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PostSubject: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Sun 31 Jan 2010, 11:42 pm

I only recently figured out the Cat Stevens song, "Trouble". Replace "trouble" with the word, "establishment" and then reread the lyrics.
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During this time Stevens began to question aspects of his life, and
spirituality. He later said, "to go from the show business environment
and find you are in hospital, getting injections day in and day out, and
people around you are dying, it certainly changes your perspective. I
got down to thinking about myself.

It seemed almost as if I had my eyes shut.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens




Trouble
Oh trouble set me free
I have seen your face
And it's too much too much for me

Trouble
Oh trouble can't you see
You're eating my heart away
And there's nothing much left of me

I've drunk your wine
You have made your world mine
So won't you be fair
So won't you be fair

I don't want no more of you
So won't you be kind to me
Just let me go where
I'll have to go there

Trouble
Oh trouble move away
I have seen your face
and it's too much for me today

Trouble
Oh trouble can't you see
You have made me a wreck
Now won't you leave me in my misery

I've seen your eyes
and I can see death's disguise
Hangin' on me
Hangin' on me

I'm beat, I'm torn
Shattered and tossed and worn
Too shocking to see
Too shocking to see

Trouble
Oh trouble move from me
I have paid my debt
Now won't you leave me in my misery

Trouble
Oh trouble please be kind
I don't want no fight
And I haven't got a lot of time
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Sun 31 Jan 2010, 11:57 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen



Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I'm just a poor boy (Poor boy)
I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
Little high, little low
Any way the wind blows
Doesn't really matter to me, to me

Mama just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead
Mama, life has just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooh
Didn't mean to make you cry
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body's aching all the time
Goodbye, everybody
I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, oooooooh (Anyway the wind blows)
I don't want to die
Sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

[Guitar Solo]

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, Scaramouch, will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
(Galileo) Galileo (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro
Magnifico-o-o-o-o
I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity

Easy come, easy go, will you let me go?
Bismillah! No, we will not let you go
Let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go
Let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go
Let me go (Will not let you go)
Let me go (Will not let you go) (Never, never, never, never)
Let me go, o, o, o, o
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
(Oh mama mia, mama mia) Mama Mia, let me go
Beelzebub has the devil put aside for me, for me, for me!

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh, baby, can't do this to me, baby
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here

[Guitar Solo]
(Oooh yeah, Oooh yeah)

Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters to me

Any way the wind blows...
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Mon 01 Feb 2010, 12:00 am

Prince 1999 (release in 1982)
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"1999" is a song by Prince, the title track from his 1982 album 1999. The song is one of Prince's best-known, and a defining moment in his rise to superstar status. The apocalyptic yet upbeat party anthem saw chart success in 1983, peaking at #12 in the US and #25 in the UK (reaching #2 in the UK when re-released in 1985). The album version of the song starts with a slowed-down voice, reassuring the listener "Don't worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun." Prince shares lead vocals on the track with members of his band The Revolution.



I was dreamin' when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray

But when I woke up this mornin'
Coulda sworn it was judgment day

The sky was all purple
There were people runnin' everywhere

Tryin' 2 run from the destruction
U know I didn't even care

'Cuz they say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999

I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go 2 fast

But life is just a party
And parties weren't meant 2 last

War is all around us
My mind says prepare 2 fight

So if I gotta die
I'm gonna listen 2 my body tonight

Yeah, they say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999
Yeah

Lemme tell ya somethin'
If U didn't come 2 party
Don't bother knockin' on my door
I got a lion in my pocket
And baby he's ready 2 roar

Yeah, everybody's got a bomb
We could all die any day
But before I'll let that happen
I'll dance my life away

They say two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
We're runnin' outta time
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

Say it 1 more time
Two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
No, no
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

Alright, it's 1999
You say it, 1999
1999
1999 don't stop, don't stop, say it 1 more time

Two thousand zero zero party over
Oops out of time
Yeah, Yeah
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999)

Yeah, 1999
Don'tcha wanna go
Don'tcha wanna go
We could all die any day
I don't wanna die
I'd rather dance
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Mon 01 Feb 2010, 12:29 am

American Baby by Dave Matthews Band

This is a predictive programming song, where the audience is being setup for the massive decline (and fall?) of the USA. Reference to "I" holding on to "you" are references to an American citizen (who has suffered through the collapse) holding on to their faith, or belief in God.

