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Offline Crewe

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2018, 07:00:36 PM »
thats cool norm. I really like the Stripes quite a lot.

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2018, 12:26:00 PM »
Okay, I'll submit one...damn I loved this song (and the album it came from) when it came out in 92. Loved Natalie Merchant's vocals.

"Noah's Dove" - 10,000 Maniacs

You win a prize for that,
for telling lies like that
So well that I believed it.
And I never felt cheated.

You were the chosen one,
the pure eyes of Noah's dove.
Choir boys and angels
stole your lips and your halo.

In your reckless mind,
you act as if you've got more lives.
In your reckless eyes, you only have time and your love of danger
to it you're no stranger.

In that August breeze
of those forgotten trees,
your time was set for leaving,
come a colder season.

In your reckless mind,
you act as if you're got more lives
In your reckless eyes,
it's never too late for a chance to seize some final breath of freedom.
Very, so very wise.

Don't reveal it. I'm tired, tired of knowing
where it is you're going.
In your reckless mind,
you act as if you've got more lives.
In your reckless eyes,
You only have time and your love of danger
to it you're no stranger.

In your reckless mind,
you act as if you've got more lives.
In your reckless eyes, it's never too late
for a chance to seize some
final breath of freedom

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2018, 01:37:19 PM »
She had what she thought was the perfect fella and was in denial about his cheating but finally came to accept the truth.
Was I close? ;-)

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2018, 01:54:32 PM »
She had what she thought was the perfect fella and was in denial about his cheating but finally came to accept the truth.
Was I close? ;-)

I'd agree with this. I'd also say, based on the talk of his recklessness, last breath of freedom and many lives, that it isn't the first time and the man has shown a pattern of self-destructive behavior, including torpedoing this relationship evidently.

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2018, 01:01:48 AM »
Hmmm, I've always thought that was one take of it. I've also found it could be from the view of the writer as well, that she could be talking about herself. You know the phrase 'you tell a lie often enough it can seem like the truth'? Maybe in some way she's believing the lie and in that sense she's no longer cheating (herself? someone else? not sure).

I definitely see the pattern of recklessness and so on could be applied to self too: the self-destructive behavior continues because the person really isn't sticking around for the aftermath; maybe there's something better or maybe that person will just never be satisfied. Whatever interpretation though, I've always enjoyed the contrast between the music and the lyrics: the music feels somewhat upbeat while the lyrics carry a sense of defeat, that there's really no way to fix things.

I've related to this song on more than one occasion.
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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #20 on: October 05, 2018, 03:31:49 PM »
Thats why I enjoy these conversations. I sometimes dont look deeper than whats obvious to me and this is a good example.
An insightful interpretation for sure, but as I go through it a few more times, I still come back to my original instinct.
Lines like, you win a prize for that, doesn't really gel for me in an introspective manner and just the way its written speaks to me as the writer being the victim of anothers infidelity, emotional or physical.

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2018, 07:34:43 PM »
Yep...going with 10,000 Maniacs again. Same album too.

"Candy Everybody Wants"

If lust and hate is the candy
if blood and love tastes so sweet
then we give 'em what they want
Hey, hey, give 'em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cause they want to turn it on
so their minds are soft and lazy
Well, hey, give 'em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
if blood and love tastes so sweet
then we give 'em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cause they want to turn it on
so their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do you want to blame?

Hey, hey, give 'em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
if blood and love tastes so sweet
then we give 'em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cause they want to turn it on
so their minds are soft and lazy.

Well who do you want to blame?

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2018, 08:10:54 PM »
Yep...going with 10,000 Maniacs again. Same album too.

"Candy Everybody Wants"

If lust and hate is the candy
if blood and love tastes so sweet
then we give 'em what they want
Hey, hey, give 'em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cause they want to turn it on
so their minds are soft and lazy
Well, hey, give 'em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
if blood and love tastes so sweet
then we give 'em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cause they want to turn it on
so their minds are soft and lazy
Well who do you want to blame?

Hey, hey, give 'em what they want

If lust and hate is the candy
if blood and love tastes so sweet
then we give 'em what they want

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cause they want to turn it on
so their minds are soft and lazy.

Well who do you want to blame?


I dont know this song, but my initial response is that its commentary on social decay and/or desensitivity

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Re: Lyric interpretations
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2018, 11:54:48 PM »
You pretty much hit the nail on the head there. Natalie Merchant & 10000 Maniacs were your typical college/alt rock band, and she typically tackled some pretty tough topics in her lyrics: child abuse in "What's the Matter Here", mental illness/depression in "Like the Weather", etc.. This song is no different, speaking about society's appetite for sex and violence and the powers that be absolutely more than willing to give it to them. It's a cycle.

I always enjoyed the dynamic of how chipper this song sounds, while the lyrics tell an entirely different story. I really wanted to use the official video for the song when I posted the lyrics above, but it pretty much gives away what the song is about lol. Check it out here.

« Last Edit: October 17, 2018, 12:01:49 AM by TheNorm »
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