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The Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon Lyrics 11 months ago
@[otismidnight:24090] I read somewhere that it's about one of the wives of the guys in the band, or his former wife.

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 2 years ago
@[vieenrose:7869] Thank you, I love what you wrote and don't think it's cheesy at all. :)

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 2 years ago
@[Snailfish:7707] I'm glad you got something positive from what I typed. I was so incredibly upset back then, but felt compelled to share that experience, and what the song meant to me. I didn't know what you wrote about black holes. That makes it all even more interesting, so thanks for sharing! Good luck to you and your fiancée. :)

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The Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon Lyrics 6 years ago
I meant I think he's overwhelmed with emotion, and trying to get out what he wants to say...not necessarily overwhelmed with fear, it could be love for her, gratitude for her being the person she was and that he was able to share a part of her life, or just overwhelmed by the idea of going on to help someone else and carry on her legacy in that way.

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The Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon Lyrics 6 years ago
I'm glad you found what I wrote inspiring. I was feeling so emotional when I posted that, and felt like I was just blathering on and that no one would actually care about what I had to say, but I felt like even talking about it here was keeping my bf's memory alive in some way.

Interesting thoughts about "Iris". I'm going to go back and read the lyrics to that one again with what you said in mind.

I think a lot of the interpretations people have posted are pretty out there, but that's always the way it goes. The song is definitely about drugs, and more obviously than most songs dealing with the subject. But yes, I think the deeper meaning gets lost - that it's also a love song.

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The Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon Lyrics 6 years ago
One more comment - as far as the part "All because I'm, all because I'm", I see that as him being overwhelmed, wanting to say "All because I'm going to become to other people what you became to me". She meant a lot to him, and despite her issues, she had a huge impact on his life. Now that she's gone, he hopes to be able to be that kind of person for someone else - help them the way she helped him.

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The Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon Lyrics 6 years ago
I love your interpretation overall, but I think the line "inside your room" probably refers to her actual room. That's probably where she did most of her drugs, just hid out from the world and got high. I've known addicts, and been involved myself to a lesser degree, and this is what they do. The drug becomes all-important to them, so they just hole up somewhere and get high.

I also think the line about her womb isn't referring to her actual womb. It's figurative, and as many people have mentioned, is talking about how drugs become a person's refuge from the world.

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The Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon Lyrics 6 years ago
My boyfriend was an addict, and he's the one who told me this song was about heroin. He got clean, but died anyway, because of everything he'd put his body through. But despite that, he was such a wonderful, one of a kind person who touched so many people, just like this guy is saying the girl in this song touched him. And I relate to this on a deep level, because he was someone who always ran towards life with both arms open. We were both like that, but I lost my will after he died, and just wanted to die too. But something happened not long ago that made me realize that I do still have a reason for being here....I can inspire other people, like he did. Maybe I can be to someone else what he was to me, and keep his memory alive, so that such an amazing person didn't die in vain. It didn't make sense to why he would die when he had so many plans and dreams to achieve and talents to utilize, but I've seen since then how he DID make such a difference to so many people just by being who he was. His life wasn't for nothing, it had a very big impact. And maybe I can do the same. I'm sorry this is so personal, I just got carried away, but still, the story might inspire someone in some way. Anyone who does struggle with addiction should know it doesn't take away their value as a person, not at all. The songwriter sees this too, because this girl obviously meant a lot to him, despite her problems. I think it's a beautiful message.

As for the meaning, I think the songwriter's saying he almost became an addict himself "I almost fell into that hole in your life", "'cause you were the same as me....but on your knees" - they were the same kind of people, and he probably struggled with drugs himself, but he wasn't as deep in it as she was, and he was able to pull out of it and recover (like me), while she was in too deep and wound up dying from it. And maybe the line about "are you someone's prayer" means him - she's HIS prayer. He misses her, and talks to her in his mind, even though she's gone. Maybe he asks her to give him strength to deal with it all. I think the part about "angels fall without you here" may be about him too. Like, even though he's gotten out of that lifestyle, her death has hit him hard, and he's being tempted to go back to drugs.

