"And little j's a fuckin' mess, but when he's offered just says yes" - Again this is a reference to Jasons wreckless attitude, he just cant refuse the drugs even though he know they are destroying him.
Damien says that this is a song about taking all the things in your life that make you feel repressed, and taking it all and putting to one side for a moment and saying im going to be free for a moment.
Damien stated that this song is about being surrounded by people who like you for the person you are at the moment, even though this person is a polite shy version of the person you really truly are. Because inside of you you are naturally wild and crazy.
I think this song is about dealing with embarrassment, wanting to be invisible during embarrassing moments, and re-assuring yourself. 'In a little while, I'll be gone, The moment's already passed, Yeah, it's gone'
This is Q-tip responding to Westside Connection's song "Cross ’Em out and Put a K" - saying that the comments he made on the West Coast back in the day where not a diss, and that hes had enough of people saying that hes a west coast hater.
We are the song. The self come from a state of pure awareness and being. All the rest that comes about in the outward manifestation of the physical world is clutter. The true nature of each soul is pure consciousness. So the song is about transcending and the quality of the transcendent - Harrison.
"Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void it is shining. That you may see the meaning of within it is being." From birth to death all we ever do is think. Even when you are asleep you are having dreams, there is never a time from birth to death when the mind isn't always active with thoughts.
Basically it is saying what meditation is all about. The goal of meditation is to go beyond (that is, transcend) waking, sleeping and dreaming. So the song starts out by saying, "Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream, it is not dying." - George Harrison.
Paul McCartney revealed that when he and Lennon visited the newly opened Indica bookshop, Lennon had been looking for a copy of The Portable Nietzsche and found a copy of The Psychedelic Experience that contained the lines: "Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream".
John Lennon wrote the song in January 1966, with lyrics adapted from the book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Ralph Metzner, which was in turn adapted from the Tibetan Book of the Dead
"Karen says I've reached my target weight - Kate and Emma and Kristin know it's fake - problem is diets not a big enough word." This refers to Kate Moss, Kristin McMenamy and Emma Balfour who were popular models. And Karen Krizanovich who an Agony aunt for Sky Magazine."
From interview with M.I.A - It was actually “This Exodus” but somebody deleted the “thi” and then it was just "Sexodus," and I was like, “Oh, that’s kind of cool…” I think the difference is the original Weeknd song is very sexual.
The song haphazardly chronicles the life of the narrator's father, the bankrobber of the song's title (who "never hurt nobody"), concentrating on the theme of the drudgery of many working class jobs. http://bit.ly/eU8tUf
This track attacks the political and economic situation in England at the time, citing the lack of jobs available, and the dreariness and lack of appeal of those that were available. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9
This track was written by Mick Jones after the Anarchy Tour and contains pointed observations about the civic hall bureaucrats who had cancelled concerts, the police, big business and especially record companies. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9
The sentiment of the song is that Australia is just about the furthest one can go to get away from their home in Wales and is a metaphor for Nicky Wire's desire to escape from the emotional turmoil caused by the disappearance of Richey James Edwards. http://bit.ly/eUICG2
The opening line 'Libraries gave us power' was inspired by the legend above the entrance to the former Pillgwenlly Library in Newport, near the band's home town of Blackwood in Wales. http://bit.ly/erA07v
This tracks lyrics are inspired by S.E. Hinton's book Rumble Fish, about biker gang culture. The lyrics have been interpreted as an attack on the hollowness of the consumer lifestyle offered by capitalism, describing how society expects young people to conform. http://bit.ly/exZ3el
This tracks refers to Edwards' time in a couple of hospitals in 1994. James Dean Bradfield said to the NME: "There're some people he met when he was in one of the two places having treatment and I think he just digested other people's stories and experiences". http://bit.ly/dWyJQq
The song was written during the latter part of the Cold War period when nuclear war between the two superpowers of the USSR and USA was still a very real concern, and the lyrics reflect a satirical view of politics and the threat of war. http://bit.ly/evV32G
