Prince gave the song to the funk band Mazarati for their debut album. Mazarati and producer David Z drastically reworked the song, giving it its stripped-down minimalist sound. When Mazarati delivered the song to Prince, he was amazed at their work and decided to take back the song for himself.
This songs sounds like the frustration of having to act in a careful manner, emotionless, and how empty life is living this way. "She's programmed to work hard, she's never profane
She won't go insane, not ever"
'Ambulance at the bottom of the cliff' - is a well used term in New Zealand, which means a problem is being looked at backwards, through trying to treat its consequences rather than its cause. In essence it’s a restatement of the proverb, “prevention is better than cure”.
Cornell said that "lyrically it's probably the closest to me just playing with words for words' sake, of anything I've written. I guess it worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you'd begin to take that one literally."
When asked about the line, "Times are gone for honest men", Cornell said: "It's really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom. It's going to become more and more difficult, and it's going to create more and more disillusioned people who become dishonest and angry.
Black Stars are what radiologists call a type of benign radial scar, or lesion, found in breast tissue when they are checking for cancer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/news/does-a-1960s-elvis-song-hold-the-key-to-bowies-blackstar-and-5-o
Elvis presley - who shared a birthday with Bowie - also had a song called 'blackstar' which was about death. "Every man has a black star.
A black star over his shoulder. And when a man sees his black star
He knows his time, his time has come."
I feel like bowie is being self-deprecating in this song - saying that when he dies - someone else will take his place. "Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried
(I’m a blackstar, I’m a star's star, I’m a blackstar)"
The song's title and refrain mention "the fire", an allusion to conflict and societal turmoil. Joel asserts that these can't be blamed on his generation alone, as "the fire" has been "always burning since the world's been turning". http://bit.ly/hgX8ev
Harrison committed to write a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a random book. Those words were 'gently weeps', and he immediately began the song. "I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw 'gently weeps', then laid the book down again and started the song". http://bit.ly/i9s3hA
McCartney disclosed that the song was about marijuana. "'Got to Get You into My Life' was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot... So [it's] really a song about that, it's not to a person." http://bit.ly/hIATJy
This track is a song about the end of a relationship, which McCartney recalled writing in the bathroom of a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, while on holiday with his then girlfriend Jane Asher. He said, "I suspect it was about another argument". http://bit.ly/h7Saj3
McCartney explained the story behind the track "We were trying to write a children's song. That was the basic idea. And there's nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children's song." http://bit.ly/gdx18z
McCartney originated the song and the name, rejecting his initial choice, "Daisy Hawkins," in favour of a name derived from The Beatles' Help! costar Eleanor Bron and by Rigby & Evens, a wine shop McCartney noticed in Bristol. http://bit.ly/fZ19v2
The documentary series The Beatles Anthology revealed that Lennon wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success. "I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help'. http://bit.ly/h6iygp
This song was inspired by "I'm Wishing",a tune from Walt Disney�s 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which Lennon's mother, Julia Lennon, would sing to him as a child. http://bit.ly/hGBMyn
"I'll Cry Instead" was described by Cynthia Lennon as a cry for help, saying "It reflects the frustration he [John Lennon] felt at that time. He was the idol of millions, but the freedom and fun of the early days had gone." http://bit.ly/hg0g9Y
Paul McCartney explained the story behind the track "Tell Me Why" may have been based in real experiences or affairs John was having, or arguments with Cynthia [Lennon�s wife] or whatever, but it never occurred to us until later to put that slant on it all" http://bit.ly/efHwGd
The song's title originated from Ringo Starr. "We went to do a job, and we'd worked all day and night. I came up still thinking it was day and I said, 'It's been a hard day, and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, 'night!' So we came to 'A Hard Day's Night.'" http://bit.ly/h9igG0
Alexis Taylor stated that the lyrics, "I move underwater, I eat what I slaughter", were formed as a result of him "imagining what it would be like to take salvia divinorum", which Joe Goddard had taken at Glastonbury Festival. http://bit.ly/ightz7
"Shake a Fist" was written by Taylor after Goddard took a legal herbal substance during the Glastonbury Festival which produced feelings akin to teleportation. Goddard said, "it was a brilliant time" and told Alexis to write down words to go with his experience. http://bit.ly/e0AeN3
Anthony Kiedis has stated that in the lyrics for the verses he is telling about his journeys and his experiences on them, about being the member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and living extreme life. http://bit.ly/hgz0qe
Venice Queen was composed lyrically as an ode to Kiedis' drug rehabilitation therapist, Gloria Scott, who died shortly after he purchased her a home on California's Venice Beach. It mourned her death as a painful loss. http://bit.ly/h2NJlr
In this track keidis references early Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak, and describes how drug use forced him to miss the funeral: "On the day my best friend died/I could not get my copper clean". http://bit.ly/h2NJlr
