Why did you clean the floor?
Why did you plaster over the hole I punched in the door?....
Why did they pave the lawn?
why did they change the locks?
Obviously the wrong apartment!
- But why would they take the mousetrap and the dishrack from the narrator's old apartment? Because the old apartment was next door and either it had been torn down since they moved in and the narrator moved out, or maybe because the narrator and the girl were squatters and the people in the new apartment had gone over to see if there was some homeless-people stuff they could loot?
- To replace their own mousetrap and dishrack, of course!
- Mousetraps and dishracks don't tend to be especially distinctive things. The narrator might just think they're his mousetrap and dishrack because they look like his.
He started by joining a garage band with Jay Farrar and his brothers and swiftly changing their name and lineup. The new band got a good reputation fast by looking like a new genre and getting a few good reviews, which were engineered by Tweedy. Uncle Tupelo then proceeded to shun major record labels so that no one would suspect a thing. They finally signed with Sire Records, a division of Warner (Bros.) Records.
Soon after, Jay Farrar conveniently left the band, leaving Tweedy and the other members of Uncle Tupelo to rename themselves 'Wilco'. Having just signed with a division of Warner Bros., it was easy to sign with a different division of Warner Bros. That was Reprise Records, whose president, Howie Klein, allowed him to make increasingly experimental records.
After Wilco had a moderate fanbase, Tweedy somehow tricked Time Warner, which owns Warner Bros., into merging with America Online and forcing it to cut costs. This included firing Klein. The new president didn't want to pay for the new album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, so Tweedy raised an uproar about it and sold the album to yet another different division of Warner Bros., Nonesuch Records. The resulting news coverage caused loads of critics to notice the album and they proceeded to dump massive praise on the record. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is still their best-selling album.
- Having accomplished this, he's now masterminding The Blisters' rise. Which at the moment consists mainly of holding them back - a Lollapalooza appearance and TV commercial was one thing while they were still little kids, but now that they're teenagers they've throttled back to audio-only tracks on Spencer's blog and the occasional local Chicago appearance, the idea being to avoid at all costs a Boy Band image and the inevitable Hatedom that leads to. Given the examples since 2005-06 of not only The Naked Brothers Band (the closest analogue), but the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber, that Hatedom would've become a black hole destroying not only any indie cred the kids might hope ever to have, but that of Tweedy senior and Wilco itself. Keeping a low profile till they get through High School = wise move.
- The answer is stating us in the face - Sue Miller is behind all of this! Just look at the timeline: Uncle Tupelo breaks up and Wilco forms just at the time Tweedy and Miller would be getting serious about their personal relationship, the label switch happens a year or so after Lounge Ax closed leaving Miller with more time to manage Wilco...
But that song's from The '70s; in '89 we were rockin' out to Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli. '70s music was too old for Top 40 radio and too new for oldies stations- NOBODY listened to it, unless they were old enough to have bought the albums when the songs were current.
- It's a cover story for his true identity: a werewolf. He probably hasn't been to London, though. (For those who have not heard the song, the backing track samples "Werewolves of London".)
- The song was a tribute to his dad, who loves to party (seriously, he may look like a clean-cut car dealer, but he'll have rock music blasting every weekend. His motto: "Since you're awake anyway, come join the party!"), and his dad played the "Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd" LP a lot.
- No, his designated ghost-songwriter was born in 1989.
- Obviously you are unfamiliar with the American South (the entire region, not just Alabama). Regardless of the year, we DO sing "Sweet Home Alabama" all summer long.
- Michigan is considered part of the South?
- Quite a few people listened to Skynyrd and Led Zep all the time in '89. What else were we going to listen to, Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli? ;) Or power metal? Or oldish-school rap? Seriously, 1970s rock is better than most of the late-'80s alternatives for backyard barbequeing.
Also, in the first song, he had intended to depart for Melinda's first thing in the morning...but apparently he couldn't wait that long.
- No, the Mad Hatter is GLaDOS. No cake for Alice.
- The "that" in "I'd Do Anything for Love" is explained in each lyric. Meat Loaf sings two things he will do for love and then one thing that he won't. Then he sings that he "won't do that", referring to the one thing he referenced earlier. Example:I would do anything for love, I'd run right into hell and backI would do anything for love, I'd never lie to you and that's a factBut I'd never forget the way you feel right now, oh no.I would do anything for love, but I won't do that. Oh no, no I won't do that
- Unless Britney Spears is referring to forgetting how her lover feels right then, not going all the way that night, doing it better than she would with her lover, forgetting her lover, leaving her lover, or cheating on her lover, it isn't.
- And if it is, then we should feel very sad for her lover.
- So who won?
- They both lost to the guy from Blue Öyster Cult's "Career of Evil".
- Also supports the theory that Hendrix was bisexual.
- Hendrix registered as a homosexual with the US army, supposedly to avoid the draft. ()
- No, Hendrix enlisted in the Army to avoid jail. He was in the 101st Airborne when he reportedly tried to convince his command that he was a homosexual and compulsive masturbator. He was given an honorable discharge for "unsuitability for military service".
