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Meaning of Lyrics From Songs of the 90s

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These are the meanings behind the song lyrics from various songs of the 90s. In particular, we're looking for songs that aren't immediately obvious.

  • Madonna's "Nothing Really Matters"
    In this song she reflects on when she was younger (instantly giving her the wisdom of the aged!) and how she was obsessed with herself and what she wanted, never stopping to share love with others. Now she has a child and must care for it, and she realizes that those material things she was so preoccupied with aren't important, and what is important is love and kindness.

  • Mariah Carey's "Butterfly"
    It seems as though Mariah is singing some mushy love song to a guy. SHE'S SINGING TO HER HORSE!!! To end all and prevent many disputes, the horse is the subject of her song. She sings of letting it go to give it freedom. It shows a moral of respect. "If you love something let it go" But that is the gist of the video and song.

  • New Beginning's "Stir"
    It's about how this guy's girl dumped him for a chick.

  • Nirvana's "Polly"
    Polly is a true story about a girl being raped, "think she wants some water to put out the blow torch" Kurt says because the man torchered the 14 year old girl upside down in his trailor park home with a blow torch, a razor, and hot wax. "she's just as bored as me" Kurt says indicating that the girl was pretending she was bored, and pretended she like what the man was doing to her. The girl did get away when the man stopped for gas "she caught me off my guard, it amazes the will of instinct"

  • John Michael Montgomery's "The Little Girl"
    TRUE STORY- This song starts out by describing a little girl and how her dad drinks. As the song goes on, her Dad comes home drunk and kills his wife and him self, while his daughter hid behind the couch. The little girl gets put it a foster home, where she gets "hugs and kisses" everyday. The family takes her to church. When the teacher showed her a picture of Jesus. The little girls responds, "I know that man up there on the cross, I don't know his name, but I know he got off. 'Cause he was there in my old house, and held me close to his side. As I hid there behind our couch, that night that night that my parents died." This a powerful and moving song.

  • Damn Yankees's "High Enough"
    This is a song about falling in and out of love. It's about how you can't change the past. That you can only look ahead to the future. People seem to think that because you loved and lost that you may never be able to love again. It's seems to say that it's much better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. I know that sounds likea cheery cliche but it's true.

  • Backstreet Boys's "The Perfect Fan"
    This is a song that Brian Littrel wrote for his mother. It's about how much all of the Backstreet Boys love and appreciate their mothers.

  • 311's "Flowing"
    This is about the lead singer Nick Hexum's battle with insomnia.

  • Dave Matthews Band's "Ants Marching"
    This song basiclly describes how everyday we get up and do the same thing, without meaning or emotion. In his eyes, we are just ants following our leader, not knowing why or for who.

  • Tori Amos's "Cornflake Girl"
    This song describes the irreversible damage and pain rendered by a woman betraying another woman; it's a tragedy, really. Not even their common experiences as females can save what is ruined.

  • Stone Temple Pilots's "Sex Type Thing"
    This song is a first person account of both sexual harrasment and date rape.

  • Barenaked Ladies's "Enid"
    This song is about Barenaked Ladies' singer Steve Page's first girlfriend, and more accurately, about the breakup and ensuing anguish. In the words of Page, "it took [him] a year to believe it was over, and it took [him] two more to get over the loss."

  • Britney Spears's "Lucky"
    This song is about a girl who is a star. Everyone thinks she is so lucky. But this girl wonders if she is so lucky, then why does she cry at night. This song shows you that even though movie stars may lok happy, and might have all the looks, they might still be missing something in their lives. Britney performs this song really good.

  • Supergrass's "Mary"
    This song is about a guy who enjoys tormenting his girlfreind, Mary, mentally and physically in every way he can. Its not a very nice song, really.

  • Blessid Union Of Souls's "I Believe"
    This song is about a interracial relationship with a guys on the streets. It explains how a lot of times parents, family, and friends don't agree with what you do, but it just seems right.

