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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Sep 29, 2004 11:03 am

Not that it's something to be proud of, but I am usually pretty good about deciphering ambiguous lyrics in songs. So, when a song comes along that I can't figure out, it frustrates me. That's why I posted this thread.

I've been listening to the song below on the radio for a few weeks now, and I cannot figure out what the hell the song is talking about. At first, I thought it was about smoking, but that's not it. Then I thought it was about breaking up, but when I learned the lyrics, I realized that's not it. I'm so totally baffled. Anyone got any clues?

Artist: Snow Patrol
Song Title: Run

Lyrics
I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go
You've been the only thing that's right
In all I've done

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Anyway from here

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear

Louder louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say

To think I might not see those eyes
Makes it so hard not to cry
And as we say our long goodbye
I nearly do

Light up...

Slower slower
We don't have time for that
I just want to find an easier way
To get out of our little heads

Have heart my dear
We're bound to be afraid
Even if it's just for a few days
Making up for all this mess


ps - It's not the greatest song ever made, but if you haven't heard it before, it's worth a listen. It's a very mello song.
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Postby LBJackal » Wed Sep 29, 2004 12:00 pm

Sounds like a guy talking to an inanimate object and he's about to kill himself..... that's the only guess I've got. I also thought there should be a site to decipher lyrics. Sometimes you just never have a clue what a song is about, and really, you can never be right, but it's fun to think we are.
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Postby LBJackal » Wed Sep 29, 2004 12:05 pm

Never mind, seems like the guy's kid, not an inanimate object. I'm listening to it now.

The name of the album is "Final Straw"..... a sign perhaps :-? ...... :-B
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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Sep 29, 2004 12:15 pm

Yeah, I had this feeling like he was talking to a loved one (wife, girlfriend, kid, dad, etc) and that something bad was going to happen, but I just wasn't able to put my finger on it.

The part that's really throwing me off is the "Light up, light up" line. Do you have any idea what he's talking about there?
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Postby ensanimal » Wed Sep 29, 2004 12:17 pm

my first impression says that he's talking to his girl, and they're going to committ suicide together. that's what i got, maybe i'm crazy though. :-?
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Postby StlSluggers » Wed Sep 29, 2004 12:20 pm

You know what? I think you guys are really onto something with that suicide idea. The "louder, louder" and "slower, slower" lines could have something to do with heartbeats. I like it. So now the question is how are they killing themselves? Does it have something to do with that "light up, light up" line? Intentional drug overdose?
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Postby thetongueofire » Wed Sep 29, 2004 3:47 pm

i think the song's more about hope than anything else. sounds more like a guy really cares about his girlfriend and they just want to be together. kinda cheesy really. maybe theyre finding hope in suicide, but i dunno.. and as far as songs with hidden meanings go, cali-fornication is a good one. :-D
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Postby JTWood » Wed Sep 29, 2004 7:09 pm

I've found the band's official site, and I started a thread (another thread, apparently) about the meaning of the song. Someone says they have the explanation in an interview, but they can't find it right now; something to do with protecting your family from harm or something. I don't know.

I'll let you know as soon as I do - if you care.

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Postby StlSluggers » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:12 am

Ok, it's supposed to be about family and facing the world together. I barely see it. Oh well, I guess it's the continental divide. The band is British. Maybe that's why I don't get it.

I mean, the song is depressing and somber. The words are not uplifting by any stretch. I see nothing hopeful, uplifting, or encouraging in the lyrics. I just don't get how it can be about anything good.

Whatever.

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Postby LBJackal » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:51 am

thetongueofire wrote:and as far as songs with hidden meanings go, cali-fornication is a good one. :-D


I don't know if it's hidden too well...... but yeah, people from California are media whores.

"Pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging; Sicker than the rest, there is no test; But this is what you’re craving"

Good song... and probably my favourite album too.

And those Brits are crazy, that song can't be about something positive. Then again the only British band that doesn't sound depressed is the Spice Girls, so ya never know.....

And one more question about RHCP: In "Easily" (From "Californication"), does he say, "I don't want to be your little research monkey boy" or, "I don't want to be your little rhesus monkey boy". The same meaning pretty much (aren't rhesus monkey's the ones they do tests on because they're genetically closest to being human?) but I always said "rhesus" and not "research". I searched the web, apparently I'm the only one who heard it that way :-?
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