- "Whatever it is that GIRL put a spell on me"
- Now, that's a Mondegreen. <grin>"Whatever it is that G.I.R.L. put a spell on me"?
- Hendrix registered as a homosexual with the US army, supposedly to avoid the draft. ()
- So what happens when something is misheard more than one way?
- The above theory is, for the record, all Simon LeBon's fault. "Shake up the picture of the lizard mixture"? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
- What's all this about the deputy?
- Who did kill him, when and how and why?
- Why is everyone convinced the singer did it?
- And why are they after him "for the killing of a deputy", as opposed to the killing of the sheriff and a deputy? Don't they know he killed the sheriff?
Isn't it a coincidence, when all is said and done, that the deputy was killed around the same time as the sheriff but in what looked like a completely unrelated manner?
A possible explanation: after years of taunts and veiled threats from the sheriff, the singer is a paranoid wreck. The day he's set to leave town, he's so convinced that the sheriff won't let him go that the moment he glimpses a police uniform — not the sheriff, just the deputy wandering by — he shoots and flees, believing that he'd killed the sheriff in self-defense.
- The singer could have shot one guy by accident, but not two. And he says he has has no idea how a bullet of the same caliber as his pistol ended up in the Deputy.
The officers that arrived on scene found a guy with a criminal record holding a gun and two dead law enforcement officers. They made the natural assumption.
Bob is hoping that the results of the ballistics tests will bear out his story and that his cooperation with the investigation of the shootings will help his defense in the shooting of the sheriff; if he admits to shooting the sheriff, then why deny shooting the deputy...UNLESS he's telling the truth.
Unless when they say he's "striving and driving and riding on his horse", they're being perfectly literal. This nut has entered the Daytona 500 on a horse. He's going very fast by horse standards; but even with minimal rest periods, it's going to take him forever. After all, your average horse has only one horsepower in its "engine."
No wonder his girlfriend's pissed.
- Just because he's "going for speed" doesn't mean he's getting it. (You can't rev a horsie to 200 mph.) Nonetheless, this is an excellent explanation.
- That, and the "going the distance" stuff is clearly about a track runner. Drivers don't crouch at the starting line. And the part where he's actually going for distance - the sun has come down and the moon has come up, and long ago somebody left with the cup. This guy stayed behind to practice again and again because he lost, constantly trying to beat his old time and be a contender come the next race.
Also, such things are usually denoted with a stamp of some sort, which the average woman isn't likely to have.
The whole love affair was a delusion. Neither the woman nor her mailbox exist. When the fella tries hand delivery, things are gonna get heartbreaking.
- This is pointed out in the song's chorus:"Address unknown
No such number
No such zone"
- You don't have to have the stamp. Writing "Return to Sender" on the envelope will work. If she intercepted the mailman at the mailbox and immediately did this, the letter could indeed get back on the very next day.
- Two words: Restraining. Order.
- Did you see how depressed and slightly deranged they all looked? None of them had a special person who made them happy; and even after surviving, they couldn't relate to each other. The "Tang Rain" made them happy because they knew what it meant by then: an all-powerful being had given them a second (third?) chance at happiness.
- Given that the song's about dedication to a heartbroken loved one, this makes some sense.
Johnny had better be careful because he's not out of the woods yet. And Johnny's boast at the end, "I'm the best that's ever been," sounds an awful lot like Pride, widely regarded as first among the Seven Deadly Sins.
- Pride is not just a deadly sin, it is the deadly sin associated with ... Lucifer, AKA the Devil. Lucifer pride caused him to challenge God, after all.
- In "The Devil Came Back To Georgia," Johnny lost the rematch, having used the golden fiddle; this is not made clear because Charlie Daniels could not bear to portray the devil winning.
- The yet unreleased sequel to "The Devil Came Back To Georgia" is called "Johnny Realizes What An Idiot He Was To Bet His Soul On A Fiddle"
- Also in "The Devil Came Back to Georgia," we learn that Johnny now has a baby boy. It's possible that the ultimate goal of Evil Plan was to get two souls, not just one. (Or even three; it's not stated in the song who the child's mother is or whether she's married to Johnny.) And if Reaper is to be believed, parents can sell, bargain, or wager away their children's souls without the consent or even knowledge of the child.
Also, as pointed out on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Devil was looking for a soul to steal. Not win in a fair contest, but steal. The devil tempted Johnny; Johnny accepted, and the contest itself didn't matter. Johnny was already lost.
- But which of them was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar?
- The chick with the Raspberry Beret?
- And they all wear sunglasses at night.
- And they in turn have spawned the modern generation of song characters. Wendy, who split up with the narrator of "Born To Run", is the mother of Dani California. Dani's officer father has a sister named Rita who's a meter maid.