  • Nirvana's "Serve The Servants"
    This song is about how important it is for fathers to be in the lives of their children. How an absent father can sometimes screw up a kid to the point where they'll never function normally in society. I can relate to this song a lot because my dad just chums around with me and hasn't really been in my life!

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers's "Under the Bridge"
    This song is about lead singer Anthony Keidis' addiction to heroin. When he says "she" he is reffering to heroin and when he is talking about the "city he lives in" he is talking about his mental state while he is on the drug.

  • Cannibal Corpse's "Hammer Smashed Face"
    This song is about someone who has been tortured and harassed all his life kills his tormentor, by smashing his face in with a mallet. A pretty graphic description of someone's head being bashed off.

  • KoRn's "Wake up"
    This song is about the band korn and how sometimes they have conflicts within the band. It mentions how Jonathan gets pissed off and just wants to leave, but the chorus "wake the fuck up!" refers to how he wants to end this conflict with his "brothers" and wants to be able to apologize and get back with the band again.

  • Stone Temple Pilots's "Sour Girl"
    This song is about the first marriage of vocalist Scoot Weiland. Essenstially, his wife janeana, was a sour girl when she was with him, and a happy and lucky girl when she walked out on him. he says that he "held her emotionally hostage in the marriage"

  • Blink182's "Dammit"
    This song is basically about growing up. However, it is not the overused motif of a child growing through their parent's eyes, leading up into marriage. It is a song through a teen's eyes, one who is emerging from preteenhood.

  • Joe's "I Wanna Know"
    This song is basicly about a guy who wants to know what he can do to make the girl happy,and he wants to know what makes her cry for he can know so he won't make her cry like her ex or boyfriend did/does.It also shows that this guy only has in mind to make her happy and he wants toknow everything about her so he can know what to do to just make her happy and make her satisfy.

  • TLC's "No Scrubs"
    This song pretty much speaks for itself. The girls sing about how they don't want a guy who's full himself, doesn't a nice car or doesen't have any material possessions. A guy who never thinks about what the girl wants; just what he wants. They don't want to give a "scrub" their phone number and they don't want the "scrub's" number

  • Pearl Jam's "Jeremy"
    This song talks about being picked on & teased in school and by your peers. Jeremy, the kid the song talks about, is the one that gets picked on and he fights back violently.

  • R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts"
    This song talks about how many of us go through hard times whether it's the loss of a loved one or feeling of unwantedness. We all, at one time have had hard times but we should hold on and not give up on life because there is something better out there if we don't surrender to our problems.

  • Naughty By Nature's "OPP"
    This song was a hit, but did anybody pay attention to what OPP actually stood for? First two letters are obvious: "other people's". Then it talks about the three words the last P can stand for: property, "another five letter word rhymin' with cleanest and meanest" and "another way to call a cat a kitten."

  • Backstreet Boys's "Shape Of My Heart"
    The guys are trying to literally show what their heart looks like. They are trying to say what kind of condition it's in. You know, like after a break up, people are kind of cautious about giving their hearts away. It's a symbolic kind of thing. Their showing what their heart feel like now. Not what it is shaped as.

  • Korn's "Faget"
    The song is about John Davis as a teenager. He was tormented by jocks and preps because of his different fashion style. They called him a faget because of his clothes, hair, or any other shallow reason.

  • Korn's "Falling Away From Me"
    The song is basically about a boy who is physically and emotionally abused by his father. Through it all this boy's sister can hear her father's abuse of her brother and she tries to go to sleep. The father seems to get more and more mad everytime this kid turned his music. It seems to me that the kid wanted to drown out his miserable existence by listening to Korn. This boy then realizes that his only salvation is to run away from home and get away from it all. Korn says that this song and video is about family violence and in particular child abuse.

  • Pearl Jam's "Jeremy"
    The song was written after a boy shot himself at school(much like the recent school shootings) back in the late 80's, early 90's. It has nothing to do with Ed's past.

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