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Old 06-19-2013, 10:20 PM  
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Your Interpretations and/or Questions to Song Lyrics

A certain situation in my life (to be disclosed soon) has prompted me to think about various songs and my personal interpretations of them. It has also made me reflect on lyrics to songs in which I've never been able to pinpoint the meaning.

I figure there are others who ponder this shit from time to time.

Do any of you have any unique and/or original thoughts in terms of what any various song may mean? Want to share your interpretation? Let's hear it!

Do you have any of your own questions pertaining to what a song could mean? Some of the most deep-thinking, intelligent people I've ever encountered are posters on this board (that's the absolute truth). I am sure they will be willing to answer any questions you may have...

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Old 06-26-2013, 10:39 AM   #31
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #32
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I wasn't in Vietnam, or even in the military, but "Goodnight Saigon" is a ****ing masterpiece IMO. The very first time I heard the bridge ("We held the day...") and the verse following it, my hair stood up. It put me right there, as much as was possible. It's pretty self-explanatory, too. Not a lot of interpretation needed for that one.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:33 AM   #33
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We took a walk that night, but it wasn't the same
We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
She couldn't scream while I held I close
I swore I'd never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain't no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
So come on, oh come on, oh come on

I know my rights, I've been here all day and it's time
For me to go, so let me know if it's alright
I just can't take this, I swear I told you the truth
She couldn't scream while I held her close
I swore I'd never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
And then you whisper in my ear
I know what you're doing here
So come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain't no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:45 PM   #34
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I wasn't in Vietnam, or even in the military, but "Goodnight Saigon" is a ****ing masterpiece IMO. The very first time I heard the bridge ("We held the day...") and the verse following it, my hair stood up. It put me right there, as much as was possible. It's pretty self-explanatory, too. Not a lot of interpretation needed for that one.
It's one of those songs I can listen to over and over again. I wasn't in the military either, but for some reason have always been super-interested in the Vietnam War...

I couldn't believe my wife was listening to it. Usually she's a "pop station" kind of girl. I was impressed.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:46 PM   #35
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We took a walk that night, but it wasn't the same
We had a fight on the promenade out in the rain
She said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go
She couldn't scream while I held I close
I swore I'd never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain't no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
So come on, oh come on, oh come on

I know my rights, I've been here all day and it's time
For me to go, so let me know if it's alright
I just can't take this, I swear I told you the truth
She couldn't scream while I held her close
I swore I'd never let her go

Tell me what you want to know
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
And then you whisper in my ear
I know what you're doing here
So come on, oh come on, oh come on
There ain't no motive for this crime
Jenny was a friend of mine
Oh come on, oh come on, oh come on
What song is that, Sorter?
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:27 PM   #36
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #37
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Ok, so last weekend I had my wedding reception and my brother who is closest to my age/best man chose an entrance song that made me a bit...butt-hurt. He and I were inseparable growing up and all the way into my mid-20's...but the last 5 years, we have distanced a bit. We live 50 miles away from each other and don't speak as much and when we do speak, we argue. We are also just way different than each other now. I have kind of settled down, but am still pretty much the same person. He has become a music-obsessed (he's an excellent musician...is a member of 3 bands including his solo stuff..plays multiple instruments) hipster type. His turn to the hipster life is part of why I hate this hipster fad so much...he used to be a fun, laid back, open-minded, sports-fan jock (like I think I am) and now everything HAS to be metaphorical, symbolic, serious and ironic. Shit, the dude goes from one of Iowa's best all time wrestlers (3 time state finalist, state champ, top 15 in state of Iowa career wins) to a freaking hipster....UGH!!!!!!!

Anyways, check out the lyrics to this "entrance song" he chose and PLEASE try to convince me this wasn't a personal jab at me because I can't convince myself of that and I am pretty pissed that he selected such an inappropriate setting to settle this score.



"Skip the Charades," by Cold War Kids

You wait on letters
Fishing for any sign of life
Drinks after dinner
Your friends will get you to unwind

Let's skip the charades
Can we just speak plain?

I'm two left feet when
I'm home we tapdanced on broken glass
Somehow you manage
To keep your sense of humor in tact

Let's skip the charades
You're seeing right through me anyway
Can we just speak plain?
We're playing for the same team
But I'm the one that's acting like
Acting like
Acting like
I'm so strong
You're the one that's acting like
Acting like
Acting like
Nothing's wrong

You dodged the bullet
You do your best when you're busiest
You're disconnected
You can't find your name in the script

It was you who were wildest
It was you who floated above us all
I held on with wires
Will you come back down if I let you go?

Let's skip the charades
You're seeing right through me anyway
Can we just speak plain?
We're playing for the same team
But I'm the one that's acting like I'm so strong
You're the one that's acting like nothing's wrong
I'm the one that's acting like I'm so strong
You're the one that's acting like nothing's wrong

Can we skip the charades?
Just speak plain


And it doesn't exactly sound like the typical wedding reception entrance song either:




* To me this song depicts a relationship (familial, friendship or love) that has become strained/distanced. One side (my brother) is fully aware of the strain/distance and disgusted by it and wants the other side (me) to acknowledge it. The other side (me) is aware of the distance/strain, but is unwilling to acknowledge it and proceeds to act as if there is nothing wrong...in which they are now being called out by the writer of the lyrics about it.