- The narrator of "Born to Run" then was forced into the draft for the Vietnam War, (which is good for absolutely nothing) where he lost a brother(who had a girlfriend named Rosallitta in the states and was in a rock and roll band before he got drafted). When he came back to the U.S.A., where he was Born In, he wandered around aimlessly for a while, eventually coming back to the town he went to high school (located in the Badlands) in where he met up with his old friend the baseball player and reminisced about their Glory Days and the "Freeze Outs" they used to have on 10th Avenue. He also met his old girlfriend Mary who lives up the block with her kids that she's raising all by herself. He tried writing a book, but got tired of it one night and convinced Mary to go Dancing in the Dark with him. Eventually, she and her kids ran off with him in his Cadillac down Thunder Road. They settled in Baltimore, but one night he went out for a drive Into the Night on the Backstreets in the Darkness at the Edge of Town and didn't come back. He wandered around with a Hungry Heart for a while, hooking up with an old girlfriend in Atlantic City at one point, but while he was driving around listening to Radio Nowhere he came back to town just in time for The Rising, where he was Blinded By the Light and met Mary again and they have been living together happily so far, who knows what will happen when they're Living in the Future.
- Jack vents his frustration by burning down the house.
- What about Debbie, who just hit the wall, and her husband Ben, who's a CPA?
- She's Gina's cousin.
- Debbie also had an obsession with a girl named Jenny (whose number was on the wall), until her cousin Frankie simply told her to relax.
- She's Gina's cousin.
- And yes, this is a Land of Confusion, also who has the invisible touch? Whodunnit? Who read Between the lines? And best of all, who's an Illegal Alien. Genesis
- Yeah, Only in Your Dreams, Sweet Child o' Mine. Maybe you're Turning Japanese or Dancing on the Ceiling? Your dreams remind me of childhood memories.
- Happy Birthday Baby Jane. Me And Sarah Jane were Der Kommisar as she said Rock Me Amadeus as we spent our Mony Mony. Eventually we had a White Wedding, but that was back in the Summer Of '69. Also in Our House there was an Intruder, but don't worry, he's Not One Of Us, knowing this I whacked him to death with a Sledgehammer Then I went to jail Big Time, but then I committed Jail Break . Also I'm part of a gang called The Wild Boys.
- Yeah, Only in Your Dreams, Sweet Child o' Mine. Maybe you're Turning Japanese or Dancing on the Ceiling? Your dreams remind me of childhood memories.
Also, observe his behavior at 3:11 in the video. That must be Near.
- Also, it took place in the fisherman-filled pub from the episode of The Mighty Boosh with Old Gregg. Death Note and The Mighty Boosh would make one hell of a crossover, especially with the entirety of Modest Mouse on board.
It doesn't have to be out of Lovecraft.
And the "throne a million miles away" has to be some kind of poetic license since, in space, a million miles isn't far at all. That's just under four times the distance to the Moon at its apogee.
- "Stuffed in your pocket for the last hundred days" could refer to Megatron's reverse-engineering while offline and helpless in the live-action movie or Animated, or Galavtron's enslavement by Unicron.
- He did split the world in two in many continuities when he raised up the Decepticon army.
- "I lost my soul when I fell to Earth" could be the incident in Beast Wars when BW Megatron "borrows" the spark of the original, or to Megatron's reforging into Galvatron by Unicron, completely destroying his personality as a result of his falling in battle on Earth... That line could be anything, as most Megatrons did fall to Earth.
- "Built in my nightmares and using my name" could be another reference to BW Megatron taking the spark of the original... He was, metaphoricly, asleep; hence it was a nightmare in which the new body for BW Megs was built, and BW Megs did use his name.
- The car in the field in a column of flame is an Autobot; certainly, he's killed enough of them.
- Does this mean Richard Harris is Cave Johnson?
- Also, if the song isn't really about cake, then that means the cake is a lie.
- Next thing you know, somebody will be doing a version of MacArthur Park sung in GLaDOS's voice."MacArthur Park is melting in the dark, all the green, sweet icing flowing down..."
- Maybe in Portal 3?
- If she's not a "Hollaback Girl," then why does Gwen Stefani drive a car that has "Hollaback Girl" emblazoned on the bonnet in the video?
- Also, double negative: "ain't no hollaback girl" = hollaback girl.
- "He's a god, he's a man, he's a ghost, he's a guru" - pretty clearly fits into the Father/Son/Holy Ghost schema, plus a "spiritual teacher" to boot.
- "He'll reach deep into the hole, heal your shrinking soul..." sounds pretty God-like to me. "...but there won't be a single thing that you can do," the next line, reinforces how sinister this God-figure is.
- The section beginning "You'll see him in your nightmares..." all the way through to "...on the TV screen" evokes the idea of omnipresence, or at least of memetic omnipresence. The "God as meme" idea has been around as long as the idea of memetics itself (of course, the word "meme" originated with prominent atheist Richard Dawkins, so make of that what you will).
- "You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan" - well, who are we always told has a Plan for the universe? According to many, this "great Plan" will lead to the eternal damnation of billions of people - if that's not catastrophic, I don't know what is.
- And, finally, the phrase "Red Right Hand" itself is from Paradise Lost, where it refers explicitly to the vengeful hand of God. Look at the bullet point directly above - what kind of plan would a vengeful deity design and direct? The liner notes to Murder Ballads, another album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (Red Right Hand originally comes from their previous album, Let Love In), erroneously identify the phrase as referring to Satan (it appears in Song of Joy on that album, but it's only mentioned once); but hey, this is Wild Mass Guessing. That particular note is a deliberate Red Herring.