Despite many rumors that the song is a reference to cocaine (Charlie is a name given to the drug), Kiedis has stated in interviews that the song is about a person's imaginative spark or inspiration. http://bit.ly/f042u7
Throughout the song Kiedis laments the early death of Dani, a poor, young Southern girl who eventually lived in California, became a mother and lived a hard, fast, unsettled life. Kiedis states that Dani is composite of all the women with whom he has had relationships. http://bit.ly/hIEV2g
Jackson told thelondonpaper that the song is about "having an intense moment with someone, when maybe you're watching a film or listening to music, and both of you are yearning for the other one, and it's almost painful to sit next to them. http://bit.ly/e1F0Dk
Vocalist Elly Jackson told Steve Harris of Xfm radio that the song is "about telling someone how you feel regardless of what you get back, and not waiting to find out if they want you or not". http://bit.ly/h1pB0Q
In an interview, Guy Garvey claimes the song was inspired by a friend with a severe drug addiction: "This was about a concern for a friend who was doing too much speed, to the point where I worried how it was going to turn out for her. She�s fine as it turns out." http://bit.ly/f4GKaD
This track refers to an incident when Brown saw Squire in a village in Hale, not long after the split of the band. According to this story, Brown waved to Squire, but Squire hid behind a newspaper and would not acknowledge him. http://bit.ly/eQeJwZ
The lyrics are an attack on the traditional image of Jesus. Squire portrays the crucifixion of the Messiah with a black woman on the cross. This continued the band's theme of questioning the depiction of Christ, which first appeared on the track, "I Am The Resurrection. http://bit.ly/f0W2Ia
John Squire stated - "'She Bangs the Drums' is about those brief moments when everything comes together. Like staying up till dawn and watching the sun rise with somebody you love. And then regretting it bitterly. http://bit.ly/fteXyT
Thiessen described the song as "a little song about bugs and not being able to fall asleep at night," though the fireflies in the song's title also serve as a metaphor for the loss of childlike imagination and wonder in adulthood. http://bit.ly/fHiDFi
This song tells the story of eminems attempts to calm a violent community of rappers. He speaks openly about problems with The Source magazine and its editor Benzino, as well as Murder Inc. Records, and explains the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent. http://bit.ly/9tl86d
Poker Face" was inspired by Gaga's boyfriends who enjoyed gambling, and also dealt with her personal experience of bisexuality; her fantasies about women while having sex with men, thus representing her 'poker face'." http://bit.ly/aRwVuf
In an interview with Kerrang!, bassist Pete Wentz explained that the song refers to a romantic relationship in which the initial sentiments have perished, but both lovers continue to "sleep with each other" to appease their physical and mental desires. http://bit.ly/c82Dxl
This track is about "the monster in the closet", with Yorke drawing on a brief job as an orderly in a mental hospital, and an article in The New York Times about serial killers, in writing it. http://bit.ly/bOI1F0
This songs are "about that feeling that you get when you're in transit but you're not in control of it � you just go past thousands of places and thousands of people and you're completely removed from it." http://bit.ly/bOI1F0
This song was written both as a call to arms for the working class to take a more active role in the political process, and to protest the re-election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister by the Conservative MPs in parliament, and their repressive policies. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
This song is based on the book "The Stranger" by Albert Camus. In the book he kills an arab because the sun was in his eyes and felt extreme tension for no reason. The lyrics almost match the book perfectly. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
Jane Says is the story about a real life person by the name of Jane that the band members lived with in a commune in LA. Jane had a heroin addiction and was always hanging around with the wrong people and could never break away from her lifestyle despite promises to. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
This song is about two people having a one night stand but the guy wants more and can't get her out of his head because during the act of sex he fell in love with her and can't stop thinking about her. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
Billy Joel stated that this song as a song about manic depressive people "all artists are in some way manic depressive". It seems to be written about his life in the form of telling a partner of the ups and downs and the uncontrollability of his own life. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
This song is about 16-year-old Brenda Spencer opening fire on children arriving at her school, killing two men and wounding eight students and a police officer. When asked by a reporter why she was compelled to shoot innocent people she stated 'I don't like Mondays. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
This song is about a man who's dreaming about his dying day. Then he comes to realize that it may not be a dream, but reality. It ends with his being rebirthed, or awaking from the dream...it really leaves that unsolved. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
This song is about a vietnam war veteran, who struggles to re-adjust to life as a civilian - the physical and emotional after effects make things harder for him, but in the end he is just relieved to have survived. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
