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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:22 AM

So, can we have a thread to talk about the meanings of the songs? I know everyone has a different view of every song, but there are some that I just don't see what they are about, and I would like to know your opinion.

 

So, lyrics for Nuclear Family? what do they talk about? I really don't understand them pretty much.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:25 AM

Great thread idea but you could use it for the three albums not only Uno

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:27 AM

Great thread idea but you could use it for the three albums not only Uno

I know but to keep it short, I don't know, let's see if the admins approve this :P



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:37 AM

There might be a thread for this already man but maybe I'm wrong.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:33 AM

I think this was being discussed in the lyric threads. But yeah, the only song that doesn't make sense to me off of Uno is Loss of Control. 



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:50 AM

I love discussing song meanings... great idea for a thread. :happy:

 

Is there a general song meanings thread? I'm not sure if it's necessary to do one for each album...


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:02 AM

I love discussing song meanings... great idea for a thread. :happy:

 

Is there a general song meanings thread? I'm not sure if it's necessary to do one for each album...

 

I tried looking and haven't found one. Maybe this can be the song meanings thread? 



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:13 AM

Isn't nuclear family about the average American family or something

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:17 AM

Great idea! I was waiting for this kind of thread! :) in the Music section of GDA there are only 2 song meanings for Uno, maybe we can help to complete all the song meanings :)

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:18 AM

Isn't nuclear family about the average American family or something

 

I think it compares the dissolving of the traditional American family to a nuclear explosion, or at least that's the metaphor used to describe it.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:20 AM

I'm guessing Nuclear Family is about living in the moment and having fun. I have no clue what the chorus means though.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:29 AM

Sweet 16 is about Adrienne for sure, so we can start three :lol:



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:44 AM

Can we state a fact here? i've just read that rusty james are all about the survivors of the old punk rock scene (that includes Green Day for sure) that billie joe grew up to and  all about pointing the middle fingers for those who just disappeared on that era.

 

sorry for the bad english.



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:03 AM

 I think it compares the dissolving of the traditional American family to a nuclear explosion, or at least that's the metaphor used to describe it.

Some thinklike that

Can we state a fact here? i've just read that rusty james are all about the survivors of the old punk rock scene (that includes Green Day for sure) that billie joe grew up to and  all about pointing the middle fingers for those who just disappeared on that era. sorry for the bad english.

It's about the people who called gd sell outs and basically saying we still here where are you

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:07 AM

Great idea! I was waiting for this kind of thread! :) in the Music section of GDA there are only 2 song meanings for Uno, maybe we can help to complete all the song meanings :)

 

Noooo, there are song meanings for all of ¡Uno! on GDA! I know because I did them, haha! Go look! :D 

 

I'll be doing ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! soon, too. I go through all the interviews and then write a good summary.



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:24 AM

Noooo, there are song meanings for all of ¡Uno! on GDA! I know because I did them, haha! Go look! :D

I'll be doing ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! soon, too. I go through all the interviews and then write a good summary.
oops! Sorry! I looked days ago and there were only Oh Love and Rusty James :)
Good job! Thank you very much!

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:37 AM

oops! Sorry! I looked days ago and there were only Oh Love and Rusty James :)
Good job! Thank you very much!

 

Yeah, sure! Sometimes it takes us a bit to get everything updated, but we get it done in the end, I guess! Haha



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:46 AM

I think it compares the dissolving of the traditional American family to a nuclear explosion, or at least that's the metaphor used to describe it.

That's right. I also like to think that the reverse counting in the end of the song is the nuclear explosion, which leads to a chain reaction - the trilogy :D


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:03 AM

I'm guessing Nuclear Family is about living in the moment and having fun. I have no clue what the chorus means though.

 

 

Isn't nuclear family about the average American family or something

 

 

I think it compares the dissolving of the traditional American family to a nuclear explosion, or at least that's the metaphor used to describe it.

 

Jacob hit it right on the head there, the breakdown of the modern family, with divorce and other shit taking over from the standard mother father + two kids setup.

 

I think this was being discussed in the lyric threads. But yeah, the only song that doesn't make sense to me off of Uno is Loss of Control. 

 

Loss Of Control is exactly what it says on the tin  :lol:

 

Basically seeing someone from your past and fucking hating them because they're a twat. Not too complicated, Chorus is a bit odd though :P


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:13 AM

Is Kill The DJ about DJs or governments?



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:27 AM

Is Kill The DJ about DJs or governments?

 

Neither, it's about radio and tv talk show hosts like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly filling peoples heads with lies and hate.



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:29 AM

Neither, it's about radio and tv talk show hosts like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly filling peoples heads with lies and hate.

Oh, yeah, this makes sense. Thx :) !



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

Sweet 16 is about Adrienne for sure, so we can start three :lol:
 
Yes, but that's too easy. A song meaning is not necessarily what the song is specifically about from the point of the writer, that'd be boring. We all connect some personal experience to each song that speaks to us, so to make out a meaning of a song that's relevant to all of us we need to find out what universal message the song has. I'm sure Billie Joe gives that quite some thought too when writing, cause obviously all the songs that are probably inspired by Adrienne, touches on alot of different aspects of love.
 
