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The Minus 5 – Cemetery Row Lyrics 10 years ago
The song's narrator could be an elderly person in a nursing home, i.e., the old house where life is wearing thin and its numbness is causing the person to anticipate moving to Cemetery Row.

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Greg MacPherson – The Company Store Lyrics 11 years ago
According to an interview with the singer aired on CBC Radio 3, this song is about the singer's grandfather who worked in a coal mine in Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia) at the turn of the twentieth century. Working up to 70 to 80 hours a week under horrible conditions with no safety standards for incredibly low wages, miners had to pay back most of their wages to the company for their rent, food and clothing. The story goes that in the 1920s a group of miners got together in opposition to the company in protest and burned down the store. In response, the company basically held them over a barrel with wages until the union got strong enough that they could fight back and organize to the point where they got decent wages and decent working conditions. But it took 30-40 years for that to happen.

The song's message is applicable for today and resonates with audiences seeking to make the world a better place through strength in numbers.

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Fembots – Good Days Lyrics 11 years ago
It's all a matter of perspective. Are you going to believe the doom and gloom or are you going to believe that things are good?

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A.C. Newman – All of My Days and All of My Days Off Lyrics 11 years ago
Wedding vows

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Radiohead – Nude Lyrics 11 years ago
Even thinking about success is dirty (like pornography, which is a metaphor here) in a world where failure is the accepted norm.

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USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) – Hollow Point Sniper Hyperbole Lyrics 11 years ago
Post-traumatic stress disorder therapy?

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Mystery Jets – young love Lyrics 12 years ago
Her name is Laura Marling. Hope this helps.

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Tokyo Police Club – Graves Lyrics 12 years ago
Does anyone have the lyrics for the added verse and bridge?

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Pinback – Good to Sea Lyrics 12 years ago
I think this is about a dog and a next door neighbor mowing the lawn.

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The Dø – On My Shoulders Lyrics 12 years ago
I think it ends with "How long will I sit and wait like a soldier How many summers will I wait"

This seems to be about sacrifices people make or are expected to make in life. Whether it's for a family member, a friend, a lover, a corporation or one's country, the sacrifice does not seem to be reciprocated or appreciated.

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The New Pornographers – Adventures in Solitude Lyrics 12 years ago
Maybe it's because I just saw it (read the book), but this song is reminiscent of scenes from the movie Atonement.

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Band of Horses – Lamb on the Lam (In the City) Lyrics 12 years ago
Patch0i, those are the lyrics for The General Specific.

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Mother Mother – Polynesia Lyrics 12 years ago
Pretty simple really. It's about realizing your dreams, even if it means taking a leap of faith off of solid ground.

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The Weakerthans – Civil Twilight Lyrics 12 years ago
The bus driver's job requires him to pay attention to the road where guided during the rush hour commute by the civil twilight. So it's ironic that the civil relationship with his ex ended abruptly since clearly the cracks had started to show before she told him she had to go, but he was far less observant and failed to heed the warning signs and basically missed the bus at a chance to fix things.

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The Acorn – Crooked Legs Lyrics 12 years ago
This is one of the best songs of 2007.

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Jill Barber – Hard Line Lyrics 12 years ago
I think the hard line is the line dividing those who live a life without compromise and those who know true love. The protagonist has chosen to cross that line by ending a relationship with someone who couldn't compromise.

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Menomena – The Monkey's Back Lyrics 12 years ago
The earth is trying (in vain) to get the monkey (humanity) off its back.

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Menomena – Evil Bee Lyrics 12 years ago
I think yr right, muzak: marrying man with machine to produce an army of cyborg soldiers

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Menomena – Boyscout'n Lyrics 12 years ago
I think it's about a kid who's life was messed up until he joined the boy scouts which led to him becoming a soldier which led to him killing a helpless man which led to his life being messed up

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Spoon – The Underdog Lyrics 12 years ago
forgot to add.. the mainstream is the record industry is the middleman that will be cut out!

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Spoon – The Underdog Lyrics 12 years ago
A mainstream record industry that eats its own by cheating its artists and suing its customers will not survive!

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The Besnard Lakes – For Agent 13 Lyrics 12 years ago
Is this about comic book S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter and her relationship with Steve Rogers?

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Tokyo Police Club – Your English Is Good Lyrics 12 years ago
Maybe the song should be re-titled to "Your CanLit is good"?

This song includes an obscure reference to a book by Robertson Davies, who is one of my favourite authors.

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Dog Day – Oh Dead Life Lyrics 12 years ago
Carpe diem and all that. The "spend my time as soon as I can" is a cool way to say that when opportunity knocks, don't hesitate.

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Modest Mouse – Missed the Boat Lyrics 12 years ago
This is about New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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Great Northern – Home Lyrics 12 years ago
someone has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and there's nothing more the hospital can do so the patient is sent home with enough medicine to ease the suffering

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Basia Bulat – I Was A Daughter Lyrics 12 years ago
the innocence before the fall

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The New Pornographers – My Rights Versus Yours Lyrics 12 years ago
Could this song be about DRM ("complex notes inside the chords","dangerous levels" of medicine) and the RIAA (the "packs of dogs in charge") trying to pit the artists against the consumers in the courts?

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The Cliks – Oh Yeah Lyrics 12 years ago
My interpretation is a little different. I think it's written from a mother's point of view. Her son is grown up but in her heart he'll always be her baby (girl).

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The Cliks – Oh Yeah Lyrics 12 years ago
My interpretation is a little different. I think it's written from a mother's point of view. Her son is grown up but sin her heart he'll always be her baby (girl).

