Friday, May 19, 2017

Songs with a Meaning

Music can tell you a lot, it can tell you about the artists childhood or their stance on politics. Some artists do this more than others, one artist who was known for not putting a ton of meaning in his lyrics was Nirvana’s front man Kurt Cobain. He said in many interviews that there was not meaning behind his lyrics and he was just writing music. While others bands will have a meaning behind every single word.
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Kurt Cobain
One band who puts a ton of meaning in every single one of their songs is Rise Against. This is a band that tackles a problem in the world or something that most don’t see as a problem. All four of the members in the band are vegans and three of them are straight edge, no alcohol or drugs. The band has written songs like Make it Stop which talks about bullying and how it can lead to suicide to songs like their newest single The Violence which talks about whether “the violence in our nature just the image of our maker.” Not only do they convey these messages in the lyrics, but in their videos they portray stories and show pictures of the events they are talking about. In the video for Help is on the Way they show the story of a poorer black family trying to survive a hurricane which leads to massive flooding in the streets, and at the end of the video they have a link that you can go to and donate to help those in need. They have also done this similar thing in videos where you can’t tell a story. In Ready to Fall, which is about the environment and killing of animals, they perform the song in a redwood forest that is just stumps at that point and throughout the song they cut to short videos of people starting forest fires, hunting for fun, poaching of whales and similar clips.
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Rise Against
Unlike Rise Against who sings about their opinions on world issues there are other bands who tell their own stories in their songs, Slipknot has been known to do this. In their first few albums they have many songs that portray front man Corey Taylor’s rage and anger at the world. In 2003 Corey Taylor was inches away from jumping off the eighth floor of his hotel. Looking back at his songs you can see that from the time he joined to the time he almost committed suicide the songs progressively had more anger and rage with in himself. In one of the band’s first hits, Wait and Bleed, the lyrics are “I've felt the hate rise up in me” and in a later single, Duality, the lyrics are “I push my fingers into my eyes, It's the only thing that slowly stops the ache, but it's made of all the things I have to take.”
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Corey Taylor
The meaning behind some songs is as simple as to honor a band member or great friend who has passed. One of my favorite songs that honors a band member is So Far Away by Avenged Sevenfold. The song talks about “how do I live without the ones I love?.” This was in honor of their drummer, The Rev, who passed away. Others just use the song as a message to the ones they affected. Ivan Moody from Five Finger Death Punch expresses his apology to everyone he effected during his drug addiction in the song I Apologize. Songs are powerful so if you can use them to convey a message and give the song a meaning why not do that?
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Ivan Moody

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