One last thing - "coming down the world turned over" - this is not just talking about how she has to return to reality after being high. The truth is that, for someone with a drug problem, when they come down, life DOESN'T feel how it feels to normal people, it feels like total hell. My bf used to say however good it is, that's how bad it's gonna be after. That's the biggest reason people remain addicts, actually, because everything feels so horrible when they're not using, and it feels bad for a lot longer than it felt good, because it takes months or even a year for a person's brain chemistry to return to normal. Drugs deplete the chemicals in the brain that normally help people deal with stress, and help them feel "okay", so it's like going through sheer hell for a long time.

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
I meant "ignite", not "alight".

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
You suck. I like it because my dead boyfriend gave it to a friend of ours in a dream as a message to give to me. It helps me face moving forward in life when nothing else could. People can like songs for all sorts of reasons.

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
How in the world would it be about that? If you think it's about something, at least say why.

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
I don't think it's about drugs at all, I think he's actually talking about dying, but always being near the person he loves.

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
I think it's about life and death, not about drugs. I think he's talking about actually dying.

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
It's "SOULS", not "cells"!

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
It's "the SOULS that would die just to feel alive", not cells.

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Muse – Starlight Lyrics 6 years ago
I just wanted to share a recent experience with this song, and what it means to me. My fiancee died Easter 2011, and the past year was really horrible for me. Lately, though I've been doing a bit better, I've been afraid to move on with my life, because I don't want to leave behind our connection and everything we had together.

Last weekend, a friend of ours had a dream in which she was having a party. All our friends were there, except me, because I was depressed and didn't feel like being around people. At one point, she noticed someone in her computer room, and when she went in, it was my boyfriend. He sat her down in front of the computer, and asked her to tell me something for him. He started playing a video of this song, with the lyrics. At one point, he pointed to the screen and said "This is very important". As he touched the screen, the words began to glow. The line was "I'll never let you go, if you promise not to fade away. Never fade away."

This experience has helped me so incredibly much, and the song has so many levels of meaning for me. I know he was telling me how much he always loved me, and still does, and that he'll always be with me, that in moving forward I won't lose him. I also feel like, in the part that says "Let's conspire to alight all the souls that would die just to feel alive" he was telling me that I make a difference in the world, just by being who I am, and that I still have a reason for being here, even though he's not. He doesn't want me to stop being myself, because of feeling sad without him. He always said he loved my passion for life and my charisma, I know he wouldn't want me to go through life all dulled down and depressed.

I'd heard this song before, but never paid much attention to the lyrics. To me, this is what the lyrics mean. It's talking about someone who's dying, but he wants his girlfriend to know that she was what was really important to him in this life, and that he'll always be there, loving her, and that she should go on shining her own unique light in the world, just like always, because maybe she could make a difference in someone else's life. "Black holes and revelations" describe to me what someone goes through when they lose the person they love, and all the "hopes and expectations" they had together are gone. But it's a message of hope, more than loss. It's the missing piece that helps me go forward now, and is a song that reminds me of him without making me feel sad, like all the others do.

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings Lyrics 7 years ago
I have a different take on this song, and it's really hitting home with me today. The world is a vampire, because it's all about trying to suck your money and your life away.....always trying to get you to consume more and getting people farther and farther into debt. I think the fact that the video is about men working in the diamond mines illustrates this. They're working themselves to death for diamonds to make someone else richer. The world is a vampire, and it will suck you dry.

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings Lyrics 7 years ago
"What do I get for my pain? BETRAYED DESIRES, AND A PIECE OF THE GAME" It's obvious, to me.

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings Lyrics 7 years ago
You got the story of Job very wrong, dude. It was Abraham who was "instructed" to kill his only son, Isaac. Job's the one who got f'd over by God causing his entire family to die while at a family celebration by the roof caving in on them, then losing his entire fortune, then getting boils or leprosy or some kind of nasty shit all over his body so that he was a complete pariah. But he was one of those guys who never gave up on God, so in the end God gave him a new family and riches. I hate the story of Job, actually. I don't think the new stuff would make up at all for losing all the old, especially his family. Sure, you can have more kids, but you can't replace the children and grandchildren that died. So what happened except that Job lost years of his life to misery and heartache. Sounds like a nice present to me. Even if you say "Oh, well, he STORED UP MORE RICHES IN HEAVEN", that's completely meaningless, because if everyone's perfectly happy in heaven, it doesn't matter how many *extra* riches someone has, now, does it? It's like getting a million dollars of paper money.