The Montreal-based band has said time and again the song is about nuclear war. Specifically, the song mocks the theory that nuclear weapons make us safer because of "mutually assured destruction." http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
Jackson stated that Billie Jean was based on the groupies he and his brothers encountered while part of The Jackson 5. "There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers". http://on.mtv.com/azOFbK
This song references London and criticises the youth subculture in the area. It is directly inspired by Douglas Rushkoff's Merchants of Cool documentary, which details the corporate exploitation of popular culture by advertisement companies. http://bit.ly/c9eRgQ
This song foccuses on terrorism, namely the 7 July 2005 London bombings. As Kele stated "I guess the point about the song for me is post-September 11th, the media has really traded on fear and the use of fear in controlling people" http://bit.ly/c9eRgQ
This song is about members of a Right To Work march going through Slough in 1978, who broke off to attack pupils from Eton College, thinking that a bunch of posh schoolboys would be an easy target: only for the outnumbered but far fitter college pupils to give them a beating. http://bit.ly/d5lL2n
The song is said to have been inspired when Hendrix and his then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, had an argument over her cooking; after she stormed out of their apartment, Hendrix wrote "The Wind Cries Mary", as Mary was Etchingham's middle name. http://bit.ly/c7DhUn
The term "purple haze" has been used to refer to LSD, due to the form sold by Sandoz, called Delysid, which came in purple capsules. Furthermore, Purple Haze is a particular strain of marijuana noted for its 'purple' appearance. http://bit.ly/cu89kj
This song is meant to be an alternative soundtrack to the movie Vanishing Point. Bobby Gillespie said, "The music in the film is hippy music, so we thought, 'Why not record some music that really reflects the mood of the film?'.http://bit.ly/cDX8mA
According to Smith, "The song is about hyperventilating�kissing and fainting to the floor." The lyrics were inspired by a trip with his then-girlfriend (and later wife) Mary Poole to Beachy Head in southern England. http://bit.ly/94XDCV
Smith said the opening line of the song ("Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick") refers to his childhood memories of mastering magic tricks, but added "on another [level], it's about a seduction trick, from much later in my life" http://bit.ly/94XDCV
Jagger reflected on the track in a 1995 interview: "It's a bit of a jokey number, really. It's not really an anti-feminist song any more than any of the others... Yes, it's a caricature, and it's in reply to a girl who was a very pushy woman" http://bit.ly/a8Zg76
The song's lyrics are an examination of a sexual power struggle, in which Jagger's lyrics celebrate the satisfaction of finally having controlled and gained leverage over a previously pushy, dominating woman. http://bit.ly/a8Zg76
Jagger explained the story behind the track. "Obviously, I was having a bit of trouble. I wasn't in a good relationship. Or I was in too many bad relationships. I had so many girlfriends at that point. None of them seemed to care they weren't pleasing me very much." http://bit.ly/akjkpg
The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of "Satisfaction". The song deals with their aversion to people's expectations of them. http://bit.ly/b2yFzg
As stipe states "I wrote that protagonist as a guy who's desperately trying to understand what motivates the younger generation, who has gone to great lengths to try and figure them out, and at the end of the song it's completely fucking bogus. He got nowhere." http://bit.ly/ceSv1A
In an interview in the January 1988 issue of Musician magazine stipe stated that the song was "incredibly violent" and "It's very clear that it's about using people over and over again. http://bit.ly/ahK321
Stipe explained the story behind the track. "[its about] when somebody actually thinks that, through words, they're going to be able to convince somebody that they are their one and only. http://bit.ly/9YwfX5
Shiny Happy People is supposedly an ironic reference to a piece of roughly translated Chinese propaganda regarding the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, two years before the song was released. http://bit.ly/atGEhM
Stipe explained the inspiration for the track ."When I was putting together the Patti Smith book I was working on. I was trying to come up with stuff. I wrote the line,'I found a way to make you smile' and thought, that's the most beautiful thing in the world. http://bit.ly/cbxWSj
The song's title originated from a football chant, "Martin O'Neill!" (the former manager of Celtic F.C., Mogwai's favorite football team), which was misheard by Martin Bulloch's younger brother as "We're No Here!" http://bit.ly/9wlgkD
The origin of the song title stems from bassist Dominic Aitchison�s fear of the Devil, due to his Catholic upbringing, which continues to this day as Aitchison is the only religious member of Mogwai. http://bit.ly/cK1799
