Started by SueC, December 24, 2019, 05:31:39
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Quote from: piggymirror on December 23, 2019, 23:39:40Of course they vary all over time, but as of now...1) Piggy In The Mirror - One of the songs where we get the closest to "hear" Robert telling us "I'm in the song and it hurts". The Top always got panned, very unfairly in my opinion. To me it was always a brilliant album. Only recently there seems to be more appreciation for it.2) Pictures Of You - That 6-string bass is simply unforgettable. Never heard anything as close to an instrument actually crying, and I suppose I never will.3) Closedown - Dunno why, but it always had a special something for me.4) Disintegration - Needs no explanation. 5) A Thousand Hours - Never paid much attention to it, but it's growing on me.6) Kyoto Song - A very dark song disguised in exotism. Hospitals are exotic, I suppose... if you look at it from a certain point of view.7) Subway Song - Pay attention to the Three Imaginary Boys lyrics... and they're absolutely NOT light. In fact, Robert hasn't written many happy songs, and many of the poppier stuff has actually a twist, albeit not always evident. This song is about an assault... 8) Like Cockatoos - And this song is about another? assault.9) At Night - Nice subtext.10) The Hanging Garden - More subtext and... regret?11) Cold - Regret... abortion? 12) A Strange Day - I love the middle eight guitar part, gives me the chills, Phil Thornalley and Robert were brilliant there. Live it loses intensity, I think. 12) One Hundred Years - The opposite of Disintegration ("It doesn't matter if we all die" vs "How the end always is").13) The Caterpillar - Brilliant... and on drugs. And contains trousers as an instrument!!14) The Funeral Party - Abortion? 15) The Birdmad Girl - The inevitable companion to Piggy In The Mirror. 16) Pornography - Robert realising he's doing no good. It's funny, but Pornography is perhaps (just a little bit!!!) less dark than Disintegration. I mean, the lyrics. It's the music that is darkest.17) Boys Don't Cry - Lennon/McCartney would have been envious.18) Charlotte Sometimes - Ouch! Wife-beating? Terrific (and horrific) song!!19) Homesick - Sex!! The two consecutive "honey" are fantastic. But the song is dark as can be.20) Untitled - Incoming death. Cancer? This is the darkest song ever, by anyone. Spine-tingling on a good day. On a bad day, simply unbearable.
Quote from: SueC on December 27, 2019, 11:35:58...I don't understand why so many people look at threads but don't chime in.
Quote from: Ulrich on December 27, 2019, 12:04:40Also, don't forget in many internet forums there are many unregistered "readers" who never do participate.
Quote from: SueC on December 27, 2019, 11:35:58...because I don't understand why so many people look at threads but don't chime in...
Quote from: piggymirror on January 02, 2020, 16:36:42... Robert. He really was in bad shape in 1983/84...People actually think that Pornography is darkest, and sonically it is very much indeed... But lyrics-wise, The Top is even darker, although the music is "happier" (except Shake Dog Shake and Give Me It, of course).
Quote from: piggymirror on January 02, 2020, 16:36:42This song is key to understand Robert's lyrics.
Quote from: SueC on January 03, 2020, 11:51:29Thinking you've discovered the key to the author's other work is another trap - you're more likely to have discovered which particular colour lens you personally like looking through best, when you're looking at the author's other work - and this most likely reflects who you are psychologically, rather than who the author is and what their work means.
Quote from: Ulrich on January 03, 2020, 09:30:51To me some of these lyrics scream "mind-bending drugs" (or should we blame it on Anderson's mushroom tea, he apparently brewed for them during the recordings?)...Because, when you see "shapes in the drink like Christ" it might be a religious experience - or maybe just too much acid?
Quote from: SueC on January 03, 2020, 11:51:29If there is a "right" interpretation, I think the person(s) most qualified to give it is/are the writer(s)
Quote from: SueC on January 03, 2020, 15:17:52you should have heard my snap reaction to From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea, when I first looked at the lyrics! When I sat down subsequently to look at it more intellectually rather than just emotionally, I saw that I had initially only seen one of several possible situations that the song could be about