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Jamie Lidell – The Ring Lyrics 7 years ago
Sweet gravy what a song! And what a set of lyrics, really vivid.

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St. Vincent – The Party Lyrics 8 years ago
All of this song, to me, reminds me of what anxiety is like, especially when you're thrown into a social situation. The slow, slurred delivery seems like her trying to spit out her scattered thoughts as well as she can, and the feeling of sitting "transfixed by a hole in your t-shirt Oh I've said much too much and they're trying to sweep up" just seems to emulate that lack of confidence from doing little mistakes. Maybe I'm just crazy haha.

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Flying Lotus – Satelllliiiiiiiteee Lyrics 8 years ago
Sounds like "uh, kick the satellite, get 'em movin', get 'em, 'na mean?" I love the bass breakdown at the end...

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Burial – Archangel Lyrics 8 years ago
I've also always heard "let it be alone," but I think at least the original sample's "couldn't be alone." Although Burial might be trying to twist the phrase to make it sorta ambiguous, who knows?

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Wild Beasts – Underbelly Lyrics 8 years ago
I think that, at least at first, it's about anorexia and a teen girl's pressure to look a certain way. Otherwise it gets bit more universal with its ideas, incredibly poetic.
It's so spare and vunerable, really strikes you.

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Broadcast – America's Boy Lyrics 8 years ago
found this on bleep.com, from Trish Keenan:
The lyrics to 'America's Boy' were generated by my reactions to a tabloid cryptic crossword. The clues were topically about the war in Iraq, and in general, their stance was one of anti-American occupation. In my frustration at not being able to decipher the clues, I began to react to them, make up my own answers, mimicking back the language of the clues. I was interested then in possible answers. I got on a roll arguing with the clues, asking questions back, taking offence to them and deliberately misreading them. What came back was a sort of celebration of the American soldier. Snap shots of the heroics of American Imperialism, the all out impressiveness of its big achievements. Also something that the British do not have in their culture, a self celebratory nature of Americans towards their own country. The lyrics of Tender Buttons were generated through automatic writing. They are my free falling thoughts. I believe that words have their own life. That if you throw words together randomly, they naturally make sense. Language just wants to be understood.

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The Kills – Tape Song Lyrics 9 years ago
I thought it was "you got to go steal a hand" haha

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Wild Beasts – Empty Nest Lyrics 9 years ago
sounds like it's about the aftermath of an abortion? this is one heavy, yet awesome, album!

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Broadcast – Tears in the Typing Pool Lyrics 9 years ago
beautiful, if central scrutinizer is right then this is just so sad!

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Broadcast – Before We Begin Lyrics 9 years ago
I think it's more about coming back into a relationship

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Wild Beasts – Vigil for a Fuddy Duddy Lyrics 9 years ago
really nasty! but cool

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Wild Beasts – Vigil for a Fuddy Duddy Lyrics 9 years ago
this song is nasty!

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The Clash – Straight to Hell Lyrics 9 years ago
beautiful and so depressing

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The Kinks – Australia Lyrics 9 years ago
According to some background info, it ties in with the album's story about Arthur's family and comes a bit from real life. His son and daughter-in-law are dead-set on moving away from drab England to Australia, which they've been told is the greatest place on earth. Of course it's seen through Arthur's point of view, so it's incredibly sarcastic and overblown. Also Dave Davies' sister moved from Australia with her husband, so that sorta gives an interesting perspective too.

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The Kinks – Arthur Lyrics 9 years ago
What a perfect ending for a perfect album

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Talking Heads – Houses In Motion Lyrics 9 years ago
Appears to be about a man, completely determined to work towards his very introverted goal, which makes him detached from and slightly paranoid of his peers. He is killing his sense of social contact and values as he's resolutely "digging" for this idea, which seems to be of meaning-of-life level importance (or actually the meaning of life), and he imposes self-isolation with his erratic behavior. He sparringly says anything anymore, but when he does he babbles on about his thoughts until people start to quiet him down, all to the point where even his girlfriend "give up hope".

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Sly And The Family Stone – Africa Talks To You "The Asphalt Jungle" Lyrics 9 years ago
God, this song is depressing.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Breathless Lyrics 9 years ago
Actually a pretty sad song, in truth. It follows the Orpheus story throughout the ablum, and it's Orpheus lamenting over Eurydice's death.

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Wild Beasts – All The King's Men Lyrics 9 years ago
Sounds like the inner thoughts of a girl-crazy aristocrat from...the Victorian era? I don't know, it's cool though.

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Wild Beasts – Hooting & Howling Lyrics 9 years ago
Bovver boots are a sort of Doc Marten-style boot, used usually when referring to skinheads. And the song is definitely about being in a gang of skinheads. Very cool juxtapositions of lanugage and content and how it has elements of both sympathy and sarcasm.

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Stereolab – Cybele's Reverie Lyrics 9 years ago
What a surprisingly intimate and nostalgic song for them!

From the view of someone who's "read everything, drank everything..." and no longer is able to find joy in the limits adult life, so they idealize and reminisce about the wondrous and immaculate aspects of childhood. They seem to be looking at their old childhood house ("the rocks, the trees, the walls narrate"), every part of which has it's own story to tell, comparing it to "the house of the future", or their less-than-magical present house. The "silence will penetrate me" is all of the memories that came from thinking about and looking at these past things, coming back all at once.
I love how their childlike harmonies emphasize it all!

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Stereolab – Margerine Melodie Lyrics 9 years ago
I think it's "knowing through training that if..." A stupid nitpick. This song is awesome, though. The music mirrors the lyrics surprisingly well.

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Stereolab – Miss Modular Lyrics 9 years ago
Here's a not very good half self-translation in English:

On the cardboard box a trompe loeil
Readily confesses that it is trompe loeil.
On the cardboard box a trompe loeil
Readily confesses that it is trompe loeil,
It gives off the notion of a game and a mystery,
A quiet spectacle gives off the notion of a game and humour,
A Spectacle that rhymes, that arouses on the eyes a flash,
A discovery, an idea that may play tricks,
A muse, certainly, that gives off the notion of a game and a mystery,
An intimate spectacle.

On the cardboard box a trompe loeil
Readily confesses that it is trompe loeil.

On the cardboard box a trompe loeil
Confesses willingly that it is trompe loeil




One thing I know is that "trompe l'oeil" literally means "trick the eye", in other words a trick/fool of the eye (later fooling the eye) or something deceptive. Although many of their songs do have socialistic meanings, I don't think this one is really. Having said that, I don't really know what it's talking about...

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