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Started by SueC, August 06, 2019, 14:28:23
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Quote from: word_on_a_wing on August 27, 2019, 15:19:09SueC I'm loving this last comment, I totally agree with what you're saying.I actually have a theory on some of RS's lyrics... I wonder if sometimes he may say stuff to try get the listener to think for themselves, and how he goes about doing that may be a bit indirect or upside-down. For example in these lyrics I don't think he's actually believing what he's saying, but is perhaps saying something that elicits a response (perhaps similar to your own) in response. So the lyrics aren't telling us what to think (I don't think he'd want that from the listener, to blindly agree with what he says), but perhaps I feel they may be intended to be a catalyst to stir something in us. Perhaps it's completely in sync with your statement that ..."You're not sheep, and you're not lobotomised"Maybe he wants us all to WAKE UP...that's my guess anyway. 🙂
Quote from: word_on_a_wing on August 27, 2019, 15:55:22And Sue I would VERY much welcome you to analyse the lyrics of The Only One...as a female I find the lyrics very distasteful. (I'm not sure if I'm being ridiculous about it or oversensitive?) Anyway I would truly celebrate a strong articulate female such as yourself giving your views. I say feel free to take a sledgehammer to it! 😛
Quote from: word_on_a_wing on August 28, 2019, 14:35:39I'd be interested to read that essay you mentioned, is it online?
Quote from: undefinedWhat is it about The Only One? ...I'm finding it hard to completely work it out, and have been thinking about it lots today. So far my thinking is...At a surface level I think the unsubtle phrasing, the obvious sexual references bothers me a bit. I've come to understand that I feel sex is a sacred thing. While it can be approached and experienced in an animalistic way, it can also be approached and experienced in an elevated and (beyond merely physical), energetic, expansive, divine way.
Quote from: undefinedTherefore the sort of language he uses, to me really misses the mark. It also surprises me to hear him use this language, as I though he had more depth and understanding than what these lyrics seem to convey.
Quote from: undefined...But that sounds a bit detached or judgmental and that's not my intention... to be honest I think it also effects me more personally because I find myself feeling warm and fuzzy feelings towards him (if you get my gist 😉) but for reasons completely opposite to these lyrics. A gentle loving man is my 'cup of tea' and how he comes across in this song is like a rude shock.
Quote from: word_on_a_wing on August 28, 2019, 14:35:39I think there's more, not just about this song, but more generally some other stuff I'm processing and making sense of...
Quote from: undefinedLed Zeppelin... I actually thought you were gonna say The Lemon Song, those lyrics are even worse in my opinion.
Quote from: undefinedNot to try justify it, but I think some of their lyrics are to do with the roots in their music being in early blues standards. For example their song I Can't Quit You Baby was written by Willie Dixon, and I find a lot of their music maintained similar bones/structure to these sort of early blues standards, both musically, but also lyrically. I feel this also occurred with The Doors, as for example Willie Dixon also wrote Backdoor Man which The Doors later covered, and Then a while later they wrote Build Me A Woman and songs like that (have you seen those lyrics!). ...geez some of these men need a strong woman to kick them up the arse! Perhaps redefine the meaning of Backdoor Man 😂
Quote from: undefinedI'm wondering also about whether the vocalisations in Whole Lotta Love perhaps also contribute to why you loathe that song? If so can I suggest checking out Achilles Last Stand particularly from 6min onwards. That song really helped me hear and appreciate Robert Plant's vocalisations in a new way.