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Have you ever noticed how strange lyrics (especially rock lyrics) can be sometimes?
Despite the fact that the rock genre is known mostly for being aggressive, loud, violent, controversial, etc. it’s also pretty mysterious when it comes to what the meanings of songs are. Seriously, your brain will fucking explode trying to make sense of lyrics by post-punk bands like The Fall, Pere Ubu, Television, Bauhaus, Wire, etc. and I don’t think the artists themselves take lyrics too seriously. A lot of bands are actually very uncomfortable talking about lyrics.
Still, I’ve always been really fascinated by weird or cryptic lyrics because I think it’s the artists’ way of revealing some secret truth about themselves or people in general without feeling awkward or embarrassed about exposing so much of themselves. Sometimes, I find that the only things weirder than the lyrics are my interpretations of them. Here are some of them:
Foo Fighters – My Hero:
This is sort of a horrible thing to say, but I think this song is about a Kurt Cobain fan who idealized the singer after Nirvana got huge but realized how weak and ordinary he was after he committed suicide and so stopped being a fan. Dave Grohl has said several times that the song is about some baseball player he admired and how it’s a tribute to him, but in my opinion it’s a pretty dark and cynical song about his real feelings on Cobain’s death. I always thought it was so strange that Grohl started the Foo Fighters just a year after his friend’s death and that it was so odd that his new band was so goofy and lighthearted, almost the complete opposite of Nirvana. To me, it almost kinda seemed like Grohl wasn’t all that affected by Cobain’s death. Of course, I could be totally wrong about all this.
Tool – Jimmy:
This song is, I think, about someone who strongly misses and yearns for the innocence of his childhood and somehow (this is the weird part) finds a physical personification of himself when he was 11 (the age which marked the beginning of his bad days) and goes back in time to his childhood days of happiness with his 11-year-old self’s help. Yeah, I’m crazy.
Faith No More – Everything’s Ruined
The album this song appears on, Angel Dust, is in my opinion one of the darkest and most twisted albums on the planet. It seriously freaks me out, and I fucking love it! It’s a fascinating look at a world of creeps, lowlifes, and heartbreaking bitterness, insanity, and cynicism. It really strikes me as an album the Joker would probably love as well. To me, this song is about a poor but hard working family/community who put all their hopes and dreams into a very smart kid who grew up to be filthy rich but extremely ungrateful. The kid ends up abandoning his family and never shares his money with them. I know that that probably wasn’t the most interesting interpretation, but the feelings I get whenever I hear this song and this album are just chilling. It’s highly recommended.
So what are some song lyrics you find strange and have your own idea of what they mean? There are soooooooooo many other songs I’d love to discuss by various artists, but that would take too much time.
Hahahahahahaha. Go and listen to The Fall.
Hahahahahahahaha. I already have.
Jezebel by Acid Bath
Her throat is soft, her lips are red
Her thighs are white, her heart is dead
Red rope burns around her wrists
Her blood is cold a serpent's kiss
Do you love your whore? I like to hear you beg
She's crouched down in the corner with her hands between her legs
Broken glass and dirty needles
Soul erosion truth
Electric god our superman
Found dead in a telephone booth
Shards of teeth ice pick abortions
Orgasmic death, so warm
Let's die screamin' black goat semen
I can't hear you whisper "conform"
Hearts will stop and brain cells pop
Apocalyptic sunshine high
She screams bloody murder as they chop off her fingers
So this is how it feels to die
But its O.K.
She was screamin' bout conspiracy
Talkin' bout talkin' sides
I was masturbating just contemplating
The cold love of suicide
OK, and what's your interpretation of these lyrics?
I believe that the singer of the band was a heroin addict. That being said, my best guess is that it's about a girl who is tripping on acid or whacked out on heroin and is seeing visions. I'm not exactly sure, but if you check them out, all of the dude's lyrics are messed up like this. They used John Wayne Gacy artwork for their first CD cover and a Jack Kevorkian painting for their second release. pretty good band if you're into metal.
And still you analyze a FF lyric over them? Pass. And your FNM interpretation is amusing to say the least.
Sorry I couldn't impress you with my shitty taste in music, but I will take some small comfort in the fact that I was able to at least amuse you with my silly little interpretation.
A quest to obtain the approval of the great Steven Cowie shall now be undertaken by the lowly Masked Anti-Hero, clearly a peasant as evidenced by his decision to analyse a Foo Fighters song over something by The Fall.
Hmmm. ER to me was about parents who were control freaks, forcing their child into a box that he (could be a she?) just didnt fit, though i haven't listened to it in years. You will need a thicker skin on this site btw, just a thought.