"He'll rekindle all the dreams it took you a lifetime to destroy" - this line refers to the dream of Santa, which usually disappears as a child grows older. In this song, Santa has returned to instill Christmas spirit in the hearts of adults.
"He's a god, he's a man, he's a ghost, he's a guru": Santa Claus has the omniscient powers of a God, the compassion of a man, the mysticism of a ghost - how exactly does he enter and deliver presents for so many houses in such little time? - and the spirit of a guru who teaches that giving is better than receiving. Enough said.
The lines involving him giving you money and finding you a car if you don't have one clearly refer to Santa's sack of gifts for every boy and girl.
The line "You'll see him in your nightmares, you'll see him in your dreams" is a reference to the darker side of Santa. Just look at another well-known song about him: "he knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake." This Santa is fully aware of the power he has over you and can be a terrifying figure if you've been bad.
When you see him "in your head, on the TV screen," it is a sign of the pervasiveness of Santa come Christmas season.
Lastly, the description fits: his coat is probably "dusty black" from climbing down so many chimneys, and he wears his gloves to cover the Red Right Hand that corresponds with his general red-and-white color scheme. No doubt about it: the "tall handsome man" is Santa.
- "Stairway to Heaven"
- Not only is Stairway regularly placed at the top of lists of the greatest songs ever, the HBO version of "Tribute" transforms into a Stairway homage at the exact moment they start playing the Greatest Song In The World.
- "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
- Certainly the shiny demon would appreciate the irony, as well as the song being quite good. The only issue is neither Kyle nor Jack appear to play the violin.
- "Helter Skelter" (original by The Beatles)
- He's a flying reindeer. Good thing, too. He'd be useless to pull a sleigh at night otherwise — road vehicles are only supposed to show red lights to the rear.
- Best. Theory. Ever!
- Hey, have we ever seen them in the same room? And that's why CM appeared on the Colbert Report — Tom already went on the Daily Show.
- Nonsense, Tom Waits is clearly Rowlf the Dog... or a shadow counterpart to Jim Henson.
- And Cookie Monster is actually the lead singer of Rammstein.
- "Crazy":I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space
And when you're out there
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice, that's my only advice
C'mon now who do you, who do you, who do you think you are
Hahaha, bless your soul
You really think you're in control
Well I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
Just like me
My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done
Maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy
- "Only":Now I am somewhere I am not supposed to be
And I'm seeing things I really shouldn't see
- "Every Day Is Exactly The Same":
- For a time, he moved out of his house and into the scene of the Manson Family murders. You need to live in a pretty crappy place for that to be a step up.
- James LaBrie was born in 1963, the same year Nicholas died, and was 35 years old while the album was being recorded (1998-99).
- 'cept that the news coverage is of John F. Kennedy Junior's death, which took place in 1999 ("another tragedy in a long string of misfortunes"). All this means, however, is that Labrie WAS Nicholas, but he survived the assault and is pretending to have been killed so the nest reincarnation of Edward wont come after him.
- Oh, I dunno.
- Agreed: Everyone around her thinks she's going crazy and obviously thinks this guy, whoever he may be, is bad for her and is trying to keep her away from him for her own good. So is he married or abusive or a mob boss or is she too fragile to be in a relationship or what?
- Note that not all time travellers are Time Lords.
- It's possible he really is Al, and after Samuel Beckett never managed to return on his own, he was sent back when trying to tinker with Ziggy didn't quite turn out as planned.
Bowie is also Major Tom. He either lost communication with his home planet (which is also called Earth - he probably thinks our world is named "Terra") and drifted through space until he wound up here, or was abducted and returned by aliens. Ziggy Stardust is the translation of his alien name into our language.
- No, he's The Sovereign.
- Therefore, Regina Spektor is a self-insert of God. Who is a 13-year old girl. Who is also Robin Williams. Who is Revolver Ocelot. Who was...Russian. With a spectre for a father and a warrior queen for a mother... it all makes sense.
Now, we know that both Joey and Donnie have a mischievous streak. More important, they were children in the seventies. Anyone growing up on a heavy diet of Saturday morning television in Boston then would have had more than enough terrible Celebrity Cartoons (think "Super Globetrotters", "The Brady Kids", "Partridge Family In Space," and so on). It is not entirely out of the question that they "fed" the writers the most crazy, bent, cliched, Trope Overdosed ideas they could think of just to see what would happen. (Though they did have the good sense not to suggest "make us all superheroes!" "Send us into space!" or "Add a squishy little alien to the cast!")
- Alternatively, the whole thing is intentionally bad because it is a Writer Revolt.
- A similar argument can be made for their Christmas Album, which, aside from a couple of songs, sounds downright half-assed... perhaps intentionally.
- Same thing with "Black Hole Sun".
- Or maybe...Voltaire?
- Truth in advertising with that pothole there. Incredibly.
- Alternately, it's Saint-Just.
