saturate

09Jun09

thermalsDefinition:
sat•u•rate
[sachuh-reyt]

–verb

1. to charge to the utmost, as with magnetism
2. to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely

Artist: The Thermals
Song: Liquid In, Liquid Out
Album: Now We Can See

5 cent synonyms:
wet, soak

Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
The person in this song seems to be recovering from something in excess.

Lyrics:
Liquid In, Liquid Out
It’s what my life was all about
It’s what my life was all about, it was all about

Saturate, fill me up
Liquidate, empty my cup
It’s what my life was all about
It’s what my life was all about, it was all about

Salivate, ring the bell
Clean the plate, my slate as well
It’s what my life was all about
It’s what my life was all about, it was all about

Drank the sun, drank the rain
Down the river, down the drain
I never went, I never went without

Liquid In, Liquid Out
It’s what my life was all about
It’s what my life was all about, it was all about


vagabond

08Jun09

mary gauthierDefinition:
vag•a•bond
[vag-uh-bond]

–adjective (in this song)

1. wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic: a vagabond tribe
2. leading an unsettled or carefree life

Artist: Mary Gauthier
Song: Prayer Without Words
Album: Mercy Now

—submitted by Rita Ramstad

5 cent synonyms:
carefree, bum, worthless

Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
Being on the road is a hard life; you have to look at the beauty in everyday occurrences to find relief.

Lyrics:
Packing vagabond visions and a dream drenched hunger for a home
Swaddled in road dirt, blood stained blankets and poems
On a stormy suitcase Sunday I awakened to the scream of the birds
They held their high notes and offered prayer without words
Sinking in asphalt, speechlessness and what coulda been
Surrounded by strangers, scarred stars, stoned broken men
Riding the narcotic night ’til she swerved and smashed into the curb
Morning spilled from the wreckage and offered prayer without words

Chains on the mast pull the past, nothing lasts but nothing ever ends
I leave town, break new ground, break down, leave town again
Trapped in the circle, anchored to the weight of the world
Under shooting stars that sink the skies and offer prayer without words

Justice rides with jaundiced eyes, jaded judges bleed the broken bench
Liberty’s a homicide, she been flogged to death with money’s monkey wrench
Desperado apostates set fire to every holy word we’ve heard
Silence billows from the burning book and offers prayer without words

Surrender, that sweet cleaning girl, folds white flags in Hallelujah Square
She can’t remember where she’s been, one day I’m gonna join her there
Unpack my battered traveling case, hang out a sign that says “Do Not Disturb”
Dissolve into a dreamless sleep that offers prayer without words


epitaph

07Jun09

69 love songsDefinition:
ep•i•taph
[ep-i-taf]

–noun

1. a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site
2. a brief poem or other writing in praise of a deceased person

    Artist: The Magnetic Fields
    Song: Epitaph for My Heart
    Album: 69 Love Songs

    5 cent synonyms:
    funeral speech, last words

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    You broke my heart to the point it cannot be repaired, even by a professional.

    Lyrics:
    Caution: to prevent electric shock
    do not remove cover
    No user-serviceable parts inside
    Refer servicing to qualified
    service personnel

    Let this be the epitaph for my heart
    Cupid put too much poison in the dart
    This is the epitaph for my heart
    because it’s gone, gone gone
    and life goes on and on anon
    and death goes on, world without end
    and you’re not my friend

    Who will mourn the passing of my heart
    Will its little droppings climb the pop chart
    Who’ll take its ashes and,
    singing, fling them from the top of the Brill Building

    And life goes on,
    and dawn, and dawn
    and death goes on, world without end
    and you’re not my friend


    implausible

    07Jun09

    adorableDefinition:
    im•plau•si•ble
    [im-plaw-zuh-buhl]

    –adjective
    not plausible; not having the appearance of truth or credibility

    Artist: Adorable
    Song: Road Movie
    Album: Fake

    –submitted by Jude Huzicko

    5 cent synonyms:
    unlikely, improbable, unbelievable

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    When you’re in love, it’s natural to think that only good things can happen, no matter how unrealistic.

    Lyrics:
    I’ve been trying so long to get you out of mind
    I’ve been trying so hard to get you out of my eyes
    I’ve been drinking your words every night
    I’ve been drinking my dreams dry

    I’ve spent sixteen months trying to forget you
    Then a black-and-white film plays in my mind
    Where we broke for the border in an open-top sportscar
    And married, in a town much like mine
    And we promised ourselves such implausible things
    Told each other our impossible dreams
    And you know
    Love is easy in my movie show

    Oh, I want to forget you
    Oh, I want to forget you

    Then I flashback

    Flashback to a time of stolen memories
    We are tied by our lies, we are tied by history

    And so we’re handcuffed together, like it or not
    And drinking our dreams is all that we’ve got
    And the barman just smiles
    Oh god, he’s seen it all before

    Oh, I want to forget you
    Oh, I want to forget you
    Oh, I can never forget you

    I can never forget


    blitzkrieg

    05Jun09

    ramonesDefinition:
    blitz•krieg
    [blits-kreeg]

    –noun
    a swift, sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces (German word for “lightning war”)

    Artist: Ramones
    Song: Blitzkrieg Bop
    Album: Ramones

    5 cent synonyms:
    attack, raid, bombardment

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    Teenagers today (which can refer to any point in time) are totally crazy and out of control. They listen to that rock music and gyrate at concerts. Having a good time at a punk show can be like warfare for the weak at heart.