The lyrics are based on a surrealist film by Luis Bu�uel and Salvador Dal� called Un chien andalou. The film notoriously opens with a scene in which a woman's eye is slit by a razor, which is referenced in the song lyric "Slicin' up eyeballs/I want you to know." http://bit.ly/cc5wEa
Billy Corgan, lead singer of the group, has stated that the line "but can you fake it / for just one more show" refers to the band's headlining slot on the 1994 Lollapalooza tour, where they supposedly became disillusioned with the idea of "alternative" rock. http://bit.ly/9ZGtHM
This song concerns the subject matter of a girl who has just arrived at the age of consent. Discussing its risqu� nature, Moretti has stated, "It should be taken the way you interpret it. The lyrics mean different things to different people. http://bit.ly/c2ZLvo
John Legend explained the story behind the track . "Its about a young wounded soldier that Bill met who thought he was gonna die. He said he didnt mind getting shot at it was getting shot that messed him up. Bill wrote this song and dedicated it to him" http://bit.ly/c7RBYk
The song originated from a phrase david gilmours girlfriend suggested, about how time brings you down. The song grew from there, and became an autobiographical piece about Davids life and childhood in cambridge http://bit.ly/9dEvwm
This is a song of remembrance about a former colleague who has lost "that light in your eyes". According to polly samson, who co-wrote the track, the lyrics speak to ex-bandmates Syd Barrett in the first verse, and Roger Waters in the second. http://bit.ly/cDDFzJ
Gilmore states that the track "is about the aftermath (of the fall of the totalitarian state). First, it was a joy and a release for the people with the freedom of democracy but then it became horribly marred by the ethnic cleansing and genocide, particularly in Yugoslavia". http://bit.ly/a5DqIQ
Oceans was inspired by Vedders love of surfing. "[that was] a little love song I wrote about my surfboard...no actually it's to somebody named Beth who hopefully I'll see tomorrow. http://bit.ly/dgqVnp
The lyrics tell the story of a young man whose father dies causing him to go on a killing spree. Vedder's lyrics were inspired by his long-held hurt in discovering at age 17 that the man he thought was his father was not, and that his real father had already died. http://bit.ly/bjckJm
Vedder revealed that the song tells the semi-biographical tale of a son discovering that his father is actually his stepfather (his real father having died long ago), while his mother's grief turns her to sexually embrace her son, who strongly resembles the biological father. http://bit.ly/bjckJm
It is often claimed that Wonderwall was written for Noels then girlfriend, Meg Mathews. He now claims that the song was not about her at all, but felt that he had to go along with the rumour. "It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself." http://bbc.in/bgwo6X
Noel wrote it about his girlfriend at the time - Louise Jones and the song was written about their stormy relationship. Noel described them as "soulmates" and when they finally split up in June 1994 Noel said 'I don't think I'll ever get over it.' http://bit.ly/aGozYl
The song proclaims the inherent appeal of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as a remedy to the banality and seemingly futile nature of the working class life. As the lyrics state - "Is it worth the aggravation to find yourself a job when there's nothing worth working for?" http://bit.ly/9lBYL9
Gallagher wrote this song in response to the negative messages coming from the grunge music movement at the time. " I remember Nirvana had a tune called 'I Hate Myself and I Want to Die', and I was like - that's fucking rubbish. Kids don't need to be hearing that nonsense." http://bit.ly/aSnwD3
Dave Grohl gave his thoughts on the track. "Lyrically it was all about just settling in to the next phase of your life, that place where you can sit back and relax because there had been so much crazy shit in the past three years." http://bit.ly/cDl61A
As Dave Grohl explains. "That song's about a girl that I'd fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonise perfectly." http://bit.ly/cDl61A
The song is about the breakdown of Dave Grohl's marriage to Jennifer Youngblood. "It's about living with someone and feeling like you're living in a fucking cell. And then I wound up getting a divorce" http://bit.ly/bBWXcJ
Dave Grohl gave his thoughts on the track - 'This is a call to all my past resignation'. It's just sort of like a little wave to all the people I ever played music with, people I've been friends with, all my relationships, my family. It's a hello, and in a way a thank you." http://bit.ly/b8n6s7
Best of you has political undertones, and was written following appearances at John Kerry's campaign trail. Grohl explained that it is "about breaking away from the things that confine you." http://bit.ly/9WoLXX