- Either that or it's someone trying to drive him crazy. It could well be that the narrator is the same easily distracted man-child from "One Week" dealing with a baffling problem that, to him, has no immediate explanation: his pissed-off ex who, realizing that he seems incapable of remorse, decides to avenge herself by playing to the flaw that ruined their relationship: his tendency to focus on pointless trivia to the exclusion of all else. He can't bring himself to feel her pain but he can be driven mad wondering who's sending him another postcard with chim-pan-ZEEEEEEEEES!!!
I'm staying here
I've got another level that I wanna clear"
And look for each other in the TV screen"
The song is obviously sung from the perspective of a man who spends all of his time either playing video games ("the Sun goes up and the Sun goes down") or daydreaming about playing them because his life is so boring.
- Also, since "Diminished" takes place largely in a courthouse, and "Mr. Richards" mentions the subject's conviction and imprisonment, the latter is a sequel. It also came out chronologically later.
- So it's essentially a non-seasonal sequel to Baby, It's Cold Outside?
Why does he call her Annabelle? Annabelle is simply one of Death's pseudonyms, or a name the main character chooses for her upon seeing her, not daring to ask for her real name.)
Why do you think they keep trying to manufacture pop groups? It's a symbiotic relationship!!!
- This also explains why they haven't given up calling Michael Jackson "The King of Pop."
- They call him the "King of Pop" cause that's what he was. But they weren't benefiting from doing this after his personal troubles.
- Another example: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony debuted a song on the show that never broke through despite fans organizing a small army of internet posters to vote. Ironically, that group of fans had no problem getting the vid on TRL.
- BET has a "blacklist" that lists artists as "irrelevant" or too "intelligent." This list is given to vid programmers and explains that they must not put these artists in heavy rotation. This might explain the Bone situation. Apparently, they don't want artists that are too old and "irrelevant" or that are too intelligent. It explains their longtime shunning of alternative rap (with the possible exception of Outkast). Although Outkast was waaay too popular to ignore.
- They also have now just recently started to ignore old school vids that was made prior to 2005 (before that it was 2001!!). They use to play old school vids from The '80s, and The '90s on 106 & Park's old school jam of the day. Eventually they turned it to the flash back of the day that showed vids that were only a couple of years old, Which the original VJ's (Free, and AJ) Lamp Shaded. Conspiracy Theorists believe BET is trying to bury old school hip-hop, Kinda like a Plausible Deniability but for hip-hop. They also believe this is one of the reasons Free and AJ was let go, as they started to become vocal about the direction of the show.
Yes, it's a beautiful love song and everything, but the core lyric from the chorus does sound like it's talking about addiction, as opposed to love. Also, the repeated lyric "And you give yourself away..." To other men, perhaps, in exchange for money?
- I said "I'd like to see you, if you don't mind."He said "I'd love to Dad, if I can find the time.You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu,But it's sure nice talking to you Dad,It's been sure nice talking to you."And as he hung up the phone it occurred to me,
One can almost hear the son's maniacal laughter as he hangs up the phone.
- The song mentions "bullets humming". They are in the middle of a firefight!
- The mentions of gray hair and eventual death don't mean that the provo is still alive. It means that the second provo is trying to convinve the first that he will live to an old age.
- And of course, the refrain includes "This is a weeping song /A song in which to weep / While all the men and women sleep". And the first line uses the word "Son" which is a homonym of "Sun": "Go Son/Sun, go down to the water" - imploring the sun to set so they can be active and feed on the people they discuss. You can also imagine "weeping" as a stand-in for "bleeding".
- First, the title. It clearly states that the male singer is only interested in Yuri.
- "Like a persocom I'm teaching you." Teaching her that Het Is Ew.
- "Like a Pokémon I pikachu." I'll look, but not touch.
- "Like Gundam Seed you're my destiny." Considering the reputation of Gundam SEED Destiny, that is not a compliment.
- "For Yuna and Zelda and Chi I'd do anything." If it's a love song, why mention three other girls? Unless he wants yuri of them.
- "Yuri the only one for me." Once again, we have the singer claim to be only interested in Yuri.
- "Priceless Like a PS3" and "You and I make Nintendo Wii." If the girl has the market value of a PS3, but her physical specs plus the singer's are equivlent to a Wii, then the girl is seriously overpriced.
- "You're my Angel out of Tokyo-3." First off, due to Hype Aversion, comparing anything to "Evangelion" is probably not good. Also, that implies that the girl is an Eldritch Abomination dripping in Freudian and Religious symbolism, quite likely to turn around and Mind Rape you at any point in time.
- "Cell-shaded face in an AMV." No AMVs make good use of Cell shading on anything that wasn't cell-shaded before.
- "Just like Ranma you're the better half of me." Ranma hated his genderbending.
- "Sephy's Mom has got it going on." Okay, this part is a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, but it still has the singer mentioning the appeal of another woman sort of.
He's some sort of dictator or warlord, most likely of eastern European or African origin. Various forces are coming down to take his position of power from him. For years, he thought himself to be all powerful, ruler of all he sees; but he certainly isn't now. He's a "pretend world leader".