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Immaculate Machine – Dear Confessor Lyrics 13 years ago
This song is a religious metaphor and the clue is in the title of the song. Sheep who have no purpose in life other than to blindly follow other's plans for salvation will be unprepared to defend that the life they led had purpose when pleading to the final Confessor that they followed the map to get there.

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Voxtrot – Steven Lyrics 13 years ago
This song's theme is that childbirth marks the beginning of a single life (Steven's), but the end of shared life (mother and foetus). It's a mixture of joy and sorrow for the mother.

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Rufus Wainwright – Going to a Town Lyrics 13 years ago
The singer is Canadian but the town is NYC (post 9-11), where he now lives. The song pretty much sums up how 75% of Americans feel about their current administration, i.e., let down.

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Basia Bulat – Snakes and Ladders Lyrics 13 years ago
No taxi towns here:
"What a perfect accident. Oh we danced around them all"

No divorce either:
"You've been listening to voices in your head. Helpless when they go."

It's about how sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and embrace the risk of failure in order to taste success.

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Idlewild – No Emotion Lyrics 13 years ago
the skeleton that surrounds is the shell used to hide oneself from the world of emotion. But the inner soul has wilted away to nothingness surrounded by an empty shell.

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Apostle of Hustle – National Anthem of Nowhere Lyrics 13 years ago
The national anthem of nowhere is the song of the sea. This personification of the sea is a woman that men cannot conquer "float through her veins/she sends her sailors in/they don't come back/the sea don't care."

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Great Lake Swimmers – Your Rocky Spine Lyrics 13 years ago
Or it's the other way around, and it's a metaphor for how exploring new land is like exploring a lover's body. Either way, it's great.

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Kirsty MacColl – A New England Lyrics 13 years ago
I don't normally like it when cover versions change the lyrics of the original version, but I make an exception for this one just because of the new part at the end. Does anyone know if Kirsty wrote the following lyrics herself or did Billy Bragg supply them?

"Once upon a time at home
I sat beside the telephone
Waiting for someone to pull me through
When at last it didn’t ring, I knew it wasn’t you"

Of course before the phone didn't just suddenly stop ringing since it was never ringing all night. It's a great analogy for how she finally comes to the sudden realization that the man she thought was hers was not, as she had thought before. He was just space junk that she was wishing was a shooting star.

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Billy Talent – Red Flag II Lyrics 13 years ago
This is a politically charged anthem aimed at today's youth. A great song with a great video.

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M. Ward – Chinese Translation Lyrics 13 years ago
Yep... although the tree has aged from a sapling to a weeping willow, so at least there is a progression there (or if not, at least the periodicity of the cycle of life is different for the tree).

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Grandaddy – Elevate Myself Lyrics 13 years ago
It's about why he writes songs. It's not for stardom or fame. It's not to keep busy. He does it because he loves music. Making an honest sound is what he does to elevate himself and if it's not honest, he'll be on his way and do something else with his life.

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Danielson – When It Comes To You I'm Lazy Lyrics 13 years ago
I think it's from the POV of a father of a 5 year old son, who is appreciative of the "lazy time" spent playing and relaxing with him.

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Calexico – Bisbee Blue Lyrics 13 years ago
Bisbee is a small city in Arizona, home of a formerly copper and turquoise-rich mines.

The narrator appears to be bemoaning the loss of something beautifully found in nature (the blue turquoise gems from the mine) which has now been lost forever due to short-term commercial mining priorities ("Some say this way's the only one that's true/bring me back bisbee blue)

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Hawksley Workman – when these mountains were the seashore Lyrics 13 years ago
A beautifully retold story of the Garden of Eden.

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My Brightest Diamond – Something of an End Lyrics 13 years ago
Perhaps inspired by Remedios the Beauty, a character from the Gabriel García Márquez novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude?

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Cursive – Dorothy at Forty Lyrics 13 years ago
Telling Dorothy (i.e., the average American) that what started off as an American dream will become a nightmare unless Dorthy (each and every American) wakes up, grows up, and acts to make a difference to improve the lives of this and future generations

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Pilate – Barely Listening Lyrics 13 years ago
From checking other lyrics sites, I think the lyrics of the last verse submitted here are wrong. The last verse should be:

You can't shape love with a hammer
You can't shape love with a will
What horror lies in knowing
There's no fate that chaos can't kill.

-- With those lyrics, I think the song is saying that while religion ultimately cannot provide any answers about life in a universe which in truth we all know to be horrifyingly chaotic, prayer is necessary because it fulfills the need of providing temporary solace and relief ("smiles and looks the other way") until we die (or until the afterlife in a different universe where prayers are answered). The reasons answers to prayers are illusive now is because even if a godlike entity is listening, it has no powers in this universe other than the inner strength that faith provides to help you get through life, e.g., for Christians part of that strength is provided by belief in the afterlife.

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Warren G – Regulate Lyrics 13 years ago
Can you hear the beat of my heart? Bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-ba-bump-a-bump!

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Grandaddy – Rear View Mirror Lyrics 13 years ago
Agreed. The rear view mirror metaphor is used to say that despite the pioneering band's breakup, its members will boldly go forward and continue to achieve great new things without dwelling on what's behind them in the rear view mirror.

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Calexico – All Systems Red Lyrics 14 years ago
The first half of the song fills me with tears as the chimes of freedom fade away. The second half sends a chill up my spine as the chimes of freedom are only a memory.
I see parallels between this song's lyrics and various contemporary events, e.g., 9/11, the war on terrorism, the Iraqi war, wiretapping Americans, etc. Personally, the song takes me to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga with Frodo's mission to stop the encroachment of the Shadow of Mordor on Middle Earth.

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