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Lyrics Interpretation

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by insurgent, May 20, 2004.

  1. Mescalhead

    Mescalhead Vincebus Eruptum

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    Stairway to Earth (from heaven).
     
  2. aaminion00

    aaminion00 Stoned

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    Stairway to Heaven is in my opinion a giant metaphor for drug addiction.
     
  3. Giotto

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    Mescalhead, very good analysis of that song! I think your analysis was accurate, but just from a quick skimover without reading it too indepth I think the song presents quite a few hypocracies. I wonder if those were intentional or not. It's hard at times to seperate honestly great lyrics that deal a lot with the post-modern movement from the usually attempts at being deep that don't really go anywhere.

    I dislike all of the rock lyrics that have to do with drugs/drug addiction. People tend to think the ability to create a giant metaphor for some sort of drug experience is deep or genius writing. Quite the opposite, it's mostly contrived garbage, especially the new stuff. Rock songs that are big metaphors for drugs/drug addiction are just about as common as Britney Spears' songs about sex/boys.


    Here's my entry into lyrical analysis:

    On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
    Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
    Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
    My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
    I had to stop for the night
    There she stood in the doorway
    I heard the mission bell
    And I was thinking to myself,
    This could be Heaven or this could be Hell
    Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
    There were voices down the corridor,
    I thought I heard them say...

    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place
    Such a lovely face
    Plenty of room at the Hotel California
    Any time of year, you can find it here

    Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
    She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
    How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
    Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

    So I called up the Captain,
    Please bring me my wine
    He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine"
    And still those voices are calling from far away,
    Wake you up in the middle of the night
    Just to hear them say...

    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place
    Such a lovely face
    They livin' it up at the Hotel California
    What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

    Mirrors on the ceiling,
    The pink champagne on ice
    And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"
    And in the master's chambers,
    They gathered for the feast
    The stab it with their steely knives,
    But they just can't kill the beast

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before
    "Relax," said the night man,
    We are programmed to receive.
    You can checkout any time you like,
    but you can never leave!


    Any interpretations?

    I think its about materialism
     
  4. insurgent

    insurgent Exhausted

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    Well it's funny because the reason I started this thread was actually that I was wondering about that very song, Giotto... :lol: But then I found a reference to it on the Internet, so I didn't post it.

    And also, this is useful:
    http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a5_001.html
     
  5. insurgent

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    Has anyone got an idea what this song is about:

     
  6. CurtSibling

    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff

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    Knowing U2 - It's probably some political junk about Ireland that no-one cares about.
     
  7. insurgent

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    What kind of music do you actually like, Curt?
     
  8. Giotto

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    as opposed to all the "genius" metal songs about hating everything/drugs/hating everything but drugs


    u2 rocks! If everything they wrote was about something no-one cares about then they wouldn't be so incredibly successful, and bono is music's greatest humanitarian!

    I'm not sure what those lyrics are about! Sounds like it is a love song though.
     
  9. insurgent

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    @Curt: I'm guessing you like metal, but probably not American metal - commercial junk, right?

    So, European metal?

    I, as you can guess, like Metallica a lot, but I'm also very much into speed metal (speedy melodic true metal) though I am relatively new to the genre - can't even figure out what to call it yet. Do you know Stratovarius, Rhapsody, Angra, Kamelot and the likes?
     
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    @Giotto: I does sound like a love song, but I just can't figure out the metaphors. I really love that song - it's U2's best, IMHO.

    U2 does rock, yeah!
     
  11. CurtSibling

    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff

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    Sure, This is priceless coming from:

    "Mr. 50pence-Gansta-Hood-I kill cops/women/everything." :lol:
     
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    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff

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    My comment about U2 was meant in irony...:)
    I had felt I had better clarify, before the Giotto Puff-Diddly-men from the West Side come and pop some caps in me.

    "I better not be droppin' the N-bomb on y'all, Beeeaaaach!"

    *ahem*

    Anyhow, yep I am familiar with said bands, Rhapsody has a great sound.
    I have little time for grown men in masks and girls goth clothing, so I avoid 90% of US bands.

    I tend to hunt down more in-depth Euro-Metal from Nuclear Blast (Germany) and Spinefarm (Finland).
     
  13. insurgent

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    Well there's this hippie type I know, who has introduced me to this true metal thing. Before that I mostly listened to rock (everything from U2 to Metallica, GNR, and even Eagles). Now I'm hooked on that European metal thing. It's just the best music that's been made. It appeals very much to me.

    I'm not into that rage metal thing with blood, hate, and all that gothic crap. Instead the fantasy-like style of most of these bands appeals to me. Especially the speedy, symphonic, melodic sounds appeal to me. Having listened a lot to classical music over the time, it probably isn't so strange.

    Stratovarius is by now my favourite band, they just make tons and tons of good music. But I also like Rhapsody, Dream Theater, Sonata Arctica, Angra, Kamelot, Symphony X, and recently I've been introduced to Vitalij Kuprij, which is also very good.
     
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    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff

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    If you like the high-style Stratovarius stuff, then check out Cans and Athena...Both great!

    And Symphony X?
    Almost my most favoured band, truly cool albums by these US fellows!
    With band like them, there is hope for true American metal yet!

    If you like traditional stuff, Falconer and Finntroll are worth a look!

    Glad you are branching out into wider rock and roll! :cool:
     
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    I'll look into it. :goodjob:
     
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