Also, he makes mentions on how he "knows the barricades" and recognises the weapons. Decades before, he too was a "revolutionary" who gained power by defeating the old, corrupt regime, only to create another corrupt regime. Now it's his time to be thrown from power by someone else, like his predecessor before him.
The second song comes after he has been overthrown. It's some sort of speech he's giving at his war crimes tribunal. It makes many mentions of how he's been humbled, that he "sweeps the streets [he] used to own". He starts to make references to religion and similar themes. He admits he was a liar and a crook, but "that was when [he] ruled the world". He even claims that his rise to dictatorship wasn't his intention, that a "wicked and wild wind" blew him towards the eventuality. He admits that people were disappointed that he just became another warlord: "People couldn't believe what [he'd] become". He goes on to mention the revolutionaries who want him dead and bemoans being in such a position of power. He then admits that "Saint Peter won't call [his] name", admitting his guilt for the acts that he had committed. Whether this is honest truth or lies to get the jury on his side is up to you to interpret.
- Tony was the one who got shot. The lyrics say, She lost her love. and She lost her youth and she lost her Tony/Now she's lost her mind!. But that doesn't mean that she didn't accidentally shoot him.
It would explain why she's so depressed in the last verse.
Additionally, upon losing Tony, she turns to Rico for comfort in her deranged state and he takes advantage of her by manipulating her. In the end she gets fed up and kills Rico as well.
They know this; after all, it is known as La Grange's Theorem.World War I for Les Invisibles continued to 'Sing Songs Nobody Knew' by using his powers to take the form of different artists over the years, eventually deciding to write and perform songs based off his own life... by forming Blue Öyster Cult as Sandy Pearlman.
Jesus really did live his life in a cheap motel on the edge of Route 66 (yeah). Suicide tanks, living dead girls and Pig Heaven are out there somewhere. Oh, and Mr. Zombie is both a Superbeast and an Electric Head. No wonder his movies are so twisted...
- Maybe she's a werewolf?
- That's one theory. This Troper's brother thinks she's an alien, and there's one DJ who voiced the theory that she was a robot.
- And she was even willing to kill her beloved to do it. Her beloved was clueless about what the balloons would do, though.
- Alternatively, the singer is a military leader who got bored. He bought/released balloons with his daughter, then told everyone they were some sort of threat, just to have an excuse to blow something up. Unfortunately, his daughter didn't make it.
- In the German version it is strongly implied that the generals who launched the attack knew perfectly well what the balloons were but wanted an excuse to start a war and used the balloons as that excuse.
- That also explains why The Beatles WMG is on a different page.
Alternatively, the videos are allegorical Dream Sequences imagined by Maynard James Keenen, which inspired him to write the songs.
The only thing wrong with this theory is that the song came out several years before Warhammer 40,000 did. But, well, time flows strangely in the Warp...
The chorus could refer to his frustration at having been kicked out of the military and now having to jump around from random jobs because his need to be involved with his country is not being satisfied by deskwork. 'And if this life doesn't give you the love you expect, there's always the next' could mean that even if this job doesn't work out (or, even though the military didn't work out) there's still hope for the future.CD-I Zelda rejects CD-I Link twice, much like the Alpha Bitch in Sk8r Boi.
- So the song takes place in the Treasure Planet universe?
Just when human civilization was on its last leg, a metallic messiah, the Painkiller, arrives and battles the Iron Man for the fate of mankind.
The Hotel California simply traps your own body and soul for eternity. The House of the Rising Sun also traps you for eternity, but it will let you go just long enough to go bear a child. After you die, the House will call on that child, and then that child's child, and so on and so forth. In short, the Hotel California will only torment you forever. The House of the Rising Sun will torment you, your children, their children, and all your descendants, forever.
- Well, the lyrics are "the law won't arrest you, the world won't detest you, you never did any thing any man wouldn't do..." It's the narrator mockingly throwing back in her rapist's face his rationalization for raping a young girl — that, Roman Polanski-style, all men secretly want little girls, and so why fault him for it for acting on it?
- And if it ends, so will the world
- "Man of wealth and taste"- Angels are sexless. The Christian god is generally masculine, and lives on a flying golden throne with a giant pearl for a front door.
- "Stolen many a man's soul and faith"- but in a good way.
- "I was 'round when Jesus Christ had his moment of doubt and pain"- Not the Temptation, but the "Why have you forsaken me!?" bit during the crucifixion. God's always there.
- Pontius Pilate: Ineffable plan.
- St. Petersburg: More ineffable plan, maybe a bit of smiting on the side. Who do you think gave * Rasputin Super Not Dying Skills? (Alternately, Saint Peter's hill, not Leningrad/Stalingrad/etc).
- Tank, general's rank, Blitzkrieg: The tank is the bomb shelters under London. Led them into a battle of faith versus fear during the air raids.
- "Watched with glee while your kings and queens fought for ten decades over gods they'd made": * This one's difficult, but I want to say, not humans, but demons. Demons suck, so the guy upstairs gets some spitegloating points without taking away from the whole "perfect good guy" thing. If it's a reference to the Hundred Years' War (or some war that actually took a hundred years), American high school history classes cover about two sentences of it, and I haven't happened to do much research on my own about it, so... Any ideas?