References to "American Baby" are deliberately made without a comma, as "American Baby" is intended to mean each American citizen, who the elite call "children" due to their ignorance and naivety.

The song is telling listeners that their ability to change our (America's) destiny is not possible and all we (the public) have is our faith in God, who we should expect to "see soon."




If these walls came crumbling down,
Fell so hard to make us lose our faith,
From whats left youd figure it out,
Still make lemonade taste like a sunny day,

Stay, beautiful baby,
I hope you stay American, baby
American baby,

Nobodys laughing now,
Gods grace lost and the devil is proud,
But Ive been walking for a thousand miles,
One last time I could see you smile,

I, I, hold, hold on to you,
You bring me hope,
Ill see you soon,
And if I dont see you,
Im afraid weve lost the way

Stay, beautiful baby,
I hope you stay American, baby
American baby (2x)

I hold on, to you, you lift me up
And always will,
I see you in life,
Hope I dont get left behind,

I, I, hold, hold on to you,
You bring me hope,
Ill see you soon,
And if I dont see you,
Im afraid weve lost the way

Stay, beautiful baby,
I hope you stay American, baby,
I hope you stay, beautiful baby,
I hope you stay American, baby,
American baby (2x)
Stay American, baby
Beautiful,

Nobodys laughing now,
Cause you could always make me laugh out loud,
Stay American, baby
American baby,
Stay American, baby
American baby
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Thu 18 Feb 2010, 1:54 pm

Sting (as in Bee Sting) singing "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You"

Who is "I"?
Who is "You"?
Who is "Their"?
Who is "Your"?



You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
You could say I lost my sense of direction
You could say all of this and worse but

If I ever lose my faith in you
There'd be nothing left for me to do

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world
You could say I lost my faith in the people on TV
You could say I'd lost my belief in our politicians
They all seemed like game show hosts to me

If I ever lose my faith in you
There'd be nothing left for me to do

I could be lost inside their lies without a trace
But every time I close my eyes I see your face

I never saw no miracle of science
That didn't go from a blessing to a curse
I never saw no military solution
That didn't always end up as something worse but
Let me say this first

If I ever lose my faith in you
There'd be nothing left for me to do

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sting/ifieverlosemyfaithinyou.html

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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Thu 18 Feb 2010, 8:27 pm

I really love this thread. Very Happy

Love Cat Stevens most of all!

Thanks for posting these, They Live.
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Re Sting, I'm not sure. I'd have to check out the rest of his music to get a perspective of his loves, and hates. What do YOU think he's referring to, when he says "If I ever lose my faith in you"? I'd be very interested to hear your views. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Thu 18 Feb 2010, 11:21 pm

On the heavier side, I've always thought this was one of the most prescient and chilling descriptions of the modern surveillance/security state that I've vere seen presented in pop-culture.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TopkgGxGzQs

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Up here in space
I'm looking down on you.
My lasers trace
Everything you do.

You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind.
There is no true escape
I'm watching all the time.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.


Always in focus
' can't feel my stare.
I zoom into you
But you don't know I'm there.

I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.


I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.
Solo

Electric eye, in the sky
Feel my stare, always there
[There]'s nothing you can do about it.
Develop and expose
I feed upon your every thought
And so my power grows.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.
I'm elected electric spy
I'm elected
Protected. Detective. Electric eye.
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Fri 19 Feb 2010, 1:31 pm

CCTelander wrote:
On the heavier side, I've always thought this was one of the most prescient and chilling descriptions of the modern surveillance/security state that I've vere seen presented in pop-culture.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TopkgGxGzQs

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Up here in space
I'm looking down on you.
My lasers trace
Everything you do.

You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind.
There is no true escape
I'm watching all the time.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.


Always in focus
' can't feel my stare.
I zoom into you
But you don't know I'm there.

I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.


I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.
Solo

Electric eye, in the sky
Feel my stare, always there
[There]'s nothing you can do about it.
Develop and expose
I feed upon your every thought
And so my power grows.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.
I'm elected electric spy
I'm elected
Protected. Detective. Electric eye.

Oh that is *bleak*...I can feel it sinking down into my bones. What a Face

Really powerful lyrics. What surprises me a lot is that this was written back in 1982. Back in 1982 I hadn't the foggiest notion there was *anything* wrong with my country. Sad, how blind I, and most of us, were.