The thing is, if you had made the comment about my FNM interpretation being 'amusing' AFTER you had made an actual interpretation of a song, I could have ignored it. There is a difference between a criticism and an insult, you know. Anyway, this post was a failure. I mean, only 2 people who actually commented??!! I guess most people don't give a shit about lyrics. :(
ok I'll play along since you think we don't give a fuck about lyrics
my guess is it has something to do with not being able to be tactile when it comes to holding a candle to the performers opinion of himself (ego maniac to us commoners) hence 'you can't touch this'
Can't touch this (x2)
Can't touch this (oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh) (x2)
My-my-my-my music hits me so hard makes me say oh my Lord
Thank you for blessing me with a mind to rhyme and two hyped feet
It feels good when you know you're down
A superdope homeboy from the Oaktown
And I'm known as such
And this is a beat uh u can't touch
I told you homeboy u can't touch this
Yeah that's how we're livin' and you know u can't touch this
Look in my eyes man u can't touch this
You know let me bust the funky lyrics u can't touch this
Fresh new kicks and pants
You got it like that now you know you wanna dance
So move out of your seat
And get a fly girl and catch this beat
While it's rollin' hold on pump a little bit
And let me know it's going on like that like that
Cold on a mission so pull on back
Let 'em know that you're too much
And this is a beat uh u can't touch
(if i may interject at this point and say that with the addition of new foot apparell and some sort of trouser, the protagonist feels adequetly adorned to venture to a dancing parlour in the hopes of attracting some poontang with the intention of moving rythymicaly to some sort of music)
Yo I told you u can't touch this
Why you standing there man u can't touch this
Yo sound the bells school is in sucker u can't touch this
Give me a song or rhythm
Making 'em sweat that's what I'm giving 'em
Now they know when you talk about the Hammer
You talk about a show that's hyped and tight
Singers are sweatin' so pass them a mic
Or a tape to learn what it's gonna take
And now he's gonna burn
The charts legit either work hard
Or you might as well quit
That's word because you know
U can't touch this (oh-oh oh oh-oh-oh) (x2)
Break it down
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh) (x4)
Stop Hammer time
Go with the flow in a spin if you can't move to this
Then you probably are dead
So wave your hands in the air
Bust throught the moves run your fingers through your hair
This is it for a winner
Dance to this and you're gonna get thinner
Move slide your rump
Just for a minute let's all do the bump
Bump bump bump yeah
(again if i may address some key points in that last verse, i think the intention of this lyric is the music being played is so simple that anyone other than a corpse should be able to shake their booty to it, also he give us a few commands as to how we should dance what with the hands and the fingers etc)
U can't touch this
Look man u can't touch this
You'll probably get hyped boy
'Cause you know you can't u can't touch this
Ring the bell school's back in break it down
Stop Hammer time
(Oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh) (x2)
(Oh-oh oh-oh oh-oh oh-oh)
(Oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh) u can't touch this (x3)
(Oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh) break it down
Stop Hammer time
Every time you see me that Hammer's just so hype
I'm dope on the floor and I'm magic on the mic
Now why would I ever stop doing this
With others makin' records that just don't hit
I toured around the world from London to the BAY
It's Hammer go Hammer
mc hammer yo hammer and the rest can go and play
U can't touch this (oh-oh oh oh oh-oh-oh) (x2)
U can't touch this (oh-oh oh-oh-oh)
Yeah u can't touch this
I told you u can't touch this (oh-oh oh-oh-oh)
Too hype can't touch this
Get me outta here u can't touch this
i hope this was the sort of thing you were asking for, if not tune in later for 'ice, ice, baby' my interpretation
Christ on a icerink with flip flops, stop him someone.
My interpretation of Totally Wired by The Fall.
It's about Hunter S Thompson. As far as MES' lyrics can be "about" anything.
will this do you Masked?
I interpret Highway Song, by System of a Down as a people losing their way of life to modernization, and their canons and traditions being lost and forgotten about. There is also a vibe given off in the song that these people can't keep up with the drastic changes that are happening to them I think. Also, I think the title 'Highway Song' refers to a process, and when it is complete, a way of life has been engulfed by modernization, and the land which once held the 'purest forms of life' is now scarred with highways.
I interpret Flood, by Tool, as someone going through a downward spiral. This downward spiral, from my interpretation of the song, was caused by the walls of their safe and innocent world being eroded by some watershed moment. After this has happened, they're losing their beliefs, and not sure what to believe anymore, so they're scrambling to keep up and stay above the "water", so they're not engulfed by this new blunt, grim reality. Now that I think of it, I think the lyrics "I take what is mine, hold what is mine, suffocate what is mine, and bury what's mine", refer to this person trying to cling on to the last vestiges of the hope, security, and perhaps innocence, that they had with their old beliefs. Using this logic, this song could perhaps be about someone losing their religion (as in their faith in it), and being unable to deal with it at first.
Cool thread by the way. I often try to interpret the songs I listen to and find the meanings behind them.