Lyrics Interpretations Thread

Alright_ComputerAlright_Computer Butt Neck
edited March 2009 in History of Rock
This thread is a discussion of any various ways the lyrics of songs could be interpreted. Credit to where it's due: this thread was Rockbandfan's idea.

Anyone want to start this off with a song?

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  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited March 2009
    BoHo Rhap. I always concidered it complete and utter nonscence, but I've seen folks say it's about suicide or a killer.
  • My name is FezMy name is Fez Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    Since no one else is, "Upward Over the Mountain" by Iron & Wine
    Iron & Wine said:
    Mother don't worry
    I killed the last snake that lived in the creek bed
    Mother don't worry
    I've got some money I saved for the weekend
    Mother, remember being so stern
    With that girl who was with me?
    Mother, remember the blink of an eye
    When I breathed through your body?

    So may the sunrise bring hope
    Where it once was forgotten
    Sons are like birds
    Flying upward over the mountain

    Mother, I made it up
    From the bruise of a floor of this prison
    Mother, I lost it
    All of the fear of the Lord I was given
    Mother forget me
    Now that the creek drank the cradle you sang to
    Mother forgive me
    I sold your car for the shoes that I gave you

    So may the sunrise bring hope
    Where it once was forgotten
    Sons are like birds
    Flying upward over the mountain

    Mother, don't worry
    I've got a coat and some friends on the corner
    Mother, don't worry
    She's got a garden we're planting together
    Mother, remember the night
    That the dog had her pups in the pantry?
    Blood on the floor and the fleas on their paws
    And you cried 'til the morning

    So may the sunrise bring hope
    Where it once was forgotten
    Sons are like birds
    Flying upward over the mountain
    Edit: As far as Bohemian Rhapsody is concerned, I heard someone once pose a theory that it was about Freddie Mercury accepting that he was ***. IE the man he killed was the man he was trying to be, and it progressed through a story of a man persecuted for what he felt wasn't anything wrong and then getting pissed that everyone was judging him, etc.

    Probably the most sensible thing I've ever heard on it.

    Freddie once called it "random rhyming nonsense" but Brian May and Roger Taylor both have said that they both believe it's quite personal and meaningful to Freddie, and he's simply the type who prefers people to interpret the song however they see fit.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited March 2009
    Seems to me it's about a guy leaving his home and reminding his mother of all the times they had.
    He's telling his mother that even though he's been through many things, he's ready to move on with his life.

    Fez's pick, not Boho Rhap.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited March 2009
  • supernova1324supernova1324 Headliner
    edited March 2009
    Know-SOAD

    Cursed Earth, Cursed Earth, Cursed Earth, Cursed Earth.

    I will never feed off the evergreen luster of your heart
    all because we all live in the valley of the walls when
    we speak we can peak from the windows of their mouths to
    see the land the women chant as they fly up to the sun.

    You never think you know why,
    Know, You never think you know why,
    Know, You never think you know why,
    Know, Ever think you know why,
    Know.

    Books all say different things while people flap their
    yellow wings trying to soar by being a whore of life
    and almost everything the sheep that ran off from the
    herd may be dead but now's a bird able to fly able to
    die able to break your cursed earth
    (xxxx your mother's earth)

    You never think you know why,
    Know, You never think you know why,
    Know, You never think you know why,
    Know, Ever think you know why,
    Know.

    On the other side, on the other side, the other side,
    Do you ever try to fly, Do you ever try to fly?
    Have you ever wanted to die, you ever want to die?

    Don't ever try to fly, don't ever try to fly,
    Don't ever try to fly, unless you leave your body on
    the other side,
    Never try to die, you ever try to die.

    Know, You never think you know why,
    Know, You never think you know why,
    Know, You never think you know why,
    Know, Ever think you know why,
    Know
  • Alright_ComputerAlright_Computer Butt Neck
    edited March 2009
    In a sense the Iron & Wine song is like Bohemian Rhapsody in that it's a song to his mother featuring somewhat disjoined phrases. The songs carry different sentiments though.
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    The Iron & Wine song is a nice tune, probably my favourite from him. It's very simple and touching, though, not lyrically amazing.

    I'd give anything to hear Bikini Kill put Sylvia Plath's Daddy to music.
  • altair1121altair1121 Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    I was sitting in Sonic last week and the song "Blue" by Eiffel 65 came ojn. I always thought the song meant nothing at all, but then I had an epiphany and now I interpret it as the subject in the song suffering from depression. :p
  • freman23freman23 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    altair1121;2094297 said:
    I was sitting in Sonic last week and the song "Blue" by Eiffel 65 came ojn. I always thought the song meant nothing at all, but then I had an epiphany and now I interpret it as the subject in the song suffering from depression. :p
    i think the original lyrics were "I'm blue, I will bleed I will die" but the record label made them change it to make it less depressing
  • limelight_rushlimelight_rush Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    Mama by Genesis

    I can't see you mama
    But I can hardly wait
    Ooh to touch and to feel you mama
    Oh I just can't keep away
    In the heat and the steam of the city
    Oh it's got me running and I just can't brake
    So say you'll help me mama
    Cos it's getting so hard - oooooooooooooooooooooh!

    Now I can't keep you mama
    But I know you're always there
    You listen, you teach me mama
    And I know inside you care
    So get down, down here beside me
    Oh you aint going nowhere
    No I wont hurt you mama
    But it's getting so hard - oooooooooooooooooooooh!

    Ha ha ha, ha ha ha, argh
    Ha ha ha, ha ha ha, argh

    Cant you see me here mama
    Mama mama mama please
    Cant you feel my heart
    Cant you feel my heart
    Cant you feel my heart oh
    Now listen to me mama
    Mama mama
    Youre taking away my last chance
    Don't take it away
    Cant you feel my heart?

