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PJ Harvey – Kamikaze Lyrics 1 month ago
@[blackaliss:27053] could be also perspective of sperm of one man who gets there to find all these other "kamikaze" sperms there blocking its way. Less likely considering the perspective the narrative takes (found me, you can't touch me etc) fits the egg better.. I don't think it's necessary to take the part about kamikaze sperm so literally anyway - might've been a way to veil the nature of the army being mentioned , whilst making an indirect reference.

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PJ Harvey – Kamikaze Lyrics 1 month ago
Or rather one interpretation...
I couldn't find any sources that made an explicit link except somehow I got onto the concept of "kamikaze sperm" and boom -- there is a narrative here! That panicky but "i can handle this" pace in music and lyrics (how could this happen, they found me with an army (the egg), you don't touch me.. beyond all reason, time etc etc). It all makes sense.
I love this song regardless and I'm not saying this has to be about a condom breaking or the guy stealthing, or the morning after pill or abortion or anything else super specific. Maybe it has nothing to do with kamikaze sperm and fertilization (one eye, one tooth - need one sperm to "bite in" and penetrate out of an army of thousands). It does fit well though, better than 9/11 (which had not happened yet) or actual kamikaze pilots and is no worse than psychological analogies to the latter. I'm not even saying this is the intended meaning - but it works at multiple levels and even if it's relatable only to some (or just me!) I'm excited, after so many years of listening and loving this song, to have uncovered a new narrative that fits the lyrics and the music both!! :))

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PJ Harvey – Silence Lyrics 5 months ago
Was meant to be reply to hintalohadur. I don’t know why I can’t delete or edit. Sorry!

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PJ Harvey – Silence Lyrics 5 months ago
Totally get what you mean.
I feel like my whole life I Express myself, whether it is visual or spoken or skikmimmhjdmmscreaming – but I feel so unseen and unheard sometimes. It’s like I
give of myself, really and truly, and no response, just silence... Beautiful song for sure

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The Knife – Na Na Na Lyrics 6 months ago
@[Spicer:24861] clearly the google bots had solved it better than humans.

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The Knife – Like a Pen Lyrics 6 months ago
@[blackaliss:24860] I can't edit my comments?
The showing part makes me think it could also be frustration during sex with a partner and the woman is self stimulating to reach orgasm. But she could also fake it. This anxiety about pleasuring herself and putting on a show, which is only a concern when you have a partner, makes this a possibility. So it would be both sex and masturbation in this scenario. :)

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The Knife – Like a Pen Lyrics 6 months ago
@[daveydaveson:24859] Exactly.
Could also be self stimulation during sex

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The Knife – Like a Pen Lyrics 6 months ago
@[linalka:24858] Not silly at all! They said themselves about this album that a lot of it is about personal aspects of sex (in addition to gender, societal roles and more).

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The Knife – Like a Pen Lyrics 6 months ago
@[blackaliss:24857] The cutting interpretation works. But I get female self stimulation vibes much more strongly from this.

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The Knife – Like a Pen Lyrics 6 months ago
I've rarely ever seen such an accurate description of female masturbation (with clitoral orgasm).
Having experienced both anorexia and this, there is absolutely no confusion in my mind what is meant here.

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The Knife – Like a Pen Lyrics 6 months ago
@[iDiomaReise7:24856] Absolutely!

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The Knife – Na Na Na Lyrics 6 months ago
This turned from a cutesy filler I forget about but don't mind to intense and unforgettable when I heard the lyrics properly.
It's a woman who is afraid of her husband. The song draws you in with the narrative of her with a man and a dog. Quickly the settled image starts getting puzzling with the period lines. Looking back, we can tell these refer to her hoping she doesn't get pregnant with her abuser at home. When she gets her period, she's not pregnant. She's less stuck.
In real life she has mace and pepper spray and can outrun any rapist. It's at home she is defenseless and hence needs chemical castration, hope and godspeed.
Aaaaand chills every other time hear NaNaNa after realizing what she's saying...
(Sadly this is reality for so many women. Millions of child brides for one...)

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Fever Ray – Now's the Only Time I Know Lyrics 6 months ago
@[blackaliss:24851] did i up vote myself because I didn't realise it was my own comment. lol

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The Knife – Neverland Lyrics 6 months ago
@[ex77:24850] I agree with a lot of this. I think the monkey refers to the "monkey on the back"... But I don't have any proof that it is that.

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The Knife – One Hit Lyrics 6 months ago
@[ricowarez:24847] and certainly not about *your* manhood nor how you achieved it...

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The Knife – Forest Families Lyrics 6 months ago
I think this song refers to the Black Hole comics as well. Green hides redness (of scars, burns, cuts, "growths"). The forest refers to how some of the mutant teens wanted to get away from cities/crowds. And on and on. The mood and the theme fits. There are other songs on the album making a reference to Black Hole. So I think this is one of them.
This is what I thought they were referring to but I'm sure other interpretations are OK and interesting and I'd guess welcome by the band as they keep the lyrics general enough.

