Song Interpretations/Meanings

dawnstrider 07-15-2005 07:19 PM
Jo Smile . Thought this'd be a fun idea Smile . Title explains well enough, so it's all a matter of laying down a few rules.

You don't have to interpret the one you post, nor do you have to interpret the one that is immediately above you; you could do one that was two or so pages back or what not if it caught your attention. You do, however, have to post the entire song. You can also discuss a bit if you think someone's interpretation seriously rubs you or yours. There is NOTHING wrong with disagreement - it opens new ideas and deflates overblown egos. I only care of one argument get 1-2 pages in length. At that point, you might want to consider taking that to private Smile . Your interpretation could be drawn out and analytical, or simply a few sentences - doesn't matter, just have fun Big Grin . Oh, and don't bust in with "the singer said..." stuff; I'm not asking what the singer said - I'm asking what does it mean to you. Music speaks differently to different people; there's no absolute standard of suitability regarding that.

So, without further ado Smile :

Metallica - Hero of the day

Mama they try and break me

The window burns to light the way back home
A light that warms no matter where they’ve gone

They’re off to find the hero of the day
But what if they should fall by someone’s wicked way

Still the window burns
Time so slowly turns
And someone there is sighing
Keepers of the flames
Do you feel your name?
Did you hear your babies crying?
Mama they try and break me
Still they try and break me

’scuse me while I tend to how to feel
These things return to me that still seem real

Now deservingly this easy chair
But the rocking stopped by wheels of despair

Don’t want your aid
But the fist I make
For you,can’t hold off fear
No not on me
So please excuse me
While I tend to how I feel

But now the dreams and waking screams
That everlast the night
So build a wall
Behind it crawl
And hide until it’s light
So can’t you hear your babies crying now?

Still the window burns
Time so slowly turns
And someone there is sighing
Keepers of the flames
Can’t you hear your name?
Did you hear your babies crying?

But now the dreams and waking screams
That everlast the night
So build a wall
Behind it crawl
And hide until it’s light
So can’t you hear your babies crying now?

Mama they try and break me
Mama they try and break me
Mama they try and break me
Mama they try
Mama they try
Mama they try and break me
Mama they try and break me
Mama they try and break me
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To me, this song could be seen in the light of war; I'm a bit tired at the moment to get into thorough semantics, but the "burning window" could represent freedom away from the battlefield. The "hero of the day", well, could be the enemy to be defeated (hero used as an ironic slant), or it could be something altogether more metaphysical - *shrugs* guess I'll explain more about that tomorrow if I'm here.

What really kind of lead me down this path of thinking about war were the lines that star with "'scuse me while I tend..." Sounds much like a grizzled vet after the war who's now dealing with posttraumatic stress - flashbacks (" These things return to me that still seem real") and memories of the war ("But now the dreams and waking screams/That everlast the night"). The speaker also seems to refuse government aid after the fact since, as he said, they "can't hold off fear".

That's my groggy take on this.
Travis Bickle 07-16-2005 01:11 PM
Kick ass, Strider. Great idea for a thread! I’ll start with something a bit simple
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Smashing Pumpkins - Today

Today is the greatest
Day I've ever known
Can't live for tomorrow,
Tomorrow's much too long
I'll burn my eyes out
Before I get out

I wanted more
Than life could ever grant me
Bored by the chore
Of saving face

Today is the greatest
Day I've ever known
Can't wait for tomorrow
I might not have that long
I'll tear my heart out
Before I get out

Pink ribbon scars
That never forget
I tried so hard
To cleanse these regrets
My angel wings
Were bruised and restrained
My belly stings

Today is
Today is
Today is
The greatest day

I want to turn you on
I want to turn you on
I want to turn you on
I want to turn you

Today is the greatest
Today is the greatest day
Today is the greatest day
That I have ever really known
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This song is very sarcastic. Billy Corgan was trying to illustrate his depression and feelings by “hiding” them within the song. Notice how the tone from the verses to the chorus changes drastically. Just to emphasize the seriousness of the choruses. “Pink Ribbon Scars” clearly illustrates cutting himself, which is a factor of depression. In fact, the entire chorus clearly conveys the image that he’s trying to portray, not to mention the last part of the verses (“I'll tear my heart out/Before I get out” and “I'll burn my eyes out/Before I get out”).

I could back this up by talking about the technical aspects of the song, but that wouldn’t make sense to anyone on here, now would it? Tongue

Truly one of my favorite songs of all time. It means a lot to me.
dawnstrider 07-24-2005 09:10 PM
Cool - never really listened to that song, so I guess I didn't pick up the sarcasm Smile . Here's an easy one, and a favorite of mine, since jazz/blues are my favorite musical forms Smile :

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
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This is an easy one, and probably needs no thorough interpretation; Billie's singing about lynching in the south. The "strange fruit" is a black body that was probably beaten ("blood on the leaves and blood on the root) and possibly burned (the "sudden" smell of burning flesh).