    Ha ha, ha ha ha, ha, argh

    Mama!
    I can't see you mama
    But I know you're always there
    You taunt, you tease me mama
    But I never never can keep away
    Its the heat and the steam of the city
    Oh got me running and I just can't brake
    So stay don't leave me mama
    Cos it's getting so hard - oh

    Don't go no no, don't go
    No no no, don't go...
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The most accepted interpretation is about a man who falls in love with an older prostitute, yet some peole think It's about abortion as seen by the baby perspective

    What do you think?
  • cherokeesamcherokeesam Washed Up
    edited March 2009
    Sounds more like a rapist.

    You know, for a guy who's generally known as a soft-rock/pop-rock geezer, Phil Collins had some pretty dark songs from time to time, like Mama and In the Air Tonight.
  • freman23freman23 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    yeah, i'm pretty sure that song is about rape.
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    I'm not even sure it's about rape, more just the typical misogynistic crap you get in classic rock lyrics where the women's personalities take backseat to the stereotype they are meant to fufil.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited March 2009
    cherokeesam;2094565 said:
    Sounds more like a rapist.

    You know, for a guy who's generally known as a soft-rock/pop-rock geezer, Phil Collins had some pretty dark songs from time to time, like Mama and In the Air Tonight.
    Definately.

    Quite possibly one of the angriest songs I have ever heard comes from straight from Phil's solo career:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G12KmnFxGw8&feature=PlayList&p=30B733B6D42752CE&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=11
  • UNr3S7UNr3S7 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    I actually have 2

    first is part of a song by korn, Wicked

    "People wanna know how come I get a gat
    and I'm sitting at the window like Malcolm
    Ready to bring that noise and kinda trigger happy like Ghetto
    Blaster
    December 29th was power to the people, ya'll might just see a
    sequence
    'Cause police got equal, hey, A horse is a pig that dosen't fly straight"

    ------------------------------------

    Another Is Toxicity by SoaD(yes, i know, anarchy but what more specificly?)
    "Conversion, software version 7.0
    looking at life through the eyes of a tired hub
    eating seeds as a pastime activity
    the toxicity of our city, of our city
    Now, what do you own the world?
    how do you own disorder, disorder
    Now somewhere between the sacred silence
    Sacred silence and sleep
    somewhere, between the sacred silence and sleep
    disorder, disorder, disorder
    More wood for the fires, loud neighbours
    flashlight riveries caught in the headlights of a truck
    eating seeds as a pastime activity
    the toxicity of our city, of our city

    Now, what do you own the world?
    how do you own disorder, disorder
    Now somewhere between the sacred silence
    Sacred silence and sleep
    somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep
    disorder, disorder, disorder
    Now, what do you own the world?
    how do you own disorder, disorder
    Now somewhere between the sacred silence
    Sacred silence and sleep
    somewhere, between the sacred silence and sleep
    disorder, disorder, disorder
    When I became the sun
    I shone life into the man's hearts
    When I became the sun
    I shone life into the man's hearts"

    ---------------
    oh, and another. Is This satanic? I don't think so but everyone who has heard it thinks it is, so i need some backup

    "Walk away when you're angry
    Brace yourself, there's nothing to gain
    Old enough to know the outcome
    More blood, it's always the same

    Aren't we cool and aren't we calm
    For facing death we run head-on
    Aren't we cool and aren't we calm
    For god we've suffered for so long

    Do what they say
    Or they take it away
    I'd rather be dead then carry on

    (wait) Bite your lip, don't be cursing
    (we must) We musn't take God's name in vain
    (in vain) Blunt your knife, pull the curtain
    (impulse) Impulses you must refrain

    Aren't we cool and aren't we calm
    For facing death we run head-on
    Aren't we cool and aren't we calm
    For god we've suffered for so long

    Do what they say
    Or they take it away
    I'd rather be dead then carry on

    Somebody carry on with this burden
    I can't remember anything
    I can't be certain

    Aren't we cool and aren't we calm
    For facing death we run head-on

    Do what they say
    Or they take it away
    I'd rather be dead then carry on"

    ------------------------

    Or this one
    "
    I read your little book and... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    I read your little book and... ha ha ha ha

    You need a reason to believe
    A reason to deceive
    A reason for the song you're singing (ha ha ha ha ha)
    And everything you do
    Makes perfect sense to you
    So why is your alarm bell ringing

    You say you know how it feels inside of me
    Lost and alone with no love or luxury
    Come on inside
    And hear the silence constantly judging me
    Don't you think you should move on?

    I know that you're so ****ing lonely

    You need a way to get along
    A way to carry on
    A symptom for the pain you're making
    And surely you should know
    That everywhere you go
    There's acid in the words your faking

    You say you know how it feels inside of me
    Lost and alone with no love or luxury
    Come on inside
    And hear the silence constantly judging me
    Don't you think you should move on?

    You write it, so you'd best believe it
    You sold it, now your soul perceives it
    You read a book, but now agree with it
    The damage of betrayal
    To Hell with the...

    Reason to believe
    A reason to deceive
    A reason for the song you're singing
    And everything you do
    Makes perfect sense to you
    So why is your alarm bell ringing

    You say you know how it feels inside of me
    Lost and alone with no love or luxury
    Come on inside
    And hear the silence constantly judging me
    Don't you think you should move on?
    Don't you think you should move on?
    Don't you think you should move on?"

    ok, thats more thank 2, but anyway, its something to think about
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    Most of those just smack of teenage angst to me, from various 'I dun wanna go ta church' scenarios to 'I haet da governmunt'.
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