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Taylor Swift – Christmas Must Be Something More Lyrics 3 years ago
Such a preachy and hypocritical song. She takes a shot at Christmas traditions and Christmas music in the opening verse, but here she is producing this new one to slap on an album alongside several of the ribbons and bows classic tunes for Universal Music Group to cash in and make a few million dollars on. Who is she to say what is and isn't superficial? I can't help but think of the weird evangelicals who scream about Christmas being under attack because Starbucks is using a different cup design.

Miranda Lambert – Automatic Lyrics 4 years ago
This song reinforces every sterotype there is of country music fans as ignorant, delusional self-righteous old white folks.

Since when is driving 90 minutes into the city to buy a dress "doing it all by hand"? This lady is confusing her upper-middle class early 60's Dallas-Ft. Worth upbringing with pre-Civil War hard-scrabble subsistence living she can't possibly have any concept of. Get a clue lady, you grew up in post-Industrial corporate America just like all the rest of us. You're a professional musician. You don't put in the time to do your own makeup by hand, why would you presume to lecture anyone else?

Lacuna Coil – Give Me Something More Lyrics 8 years ago
Give Me Something More is a song about losing a loved one and having your faith in God shaken because of it. The second verse sums up the entire story: "I cannot wait for a savior / My angel is long gone / I'm on my knees / I don't wanna pray" The savior being presumably Jesus Christ, "my angel" being the lover or child that has been lost, "on my knees" in grief, "I don't wanna pray" because the person singing blames God for their loss. Explicit references to demons, angels, church bells, prayer, and the savior pretty much cement the context.

Kenny Rogers – The Gambler Lyrics 10 years ago
A man with something serious troubling him finds himself sharing a compartment on a late night train with a processional gambler. Whatever’s weighing on him must be big, or why else would he be draining a bottle of whiskey on a midnight train with destination unknown? (“A train bound for nowhere.”) Probably something about a woman, knowing these old country and western songs…

They sit in silence for a long time, until the gambler breaks it, saying: “I’ve built a life on reading people’s faces, and I can tell looking at yours that you’re up against something that’s bigger than you can handle. If you’ll share that last swallow of whiskey and a smoke, I’ll give you some advice.”

The nameless companion relents, and in the thick gambling metaphor of the chorus, the gambler tells him, basically this: That there are times you need to hang on, and times you need to let go; and also times when you need to swallow your pride, think about what you’re up against, and get the heck outta there as fast as your legs can carry you.

He repeats more of the same metaphor in the second verse, and also reminds his companion that like gambling, life is a matter of chance or luck (“Cause every hand’s a winner, and every hand’s a loser”) and that the best you can expect in the long run is to break even, and die happy (“in your sleep”). Then the gambler, old enough to call his companion “son”, and hit by the effects of the whiskey shot, falls asleep in his seat.

And as the nameless companion sits looking out the window in silence, the gambler’s advice repeats in his head (as the chorus repeats in the song) he reaches an epiphany; something about what the gambler said clicks in him, and he understands how he needs to deal with his problem. (“And in his final words I found an ace that I could keep” — the “ace” the gambler hinted the man was missing at the beginning of the song.)

How did the gambler break even? That one’s a little bit more difficult because it’s outside of the flow of the song’s narrative about the nameless man travelling on the midnight train. But, it might have to do with the fact that as a professional gambler the man giving the advice has made a living by taking what’s valuable from other people. On the train, he is giving his nameless companion powerful, but cryptic advice that guides him to the answer to his troubles. He’s giving away something valuable rather than taking it; or at least selling it, if you consider the whiskey and the cigarette payment.

Tapping The Vein – Butterfly Lyrics 11 years ago
Incest? Macrob, you crazy, the song isn't even about human beings per se.

I'm with charismafairchild and Sonata Arctica, the song could be a traumatic outpouring of feelings of lost virginity or sexual abuse.

OR it could be about menarche, and a girl's trauma with the start of menses. Blood in her bed, feeling filthy, feeling unpretty… all in the context of butterflies and honey bees, constructs little girls understand… “the things nobody talks about” being the basic information about sexuality that adults often try to hide from children and the confusion and distress that can go hand in hand with that…

I:scintilla – Cursive Eve Lyrics 11 years ago
In a general sense, Cursive Eye is a song about the Bible and Old Testament Christian theology. The first section of the second verse reads like a sermon:

"They say 'In you lives an Eve' and / 'Thy desire rules over thee' / 'Thou shall not let witches live' / The fiction binds your mind and body"

Eve, witches, male angels, all Christian icons; many of them very paternal or even misogynist in nature.

But unlike Christian Rock bands that glorify Christian belief and generally represent an intrinsic form of worship, Cursive Eye speaks of bondage rather than salvation. It talks about being born wrapped in the false comfort of thin paper (of the Bible) and likens Biblical devotion to BDSM with the chorus:

"Kneel / Here youre not scared to die / Beg / Those dogs will lick and drink you dry / Kneel / Eat the pretty cursive lie / Beg / And you will not be scared to die"

Emilie Autumn – Swallow Lyrics 11 years ago
I'm not well versed in Shakespeare, and while I can recognize that the whole drowning theme is at least a passing reference toward Ophelia's death, the tone of the vocals suggest strongly that Emilie is speaking directly to the listener through this song:

"I'll tell the truth: all of my songs / Are pretty much the fucking same / I'm not a faerie but I need / More than this life so I became / This creature representing more to you / Than just another girl."

"I don't want to be a legend / Oh well that's a god damned lie - I do / To say I do this for the people / I admit is hardly true"

Maybe she's channeling an actress-like devotion to Shakespeare's character in this song, or maybe she is trying to express a very personal synchronicity she feels with the character through her own gothic lolita personality. I guess only she could tell us for certain.

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