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Grateful Dead – Althea Lyrics 4 years ago
To me the story is about a guy who is reckless in his interpersonal relations and thinks everybody is out to get him or cheat him some way.

Althea comes in as a friend who has his back based on what he is telling her.

However as she comes to know him better she realizes a lot of the things that are happening to him is his own fault. He thinks the world revolves around him, he lies and the when his bad decisions catch up to him he wants somebody to feel sorry for him.

Then she tells him he needs to get his priorities straight.

He thinks she's talking about him and her and tells her he's not interested in a relationship and she says OK. But of course then his personality flaws make him want what he doesn't have and he wants her then.

The last line sums the guy's situation. He needs to understand himself before he can understand somebody else. That he's too concerned with blowing up little things and notions into problems and totally forgetting that the love we all share is the most important.

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R.E.M. – Driver 8 Lyrics 7 years ago
I think this is about a guy riding on a train thru the south. He's looking out the windows and commenting on what he sees.

Describes the train stopping places where bells are ringing and people are evangelizing, looking at the fields and power lines, and dealing with the heat.

I'm not sure about the line about the song and plane but the rest seems to be sort of stream of consciousness rap about the various vigenettes he encounters on his train ride.


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Tom Waits – Come on Up to the House Lyrics 7 years ago
Tom Waits often writes songs that are like gospel songs but that aren't really gospel songs.

This is one of my favorites.

Another is Down there by the Train that Johny Cash covers so well on his American recordings.

Both those songs are alike in that they are sort of calling the broken people to a better place.


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Barnaby Bright – Made Up Of Lyrics 7 years ago
When I saw them live they said this was about a lady who husband of 30 years had died.

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Grateful Dead – It Must Have Been The Roses Lyrics 7 years ago
This is about a man who shared some secret with a woman. Were they having an affair or had she pledged to marry him?

He went off to sea for 10 years.

When he returned she had already died and was placed in a mausoleum.

In old days since there was no embalming caskets were frequently made with a small pane of glass in them so people could see the dead but not smell them.

This fellow came back from the sea to find his love, dead.

There is one pane of glass in the window of the casket, but nobody is complaining and he tells whomever in the song has come upon him to come in and shut the door.

He then remarks that the ribbons and flowers in her hair are faded with time, and that she has been dead so long nobody comes around to view her anymore.

As the previous poster said laying her head in the roses was saying she died just like in the song he says that he would lay his head in the roses rather than reveal whatever she told him

This is probably one of my favorite Dead songs. The Dead were "Americana" before it was a genre, and Jerry truly loved a sad sweet song and Hunter wrote them for him.

How traditional, a man who lost his love and lingers at her casket even though she died years ago and her body has been corrupted.

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Jane's Addiction – Idiots Rule Lyrics 7 years ago
I think that the song is referring to an unjust law that everyone disobeys anyway.

From the reference to sex, being on your knees and how you look like the person you hate I think it's a song that is dissing anti sodomy laws.

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The Cowboy Junkies – Ring on the sill Lyrics 7 years ago
Older couple reflecting on the fears and uncertainties they had when they started their relationship.
The coming winter in the song a metaphor for old age and now that the relationship is strong and endured the fears and uncertainties of aging.

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Jenny Lewis – Carpetbaggers Lyrics 8 years ago
Carpetbagger:

In United States history, carpetbagger was a pejorative term Southerners gave to Northerners (also referred to as Yankees) who moved to the South during the Reconstruction era, between 1865 and 1877.

The term referred to the observation that these newcomers tended to carry "carpet bags," a common form of luggage at the time (sturdy and made from used carpet). It was used as a derogatory term, suggesting opportunism and exploitation by the outsiders.


I think the song is sort of referring to a friend who a girl comes from outside the circle of friends, charms a guy he knows and then he winds up being "p*ssy whipped" as it is often referred to, and he loses contact with his old life and his pals because he's been dominated.

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