will shine in the night
In the sky of a small town
As an unidentified object

*(a play on words. in portuguese flying saucer is 'disco voador' or 'flying disc'. disco can also mean 'record')

So while he's wandering the streets of london he is searching for the feelings and emotions that he left behind floating over the skies of brazil.

Animal Collective – Safer Lyrics 9 years ago
i think it's perfect the way it is

Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba Lyrics 10 years ago
Well macumba does mean something along the lines of 'black magic' as far as I know. I was never clear on what 'bat' signified here. I do know that the way the lyrics look written out is a reference to concrete poetry, which is a form of poetry where the words written form symbolic shapes, and which was largely invented in Brazil.

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Judge Not Lyrics 10 years ago
Heh... I always heard "and you may stub your toe" but yours makes more sense.

Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns – Don't You Just Know It? Lyrics 10 years ago

Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan's Dream Lyrics 10 years ago
It's always the gravy days from the perspective of someone a few years down the line. pt, in a decade or so you'll be waxing nostalgic about being middle aged or however old you are now, mark my words. The past is 90 percent an illusion.

Os Mutantes – Domingo no Parque Lyrics 11 years ago
This song is by Gilberto Gil, with Os Mutantes serving as a backing band. It's a pretty dark song, here's a very good translation of lyrics that I found.

Sunday in the Park

The king of fooling around—eh, José
The king of confusion—eh, João
One worked at the market—eh, José
The other in construction—eh, João

Last week, on the weekend
João decided not to fight
On Sunday afternoon he went out hastily
And did not go to Ribeira* to play
He did not go to Ribeira
He went out with his girlfriend

José as always on the weekend
Closed up his booth and disappeared
He went to take a walk
in the park
There, near Boca do Rio*
It was in the park that he caught sight of
That's what he saw

Juliana on the Ferris wheel with João
A rose and an ice cream in her hand
Juliana, his dream, an illusion
Juliana and his friend João
The rose's thorn stuck Zé
And the ice cream froze his heart

The ice cream and the rose—oh, José
The rose and the ice cream—oh, José
Hey, dancing in the breast—oh, José
Of José the jokester—oh, José

The ice cream and the rose—oh, José
The rose and the ice cream—oh, José
Hey, spinning in the mind—oh, José
Of José the jokester—oh, José

Juliana spinning—hey, spinning
Hey, on the giant wheel—hey, spinning
Hey, on the giant wheel—hey, spinning
The friend João—hey, João

The ice cream is strawberry— it is red
Hey, spinning, and the rose—it is red
Hey, spinning, spinning—it is red
Hey, spinning, spinning—look at
the knife

See the blood on the hand—eh, José
Juliana on the ground—eh, José
Another body has fallen—eh, José
His friend João—eh, José

Tomorrow there will not be a market
—eh, José
There is no more construction—eh, João
There is no more fooling around
—eh, José
There is no more confusion—
eh, João

*Both are neighborhoods of
Salvador, Bahia

Os Mutantes – Proibido Proibir Lyrics 11 years ago
This is a classic song. Caetano Veloso wrote and sang it, but the instrumentation is all the Mutates. Try to find the live version of the song which is really a battle between Caetano and the band and an angry crowd who doesn't want to see electric guitars in brazilian music. Very powerful.

Os Mutantes – Baby Lyrics 11 years ago
Also, listen to the original version with Gal Costa singing. It's classic, but very different from this one.

Os Mutantes – Baby Lyrics 11 years ago
Yeah, the english version from the 70's isn't a direct translation. My portuguese isn't the best, but here's a rough translation:

you need to know of the pool
of margarine, of carolina, of gasoline
you need to know of me

baby baby
I know that it's so

you need to have an ice cream
in the cafeteria, walking with people
see me up close
listen to the song by roberto

baby baby
how long

you need to learn english
need to learn what I know
and what I don't know yet

I know with me comes everything blue
with you comes everything in peace
we live in the best city
of south america
of south america
you need to, you need to
i don't know, read my shirt

baby baby
i love you

I think there's a few brazilian culture references that I don't totally get in there.