It's interesting to see the band generating all that smoke, and NOISE, and light/fireworks, and yet it leaves one feeling *without heat* and
COLD. Fascinating.

Thanks for posting this.
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Fri 19 Feb 2010, 5:28 pm

Explorer wrote:
CCTelander wrote:
On the heavier side, I've always thought this was one of the most prescient and chilling descriptions of the modern surveillance/security state that I've vere seen presented in pop-culture.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TopkgGxGzQs

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Up here in space
I'm looking down on you.
My lasers trace
Everything you do.

You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind.
There is no true escape
I'm watching all the time.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.


Always in focus
' can't feel my stare.
I zoom into you
But you don't know I'm there.

I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.


I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.
Solo

Electric eye, in the sky
Feel my stare, always there
[There]'s nothing you can do about it.
Develop and expose
I feed upon your every thought
And so my power grows.

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I'm elected electric spy
I['m] protected electric eye.
I'm elected electric spy
I'm elected
Protected. Detective. Electric eye.

Oh that is *bleak*...I can feel it sinking down into my bones. What a Face

Really powerful lyrics. What surprises me a lot is that this was written back in 1982. Back in 1982 I hadn't the foggiest notion there was *anything* wrong with my country. Sad, how blind I, and most of us, were.

It's interesting to see the band generating all that smoke, and NOISE, and light/fireworks, and yet it leaves one feeling *without heat* and
COLD. Fascinating.

Thanks for posting this.

No prob.

The lyrics definitely are powerful, bleak and a bit chilling. The ACCURACY is what really floors me, But then the Brits have always been a bit ahead of the curve on this kind of thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Fri 19 Feb 2010, 8:19 pm

Looking for something else I'd like to post ...
It's been a while since I gave my attention to music, although I love music.

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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Thu 18 Mar 2010, 1:27 pm

Who is "me" in this song? I think "me" = ponerization (allegorical demon).




She Always Takes It With A Heart Of Stone
'Cause All She Does Is Throw It Back To Me
I've Spent A Lifetime
Looking For Someone
Don't Try To Understand Me
Just Simply Do The
Things I Say

Love Is A Feeling
Give It When I Want It
'Cause I'm On Fire
Quench My Desire
Give It When I Want It
Talk To Me Woman
Give In To Me
Give In To Me

You Always Knew Just How To Make Me Cry
And Never Did I Ask You Questions Why
It Seems You Get Your Kicks From Hurting Me
Don't Try To Understand Me
Because Your Words Just Aren't Enough

Love Is A Feeling
Quench My Desire
Give It When I Want It
Takin' Me Higher
Love Is A Woman
I Don't Wanna Hear It
Give In To Me
Give In To Me

You And Your Friends
Were Laughing At Me In Town
But It's Okay
And It's Okay
You Wont Be Laughing Girl
When I'm Not Around
I'll Be Okay
And I'll, I'll Not Find
Gotta, The Peace Of Mind No

Don't Try To Tell Me
Because Your Words
Just Aren't Enough

Love Is A Feeling
Quench My Desire
Give It When I Want It
Takin' Me Higher
Talk To Me Woman
Love Is A Feeling
Give In To Me
Give In To Me
Give In To Me

Love Is A Feeling
I Don't Wanna Hear It
Quench My Desire
Takin' Me Higher
Tell It To The Preacher
Satisfy The Feeling
Give In To Me
Give In To Me

I Don't Wanna
I Don't Wanna
I Don't Wanna
Hear It
Give It To The Fire
Talk To Me Woman
Quench My Desire
I Don't Like A Lady
Talk To Me Baby
Give In To Me

Give In To The Fire
Give In To Me
Give In To Me
Give In To Me

Love Is A Woman
Give In To Me
Give In To Me
Give In To Me
Give In To Me

'Cause I'm On Fire
Talk To Me Woman
Quench My Desire
Give It To The Feeling
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PostSubject: Re: Contemporary Music and its Lyrics   Thu 18 Mar 2010, 11:47 pm

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Who is "me" in this song? I think "me" = ponerization (allegorical demon).

Yes, in a way, I'd agree.
I think MJ was literally consumed by sex. If there's a demon, I think it's a sex demon which has devoured his nature, and won't let him forget "it", for even a moment. Sad!
The rest of the lyrics= a montage, maybe (of people from his life)

Feel sorry for the guy, for sure.
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