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Fever Ray – Now's the Only Time I Know Lyrics 7 months ago
So beautiful. Not as oblique/surreal as some of her other songs, but still evokes a feeling all enveloping and very fever ray. I like the whole feel but at times, somn specific part stands out, like this today:
"Come here sparrow
Watch my hand
Black and blu,vfe seeds
That's what my hand can"
It's like that long term depression state but you're still connected by a thread. in her head/the seeds to the sparrow all black and blue, but she still has something to offer.

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Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety Lyrics 1 year ago
@[ikay:21974] Oboe

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax Lyrics 1 year ago
@[GaySocrates:21731] Nice! It makes so much sense! (both parts but I think the latter is more likely this song's perspective than the Tantric version).

Thanks for explaining it in detail. I'm female as well. I was in a non-english speaking country when this came out and also a kid, so even the broad meaning would've been lost on me. But I do remember it played "around" (radio, cafes, restaurants etc; I was not old enough for clubs and bars) in the 80s. Perhaps it escaped the controversy/got lost in translation. :) As a teen/adult I kept hearing the song in various countries on radio, and at parties/bars/clubs but I wasn't giving much thought to it - just enjoying it and yeah, it's about sex, but vague. I didn't ever ask whats up with the laser beams?! But it actually refers to some quite specific aspects of sex that makes sense when you described with the details. :))) Thank you!

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System of a Down – Chop Suey! Lyrics 1 year ago
I am not engaging with this any more - you don't know who I am. I could very well be Armenian and a scholar with a Phd or a friend of someone in the band... But you call me ignorant because I don't agree with you. (More than one of the above is true by the way).

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System of a Down – Chop Suey! Lyrics 1 year ago
You can down vote as much as you want I did not find your arguments convincing that's not gonna change. Just chill seriously wow..

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System of a Down – Chop Suey! Lyrics 1 year ago
Also chill, not everyone has to agree with you. You down voted this the moment I commented, like a knee jerk. You need to accept not everyone will agree with you about everything. I was not disrespectful to you yet your only explanation for why someone might disagree is because they didn't read your comment beyond the first line. It's just a song interpretation site and I'm a stranger you don't need to take it so serious. Good night!

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System of a Down – Chop Suey! Lyrics 1 year ago
And I explained why. By the way not every song and video are parallel. Song can be about one thing when written and video can have a different vision/idea. See Bjork's Hunter, which many people think is about Ricardo Lopez because of its video but the song was not written about him (as explained by Bjork herself).

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System of a Down – Chop Suey! Lyrics 1 year ago
@[Ganondox:18828] Yes I did read it and I said I disagree.... wow

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The Smiths – Frankly, Mr. Shankly Lyrics 1 year ago
@[ceej1979:18825] while it's nice to explain all this, you're ALL wrong is a bit much. A lot of people commented on similar themes without knowing the specifics. Frankly Mr. Ceej1979, very few people were in that band and went through that specific experience with those specific people but there are thousands and thousands of people who still can relate to the song as they have analogous experiences and feelings.

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System of a Down – Chop Suey! Lyrics 1 year ago
@[Ganondox:18824] Disagree. Not genocide, this song is about Suicide - this was made clear in interview and was even the original title.Genocide and suicide are not concepts that you'd put together - martyrdom yes, but thats not what genocide is about at all. There is no choice there. Also I think to read every song of theirs (or anyone) through the lens of their ethnicity is problematic. Armenians can write about genocide, but they also don't have to do so every single time you know. It's a limiting way to look at the work of any artist.

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Björk – All Is Full of Love Lyrics 1 year ago
@[praych:18676] This as well as Undo both for me are both uplifting and I feel "alive" as you said.

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PJ Harvey – Missed Lyrics 1 year ago
@[thinskizzy:16338] I like this interpretation and it makes sense

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New Model Army – Green And Grey Lyrics 1 year ago
it's pretty transparent this one, DexterF. About small towns and those who leave because they feel as though "the world has always got to be something that seems to happen somewhere else".

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PJ Harvey – Horses In My Dreams Lyrics 2 years ago
This song feels to me it's about heroin. Having gotten off heroin to be more precise. It kind of makes sense if you think about it. I'm not saying PJ herself was on heroin necessarily but she's surely been around it enough to write a song from this perspective. There's an honest and decisive aspect to the song, like the narrator is acknowledging the horses still pull her at some level, evoking freedom and "to set herself free". But she knows that she needs to stay clean after she managed to "pull herself clear", likely before the heroin became an all-consuming thing in her life. The music and the lyrics combined make me think this interpretation.

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PJ Harvey – The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore Lyrics 2 years ago
@[SWRJones:7153] where do you even get rap from this? and sullen girl? this comment makes no sense comment i'm sorry

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PJ Harvey – Big Exit Lyrics 2 years ago
@[Ailema:7152] she gave interviews describing things she was doing with friends like break into parks and minor vandalism. I think the song was written around that time. So I tend to think it's more about that exploring and doing slightly dangerous things. Guns are used because they're very American imagery, especially coming from Europe. Anyway I agree this is not a suicide song.