- My wife loves that song, and I am sick of it. I have you to thank for breathing new life into it.
The reason for this can be found in the lyrics to A Campaign of Shock and Awe. The sisters are convinced that a musical career would become as exploitative as their circus appearances. They are using the people producing the CD to tell their story, possibly with embellishments or metaphor, because they believe it is the only way for people to consider their message and talents without becoming caught up in the freak show.
Suuuuuure she's destroying his car. Read between the lines. "I dug my key into the side of his purty li'l souped-up four wheel drive": She gouged out his kidneys, or perhaps his gall bladder. "And carved my name into his leather seat": She left the word CARRIE (and does that name sound familiar or what?) sliced into his arse. "I took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights": She reduced both his eyes to a bloody pulp with a baseball bat. "And slashed a hole in all four tires": She gave him the wounds of Christ. "I might have saved a little trouble for the next girl": She partially castrated him.
- And why? Well, piercing his hands, feet and side - obviously revenge for him disliking "Jesus Take the Wheel". Note the spiteful reference to "redneck version of Shania karaoke" - if there's a phrase that better describes Carrie's music, I'd love to hear it. All that cheating he was "probably" doing is just her way of rationalizing it. Don't mess with an American Idol contestant, kids. They've already tasted hell.
Well, think about it. It's obvious when you see it was in Twilight, which is about the epic, perfect relationship between a Sue and her vampire boyfriend. And the lyrics "I thought I was a fool for no one, but oh baby I'm a fool for you"? Show the Sue's ability to get in everywhere and have everyone love her/him/them.
- ...Are you referring to this?
- I'm glad I'm not the only person to look at it that way.
The rumors were true and Hitler was the Antichrist and, after his defeat, God and Jesus decided it was as good a time as any for Judgment. Jesus was reborn as a human shortly after the war ended, around 1947.
God and Jesus had made the decision that, to reach the most number of people, Jesus would become a rock 'n' roller, a person who would have more influence than a rabbi. This ended up saving us all. It's unknown exactly when, but at some point Jesus, under his new name, decided he wasn't going to go through with it. He decided he was going to keep spreading his updated message through his, and continued in secret until about 7 years ago.
It's time for the truth to be known. David Bowie is Jesus Christ.
- This explains why the messianic themes from Bowie's music all but disapeared after The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. This could be when he decided to stay human "Rock 'n' Roll" Suicide, may refer to his own death, forsaking immortality.
- Jesus was part of the house of David. Bowie took that name as a hint when he came to earth.
- Then what explains Rock Me, Asmodeus!?
A baby boy is abandoned by his mother in the woods. Then, the two timelines diverge. In "In Perfect Harmony", the boy is found by elves and raised to live in perfect harmony with nature yada yada yada. In "Hand Of Sorrow", the boy is found by some sort of government agency and raised to be a super soldier. Within Temptation.
For reals. Dear Broadway: I'm waiting for this rock opera.
Both songs refer to swinging tree branches as the sun sets, sitting on a bench, and a boy on his knees. Johnny Gallagher dated The Spring Standards' Heather Robb in high school. Therefore, they wrote the songs about each other.
- By the way, the RIAA does not actually exist, it's a diversionary red herring made up by the aliens to give us a false enemy to fight, so we can feel like we are "sticking up for the artists" without realizing they are our true aggressor. All bands and artists support music piracy as it allows their mind control to spread to as many people as possible. Those who publicly speak out against it are merely betting on the fact that if you tell people not to pirate music, they will of course be provoked to do the opposite.
- ...and in case you are wondering, YES. Gaga is their almighty overlord.
- Jossed. My father works in the record industry and he's from Earth. The antenna that he and his coworkers have is simply a strange medical condition. One that happens to target record executives.
- Unless THEY brainwashed you to say that. And come on, the antennae was fairly obvious, what the hell else is Phil Spector hiding up there?
The singer (who's book-smart but inexperienced) makes friends with a "hot girl" who "said she knew what [the singer's] books did not". This girl has a boyfriend whom everyone thinks of as a bad boy (though a popular one), but she thinks "she [knows] him better". He's probably older than the singer and the other girl. The singer is jealous of their relationship (this is what she "wanted [...] from him"), but doesn't say anything ("but I shut my mouth"). He ends up in jail, and the other girl either doesn't believe that he's guilty or doesn't care. She has a plan to break him out but needs help with something, so she goes to the singer, who agrees to help ("I said I was willing"). They make their escape "past the mission, behind the prison tower" with the guards on their heels ("closing every hour") and get away with it. The other girl hides the boy for a while ("she gave him shelter"), but she can't keep it up forever, and he goes on the run. Later, a body is found; the singer is "not sure that it's his", but the authorities are "using his name" (because it looks bad for them to have him on the loose). The singer doesn't know what really happened to him, but believes that the other girl does ("some things only she knows").
... yeah, it's a bit of a stretch, but this is Wild Mass Guessing after all.