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The Jezabels – Disco Biscuit Love Lyrics 7 years ago
Nah, I don't see it as any kind of overdose, I took it to mean she's partying all the time and not getting any sleep, so she falls asleep at the disco. I've lived this kind of life, and it fits very well. Never know when it'll hit you and you just konk out.

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The Jezabels – Disco Biscuit Love Lyrics 7 years ago
Oh, this is supposed to be a reply to Secret Scum above.

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Jack's Mannequin – Rescued Lyrics 7 years ago
A friend of mine had a completely different take on this, which also makes a lot of sense, though it doesn't fit as well with what Andrew reportedly said the song is about. My friend thinks it's talking about how he loves her, but just can't be with her, and that he is talking about being rescued by her, and how she's fighting super hard to hang onto the relationship, but it's no use, because he's already decided to leave. I like my interpretation better, but this one does make sense as well. The only part that wouldn't work with that are is the line "but she got me warm, so please don't get me rescued".

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Jack's Mannequin – Rescued Lyrics 7 years ago
Also, that wording could give a different twist to the first time he talks about "a jet engine through the center of the storm" - like, here we go again, into the conflict and drama, but I still don't want to leave.

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Jack's Mannequin – Rescued Lyrics 7 years ago
Okay, I just read what someone wrote that Andrew said the line was "Jettisoned to the center of the storm". That's what I originally thought, and it gives that verse a slightly different twist to me, that rather than being "a jet is sent"....someone trying to pull him out of there, or he himself seeing that he could leave....that instead it's saying he's plunged right into the heart of the drama and conflict, but what overrrides it all is his love for her and desire to stay in the relationship.

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Jack's Mannequin – Rescued Lyrics 7 years ago
I am crazy about this song. Apparently it's about the mixed feelings of a guy involved in a turbulent relationship with a girl he's madly in love with - he wants so much to stay, and is fighting with himself, waffling one way, then the next. I completely relate. I agree with the person who said he's not saying he doesn't want to rescued BY her, he's saying he doesn't want to rescued FROM her. Everybody knows one of those couples - they fight like cats and dogs, then passionately make up, and after awhile everybody takes the drama for granted, 'cause they always wind up sticking it out and staying together.

Here's my take on the individual verses -

"two to one
static to the sound of you and i,
undone for the last time.
and there this was,
hiding at the bottom of your swimming pool
some september
and don't you think i wish that i could stay?
your lips give you away."

Obviously, they're fighting again, and he wonders where all this turbulence was in the beginning of their relationship, when things were probably smooth and seemed perfect. The conflict was hiding, so that he couldn't see it would be this sort of relationship. He wants so much to stay, and can tell she wants it too. I see it as there being a tremble in her lip as she says she doesn't care, or something to that effect, but he knows she really does because he knows her so well and can read her true feelings.

"i can hear it,
a jet engine through the center of the storm.
and i'm thinking i'd prefer not to be rescued."

He could walk away right now and get out of this unhealthy cycle, and maybe people who care about him are trying to help him walk away, but deep down he just doesn't want to because he's so in love with her.

"two to none
roads that lead away from this,
i'm following myself, just this once.
and i got spun,
it appears you're spun as well
it happens when you pay attention.
well this could take all year."

This is one of my favorite lines - two to none roads lead away from this.....I think he's saying that they could go their separate ways (two roads) or stick with the relationship (one road), and he has to decide which way to go. "I'm following myself, just this once" - this could be taken a couple of different ways. He could be saying he's trying to do what's best for him, this once, because he's usually too caught up in the relationship and sacrificing everything for her and for their love. However, having been in this situation myself, I can also see it as him saying "screw everybody telling me to leave, because I love her, and I want to be here, and I'm doing what I want for a change instead of listening to anyone else". "I got spun, it appears you're spun as well. It happens when you pay attention" - I'm crazy about you, and you're crazy about me, and when faced with the prospect of ending things, we both see that we don't want to lose each other". Maybe not, but that's how I see it. "This could take all year" - it could take all year to figure out how this is gonna go down. It could take a long time to work it out, or it could take a long time to let it go.

