Sunday, July 16, 2017

Song Meanings (Part Five)


Nine Inch Nails
"Head Like a Hole" is about the control that money has over people, and the pain and suffering associated with it. "God Money" is just that. Money has become a god unto itself. Trent Reznor is basically saying, he'd rather die than give in to temptation.

Smashing Pumpkins
"Bullet With Butterfly Wings" was written to express lead singer's (Billy Corgan) pain that comes from being a rock star. The lyrics are exceptionally dramatic, and Corgan has said they are bit of a joke.

"Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle"
In this song it appears Kurt Cobain is likening himself to Frances Farmer. While Frances was almost infamous for her difficulty to work with and her battle with her movie studio, which forced her into bad roles. She demanded much and later all she got for it was a series of mental collapses and a failed battle with alcoholism. Kurt related Farmer's battles against her contracts with corporate Hollywood with his difficulty with his record label, which he felt was holding him back and stifling his art, making him release poppy stuff he was never satisfied with. Farmer was born in Seattle, but Kurt had a lot more to do with the city than she did, which leads me to believe this is not a musical biography... not Kurt's style.

The Used
"Blue and Yellow"
"It's a song about me and [frontman] Bert McCracken's friendship," guitarist Quinn Allman explained. "When the band started to really pick up and people started to really get interested, we were almost not being friends anymore because we were focusing so much time on the band and not on each other."
The colors in the title could have some meaning. The color blue belongs to the Planet Venus, the giver of Love, devotion and harmony. The musical note of blue is G, a favorite key for the composer of romantic music. The color yellow belongs to the planet Mercury, and is said to stimulate the nerves of the brain and body. Mercury instills a quick intellect by stimulating the nervous system, so nothing can remain stagnant under the influence of this planet.

"My Own Summer (Shove it)
"Cloud come shove the sun aside" - sadness against happiness.
"And no sun in my summer" - The bad luck of being sad and poor in this world.
"There are no crowds in the streets" - Loneliness caused by social discrimination.
"The shade is a tool, a device, a savior" - Living in the shade is a solution to get far away from this.
"I try and look up to the sky, but my eyes burn" - Someone wants to bring us down everyday.
"Shove It" - These people don't care for anyone but themselves. These people are the "sky" (because they've got the cash), and when we try to get next to them, we want to return to our shade and just say, "Shove It."

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