*shrugs* You'd have to be really unknowledgeable in American history to miss this one.
Travis Bickle 07-25-2005 02:00 PM
Billie Holiday Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling
The greatest female jazz singer of all time.
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Tool - Schism

I know the pieces fit
'Cause I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smouldering
Fundamental differing
Pure intention juxtaposed
Will set two lovers' souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes
Testing our communication
The light that feuled our fire then
Has a burned a hole between us so
We cannot see to reach an end
Crippling our communication

I know the pieces fit
'Cause I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame
It doesn't mean I don't desire to
Point the finger, blame the other
Watch the temple topple over
To bring the pieces back together
Rediscover communication

The poetry
That comes from the squaring off between
And the circling is worth it
Finding beauty in the dissonance

There was a time that the pieces fit
But I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smouldering
Strangled by our coveting
I've done the math enough to know
The dangers of our second guessing
Doomed to crumble unless we grow
And strengthen our communication

Cold silence has
A tendency to
Atrophy any
Sense of compassion
Between supposed brothers
Between supposed lovers

I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
I know the pieces fit
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There is much speculation as to what the song is about. One idea is that it's about division within the church. Another idea is more complex:

The album that it's on (Lateralus) is very unique. The tracks can be arranged in two ways, each forming a different story. And, with the order that each order goes, they can form some unique parabola (hence the songs Parabola and Parabolas on the album). Schism is supposedly about all this (according to a friend).
Asirt 03-08-2006 06:49 PM
Lia / KEY (Jun Meada) - Aozora [Blue Skies]

[Lyrics provided from Chudah's Corner]

That ocean, blue as far as the eye can see
That road, leading straight on forever

The first person to laugh obediently wins
I'm laughing with that person I love most of all

Even if you travel farther than anyone else, will you laugh for me here again?
When I close my eyes, I catch a whiff of a summer day...

We are playing together in the river, getting muddy
We are chasing a cloud, and will be so happy when we reach it

The first person to the top of the hill wins
I'm reaching out for that place I love most of all

I have memories enough that I need nothing else
When I close my eyes, I can smell the sea...

Summer has come again, shining silver light
Casting our shadows on the surface of the water

Even if you travel farther than anyone else, will you laugh for me here again??
When I close my eyes, I catch a glimpse of the blue skies of that day...


For me, the lyrics in this song are a little depressing, but it tells the memories that this person had. When I listen to this song, I feel as if this person have had happy memories with the one who the person loves. This person seems to enjoy the summer a lot because of the memories that he/she has.

I also feel some sadness in this song, because it sounds like this person is no longer with the one he/she loves. The person can only remember the summer memories that they had when he/she closes his/her eyes. The background music sets the mood of the lyrics well, which is a sad yet hopeful mood. It's a very nice song that tells the memories of two people who love each other.
Sharpshooter005 03-12-2006 03:45 PM
Know the song "two tickets to paradise" by Eddie Money?

My theory..is it's about a murder suicide. How cheery, yeah.

It's possible this actually is true, and so obvious that it'd explain why nobody ever mentions it.

Lyrics, with relevant annotations:
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Got a surprise especially for you (that really IS a gun in my pocket!)
Something that both of us have always wanted to do (Die)
We've waited so long, waited so long
We've waited so long, waited so long

I'm gonna take you on a trip so far from here (the grave)
I've got two tickets in my pocket, now baby, we're gonna disappear (die)
We've waited so long, waited so long
We've waited so long, waited so long

CHORUS
I've got two tickets to paradise (I have a handgun, there are two bullets in the magazine)
Won't you pack your bags, we'll leave tonight (I'm doing this right now)
I've got two tickets to paradise (get it, paradise=heaven)
I've got two tickets to paradise

SOLO

I'm gonna take you on a trip so far from here
I've got two tickets in my pocket, now baby, we're gonna disappear
We've waited so long, waited so long
We've waited so long, waited so long

CHORUS
I've got two tickets to paradise
Won't you pack your bags, we'll leave tonight
I've got two tickets to paradise
I've got two tickets to paradise
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Hopefully this isn't some kind of bizzare roarsharch test proving I've plunged off the deep end. Usually I laugh derisively at the "I found a hidden meaning!" crowd if they get too out-there, but for some reason...this seemed kind of obvious.

Furthermore if I'm crazy, the "theres hidden clues to Paul's death in beatles songs" crowd has to go to whatever nuthouse you ship me off to. Only fair.
Generalissimo D 03-12-2006 04:07 PM
mih ssim mih ssim ,nam daed a s'luap

Edit:1999th post. W00tballs.
Chitter-Box-Kat 04-01-2006 01:42 PM
"Extraordiary Machine" by Fiona Apple

I certainly haven't been shopping for any new shoes
-And-
I certainly haven't been spreading myself around
I stil only travel by foot and by foot it's a slow climb,
But I'm good at being uncomfortable, so
I can't stop changing all the time

I notice that my opponent is always on the go
-And-
Won't go slow, so's not to focus, and I notice
He'll hitch a ride with any guide, as long as
They go fast from whence he came
-But he's no good at being uncomfortable, so
He can't stop staying exactly the same

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me, or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine

I seem to you to seek a new disaster every day
You deem me due to clean my veiw and be at peace and lay
I mean to prove I mean to move in my own way, and say,
I've been getting along for long before you came into the play

I am the baby of the family, it happens, so
-Everybody cares and wears the sheep's clothes
While they chaperone
Curious, you looking down your nose at me, while you
appease
-Courteous, to try and help- but let me set your
Mind at ease

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me, or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine

Do I so worry you, you need to hurry to my side?
-It's very kind
But it's to no avail;I don't want the bail
I promise you, everything will be just fine

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls out behnd me
Be kind to me, or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls otu behind me
Be kind to me, or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine

END OF SONG

I listen to this song, and I feel I'm listening to a person who takes things as they come. One who changes when they need to and finds someone who is just like them, but entirly different.

It's like the song is saying don't be afriad to roll with the punches. Live life like you think it should be lived. Keep on moving, but don't forget about where you've been.

It's very whimsical actually. Or maybe it's the music that makes it seem that way. That 's how I interpret this song. Feel free to give your own opinion!

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