"but when it's quiet,
does she hear me?
a jet is sent to the center of the storm.
i'm thinking i'd prefer not to be rescued."

I think he feels that she often doesn't listen to him or see him for who he is because they both get caught up in the drama going on. He wonders, when things settle down, does she hear him now? Does she remember who he really is, outside of all this craziness? Also, it could just mean, in the silence, can you hear what I'm thinking and feeling? Are you there with me? "A jet is sent to the center of the storm" - once again, maybe people are trying to convince him to leave, or maybe he's just feeling the weight of wondering if he should, he knows he has a chance to leave.....but he won't, he doesn't want to. Whatever comes, he's in it for love, and can't stand to let her go.

"and oh, i can feel her,
she's dying just to keep me cool.
i'm finally numb,
so please don't get me rescued.
rescued."

I think he's saying that he can see how hard she's trying right now to calm him down at the moment, she's holding back from lashing out, and just trying to diffuse the situation. She's giving everything she has to the relationship. "I'm finally numb, so please don't get me rescued" - I've finally calmed down, and it's okay, don't anyone worry about it, don't try to save me. I'm choosing to be here.

"and it's unclear,
but this may be my last song.
oh i, i can tell she's raising hell to give to me
but she got me warm so please don't get me rescued."

He thinks he may never love someone this much again, this could be his last real love. But he knows trouble is brewing again, and dreads the next fight. Still, despite everything, he loves her so much. She's his source of love, and warmth, and comfort. He's saying please forget this b.s., everybody, because I LOVE her. No matter what goes down or how we fight, it's the love between us that matters.

"and oh, say you'll miss me one last time,
and i'll be strong.
whatever you do, please don't get me rescued."

I see this as mixed feelings. I think he's either (1) talking to the girl, saying he knows this has to end, so he's trying to be strong, but still doesn't know how he can stand to leave her or (2) telling her he'll give it one more shot, then he'll be strong and actually go next time, if things don't get better or (3) possibly he's saying to his friends, he's gonna stick with it this one more time, then he'll suck it up and let her go, but he's gotta give it one more chance.

"'cause i'm feeling like i might need to be near you.

and i feel alright, so please don't get me rescued."

He's feeling like he needs her, and saying to the rest of the world, "It's all good, I'm staying here of my own free will, because I don't want to leave. All of the drama is worth it, because of the love that's there. This is my decision, so leave me alone about it. If I'm okay with my decision, that's all that matters."

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Guster – Medicine Lyrics 8 years ago
I think you guys are taking "medicine" too literally, and I don't see this song as being about drugs at all, and certainly not about euthanasia. I think it's about someone who's depressed, but just wanting to be by themselves ("Needing the ugliness that surrounds"), and irritated by others who come around trying to cheer them up. It raises the thought, what are the "helpers" getting out of this? Do they have some need to help someone else, just for their own ego gratification? I know people like that, and this is the way I often feel when I'm depressed - like, just leave me the hell alone and let me work through it, I don't need your emotional charity. I don't want a hug. I don't want you to "pray" for me. I just want to be alone and process my feelings.

It's like the person knows those trying to "help" are not so sincere in their intentions - "your aim is not quite clear. It's better if you leave in quiet. Is this mood frightening? And who are YOU sometimes? Don't try to rescue me, go save someone else". I actually always liked that line "go save someone else, I'm way past gone". It's saying "YOU can't save me, so don't bother trying. I'll be who I am and act how I want."

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Ben Folds Five – Mess Lyrics 8 years ago
I also felt like "there are rooms in this house that I don't open anymore" referred to the fact that the memories are painful, and he will not revisit them. Acording to what someone wrote above, this is not the intended meaning, but it still makes a lot of sense to me.

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Ben Folds Five – Mess Lyrics 8 years ago
You guys, the song is NOT about religion, or about how "if only he would believe in God, he would be saved". It is not about knowing there is a God, but not believing. The line "But I don't believe in God, so I can't be saved" refers to him knowing no one can get him out of his self-created mess but himself. It's taking full responsibility for the mess he's made of things.