Am I wrong? If I'm not wrong, my wedding reception is kind of a shitty setting to settle this score, isn't it?
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #38
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Am I wrong?
Is it a younger brother, even by a little bit?

I see tension, but not so much strain as someone who's always looked up to you and took 3 steps for your every 2 to keep up with the situation. There's a sense of admiration in there, but a bit of tiredness at always pretending it wasn't so hard to keep up.

And maybe he just wanted to express the admiration, and hoped the tension would be ignored in the nature of the situation.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:23 PM   #39
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Is it a younger brother, even by a little bit?

I see tension, but not so much strain as someone who's always looked up to you and took 3 steps for your every 2 to keep up with the situation. There's a sense of admiration in there, but a bit of tiredness at always pretending it wasn't so hard to keep up.

And maybe he just wanted to express the admiration, and hoped the tension would be ignored in the nature of the situation.
He is a year and 10 months younger than me. My family situation is crazy...there is me (30), this bro (28) and then our two younger bros (both from same parents) are 16 and 14. It's like my parents suddenly decided to start all over again 12 years after having what was presumed to being their last child...either that or my dad took an over-decade long break from working the charm.

I appreciate your feedback and think you raise a good point. That could very well be what he had in mind... One thing that made me think that he is trying to get a message through to me is that it was like pulling teeth trying to get him to give me his entrance song. He kept saying he wanted something "perfect and fitting." If he were trying to make a statement, I hope it's more along the lines of what you wrote.

I also wondered if he thought I was unfamiliar with the song and was hoping I wouldn't notice the lyrics...I actually love the song...saw those guys at Lolla a few years ago.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:28 AM   #40
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:42 AM   #41
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Ok, so last weekend I had my wedding reception and my brother who is closest to my age/best man chose an entrance song that made me a bit...butt-hurt. He and I were inseparable growing up and all the way into my mid-20's...but the last 5 years, we have distanced a bit. We live 50 miles away from each other and don't speak as much and when we do speak, we argue. We are also just way different than each other now. I have kind of settled down, but am still pretty much the same person. He has become a music-obsessed (he's an excellent musician...is a member of 3 bands including his solo stuff..plays multiple instruments) hipster type. His turn to the hipster life is part of why I hate this hipster fad so much...he used to be a fun, laid back, open-minded, sports-fan jock (like I think I am) and now everything HAS to be metaphorical, symbolic, serious and ironic. Shit, the dude goes from one of Iowa's best all time wrestlers (3 time state finalist, state champ, top 15 in state of Iowa career wins) to a freaking hipster....UGH!!!!!!!

Anyways, check out the lyrics to this "entrance song" he chose and PLEASE try to convince me this wasn't a personal jab at me because I can't convince myself of that and I am pretty pissed that he selected such an inappropriate setting to settle this score.



"Skip the Charades," by Cold War Kids

You wait on letters
Fishing for any sign of life
Drinks after dinner
Your friends will get you to unwind

Let's skip the charades
Can we just speak plain?

I'm two left feet when
I'm home we tapdanced on broken glass
Somehow you manage
To keep your sense of humor in tact

Let's skip the charades
You're seeing right through me anyway
Can we just speak plain?
We're playing for the same team
But I'm the one that's acting like
Acting like
Acting like
I'm so strong
You're the one that's acting like
Acting like
Acting like
Nothing's wrong

You dodged the bullet
You do your best when you're busiest
You're disconnected
You can't find your name in the script

It was you who were wildest
It was you who floated above us all
I held on with wires
Will you come back down if I let you go?

Let's skip the charades
You're seeing right through me anyway
Can we just speak plain?
We're playing for the same team
But I'm the one that's acting like I'm so strong
You're the one that's acting like nothing's wrong
I'm the one that's acting like I'm so strong
You're the one that's acting like nothing's wrong

Can we skip the charades?
Just speak plain


And it doesn't exactly sound like the typical wedding reception entrance song either:




* To me this song depicts a relationship (familial, friendship or love) that has become strained/distanced. One side (my brother) is fully aware of the strain/distance and disgusted by it and wants the other side (me) to acknowledge it. The other side (me) is aware of the distance/strain, but is unwilling to acknowledge it and proceeds to act as if there is nothing wrong...in which they are now being called out by the writer of the lyrics about it.

Am I wrong? If I'm not wrong, my wedding reception is kind of a shitty setting to settle this score, isn't it?
An entrance song is basically ones image of himself.
You just said hes turned into an ironic metaphorical hipster.
So thats the kind of song you're gonna get.
Im sure he misses you.
Anger is usually the first emotion that surfaces in strained relationships.
That song may have made him think of you but do not read too much into it.
There is no way a song he didnt write can truly express his feelings when your interpretation of the lyrics cannot possibly be the same as his.
Hopefully, he's smart enough to realize that.

And he might just really like the song for other reasons.
He is a hipster, afterall.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:46 AM   #42
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:51 AM   #43
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An entrance song is basically ones image of himself.
You just said hes turned into an ironic metaphorical hipster.
So thats the kind of song you're gonna get.
Im sure he misses you.
Anger is usually the first emotion that surfaces in strained relationships.
That song may have made him think of you but do not read too much into it.
There is no way a song he didnt write can truly express his feelings when your interpretation of the lyrics cannot possibly be the same as his.
Hopefully, he's smart enough to realize that.

And he might just really like the song for other reasons.
He is a hipster, afterall.
Excellent point(s), bud. Thank you!
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