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The Meaning of Musical Lyrics

January 20, 2017

I don’t think I have much talked about music on here. I have been thinking lately about the lyrics to some songs that have struck a chord with me, and thought I would have a go at analyzing what their meaning has been for me:

Feeder, “Turn”

Seeing things, going places
Living out of suitcases
Every day’s like a dream
I find myself talking to shadows
Taking the train of youth
Back home again

Cause I don’t want to be a hero
But I don’t want to be a zero

And I don’t wanna sit here wasting time
I just want a place inside your mind
I wish that I could turn the clocks right back
It’s easy to forget just what you’ve got

Seeing things, going places
Meeting all kinds of faces
Every day’s like a scene
I find myself going through phases
Trying to find somewhere that I can be me

Cause I don’t want to be a hero
But I don’t want to be a zero

And I don’t wanna sit here wasting time
I just want a place inside your mind
I wish that I could turn the clocks right back
It’s easy to forget just what you’ve got
I’m not trying to find an easy way
Picking up the pieces of a page
I’m looking for a place inside your mind
Cause I don’t want to leave it all behind

So come on, give in
There’s no beauty in this pain
So come on, give in
We’ve got to find ourselves again

This song is talking about the difficulties of transitions in life. Accepting changes, moving on from certain things and embracing certain other new things. Learning to find yourself within your new circumstances and not clinging to the past too much. “There is no beauty in that pain, you have got to find yourself again”. And its not about trying to do too much, there is no need for heroics, but neither can you sit and do nothing, we all have to adapt, but its not all or nothing, its a process and there is no need to judge yourself too harshly on how you go through that process. Be patient and let it happen in good time.

“Crossroads”, Don Mclean

I’ve got nothing on my mind,
Nothing to remember,
Nothing to forget.
And I’ve got nothing to regret.
But I’m all tied up on the inside,
No one knows quite what I’ve got,
And I know that on the outside
What I used to be
I’m not
anymore.

You know I’ve heard about people like me
But I never made the connection.
They walk one road to set them free
And find they’ve gone the wrong direction.
But there’s no need for turning back
Cause all roads lead to where I stand;
And I believe I’ll walk them all
No matter what I may have planned.

Can you remember who I was?
Can you still feel it?
Can you find my pain?
Can you heal it?

Then lay your hands upon me now
And cast this darkness from my soul.
You alone can light my way.
You alone can make me whole
Once again.

We’ve walked both sides of every street
Through all kinds of windy weather;
But that was never our defeat
As long as we could walk together.
So there’s no need for turning back
Cause all roads lead to where we stand;
And I believe we’ll walk them all
No matter what we may have planned.

This song, I have never really analyzed till now. It’s a very powerful message and poem in its own right, separate from the music. Once again it’s about accepting transitions in life, the difficulties involved, “can you find my pain? can you heal it?” and how to have the courage to face them, “cast this darkness from my soul; you alone can light my way”. In the end I guess here the idea is that destiny will lead us to the same destination one way or another, so do not worry too much about where we are going in the short-term. It will all come good in the end. “Cause all roads lead to where we stand”. Yet I think there may be a tint of negativity also, “I believe we’ll walk them all, No matter what we may have planned.” So in a way, it’s a fate out of your control.
Anyway, these are just some interpretations of mine on the fly. I am sure people can read many different things into other songs and into these songs. It’s all about what it means to you. Certain messages tend to resonate with us, and we may think we are just enjoying a nice musical tune, but it is also the message in the lyrics that is a key part of our love and enjoyment of it.
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