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The Smithereens – Strangers When We Meet Lyrics 11 days ago
The line "she said 'take care, OK'"? always kills me

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Aimee Mann – How Am I Different? Lyrics 1 month ago
I can't do it and as for you
Can you in good conscience even ask me to

What is he asking her to do?

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Belle & Sebastian – The Model Lyrics 1 month ago
I think "you" is a model the narrator has a crush on but he thinks she's out of his league, and he knows he has no chance with her ("you're not impressed by me")

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Liz Phair – White Chocolate Space Egg Lyrics 1 month ago
This is a beautiful song about the joys of motherhood.

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The New Pornographers – The Surprise Knock Lyrics 1 month ago
A surprisingly serious song for Carl Newman. Favorite part- his and Neko's harmony on "didn't need a war"

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Aimee Mann – Susan Lyrics 1 month ago
@[frozenfever:35461] I like that interpretation!

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The Pretenders – Boots of Chinese Plastic Lyrics 2 months ago
"Prophet [not Hoffa] told us we should tolerate..."
"... and see some beauty in this human pageantry"

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The Pretenders – Boots of Chinese Plastic Lyrics 2 months ago
@[FrogTrain:35438] I like your interpretation a lot.

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The New Pornographers – Chump Change Lyrics 4 months ago
I'm pretty sure it's ... all of our HEADS in the sand
Love love love this song

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Massive Attack – Protection Lyrics 4 months ago
Not to take anything away from the other perceptive commenters, one possible interpretation of the song is that it's about a friendship/romance between two women - the "you're a girl and I'm a boy"/"You're a boy and I'm a girl" parts being about gender roleplay.

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Massive Attack – Protection Lyrics 4 months ago
@[IDs_Ego:35096] "the girl she knows is her" - brilliant

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Yo La Tengo – The Ballad Of Red Buckets Lyrics 5 months ago
@[georgyt:35051] I always wondered if it was about them! I saw RB once at Maxwell's and they were great.

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Elliott Smith – Happiness/The Gondola Man Lyrics 5 months ago
@[raukoiel:35003] said the song reminds him of Brokeback Mountain. The first thing I thought of when I read the lyrics was Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams.. but then I realized that Ledger died in 2008 so the song can't literally be about him. But to me it can be.

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The New Pornographers – Loose Translation Lyrics 5 months ago
I submitted this via the correction form:

One holy ghost for a home made girl
In a green T-shirt that read, I quote:
"What price damnation now?"

In the school of thought
In the halls of state
With a leap of faith
The loose translation must have lost her

It must have caused her to go back
To the civilization
Caught between here and the real one
Just to say what you'd begun to say once

We have been enrolled in the wrong schools
All through the pride of fall
The falling price of education now

There have been no clues in the last few takes
In the steps retraced
The education must have cost her
It must have caused her to go back
To the civilization
Caught between here and the real one
Just to say what you'd begun to say once

The education must have cost her
The loose translation must have lost her
It must have lost her
Yeah

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Craig Finn – God in Chicago Lyrics 6 months ago
I love this song. No big thoughts on meaning, just love it.

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The New Pornographers – Star Bodies Lyrics 9 months ago
@[Lost:34106] the Plot love your interpretation

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Belle & Sebastian – Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie Lyrics 9 months ago
It's one of those beautiful Belles songs about the marginalized people and their hearts. Like Piazza New York Catcher. And I love it.

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The Go-Betweens – The Clarke Sisters Lyrics 9 months ago
@[bunny1966:34040] I don't have the LP. But OK, guess I was wrong.

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The Shins – One By One All Day Lyrics 10 months ago
Will someone think of the poor snails?

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Okkervil River – You Can't Hold The Hand Of A Rock And Roll Man Lyrics 10 months ago
@[MCtrainface:33684] A double reference! Also Bryan Ferry's 1978 solo album "The Bride Stripped Bare."

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The Go-Betweens – The Clarke Sisters Lyrics 11 months ago
Also - it's "supple girls" (not softball girls)

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Elliott Smith – Looking Over My Shoulder Lyrics 1 year ago
I would like to know who "you" is ("you come over with all of your friends") - clearly "you" is a person, not a record company, and probably he/she is a musician ("another slick rock 'n' roller acting like a dick"). Anybody?

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lodi Lyrics 1 year ago
For a long time I thought this was a song about a broke musician stuck somewhere. And it is, but there's a crucial line I missed (as I hear it) -- "Looks like they took my friend." So something else happened. A murder, an arrest.. maybe he's stuck there trying to get his friend out of jail.

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Prefab Sprout – Faron Young Lyrics 1 year ago
I like what maehiraeth, Cliff3225 and Lloyd35 said. I always thought this song was about a guy (Paddy McAloon presumably) driving through the USA, confronting America's immensity and its culture, and having a perfect moment when Faron Young comes on the radio.

