Title: Blinding flashes of obviousness
Type: This collection is about cryptic lyrics that actually make sense without resorting to overly subjective interpretations. The kind of song that could give you an initial "What the heck" moment and become blindingly obvious once you get the proper clues. By "cryptic" I mean: -...
Description: This collection is about cryptic lyrics that actually make sense without resorting to overly subjective interpretations. The kind of song that could give you an initial "What the heck" moment and become blindingly obvious once you get the proper clues. By "cryptic" I mean: -...
Boris Grebenshchikov - Gosudarinja (Государыня)
The song went out in 1992. The "Mistress" is USSR itself, Grebenshikov is bidding her farewell. It evokes aspects of USSR society (emptiness, frozen thoughts, people afraid to speak, militarism) then questions the harsh living conditions and empty lies that were built upon a beautiful ideal.
Mickey 3D - La Rose blanche
The song is about Sophie Scholl and die Weiße Rose. The meaning becomes quite obvious when you know the story.
Luis Eduardo Aute - Al alba
The song is about the last use of capital punishment in Spain against five revolutionaries. Luis Eduardo Aute wrote the song from the point of view of the condemned, but he disguised it as a love song (to overcome the censorship). And yet the chorus says "I feel that after the night, will come the longest night. I don't want you to leave me, my love, at dawn." Suggested by [@Diazepan Medina]
Karel Kryl - Bratříčku, zavírej vrátka
On 21st August, 1968 Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia on a request from the Czechoslovakian Communist party. Thus began for the country forty years of political segregation from the west. Karel Kryl composed Bratříčku, zavírej vrátka, as a direct reaction to the events of August ‘68, and it was published in 1969. The heavily symbolic lyrics sum up the fear, uncertainty and discontent that took hold of the nation, and are by themselves a protest against the enforcers of the regime. Suggested by [@Imvisible]
Van Morrison - Blue and green
On the face of it, it looks like a song about country sights, landscapes painted in watercolours until you understand that blue and green is blue-green or bottle green. Then thу lyrics become meaningful. The singer admits to alcoholism as all his life and concert tours are coloured blue-green with blue depression, green hangover and red anger or stop signals. Suggested by [@Sandring]
Bajirao Mastani - पिंगा ग पोरी (Pinga ga pori)
The song and dance come from one of the most popular Bollywood films "Bajirao Mastani" about the legendary Marathi warrior Badji Rao and his love story. He had a faithful wife and a lover, a girl who was his war trophy. Both women had to share Badji Rao's love for many years. The song is their dance competition and "exchange of fire" so to say. suggested by [@sandring]
Johnny Cash - Ghost Riders in the Sky
The four horsemen of the Apocalypse in a western setting Suggested by [@sandring]
Les Rita Mitsouko - Le petit train
Despite the merry music and apparently silly lyrics, this is about the trains carrying prisoners to concentration camps during WWII. The end of the song gives the meaning away, if you listen carefully.
Alain Bashung - Ma petite entreprise
Apparently the song is about a small business and can fool a casual listener. However, the lyrics are full of sexual double entendre. The story is really about the guy's love life.
America - A Horse with No Name
The name of the horse is heroine.
Alphaville - Forever Young
The song refers to cold war tensions in the early 80's, when USA and USSR were deploying Pershing and SS-20 missiles in Europe. We're only watching the skies Hoping for the best But expecting the worst Are you going to drop the bomb or not?
Pink Floyd - Two Suns in the Sunset
Another allusive song dealing with the very real fear of a nuclear war in the early 80's. Talk about a blinding flash...
Los Twist - Pensé que se trataba de cieguitos
This is about kidnapping and disappearances during the Argentina dictatorship Suggested by [@Diazepan Medina]
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Alice in Wonderland, psychedelic style. Suggested by [@Jadis]
Georges Brassens - La tondue
This is about women getting bullied for having fraternized with German soldiers during occupation of France (1940-1944). Suggested by [@Jadis]
Suzanne Vega - Luka
Though the song became famous enough for most people to know it's about child abuse, the lyrics are very allusive. Suggested by [@MagicMulder]
Joan Baez - Here's to you
Who the heck are these guys anyway? Suggested by [@Jadis]
Gérard Manset - La mer rouge
The song refers to French writer Henry de Monfreid and his "Secrets of the Red Sea" novel
The Dandy Warhols - Orange
keyword: cocaine Suggested by [@St. Sol]
DDT - Большая женщина (Bol'shaya zhenschina)
Funky Russia having got rid of its brow-[t]rimming shawl together with fields and forests and lazing on a beach in search for one another sorcerer (or so told me comrade [@Brat])