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    Default The 'What the heck is that song about?' Thread

    I often find myself wondering what the lyrics mean in songs or what the story behind a song is. Usually artists seem to prefer to sort of disguise the true meaning by using lyrical metaphors, etc. It makes it tough to decipher what the song is truly about. Since there are so many music fanatics here, I thought it might be helpful to start a thread about it. Even though this is in the non-VH forum, I don't see why we couldn't talk about VH songs too if someone brings one up.

    If possible, it would probably be best if we can clarify a song before moving on to the next. That way it doesn't get too confusing. Probably won't happen, but it would be helpful.

    I'll start it off...
    Daniel by Elton John
    Is Daniel dead? What are 'the scars that won't heal'? Why is he 'a star in the face of the sky'?
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    I think he's dead or at the very least blind - maybe from a war? "Your eyes have died, but you see more than I"?

    The big question is why he's being taken to Spain? To be buried? Is there some sort of Spanish school for the blind?

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    Sorry, not a good example I guess. I searched and found a synopsis at www.signofchrist.com/id25.htm. Sometimes I have a tough time finding this stuff but here's what I found:

    A blind Vietnam veteran returns to his small home town in Texas and is held a hero. He just wants to be left alone so he flies to Spain. His younger brother misses him and wants him to come home. Inspired by news coverage of the Vietnam war in the early 1970's.

    Pretty damn good Billy!

    Anyone else have any songs that they've wondered about?
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    I'd like to know what the hell Stevie Nicks is singing about in about half of her songs - don't have any time to run down any lyrics right now, but, man, what goes on in her brain?

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    Oh, and thanks for the info on "Daniel" - I did not know that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vh resurrection
    Sorry, not a good example I guess. I searched and found a synopsis at www.signofchrist.com/id25.htm. Sometimes I have a tough time finding this stuff but here's what I found:

    A blind Vietnam veteran returns to his small home town in Texas and is held a hero. He just wants to be left alone so he flies to Spain. His younger brother misses him and wants him to come home. Inspired by news coverage of the Vietnam war in the early 1970's.

    Pretty damn good Billy!


    The problem stems from the way Elton John and Bernie Taupin compose songs: Taupin writes the words, Elton edits them to fit his music.

    In this case, Elton left out the crucial third verse which explains the song.
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    ...and yet he managed to repeat a verse!

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    What the fuck is "Safety Dance" about?

    Do I wanna know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig
    The problem stems from the way Elton John and Bernie Taupin compose songs: Taupin writes the words, Elton edits them to fit his music.

    In this case, Elton left out the crucial third verse which explains the song.
    ...craig
    See? That's why I started this thread. I'm learning all kinds of stuff already! I just think it's really cool to get into artists' heads a little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    What the fuck is "Safety Dance" about?

    Do I wanna know?
    I think it's about slam dancing. I believe the story was the the band would perform their songs in clubs and then there'd be people in the crowd slam dancing, then the police would get rid of them.
    So you broke down, trying to leave town, I broke down crying on your return. You left me feeling hopeful, I'll never see your face again. You made for a bad lover's liver. You stole all the covers and busted my head. You made me such an asshole, I wish we'd never met. I'm tired of being bored. I'm through with the headaches. Hiding my hands that tremble like earthquakes. Under the table, under the daytime sky, Good Fucking Bye- Good Fucking Bye, Alkaline Trio

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    What the hell is 'Drop Dead Legs' about ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    What the hell is 'Drop Dead Legs' about ?
    Seems like it starts out about a really hot chick and then... I have no idea. Vampire? Throw my rope? Killa tune though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vh resurrection
    Seems like it starts out about a really hot chick and then... I have no idea. Vampire? Throw my rope? Killa tune though!
    Tuna rawks, but who's that Betty Boop with white teeth

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007
    I'd like to know what the hell Stevie Nicks is singing about in about half of her songs - don't have any time to run down any lyrics right now, but, man, what goes on in her brain?

    Easy. Lindsey Buckinham and/or gypsies.

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    Here's a website that might help answer a few questions

    http://www.songfacts.com/

 

 

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