She judges all males by one jerky boyfriend, and places a huge amount of importance on the relationship ("When you lose the one you wanted/ Cause he's taking you for granted/ and everything you had got destroyed"). Both of these indicate that the narrator doesn't have much experience with relationships. It could be a really important relationship, like a marriage, but one would hope someone who is married would have enough life experience to realize that not every man is a dick. Sure, she mentions "drinking beer with the guys" but ... Kids these days, you know? The whole song is very young in it's outlook.
What it says on the tin.
A "chair" can also mean a chairperson at a meeting. Diamond is singing about bringing his troubles to an authority of some kind - he isn't literally talking to "no one there", but said authority figure is paying so little attention that he might as well be.
- Alternately, he had every reason to expect a chair to hear him - he was trying to talk to Chairy from Pee-Wee's Playhouse, who couldn't hear him because someone had just said the word of the day.
And he's probably some kind of demon or god. Either way, he's probably not the kind of person you want to mess with.
The books establish that Encyclopedia's real name is Leroy. As he grew up, the knowledge that he was smarter than everyone else in town corrupted him. He decided to use his powers of deduction, along with crime knowledge learned from working cases with his dad, to become a legendary hustler. He moved to the south side of Chicago and began his reign of crime.
- The "jealous man" whose wife he messes with? Bugs Meany.
This is an idea compiled from a number of Nightwish songs. We first learn of the Dead Boy from "Dead Boy's Poem", and that he was an artist. How he died is left a mystery, but it's likely he was born with sort of power (Deep Silent Complete) that was stolen from him upon his death.
It is possible it was gifted to him by the Wishmaster. In terms of the Dead Boy's life, his story was told in the album Century Child: he was blessed at birth (his status as an Ocean Soul), but to remain blessed and keep his power he had to remain an innocent person, otherwise, the title of Ocean Soul would be "nothing but a name". Clearly, a war of some knd broke out in the Boy's home, and children were corrupted ("to see another black rose born") by the invasion. As the last remaining Ocean Soul, the Boy had to flee, his death faked. After his escape, the Boy is now in hiding, a wanderer who sees a great deal of the world and its hardships. On his travels, something happens, and he looses his innocence (Dark Chest of Wonders), perhaps due to a series of extremely bad choices on his part. He wishes he could get his innocence back (Wish I Had An Angel, "I'm in love with my lust, burning angel wings to dust"). The innocent boy "died", and he's nothing now (Nemo), and goes on a search to reclaim his lost light. Years pass, the boy takes a wife and has at least a daughter, who was born blessed like her father had been, but didn't understand the gifts she possessed (Eva). Eventually, fed up with everything and unhappy, he leaves everything behind and takes to the sea (The Islander).
That's why the girl's boyfriend doesn't consider it cheating.
Read the following excerpts of a literal translation:
Very lovely games I'll play with thee."
"Dost thou want to come with me, pretty boy?"
"I love thee, thy beautiful form entices me;
And if thou art not willing, then I need force."
"My father, my father, he's grabbing me now!
Erl king has done me some harm!"
- ...the random program gives the electronic device a small measure of sentience, so it keeps going back to songs it likes.
- ...the spirit world/God/whatever is trying to send us a message.
- ...the programmers told the program to give weight to songs it plays because that's what the listener obviously wants to hear - but in random the player is assigning weight to whatever songs it is playing randomly, which are NOT the songs the listener chooses.
- Said universe is an Eldritch Location.
As for the digressions in the bridge? The narrator answering a couple questions someone asked.
- But in the end, she knows she's alone and that loneness sometimes strikes through.
- Was this song paid for by Tony Stark's business rivals and/or Iron Man's enemies then?
Following on from this is Death II, where the same man goes out to the disco to try and forget about her and find somebody new. He stays out until 2am trying desperately to find someone, but just can't seem to do so.
Live On is the morning after Death II; the man wakes up feeling and looking terrible after the previous night. He tries to reassert that he can carry on without his ex-girlfriend, but by the end of the song, he is very unsure about whether or not he can last another day without her.
Don't You Want Me Anymore starts with a recap of the events of Separations, and sets the scene as eighteen months later. The man has tried to forget about his ex-girlfriend, but has finally cracked under the pressure and is on his way back to her, expecting her to welcome him with open arms. When he arrives, he finds that she has moved on and is now with someone else.
There are other songs from this period that form separate storylines; Sheffield: Sex City tells the story of the morning after My Legendary Girlfriend, for example.
- Tropes Are Not Recent and all, but note this was posted on St. Patrick's Day.
A small amount of time passes, and by the time we see him again, he's afraid that he might lose his mind like someone he read about in the news ("Mercy Street"); fortunately for him, however, he soon gets accepted into a new job. He spends the rest of the day celebrating this ("Big Time"), but that night, he has a nightmare about things not going well ("We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)"). On his first day of work, he goes through the day with uncertainty ("This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)"). When he arrives home, he reveals to his wife that the day went well, and he thanks her for helping him feel better ("In Your Eyes"). note
More than just a case of Serial Numbers Filed Off, "Don't Mess Around with Jim" is the follow up to "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". Jim is the jealous man who beat up Leroy. Afterwards, he and his wife moved to New York where the cycle continued and he was killed by Slim.