This song is all about how wars are fought in the name of God. After a life of being told "thou shall not kill" and "killing is wrong" in time of war you're told it's okay to kill the enemy for your country and for your God, even though it is still wrong. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
This song is about Roland's reaction to a conversation he overheard between some of the roadies on tour. Their party was keeping him up, and he was about to call their room to tell them to shut up when he pressed his ear to the wall and overheard them slagging him off. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
Phil Collins explained that the title for this song had to do with the band members trouble playing the bridge. Finally the only way they could remember it was to sing the actual notes: A-B-A-C-A-B and hence the song got a name. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
The song is about someone letting 99 red balloons go flying into the sky in Berlin. Because of the tension between East and West Germany, military people were always on alert. They saw the balloons and mistook it for an attack, and launched their weapons of mass destruction. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
1999 is a song about the Reagan administration and the common use and access of bombs and nuclear weapons in the US. Prince is saying that everyone has a bomb we could die any day, so tonight I'm gonna party. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq
The song centres on fraud, the ones who commit it and the ones who are its victims. It also tells how politicians also lie to their people, giving false promises, and abusing their own powers. http://bit.ly/aHFgg1
One in Ten is mistakenly cited as referring to the number of unemployed in the UK at that time. It is in fact a song about government statistics in general, and how politicians use them to de-humanise problems. http://bit.ly/ckyqmb
Food For Thought was an attempt to publicize and condemn the Ethiopian famine in Africa, comparing it with the Western over-indulgent celebration of Christmas, and laying the blame with politicians in the rich world. http://bit.ly/dkOC9J
The title "Diplomat's Son" is a reference to a story singer Ezra Koenig wrote about boarding school, though the content lyrically talks about a heterosexual relationship (ie man on woman sex) told by Rostam Batmanglij. http://bit.ly/dk1C6N
The track was inspired by Ezras travels through London to India. "[I was] thinking about colonialism and the aesthetic connections between preppy culture and the native cultures of places like Africa and India. [So I decided to write a story exploring those connections]." http://bit.ly/doXM2D
Mills explained that the track is based on true events, explaining that in the early 1980s R.E.M. and its circle of friends would go skinny dipping after the Athens clubs closed at night. http://bit.ly/brakKS
The inspiration for the track came to Bono during a failed kite flying trip with his children. The kite came to symbolise his lack of control and the recognition that one day his children would no longer need him" http://bit.ly/9VDVCM
Drummer Mullen shared his thoughts on the track. "Oh, that time when 13 Catholics were shot by British soldiers - that's not what the song is about. That's an incident..and it's the strongest way of saying, 'How long do we have to put up with this?..people are dying every day" http://bit.ly/baTgeQ
This song outlines the struggle of comadres - the mothers of the dissapeared, who where a group of women whose children where killed or "dissapeared" by the government during the Salvadoran Civil War. http://bit.ly/9BP2GP
According to Lennon's friend and biographer Peter Shotton, the lines "Some [friends] are dead and some are living/In my life I've loved them all" referred to Stuart Sutcliffe (who died in 1962) and to Shotton. http://bit.ly/9PQqVm
The song was inspired by English journalist Kenneth Allsop - who said that Lennon should write more songs about his childhood. The original lyrics where therefore based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool, but then reworked into a generalized meditation of his past. http://bit.ly/9PQqVm
Lennon wrote this song about himself whilst trying to come up with another song for 'rubber soul'. "I'd spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then it came - words and music - the whole damn thing" http://bit.ly/dfLfVW
The song is about the problems Paul Mccartney was having in his relationship with Jane Asher. She was not returning his phone calls and attempts to contact, so he was in a vulnerable position. http://bit.ly/dtB7V2
Though it may initally seem that this song is the "macho boasting of some guy showing off his car". It is actually written from the perspective of a girl, who is giving him the chance to be "her chauffeur, and maybe his lover too". http://bit.ly/cX7qWM
This song describes a failed affair between a mysterious girl and the singer, where he sleeps in the bath whilst she goes to bed. The narrator expresses sadness when he awakes to find that she has left. http://bit.ly/bQXYav
GZA explained that "this was a short rhyme I wrote for one of my nephews, who was twelve at the time, and whose father, my brother, had been locked up since 1988. So he wasn�t around for my nephew when times were rough, so I wanted to up my nephew a bit with this track" http://bit.ly/cNzx9u
In an interview Cobain revealed that the track was inspired by documentaries about children with cancer. "Anytime I think about it, it makes me sadder than anything I can think of" [Cobain] http://amzn.to/dl5PR8
This songs inspiration came from a piece of wrapping paper on a present Alex James had given to Damon. It had all the shipping regions on it with fantastic names like Cromarty, Fisher, Dogger and Lundy"
I love 3ds explanation of this track. "To me, the song is like when you close your eyes and you've got that strange shimmer of water or sunlight going through trees and it creates a strobing effect over your eyelids. You instantly get taken back to every single summer you've ever experienced".