    Lyrics:
    Hey ho, let’s go
    Hey ho, let’s go

    They’re forming in a straight line
    They’re going through a tight wind
    The kids are losing their minds
    The Blitzkrieg Bop

    They’re piling in the back seat
    They’re generating steam heat
    Pulsating to the back beat
    The Blitzkrieg Bop.

    Hey ho, let’s go
    Shoot’em in the back now
    What they want, I don’t know
    They’re all reved up and ready to go


    mulatto

    02Jun09

    NirvanaDefinition:
    mu•lat•to
    [muh-lat-oh]

    –noun
    the offspring of one white parent and one black parent: not in technical use

    Artist: Nirvana
    Song: Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Album: Nevermind

    5 cent synonyms:
    mixed race, bi-racial

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    Along with albino, mosquito and libido, mulatto is hardly a “dirty word.” The word fits in with the list of contradictory ideas, but maybe it just helped the rhyme sound cool. Of course Wikipedia has a long interpretation of the entire song.

    Lyrics:
    From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah
    Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Load up on guns and bring your friends
    It’s fun to lose and to pretend
    She’s over bored and self assured
    Oh no, I know a dirty word

    Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
    Hello, hello, hello!

    With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us
    A mulatto
    An albino
    A mosquito
    My libido
    Yay!
    Hey (x2)

    I’m worse at what I do best
    And for this gift I feel blessed
    Our little tribe has always been
    And always will until the end

    Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
    Hello, hello, hello!

    With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us
    A mulatto
    An albino
    A mosquito
    My Libido
    Yay!
    Hey (x2)

    And I forget just why I taste
    Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
    I found it hard, it was hard to find
    Oh well, whatever, nevermind

    Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
    Hello, hello, hello!

    With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
    Here we are now, entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now, entertain us
    A mulatto
    An albino
    A mosquito
    My libido


    ricochet

    02Jun09

    Lupe FiascoDefinition:
    ric•o•chet
    [rik-uh-shey]

    –verb
    when an object or a projectile rebounds or deflects one or more times from the surface over which it is passing or against which it hits a glancing blow

    Artist: Lupe Fiasco
    Song: Superstar
    Album: The Cool

    5 cent synonyms:
    rebound, deflect, glance

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    Good rap lyrics keep you guessing. You never know where they’ll bounce to next.

    Lyrics:
    [Chorus:]
    If you are what you say you are
    A super star
    Then have no fear the camera’s here and the microphone and they wanna know
    Oh oh oh oh

    If you are what you say you are
    A super star
    Then have no fear the crowd is here and the lights are on and they want a show
    Oh oh oh oh

    [Verse 1:]
    Yea, uh
    A fresh cool young Lu
    Trying to cash his microphone check 2, 1, 2
    Want to believe my own hype but it’s too untrue
    The world brought me to my knees
    What have you brung you
    Did you improve on the design
    Did you do something new
    Well your name ain’t on the guest list
    Who brung you, you
    The more famous person you come through
    And the sexy lady next to you
    You come to
    And then it hit me
    Standing outside of heaven waiting for god to come and get me
    Im too uncouth
    Unschooled to the rules
    And two gum shoe
    Too much of a newcomer
    And too uncool
    Like Shadow and Lavelle
    I battle with it well
    Though I need a holiday like lady who song blue
    Go back what ever you did you undo
    Heavy is heaven
    The devil on my two tons too

    [Chorus]

    [Verse 2:]
    And you better wear your shades
    The spotlights here can burn holes through the stage
    Down through the basement
    Passed the Indian graves
    Where the dinosaurs laid
    And out through china
    Nearly misses air liners
    Magnified times five
    This is pointed at the rhymer
    Ricochets off the moon and sets the forest a blaze
    Now that’s important to say
    Cuz even with all of that
    Most of us don’t want it to fade
    We want it to braid
    Meaning we want it to grow
    Meaning we want it to stay
    Like the governor called
    And they told him to wait
    Un-strap him from the chair
    And put him back in his cage
    The audience ain’t fazed
    And they ain’t gone clap and they ain’t gone praise
    They want everything back that they paid
    Cuz they been waiting since ten to see the lights get dim

    [Chorus]

    [Verse 3:]
    So chauffeur chauffeur come and take me away
    Cuz I been standing in this line
    For like five whole days
    Me and security ain’t getting along
    And when I got to the front they told me all of the tickets were gone
    So just take me home where the mood is mellow
    And the roses are thrown
    M&M’s are yellow
    And the light bulbs around my mirror don’t flicker
    Everybody gets a nice autograph picture
    One for you and one for your sister
    Who had to work tonight but is an avid listener
    Every songs a favorite song
    And mikes don’t feed back
    All the reviewers say you need to go and see that
    And everybody claps cuz everybody is pleased
    Then they all take the stage and start performing for me
    Like ha ha hahaha
    Ha ha hahaha ha


    sublimate

    02Jun09

    DestroyerDefinition:
    sub•li•mate
    [v. suhb-luh-meyt; n., adj. suhb-luh-mit]

    –adjective
    purified or exalted; sublimated

    Artist: Destroyer
    Song: The Sublimation Hour
    Album: Streethawk: A Seduction

    5 cent synonyms:
    pure, refined, noble

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    Waiting around for someone to save you is silly.

