Musical Interpretation

Paper Moon's picture

I was listening to some of the songs that have special significance to me and thought about how I could take just bits of phrases and manipulate the whole song to sound like it's talking about my problems. I was wondering what kind of songs other people have done this with, interpreting the lyrics to fit your own life.
I know with me, "All You Wanted" by Michelle Branch was a big one, and "Right Before Your Eyes" by Hoobastank too.

adbak's picture

Incubus - Mexico

The morning after I came out to my parents, I listened to Incubus' "Mexico" on the way to school. I must have cried all the way. It encapsulated all that I was feeling at that time.

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Mexico
You could see me reaching
So why couldn't you have met me half way?
You could see me bleeding
And you would not put pressure on the wound
You only think about yourself [2x]
You better bend before I go
On the next train to Mexico
You could see my breathing
But you still kept your hand over my mouth
You could feel me seething
But you just turned your nose up in the air
You only think about yourself [2x]
You better bend before I go
On the next train to Mexico

J's picture

Anytime

After my ex stopped calling there were so many songs I listen to and still do today that I felt explained my sitution and thoughs. The one that comes to mind most is Anytime by Brian McKnight.

Some of the lyrics are as follows:

Do I ever cross your mind
Anytime
Do you ever wake up reaching out for me
Do I ever cross your mind
Anytime
I miss you

Still have your picture in a frame
Hear your footsteps down the hall
I hear your voice
Driving me insane
How I wish that you would call and say.....

That is only part of the song but it talks about what I was thinking and feeling 5 months ago when the love of my life left with saying goodbye. 5 months later I still listen to this song mostly because I'm not over him. I don't even feel like the healing process has began to start. I miss him more than words can explain.

Joe

Leisa's picture

Elsewhere by Sarah MacLaughlan

Once upon a time I thought this song was written just for me.

Chief Political Right Hand Woman to Ceo, Founder and First Member of The Movement to Free Oompa Loompa Land from the Tryanicall Capitalsitic Despot Willy Wonka

RoaG's picture

*sigh*

I feel like Sarah could read my soul so easily if she wanted to. I have all her albums, and a lot of her songs dig deep for me.

I also feel the same way for Eve 6 and Third Eye Blind songs.

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RoaG

adrian's picture

Fiona Apple - Love Ridden

Whilst getting over my first unrequited love
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Love ridden, I've looked at you
with the focus i gave to my birthday candles
I've wished on the lidded blue flame
under your brow
And baby, i wished for you
Nobody sees when you are lying in your bed
And I wanna crawl in with you
But I cry instead
I want your warm, but it will only make
Me colder when it's over
So I can't tonight, baby

No, not "baby" anymore-if I need you
i'll just use your simple name
only kisses on the cheek from now on
and in a little while, we'll only have to wave

My hand won't hold you down no more
the path is clear to follow through
I stood too long in the way of the door
and now i'm giving up on you

No, not "baby" any more-if i need you
i'll just use your simple name
only kisses on the cheek from now on
and in a little while, we'll only have to wave

(REPEAT)

---
Princess Adrian.
Lord Master Supreme of Webcode and Chairmen on the Department of Truthful Documents for The Movement To Free Ommpa loompa Land From The Tyrannical Rule Of The Evil Capitalsitic Despot Willy Wonka And Associates

Paper Moon's picture

"Someday" Nickelback

I just heard this song, and liked the chorus.

"Someday, Somehow,
We're going to make it all right
but not right now.
You're wondering when ... "

narconut's picture

"Come Around"

"Come Around" by Rhett Miller because I always feel like I'll never meet the "right" person. Also, at the time I first started listening to this song I was in love with someone who didn't love me back. She was straight. The whole "when you broke my heart" thing really gets to me.

I'm dressed all in blue and I'm remembering you
And the dress you wore when you broke my heart
I'm depressed upstairs and I'm remembering where
And when and how and why'd you have to go so far

Am I gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
Am I gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
I'm gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
Unless you come around so come around

I'm dressed all in white and I remember the night
You came on to me and opened up my heart
I was hollow then till you filled me in now I'm empty again
I should have never let it start

Am I gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
Am I gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
I'm gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
Unless you come around so come around

No one else can fix me although sometimes my heart tricks me
Into thinking someone else will do
But you're the only one you are the only one

Am I gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
Am I gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
I'm gonna be lonely for the rest of my life
Unless you come around so come around
So come around so come around

I'm dressed all in blue and I'm remembering you
And the dress you wore when you broke my heart

random's picture

Creep

Having been a creep my whole life, and being the expert on unrequited love, it has to be "Creep" by Radiohead.

random's picture

Creep

Having been a creep my whole life, and being an expert on unrequited love, it has to be "Creep" by Radiohead.

alice's picture

what's a creep?

what's a creep?