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PJ Harvey – Broken Harp Lyrics 2 years ago
I hear her speaking to the child she miscarried. Sometimes the miscarriage is not complete and there is surgery (e.g., When Under Ether). The woman seeks forgiveness even though she could not help the miscarriage. Heartbreaking song.

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PJ Harvey – When Under Ether Lyrics 2 years ago
@[schnitzi:7150] I get so much more miscarriage than abortion (same surgery, but after the fetus is dead)

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PJ Harvey – When Under Ether Lyrics 2 years ago
@[ImMyRuin:7149] I agree. There is a lot of loss in this album. I agree this song always makes me think the surgery is to remove the fetus after miscarriage.

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PJ Harvey – The Devil Lyrics 2 years ago
@[Bistromash:7148] Bravo!!

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Joy Division – Heart and Soul Lyrics 13 years ago
wow only one comment..

i love this song. i find it so powerful. it really expresses well a feeling of hopelessness, frustration, but also having accepted things the way they are.

sometimes i feel exactly like this..

Existence, well what does it matter?
I exist on the best terms I can
The past is now part of my future
The present is well out of hand
The present is well out of hand

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Cake – The Distance Lyrics 13 years ago
it may be a drug song. or sex. a song is not a one-dimensional thing. but i know one thing. this song once hit me hard when i heard Cake live and at that point i felt like the "she" about a "he" who was all about the work and the rat race. so i know for sure it CAN work like that.

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Cake – Open Book Lyrics 13 years ago
wow it is at this moment, reading these comments so surprising to me that people don't like or get this song. it's to me so amazing. i always felt it stated things so clearly and i felt at times almost like it's been written about me.

"inventing your own stories"...

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New Order – Everyone Everywhere Lyrics 13 years ago
i adore this song.

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Pixies – Debaser Lyrics 13 years ago
it's about un chien andalou by bunuel, co-written by dali. one of the most famous surrealist films of all time. frank black made is "un chien andalousia" just to be weird.

you must see this film with its famous "slicing up eyeballs ooohooohoohoh"

this is my favourite pixies song. it has to be!

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Pixies – Caribou Lyrics 13 years ago
lets me knife.

beautiful.

not reincarnation. if that was printed, i am sure that was a joke. or hey were high...

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Interpol – Leif Erikson Lyrics 13 years ago
leif erikson because he is discovering new territory. this is such a song about 2 people dealing with a difficult, real and deep situation of loving and growing together. i don't see it as depressing. they will keep growing together. this is a mature relationship. things are not seen pink and optimistic. love, yes. but realistic. there has been fear, taking things from sexual to emotional and understanding how far the other has gone in the process has been almost harrowing. for the man here this is completely new territory. we don't know about her, but we can imagine for her too...

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Interpol – Obstacle 1 Lyrics 13 years ago
i like this song very very much - the music. but "her stories are boring and stuff"?? hmm... that's unexpected. for me there i was not expecting it.

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Interpol – NYC Lyrics 13 years ago
i do not mean this in a negative way, nothing wrong with youth, i wish i could be young again... people asking about the NY subway-porno analogy either don't get porno, or don't get NY, or need to age a few more years... it'll all make sense, you'll see.

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Interpol – Untitled Lyrics 13 years ago
all the stoned people, hope you got to hear interpol LIVE while stoned. if not put on your to do list. i did it. twice now.

this song is great.

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Interpol – Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down Lyrics 13 years ago
it is NOT simply about oral sex/hooker.

the multiple meanings are intended i believe. whatever works.... but

some one catatonic sex toy love drug diver in a sea so tight who broke away...

so much.

i relate to different themes in this song depending on when i listen to it. (ummm yah never to hooker aspect).

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Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising Lyrics 13 years ago
it's about astronomy.

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Kasabian – Club Foot Lyrics 13 years ago
just like it. heard it on radio a lot. i don't see any videos. the album is good. want to see them live.

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Pinback – Fortress Lyrics 13 years ago
it doesn't matter people, this is a forum people can discuss what they want!!

this song hits me so hard. i just saw them live too... mm.

i know that they did not intend this meaning at all so don't start with me.

they're a couple. sick summer. she is sick, the relationship is sick. he wants out. maybe he is an ass, maybe not we don't know. maybe she is nice maybe she is not, we don't know. she is tired, she wants to be loved. is she unlovable we don't know. they're over. he knows it in his sweating palms. and he is talking here. everything is still heavy with all the years' accumulation. and it's not easy. this is not a moment. logically there has to be a way. but no, nothing to lean into. the fortress... it's no good. what they believed in is no longer working. and this is the moment of his anguish. he is going to leave. she is going to perhaps hate.

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