Grohl revealed that the song was potentially about political dissatisfaction."You know, everyone's been fucked over before and I think a lot of people feel fucked over right now and they're not getting what they were promised, and so [the song has] something to do with that" http://bit.ly/97L2ua
Marcus mumford gave his thoughts on the track "It�s a very personal story - Suffice to say, it was a situation in my life I wasn�t very happy with or proud of� and sometimes when you can�t describe a feeling with your own words, it�s almost easier to express in a song." http://bit.ly/beo6o5
The song is about Imogen trying to project manage her studio and move into her new house - an extremely stressful time. Her friends invited her out to a festival, but when she got there all she could think about was getting the first train home to work on her studio and house. http://bit.ly/cTwMFk
The line "You don't have no Doctor Robert/You don't have no Uncle Albert" references the Beatles' song "Doctor Robert" in addition to Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 hit "Uncle Albert" http://bit.ly/9u70gv
Maya explained the motivation for the track in an interview with VH1. "Paper Planes reminded me of all the immigration stuff, about how people are afraid of immigrants. That's scary, scary sh*t. And I thought that idea was funny. http://on.vh1.com/crfkSs
This sound was written about "whether a ghetto in Africa is the same as a ghetto in India is the same as a ghetto in China". M.I.A explained that she was just "trying to join the dots between all those places". http://on.vh1.com/crfkSs
This song is about the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Kevin Carter, who committed suicide soon after winning the prize. His suicide note read "I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded children" http://bit.ly/bdy1mw
Remember first time i heard this on the mowax compilation "headz". I was 16 and my friend has just bought his first pair of decks. I always thought this tune stood out compared to the trip hop style of the other tracks. Just brings back strong memories.;
Damon revealed the meaning behind the hit track in the book 1000 UK Number One Hits. "It's about drugs basically. I'm not sure what a Beetlebum is. It's just a word I sang when I played the song to myself." http://amzn.to/9fe2Lc
Damien explained the background to the song in an interview with undercover magazine. "For me I was sitting there feeling sad about not being able to write so I started to write about my feelings about not being able to write" http://bit.ly/d9qUmR
Marcus Eoin revealed the strange story behind the song in an interview with HMV. "I dreamed the sound of it, and although I've recreated dreamt songs before, I managed to do that one so quickly that the end result was 99% like my dream. It spooks me to listen to it now". http://bit.ly/cFC2sR
"Cee-Lo and I got off on this tangent about how people won't take an artist seriously unless they're insane. So we started jokingly discussing ways in which we could make people think we were crazy. The lyrics are his interpretation of that conversation. [Brian Burton] http://nyti.ms/c2CH3u
Thom yorke wrote this song following the death of David Kelly, a chemical-weapons inspector in Iraq who committed suicide in 2003 after being connected to a leak of British intelligence about weapons of mass destruction. The body was found in Harrowdown Hill, Oxfordshire. http://bit.ly/bAbI0Y
Analyse was written following a powercut on the street where lead singer thom yorke used to live. "The houses were all dark, with candlelight in the windows, which is obviously how it would have been when they were built. It was beautiful." http://bit.ly/cUE8Pr
Morrissey explained that "The thorn is the music industry and all these people who never believe what I said, tried to get rid of me, never played the records, so I think we've reached the stage where if they don't believe me now, will they ever believe me." http://bit.ly/an8lev
In an interview with Shaun Duggan, morrissey revealed the meaning behind the songs lyrics. "It's more or less spiritual shoplifting, cultural shoplifting, taking things and using them to your own advantage." http://bit.ly/b1Rnlf
In an interview with melody maker, Morrisey stated the song "comes from a relationship I had that didn't really involve romance. So if we're talking about romance, well, I don't really know that much about it. But in other things, I'm quite capable of making an observation." http://bit.ly/b97coz
In an interview with the guardian Yannis Philippakis stated that the song refers to a period of family therapy, which involved three psychiatrists staring at the Philippakises from behind glass. http://bit.ly/b9Z6pi
This song is about Anthony Kiedis's past, having not done drugs for a few years. Here he is reflecting on all the damage he had done and all the people he had tortured emotionally, due to his drug problems. http://bit.ly/bRk7Rz
This song is about how there "are aspects of your life that are hidden or secret. That all of who you are as a person isn't immediately obvious to everyone around you." [Win Butler] http://bit.ly/aftvhl