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The New Pornographers – The New Face of Zero and One Lyrics 1 year ago
@[SouthernLights:32527] reasonable theory. To me this is one of Carl Newman's more opaque lyrics

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Tracey Thorn – Long White Dress Lyrics 1 year ago
From Wikipedia: "After 27 years as a couple, [Tracey] Thorn and the other half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt, married in 2008 at Chelsea Register Office."

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Okkervil River – Black Lyrics 1 year ago
My favorite part of the song- "Oh, Cynda Moore." It contains the narrator's love, frustration, sadness, futility.

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The Go-Betweens – Love Goes On Lyrics 1 year ago
Sheridan Street is in Cairns, Australia.

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Aimee Mann – How Am I Different? Lyrics 1 year ago
@[SirenAsunder:31731] Good idea! the mention of money makes more sense in this interpretation.

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Tracey Thorn – Late In The Afternoon Lyrics 1 year ago
I love this song. It doesn't need a lot of interpretation - late in the afternoon of life.

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Pavement – Texas Never Whispers Lyrics 1 year ago
Is this song about a threesome?

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Leonard Cohen – Memories Lyrics 1 year ago
@[ZeksAtLiberty:29474] brilliant take, I love it

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A.C. Newman – Most Of Us Prizefighters Lyrics 2 years ago
I agree with ErikWithBrain and starrzy, the prizefighters are musicians.

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Elliott Smith – L.A. Lyrics 3 years ago
I can't resist capitalizing Patience (the lyrics make a lot more sense that way) but then I wonder who "Patience" was.

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Bob Dylan – Apple Suckling Tree Lyrics 3 years ago
Old man down like a county hook??

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Tullycraft – Twee Lyrics 3 years ago
Cher: Singer / actress Cherilyn Sarkisian (1946-) best known for "I Got You Babe"

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The Smiths – Paint a Vulgar Picture Lyrics 3 years ago
@[Duffo:21598] reminds me of Ziggy Stardust- "when the kids had killed the man"

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The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic Lyrics 3 years ago
First song on TNP's first album. It's a declaration of purpose. To avoid "mass" taste, not to change their music to be radio-friendly.

On a more trivial note, "hollowed stars" looks like a Gilmore Girls reference to me.

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Liz Phair – Why Can't I? Lyrics 3 years ago
@[drds63:19293] best comment ever

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David Bowie – Rock 'n' Roll Suicide Lyrics 4 years ago
I always think about Ziggy Stardust, the album, as beginning with the death of the entire world ("Five Years") and ending with the saving of one life ("Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"). I agree with farrell way upthread who says that "you" (the would-be suicide) doesn't go through with it. I base this on the repeated "gimme your hands" - the narrator ("I") is taking the hands of the would-be suicide so he/she can't kill him/herself. (That's why it's "hands" not "hand"). Then the final ten seconds of the song when the strings rise to a triumphant note.

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The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane Lyrics 4 years ago
I think the "waste" refers to the narrator's sadness over what he feels he's wasted during his life.. wasted time, wasted youth, even the waste of his father's watch..

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Pavement – The Hexx Lyrics 4 years ago
@[lensflare:16082] not my vote for best, but a gutsy choice.

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Roxy Music – Sunset Lyrics 4 years ago
I read someplace, can't remember where, that this song represents Bryan Ferry's acknowledgment that the glam rock era was ending.

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Television – Elevation Lyrics 5 years ago
Maybe the elevation of the song is a drug reference. I live light (headed). A lot of Marquee Moon is about disconnection of some sort, disconnection from the senses.

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Pavement – In the Mouth a Desert Lyrics 5 years ago
I recall reading somewhere that "can you treat it like an oil well" refers to Malkmus's talent. "Put our [record] labels down" seems pretty obvious.

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Bruce Springsteen – New York City Serenade Lyrics 5 years ago
@[BobD:4793] your interpretation makes a lot of sense to me. And the song is dark and dreamy as (I imagine) a heroin high is.

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A.C. Newman – The Town Halo Lyrics 5 years ago
"Our own girl Jesus" is clearly a reference to Game Theory's song "Like a Girl Jesus" - Carl is a big Game Theory fan.

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Destroyer – The Sublimation Hour Lyrics 6 years ago
It just occurred to me that "express your bloated self" could be a reference to Madonna ("Express Yourself") - and if Madonna is the female Prince (big 80's star) then she is Princess...

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Bob Dylan – This Wheel's on Fire Lyrics 6 years ago
Don't remember where I read this but the "wheel on fire" is also a reference to Dylan's 1966 motorcycle accident.

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Yo La Tengo – We're An American Band Lyrics 6 years ago
The lyrics to this song are like a haiku. The briefest of brushstrokes to suggest an atmosphere.

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