I think Sweet 16 is about reflecting upon a time that has passed while within a relationship, feeling anxiety about how time seems to have flown by and how the relationship has probably changed character over the years. What once were youthful infatuation has turned into a mature affection and a stable life with kids and so on. But while you on one hand are affraid because the old days are dead and gone, you one the other hand acknowledge that just because a relationship has evolved it's not necessarily worth any less, and the person you are with is still the person you knew back then. Once a sweet sixteen, always a sweet sixteen, still after 10, 20 or 50 years together. So overall I would say it's about accepting where you are now, and not get hung up in the past, but embracing it.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:15 AM

Neither, it's about radio and tv talk show hosts like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly filling peoples heads with lies and hate.

 

Of course the "DJ" could be used as a metaphor for the people on TV controling the outlet of information, therefore being a very socio-political critic similar to American Idiot. But with the current state of popular music, where the DJ's, the labels, dictate the music taste of the younger generation, and the lack of emphasis on musical talent and quality over appearance and personal life is rather disturbing, I do think "Kill The DJ" is simply about popular music today, and how we like carcass eating vultures will accept anything we are fed. It's two similar perceptions of the song, but I don't think it was meant as a critic on an overly political scale. It is also compared to religious mentality though.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:48 AM

I have a thought on Angel Blue...

 

Could it possibly be about Billie Joe's 'Blue' Guitar?

 

You're angel blue
With teenage traces
Angel blue
With pretty faces
 

Teenage traces suggest the amount of character Billie has given the guitar with stickers all over the years, and some possibly from his 'Teen-Hood'.

Pretty faces describes the amount of stages the guitar has been for example the 1994 stage, 1995 stage, 1997 stage, etc.

 

Waking up the dead and everything'll be alright
 

This line suggests the amount of copies he's made of Blue

 

These are all assumptions but it kinda makes sense to me... add on more if you seem to see a patern! :)


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:06 AM

It would be really cool to make this a trilogy-song-meaning-thread and not only limit it to Uno, because I think the lyrics of all three albums are connected (not all of them, for sure, but many). For example, one of the strongest metaphors that stretches over all three albums is the "red light". It's in "Oh Love" ("Don't stop when the red lights flash"), it has an own song on Dos ("Stop When the Red Lights Flash") and it appears in "Dirty Rotten Bastards" on Tré ("Chop me a line of my best friend's ashes. Dust to dust when the red light flashes"). Plus, there are other songs that deal with traffic and locomotion in the broadest sense ("Little Boy Named Train", "Walk Away"). My theory is that the red lights symbolize important turning points in your life, they give you the chance to either stop, turn around and change direction or just march on straight forward, ignoring the warning signal, whatever may come. What are your thoughts on that?  (Sorry if this has already been discussed somewhere else...)


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:14 AM

I have a thought on Angel Blue...

 

Could it possibly be about Billie Joe's 'Blue' Guitar?

 

You're angel blue
With teenage traces
Angel blue
With pretty faces
 

Teenage traces suggest the amount of character Billie has given the guitar with stickers all over the years, and some possibly from his 'Teen-Hood'.

Pretty faces describes the amount of stages the guitar has been for example the 1994 stage, 1995 stage, 1997 stage, etc.

 

Waking up the dead and everything'll be alright
 

This line suggests the amount of copies he's made of Blue

 

These are all assumptions but it kinda makes sense to me... add on more if you seem to see a patern! :)

I´m sure the song is about Blue
Yesterday billie posted a pic of himself with blue on instagram; He wrote Angel Blue  ;)


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:17 AM

I have a thought on Angel Blue...

 

Could it possibly be about Billie Joe's 'Blue' Guitar?

 

You're angel blue
With teenage traces
Angel blue
With pretty faces
 

Teenage traces suggest the amount of character Billie has given the guitar with stickers all over the years, and some possibly from his 'Teen-Hood'.

Pretty faces describes the amount of stages the guitar has been for example the 1994 stage, 1995 stage, 1997 stage, etc.

 

Waking up the dead and everything'll be alright
 

This line suggests the amount of copies he's made of Blue

 

These are all assumptions but it kinda makes sense to me... add on more if you seem to see a patern! :)

 

It's a simple song about how he used to write songs about getting his heart broken by loads of girls. Basically it's a tribute to 1,039 SOSH and Kerplunk :P


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:19 AM

I´m sure the song is about Blue
Yesterday billie posted a pic of himself with blue on instagram; He wrote Angel Blue  ;)

But wasn't there first a different name for this song? On Quatro they was another name, I think..so maybe it was not about "Blue" when he wrote it



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

But wasn't there first a different name for this song? On Quatro they was another name, I think..so maybe it was not about "Blue" when he wrote it

Teenage Blue, wasn't it?

 

I love the "green" metaphor in Rusty James: "this broken scene, is turning green." :) On my first listen I was like oh no, so corny, but after getting to know the song my guess is that it means two things. The first is that the old punk scene is jealous of the band's success (kind of obvious), and the second is that because Green Day are so internationally famous, that the entire scene has been taken over by their success, to the point where that entire area/style of music is completely represented by the band. What was made up of original music and independent artists has now become Green Day's territory and nothing else.


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