    Lyrics:
    So you had the best legs in a business built for kicks,
    but was this changing of the guards really supposed to make you sick?
    It’s alright… The Sublimation Hour!
    Medium Rotation, the Shock of the New,
    and a memo from Feldman saying, “Everything is true.”
    It’s alright… The Sublimation Hour!

    Don’t spend your life conceiving
    that the widows won’t get sick of their grieving
    ’till everyone walks out.
    Hey, isn’t that what rock ‘n’ roll is all about, Princess?
    Express your bloated self, willful and indignant,
    in the face of somebody’s lord!

    You try to summon up the spirits live on Face the Nation,
    but the Port Authority just taxed incantations.
    It’s alright… The Sublimate Hour!
    Auction off The Temple. It’s money well-spent.
    Hey, are those tears in your eyes as the wind cries, “enlargement”?
    It’s alright… The Sublimate Hour!

    Don’t spend your life conceiving
    that the widows won’t get sick of their grieving
    ’till everyone walks out.
    Hey, isn’t that what rock ‘n’ roll is all about, Princess?
    Confess your bloated self, willful and indignant,
    in the face of somebody’s lord!

    So put your hands together! I hear it’s a must
    until this phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust.
    It’s alright… The Sublimation Hour!
    I guess the streets will suffice till everybody makes nice,
    but there’s a rumor going round even Destroyers have a price…
    It’s alright… The Sublimation Hour!

    Don’t spend your life conceiving…


    absolve

    02Jun09

    DestroyerDefinition:
    ab•solve
    [ab-zolv]

    –verb
    to free from guilt or blame or their consequences

    Artist: Destroyer
    Song: The Bad Arts
    Album: Streethawk: A Seduction

    5 cent synonyms:
    clear, liberate, set free, excuse, exempt

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    Don’t worry who or how you will be judged; just live your life.

    Lyrics:
    Absolve, absolve, absolve
    We spent the better part of a day waiting for the wave to hit our side of town
    (It didn’t).
    Absolve, absolve, absolve
    I wash my hands of the stuff of legends.
    And what news of the horizon?
    I hear it’s all just a horizontal myth,
    so stop your cruising, start your criticizing!
    Indulge yourself for once. Feel medium between them.
    Goddamn your eyes.
    They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
    And goddamn your eyes.
    They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
    They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
    See them sporting those eagle iron-ons you made me swear never to wear?
    Why did you spend the 90’s cowering?
    Why did you spend the 90’s cowering?
    And they’re singing those inspirationals you penned back in ’72.
    And the hotels of choice are now toasting your voice,
    as the spas ring out,
    “What’s another word for ‘sacrament?'”
    The world woke up one day to proclaim:
    “Thou shalt not take part in, or make, bad art.”
    In these tough, tough times friends like mine would rather dash than dine
    on the bones of what’s thrown to them…
    When a wave of her wand has us back at the pond
    taking notes for our crooked underground!
    The world woke up one day to proclaim,
    “Thou shalt not make or take part in the bad arts.”
    You see, the Singer sold us out.
    The Guitarist lost his clout on Life-Of-The-Mind Day.
    When signs become impure again, the crowd doesn’t know where or when
    to let it all hang out.
    Bloodlet yourself, street style!
    You got the spirit. Don’t lose the feeling


    nomenclature

    02Jun09

    Andrew BirdDefinition:
    no•men•cla•ture
    [noh-muhn-kley-cher]

    –noun
    a set or system of names or terms, as those used in a particular science or art, by an individual or community, etc.

    Artist: Andrew Bird
    Song: Nomenclature
    Album: Noble Beast

    5 cent synonyms:
    language, terminology

    Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
    We’re getting too bogged down in the details, and yet we seem to be losing our identity at the same time. Bummer.

    Lyrics:
    Just think of the lives you could swap with your own
    While you’re selling your coats, you’re sewing your own
    You know it’s not the easy way

    Sometimes we’ve got to pay to play
    With finger paints and macramé
    It’s time we asked the sea and say

    “Could you bring a different nomenclature?”
    Now the colors have bled to grey
    To ones that don’t exist in nature

    A nomenclature is washing away
    Washing away
    A nomenclature is washing away
    Washing away

    But did it carry you away?
    Carry you all the way
    Ah bum bum bum bum bum ah bum bum bum oooo…

    Did it carry you away?
    Carry you away?
    Nomenclature’s washing away
    Oh it’s washing us all away
    Nomenclature’s washing away
    Oh it’s washing us all away