Del naja explained the meaning behind the song in a recent interview. "That was more of an ironic title, I guess. I find that people are constantly arguing about the same thing and it was a metaphor for that kind of constant debate and the fact that nothing ever changes". http://bit.ly/asJLdi
3d explained the song in a recent interview "Lyrically, it's like a parable and it kind of reminds me a bit of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian: a kind of crazy apocalyptic Western with a sense of connection with the spiritual world as well, which I really dig." http://bit.ly/asJLdi
This song is based on a true story written about the joint suicide of Anderson's aunt and her clandestine lover. "...the ankle chain and stuff like that, is the kind of detail that can only come from truth, that can't be conjured up. [Anderson] http://amzn.to/aIcwul
According to Mike Sandison the song "refers to a specific period in the history of a religious group, and at the same time the period in general, the hopefulness of a forward-thinking generation that wasn't aware of what was coming in their collective future". http://bit.ly/cuO2wx
According to Nicky Wire, the song is "about the right to freedom of speech, and freedom of the media." And how political correctness is often misused, "A lot of PC followers take up the idea of being liberal, but end up being quite the opposite" http://bit.ly/9b6SQB
Nicky wire explained the meaning behind this song in an interview. "When he (richy) wrote it he told me it was about self-abuse. The opening line is: 'I am an architect/They call me a butcher' - and of course, he's been carving into his arm and all that"... http://bit.ly/9b6SQB
The song is about anorexia. "Every word of that is Richey's, and it's pretty autobiographical. Any association with self-abuse and self-control is quite romantic in a naive sort of way, but obviously, the reality of anorexia is much worse than the idea. [Nicky Wire] http://bit.ly/9b6SQB
Richey explained his feeling behind the songs lyrics. "All adolescent leaders of men FAILED. All love FAILS. If men of the calibre of Lenin and Trotsky failed, then how can anyone expect anything to change. Won't get fooled again." The title is "lover" backwards.. http://bit.ly/9b6SQB
Richie explained that "'She' is desire. In other Bibles and Holy Books no truth is possible until you empty yourself of desire. All commitment otherwise is fake/lies/economic convenience." http://bit.ly/9b6SQB
Frontman caleb explained that this song was their first political song, and focussed on the impact of war. "It�s just talking about how someone can just come in and fuck everything up and then they�re gone, and everyone else has to deal with the consequences." http://bit.ly/bh1QuQ
That slide projector sound always reminds me of being a kid and playing with one of those things. I think this song is a reference to LSD and how when you take a trip you can be taken back to the simplicty of your childhood. When you get the excitement of experiencing everything for the first time.
I think everyone has felt like this at some point, when you idolise someone and you dont think your good enough for them. I think the frustration and anger that this causes is summed up in the chorus of the tune..
This song is about the Americans and the British selling all these weapons to Saddam Hussein during the gulf war. Then starting the war so that Saddam would have to use all of his weapons on them, and be forced into buying a load more. [Steve Mason] http://bit.ly/afkXup
Steve mason explained that this song was written during the American presidential campaign, so Al Sharp is a conglomeration of every American president that's ever been, but specifically, the kind of conglomeration of Al Gore and President Bush. http://bit.ly/afkXup
This song is about this crazy experience with this girl who was trying to get close to me, and it freaked me out because she was really close to another friend of mine [Jamie Lidell]http://bit.ly/axkFOi
This song "takes inspiration from a news item about some of the missing people [in Russia] every winter who are unaccounted for until the spring. And then they find these bodies thawing beneath the layers of ice". [Joey Burns] http://bit.ly/a05J3q