Os Mutantes – Made In Brazil Lyrics 11 years ago
First of all, this song is not called 'Made in Brazil', it's called 'Parque Industrial'. Second, it's not written by Os Mutantes, and I'm not even sure they perform on it.

It's by Tom Ze, and is from the album "Tropicalia ou Panis et Circensis" That album was a put out as a sort of mission statement for the Tropicalia movement (of which Os Mutates were members) and features collaborations between all the cheif members of Tropicalia including Os Mutantes.

In case anyone's wondering, the first singer is Gilberto Gil, then Gal Costa, then Caetano Veloso, and then Tom Ze himself sings later on.

That said, this is a freaking awesome song and is up there with Os Mutantes best, so anyone curious should check it out (and all the other tropicalia songs).

Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina Lyrics 11 years ago
Here's a pretty basic translation. My Portuguese isn't great, but this should help you get the picture.

she's my girl
I'm her boy
she's my love
and I'm all her love

the silver moon is hidden
and the golden sun appeared
a beautiful day has dawned
smelling happiness (may be an expression that doesn't translate literally)
because I dreamed
and I woke up thinking of her

the intro repeats, and then:

the rose has blossomed
and the blossom was her (I'm kind of taking a guess on those last two lines, I think that's the gist of what he's saying)
for her I put my heart
in front of reason
and I tell the whole world
how I love her

then it repeats a few times

This song is originally by Jorge Ben, who is another great Brazilian musician from the 60's and later decades. He was a pretty big influence on Os Mutantes and is definitely worth checking out.

DJ Assault – Ass & Titties Lyrics 12 years ago
The last verse of this song also explores Assaults legendary struggle with hygenic OCD.

Sam Cooke – Bring It on Home to Me Lyrics 12 years ago
Me too.

Smokey Robinson – You've Really Got a Hold on Me Lyrics 12 years ago
This song cheers me up when I'm feeling sad and makes me sad when I'm feeling happy. It's weird.

The Pharcyde – 4 Better Or 4 Worse Lyrics 12 years ago
The phone call part is pure genius.

The Blow – True Affection Lyrics 12 years ago
This is so good live. I wish I could just have the whole set on album from beginning to end, somehow including the crazy dancing.

The Blow – Pile of Gold Lyrics 12 years ago
Your friend Dave sounds like a smart guy.

Built to Spill – Fling Lyrics 13 years ago
I like how he pauses before singing "to the memory of us," so you think he's just saying "it takes me a long time to come."

Van Morrison – Here Comes The Night Lyrics 13 years ago
WHAT?! I always think it's kind of stupid when people comment just to ask why no one else has done so yet... but PLEASE! This is one of my favorite songs ever, and when I saw that no one's commented on it yet, well... it hurts. It literally hurt me deep inside. Ow.

Van Morrison – Bright Side Of The Road Lyrics 13 years ago
I was in a city the other day, and it occured to me that because of the tall buildings and the angle of the sun, during most of the day one side of the street is always bright and the other is cast in shadow. I wonder if that's what he means by the 'bright side of the road'.

Van Morrison – Brand New Day Lyrics 13 years ago
I absolutely love this song. It's true, we've all felt like this at some point, and he captures that feeling perfectly here.

Van Morrison – Baby Please Don't Go Lyrics 13 years ago
Also, I highly recommend you look into some of their stuff. It's excellent.

Van Morrison – Baby Please Don't Go Lyrics 13 years ago
Just going to throw in that this is a song Morrison did with his band Them, before he went solo.

Van Morrison – Cyprus Avenue Lyrics 13 years ago
The feeling I get in this song is that he's caught in a traffic jam and is getting impatient, but then he starts to notice little things that he wouldn't if he was driving at a normal speed, like the little girls coming home from school, and starts to enjoy himself.