Leisa's picture

A creep is a person whom part

A creep is a person whom participates in the act of creeping ;-)

carger's picture

Anna Begins

Anna Begins - Counting Crows

This time when kindness falls like rain
it washes her away and Anna begins to change her mind
"these seconds when I'm shaking leave me shuddering
for days" she says.
And I'm not ready for this sort of thing
But I'm not gonna break
And I'm not going to worry about it anymore
I'm not gonna bend. And I'm not gonna break and
I'm not gonna worry about it anymore
It seems like I should say "as long as this is love..."
But it's not all that easy so maybe I should just
snap her up in a butterfly net-
Pin her down on a photograph album
I am not worried
I've done this sort of thing before
But then I start to think about the consequences
Because I don't get no sleep in a quiet room and...
The time when kindness falls like rain
it washes me away and Anna begins change my mind
And every time she sneezes I believe it's love
and oh lord.... I'm not ready for this sort of thing
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Mercy's picture

Sarah Harmer and Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan is by far my all time favorite singer because she writes about so many things that I can relate to...my favorites are Adia, Do What You Have To Do,Wait and Elsewhere. In elsewhere I like the parts:

I believe
this is heaven
to no one else but me
and I'll defend it as long as
I can be
left here to linger
in silence
if I
choose to
would you
try to
understand.

Mother
can't you see I've got to
live my life the way I feel is
right for me
might not be right for you but it's
right for me..

The song You Were Here by Sarah Harmer - particularly the part 'I wanted to know you when we were both older, I thought there'd be more of those wonderful times' - is also one of my faves and it really parallels how i felt, and still feel about the sudden death of one of my beast friends. Some of the lyrics are:

can we go up to where the wind howls
and stand alee against the trees?
they've grown up so tall that you can't see the house
it's a fortress now
but you know how it used to be

i could lie to myself
and say i like it
but i would love it if you were here
i'm just sad for myself
because i know you're clear
but i would love it if you were here

i can just see you, show me your gardens
i thought you'd grow roses and grapes on low vines
i wanted to know you when we were both older
i thought there'd be more of those wonderful times

Adios
-Mercy

Leisa's picture

My favorite part

I know this love is passing time, passing through like liquid
I'm drunk in my desire
But I love the way you smile at me, I love the way your hands reach out and hold me near
I believe

Chief Political Right Hand Woman to Ceo, Founder and First Member of The Movement to Free Oompa Loompa Land from the Tryanicall Capitalsitic Despot Willy Wonka

RoaG's picture

ahhh...

*dies of sexiness overdoes*

my roommate found out i was queer from my sarah mclachlan shrine. hehe. oh yeah, and that silly little rainbow sticker i had on my cell phone :D.

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RoaG

marcelle42's picture

That is my favorite part of E

That is my favorite part of Elsewhere... makes me cry. I discovered it my freshman year of high school, just barely out to myself.

Going to graduate from college soon, and it still makes me cry, and is still relevant to me... *sigh*

Karen

morbid intentions 666's picture

Mudvayne & tapping the vein

"bleed"-tapping the vein (goth/alt rock)
http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/64/tapping_the_vein.html (use fake e-mail)

My Eyes Are Burning Through Their Lids
I Can't Remember When I've Closed Them
I Think Of Searing Off My Lips So I Can't Scream Your Name

I Know You See That I Am Just A Shell Of Me
How Is It So Easy For You To Watch Me Bleed?

This Sucking Wound Is Eating Through My Chest
I Ache For You.
I Will Linger Here At Best
I've Got A Hole Right Here

I Think The Sun Was Out Today
I Can't Remember When I've Felt It
I Keep Waking Up To Waste Away In This Empty Room

And I Cannot Believe
The One That You Would Reach For In Your Sleep
Is Now Writhing At Your Feet
And You Just Let Me Bleed

This Sucking Wound Is Eating Through My Chest
I Ache For You
This Sucking Wound Is Bleeding Me

~"world so cold"-Mudvayne
(this song is so true about society *sniffles*)
when passions lost & all the trust is gone,for way far,for way too long,children crying,cast out & neglected,only in a world so cold,only in a world this cold..,hold the hand of ur best friend look into their eyes,then watch them drift away..,some might say we'v done the wrong things,for way too loong..,x2 (rest is continued on link)
http://www.sonymusic.com/clips/selection/30/086487/086487_01_06_30_56.as...

~~tell me if u lik it ^_^ or..sucks..

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"keep ur thorns,cuz m running away" -Mudvayne