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Emiliana Torrini – Beggar's Prayer Lyrics 8 years ago
This song is about processing grief.

"Mamma said, lift your head from the sieve of your hands.
Mamma said eventually this hurting will end.
But the shockwaves on my bones will linger,
Like the ghost of you here in my bed."

She's lost her lover and her mother, the wise advisor, is telling her that it gets better, but the memory of her lover still hurts.

"When I was lost you thought me a beautiful find.
Sometimes I think of you sleeping, so sleep for a while.
I find myself asking who'd do this to love,
And the white-shouldered mountains they pointed above."

She reminesces fondly of her lover. Those pleasant thoughts turn sour as she asks the general question we all ask when we're grieving, "Why?"

"Lord you just dropped me here by the side of this road.
Out here's too cold and I don't want to walk it alone.
I've got a bottle of your blood inside me,
And on old beggar's prayer on the tip of my tongue."

She's contemplating giving up, unable to comprehend how to move on without her love. That hole we fill in our lives when we lose someone. She's drinking and praying, as ways of coping with the grief.

"Mamma said, lift your head from the sieve of your hands.
Mamma said that eventually this hurting will end... "

After going through the process of grief, this is all that can be said and done. We lift our heads from the sieves of our hands. The hurting ends, we continue to live on.

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Of Monsters And Men – Love Love Love Lyrics 9 years ago
This is the same meaning as Cherrelle's "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On"

This is what a lot of women, especially younger kind-hearted women, struggle to say to men.

She's saying she doesn't feel the same way about him as he does her, and she's feels really bad about breaking his heart.

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The XX – Angels Lyrics 9 years ago
I just listened to this song five times in a row on the way to work this morning. It is perhaps the most straightforward and earnest declaration of love committed to song. It will be my wedding song.

I think it's about three distinct phases of falling in love with someone.

Phase One: The Meeting
"Light reflects from your shadow
It is more than I thought could exist
You move through the room
Like breathing was easy."

That's about seeing someone and instantly becoming smitten with them. Their every movement is magical. And that feeling is so personal that if she could share it with you, make you understand what she alone is seeing you'd be "in love with you as I am."

Phase Two: Getting To Know You
"And everyday
I am learning about you
The things that no one else sees
And the end comes too soon"

Spending time with someone and they share secrets and you fall for them even more and understand their deeper selves. This phase of love also has that sense of yearning, like when you spend time with someone and now it's time to go home, or it's 1am and you have to get off the phone. That feeling is like "dreaming of angels, and leaving without them."

Phase Three: Reciprocity/Commitment
"And with words unspoken
A silent devotion
I know you know what I mean
And the end is unknown
But I think I'm ready
As long as you're with me"

Remember the end of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" where Joel and Clementine know how their relationship will end but they shrug it off and decide to be together anyway? That's the fear most of us have when we fall in love and are ready to commit to another person, but will it work? Will we have kids? Will we hate each other? She's saying "We love each other, the future is scary but I'm okay to go forward as long as I love you as much as you love me."

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Copeland – Eat, Sleep, Repeat Lyrics 12 years ago
I think it's about someone who has been making bad love choices. They're so broken down and disenchanted
that they are wary of the true love that's blossoming (And do you think it's unwise to go and break
yourself on this one? When all this time you didn't know love). He's basically saying "You are scared
of loving me because of the past but you didn't have true love until now."

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