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29th May 2011

Song Meanings @ 19:54

I love music. I imagine that there are some people in the world who get no pleasure from music whatsoever. Apart from linking (tenuously most of the time) my music tastes on some mental spider web a la Musicplasma; I also like to analyse lyrics.

Now the case is often that I hear of (new to me) artists via fancy pants cool press like the Guardian Weekend magazine or from cool people on my f-list (like themetunes, jigsaw_girl76 or ucrazyutaraptor) but I have been known to seek out artists from tunes I may have heard on the telly.

Most recently I have been jumping from the heights of nineties alternate rock, into the cavernous realms of goth via Scandinavian operatic and ethereal wave, flirting with the forest of folk and dipping my toes into the muddy puddles of shoegazing. Indeed, my musical voyage has recently taken me into the zones of quirky female solo artists such as Sarah Blasko, Marissa Nadler, Joanna Newsome and, thanks to the current marketing campaign by T K Maxx, Alex Winston.

Now who the fuck is Alex Winston? Some of you might be thinking. Well you will recognise the tune almost instantly, but because I know some might not, I've chucked a video of her's behind this LJ cut.







So there I am listening to it and I'm thinking "What is it that she actually sings?" so a visit to my favourite lyrics and meanings site Songmeanings was in order and there, to my amusement, I realised this song was open to interpretation.



Ok, so here are the lyrics:-


When I'm feelin' low
These are my choice notes
when I'm down on the floor
I shake it for your holy ghost
and I sip it off, I sip it off
I spit it out, it sounds real nice
I sip it off I sip it off
I spit it out, I'm satisfied

Oh Jameson
You should be weighing on my soul now
But I turn the music loud
Get ready to go

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
These are my choice notes
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
its 3:45 and I'm still on a roll
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
these are my choice notes
its 3:45 and I'm still on a roll

And what you don't know
cant slow my tempo
though you beat at my bones
won't catch me singing sad prose
and I sip it off, I sip it off
I spit it out, it sounds real nice
I sip it off I sip it off
I spit it out, I'm satisfied

Oh Jameson
You should be weighing on my soul now
But I turn the music loud
Get ready to go

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
These are my choice notes
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
its 3:45 and I'm still on a roll
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
these are my choice notes
its 3:45 and I'm still on a roll


Now, I don't know if it's my dirty mind, but....no...wait...let's see what you think....

Poll #1746552 These are MY choice notes

This song is clearly about:

Oral sex
2(22.2%)
Having a wank
2(22.2%)
Dancing with elephants
0(0.0%)
Drinking whisky
2(22.2%)
Dancing to forget someone
1(11.1%)
Something deeper and unpleasant
0(0.0%)
Selling shite in old department stores.
0(0.0%)
None of the above, I'll comment
1(11.1%)
None of the above, I don't want to comment because social interaction on the intarwebz is so five mins ago.
1(11.1%)
 
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From:louenn
Date:29th May 2011 21:11 (UTC)
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I think it's about oral sex while drinking whisky. Which might be a waste of whisky, given that the act of the oral sex would of course put a different taste in your mouth which might not compliment a fine 8-year-old single malt.
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From:stegzy
Date:31st May 2011 05:37 (UTC)
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Thats a good point!
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From:louenn
Date:31st May 2011 07:14 (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm not one to see good whisky wasted like that.
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From:themetunes
Date:29th May 2011 21:17 (UTC)
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I really love that song, I found out about it through the TK Maxx advert!
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From:themetunes
Date:29th May 2011 21:18 (UTC)
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Oh also Joanna Newsom is BRILLIANT
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From:stegzy
Date:31st May 2011 05:36 (UTC)
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She is.

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From:technophobe1975
Date:30th May 2011 11:12 (UTC)
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"Spitting it out" is CLEARLY about singing her lyrics ;)
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From:stegzy
Date:31st May 2011 05:35 (UTC)
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At 3:45 in the morning :)
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From:jigsaw_girl76
Date:31st May 2011 03:19 (UTC)
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speaking of music.. I may have some new music for you ;)
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From:stegzy
Date:31st May 2011 05:34 (UTC)
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oooh goodie! :D

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