Also, the line "she'll never see that part of me" is NOT about him wanting to be seen for who he really is, but knowing it can never happen. It's about WANTING TO NEVER BE SUCH AN ASS AGAIN.....wanting to have a fresh start with someone new and never screw it up. "That part of me" is the part that was a jerk and screwed up this relationship. "She'll never see that part of me" = "I'll never again treat a woman this poorly". He says "I want to be for her what I could never be for you". In other words, he wants to be the man he should have been in this relationship, but wasn't.

Sometimes the majority of posters here seem pretty clueless. *smacks head*

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Evans Blue – The Pursuit Lyrics 11 years ago
This is very similar to something I told an ex-fiancee. Immediately after we split up, I brushed it off and ran away from the pain, but later when it all hit me, it hit me HARD. At that time, he was still running from it. I told him something like, "You don't feel it now, but it'll hit you. You'll feel it. And you'll regret that things went this way." And he DID. And when he did, he remembered that I'd told him that.

To me "It's still in you too low" is another way of saying the same thing. It's still in you too low, you don't feel it yet, all your choices. I'm still in you, you just don't feel me right now, but you will.

I agree with the person who said it's probably "I'm still in you too low" instead of "stealing you too low", and I wouldn't put much stock in what "their" myspace says. Most famous people don't really have a myspace, and the pages listed under their names are imposters. Do you think all those people have time to play around on myspace? Maybe some, but not most. I've heard various people talk in interviews about how they supposedly have a myspace, but they had no idea.

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Augustana – Stars and Boulevards Lyrics 11 years ago
Also....and I kind of hate to even point this out....but white horse is a metaphor for heroin, and the girl in the video does look sort of strung out. Plus, of course, people on heroin can't stand the sunlight...

Just a thought...

But it's a beautiful song, and I really love it.

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Augustana – Stars and Boulevards Lyrics 11 years ago
I've always seen the lyrics as - "any inch of you that hasn't said it all or read it all or sung my life away".

To me, that makes a big difference. When I first read that, I was struck by how beautiful it sounded. He's been through the emotional wringer in this relationship, he feels like it's used up everything he had inside. I took it as him saying she's completely known him - said it all or read it all or sung my life away. She knows him inside out. He's given her everything, and here he is, dying in the harsh light of day, now that she's gone.

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Kate Bush – This Woman's Work Lyrics 11 years ago
I just wanted to say something about what this song means to ME personally....and I know it doesn't have alot to do with the real meaning. I think the interpretations others have suggested here are on-target.

Anyway, I recently reconnected with someone from my past whom I now realize I should always have been with. It's great that we're together now, but the bad thing is that he's had to go through so many terrible things in his life in the meantime, and they've changed him very much. He's become so much more defensive and closed-off than he used to be, and it makes me so sad to know I could have prevented all of that and things could be so much better between us now and better for him in general had I made different choices. I can only hope that the little spark he has left inside can overcome the pain and dissolve the emotional scars to bring back the person I used to know, whom I can still see flickers of sometimes. I regret so much...and I hope so much too, but it's hard not to feel overwhelmed by the consequences of my past stupidity.

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The Nixons – Sister Lyrics 11 years ago
You know, I always thought this was a song to an ex-girlfriend, someone who was so deeply loved she became like a part of him. "All I am begins with you" - I've felt like that in relationships. Also, "Half of me breathes in you", etc.

What about the part that says, "You're all I knew you'd become"? To me that doesn't make sense to me if the sister's dead. But I'm not disputing that that is what the song's about if someone has that on good authority....I've just always seen it as a touching love song.

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Tori Amos – Bouncing Off Clouds Lyrics 11 years ago
Love this song! When I first read the comments, I agreed with those saying the song is about keeping relationships light. That sounded right.....although it's not how it struck me in the beginning.

However, after thinking about the lyrics more, I kinda think she's saying this is something that's causing her alot of personal pain and she wants to somehow make it easier to deal with because she realizes it's really not that big a deal in the scheme of life. That's what the song meant to ME personally when I first heard it, and I think the lines "You can stare all day at the sky, but that won't bring him back. You say you're waiting on fate, but I think we decide where we take our lives" speak of regret over a lost love or opportunity for love. This is what I was going through when I first heard the song, and I think it's what she's meaning as well. That particular lyric doesn't seem to be about keeping relationships light, therefore, I think the other meaning is more accurate.

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