Ben Folds – Sentimental Guy Lyrics 13 years ago
I like this song, especially "little things you said or did are part of me, come out from time to time, but probably no one now would notice." I was expelled from a private bording school once upon a time and now that I'm going to my school in my far-away hometown and I'll hear or say things that remind me of people I used to know from time to time, but I can't share them because no one else would know what I'm talking about.

Islands – Swans (Life After Death) Lyrics 13 years ago
I think this is my favorite song on the album. I think of it as being about dieing and waking up in a strange, surreal afterlife. I love the part about climbing into a whale and lighting a fire while looking out of it's mouth.

Islands – Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby Lyrics 13 years ago
I really like the idea that it's about eating disorders. That makes a lot of sense.

Islands – Bucky Little Wing Lyrics 13 years ago
Uh.. I really doubt this song is about Alden. Not only is his name not Charles, but he's not a minority and therefore if some kids pushed him in front of a truck, it wouldn't matter whether they were racist or not. I think it's probably about a childhood friend he had.

Islands – If Lyrics 13 years ago
This song reminds me of the random thoughts that occur to you when you're daydreaming, but it has a sort of sinister side to it. The second and fourth verses seem to go together. I feel like there's something I'm not getting though.

Islands – Ones Lyrics 13 years ago
I love the lyrics to this song. It reminds me of being numbed. The way your body doesn't really seem like part of you anymore, and you feel like you're just a mind floating around.

Islands – Humans Lyrics 13 years ago
I'm the opposite of you. I wasn't a huge Unicorns fan, but I can't get enough of Islands. Anyway, this song seems like it's about a group of people trying to survive after some kind of cataclysm. It's pretty self-explanitory really, unless I'm missing some hidden meaning.

Weezer – The Other Way Lyrics 13 years ago
This song isn't quite written as consolation to Chiba, it's a little bit darker then that. Rivers actually went out with her before she and Smith got involved; this song is about him wanting to console her, but he can't because he's concerned that his only motivation is to try to get back with her.

Weezer – Pardon Me Lyrics 13 years ago
This was my least favorite when I first heard the album, but one year later it's the only one I can actually listen to all the way through.

Beck – Round The Bend Lyrics 13 years ago
What? I've always thought Round the Bend was an amazing resolution to an album. Actually in my mind it's only rivaled by Brain Damage/Eclipse on Dark Side of the Moon.

Weezer – The Other Way Lyrics 14 years ago
River's is celebate. He doesn't want to have sex with you, so he's just gonna turn and look the other way. Serves you right.

Weezer – This Is Such A Pity Lyrics 14 years ago
This song is about the cruel opression of the jewish people during WWII

Weezer – Freak Me Out Lyrics 14 years ago
Brian said it was about a spider in an interview, but I think he was just messing with us. It seems to me that it's just about meeting a sketchy looking person in the city at night and being freaked out, and then later realizing he's actually a nice guy and feeling bad.

Weezer – Sugar Booger Lyrics 14 years ago
This song goes on one verse too long. I like the lyrics, but they're too vague for me to get a solid meaning out of.

Weezer – Teenage Victory Song Lyrics 14 years ago
Sounds exactly like every track off the album that's not a single. I guess it's ok in small doses.

Weezer – Hot Tub Lyrics 14 years ago
It really pisses me off that in the first verse they didn't replace "bowl" with "blunt." It wouldn't change the meaning of the lyrics at all, and it would rhyme.

Ben Folds Five – Uncle Walter Lyrics 14 years ago
I love it when go goes, "but he's NOT!" and also the pot smoking sound effects during the last verse.

Ben Folds Five – Underground Lyrics 14 years ago
I think this song's kind of poking fun at all the kids who feel bad about not being able to fit in, so they form their own groups and pretend that they willingly shun popularity, when really they would love to be popular if they could.

Ben Folds Five – Video Lyrics 14 years ago
It seems like it's about how Ben hates watching old home movies because everything that seemed so important back then seems trivial in the present, and it sort of desensitiezes you.

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