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Old 03-20-2006, 08:04 AM
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The Meanings of Certain Terms in Lyrics


When I listen to music I try tounderstand what the lyrics mean in a band. Now, I've owned Youth Groups' Skeleton Jar for a while now, but I only now realised the meaning of the term, "Skeleton Jar". I was listening to the song as usual, not concentrating really hard on what was being sung, and it hit me that the term "Skeleton Jar" is a feeling of being empty inside. It struck me so suddenly I was actually surprised by it, and mad at myself for taking forever to realise the meaning behind something so simple. Does this happen to anyone else, where it takes a while for a lyrics, or term in a lyric to sink in, and when it does you can't believe you didn't figure it out sooner? If so, then please give examples.

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When I listen to music I try tounderstand what the lyrics mean in a band. Now, I've owned Youth Groups' Skeleton Jar for a while now, but I only now realised the meaning of the term, "Skeleton Jar". I was listening to the song as usual, not concentrating really hard on what was being sung, and it hit me that the term "Skeleton Jar" is a feeling of being empty inside. It struck me so suddenly I was actually surprised by it, and mad at myself for taking forever to realise the meaning behind something so simple. Does this happen to anyone else, where it takes a while for a lyrics, or term in a lyric to sink in, and when it does you can't believe you didn't figure it out sooner? If so, then please give examples.
These Bob Dylan lyrics threw me for a loop the first few times I heard them:

Mona tried to tell me
To stay away from the train line.
She said that all the railroad men
Just drink up your blood like wine
And I said, "Oh, I didn't know that,
But then again, there's only one I've met
And he just smoked my eyelids
And punched my cigarette"
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Since then I met some railroad men and I went to Mobile and Memphis. I know what "smoked my eyelids" means. It's surrealist imagery signifying ... well, that's for the listener to figure out.
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Bill, don't make me Google the term "smoked my eyelids".

I love Bob Dylan because of his lyrics, but I would be a liar if I said I understood 100% of what he wrote. I definitely do not.
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Coheed & Cambria's lyrics give me a headache when I attempt to interpret them into the story.
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