Posted by: babylamchop | June 14, 2008

The hidden messages, but not Coldplay I guess

I don’t know about you, but I like hidden messages.
Songs that have different meaning, different annotations.
So it occurs to me the other day, how H!P don’t really have much going on with their song lyrics apart from lovey-dovey, cheery, or break up song. It’s all black and white in the lyrics.
Apart from Chokkan 2, since it’s talking about fish.

On the other hand, music that are not H!P which is basically the rest of the world. Love playing with connotation and such.
Anyone heard of Switchfoot? To many people’s suprise, they’re actually a Christian Band. I know that might make you think of praising god, reading the bible and so on.
But Switchfoot’s “Meant To Live” not only have great tune, it have a really deep meaning to it
Chorus:
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

It’s saying how human are suppose to live forever after the life on earth. But we lost ourselves while living on earth and we should search for that eternal life that is given by God with a open heart.
Bridge:
We want more than the world can offer
And everything inside screams for second life

It’s implying that what they want are not material possession, but God. And how every human wants to live forever because God plants eternity when he made human that’s why we human thinks there has to be something more after death.

On the other hand, Underoath, also another Chritsian band, take it different approach. They like playing around with words and I have to say I admire their poemism [is that even a word?]. Their lyrics are beautifully written yet they can be so dark and might I add ….emo.

One of their older song “Never meant to break your heart” contain lyrics:
Tears run down my face just like the last
No different from yesterday
Sick from the mirror
Do these prayers feel sincere
The dirt never washes clear
You were good, so good
I grew to love your lies
Until I put you in the past
Love was lust until he revealed
The man behind the mask
Will the scars go away
In this world I have no place
Forgive me Jesus this time I cry
I rip my heart out to give to you
Alone it never did me any good
Hold me close, wash my mind
Destroy the me that lives inside

I have to say it is also one of their better song aswell because their new song is….very much munipulated by the main stream.
The lyrics are so personal, it can almost be a prayer but it is so cleverly done. If you take out the line “Forgive me Jesus”, you would have think this is just another emo song. But it actually have much more meaning to it.

Not just bands, there’s books that also does that. And now I’m not going to talk about the bible, because that would just be boring.
Most of you probably heard of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, it is a amazing movie. They’re originally written by C.S Lewis. C.S Lewis is a christian himeself, close friend with J.R.R. Tolkien, the author that wrote Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, believe or not are a mini version of Jesus’s journey TO DOOM. Sorry about the dramatic expression. But Aslan, that’s rigth the Lion is the animal version of Jesus. The White Witch is the devil of course. The stone table was the cross. Aslan would do anything to trade Edward, the betrayer,’s life is parrallel to how Jesus trade his life for everyone in the world no matter what they have done. And how Jesus can overcome death because of Love [woo hoo].

Coldplay’s new single “Viva La Vida” have some very interesting lyrics going there
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word

Now in the morning I sweep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

There is a famous story where Peter refuse to admit that he know Jesus. It was after Jesus got arrest and at the time if anyone is related to him, they too must be persecuted. Before Jesus left, he had a conversation with Peter, and Jesus told Peter that before the rooster call you will deny my name three times, Peter was angry and vows he will follow him till the end. Just when Jesus was in court, Peter was sitting outside some camp fire. Some women and men recogzied Peter they asked him aren’t he one of the twelve followers of Jesus. Peter denied it three times then the rooster made his call. After that Peter break down and cried. Since then Peter preach God’s word. And when he was captured and plead guilty of a death penalty from spreading God’s word, he made a request to nail the cross with his body upside down because Peter believes he don’t worth dying in a position same as Jesus.
And I hate to say it iTune’s ad totally caught my eye and now I’m hook onto watching the ad over and over again

And to end this blog entry/promote the movie “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”
[Haha, Chum i know you wanting to watch this!!]
I’m dumping this video, it’s call This is Home by Switchfoot.

And now, after all my searching
After all my questions
Im going to call it home
I got a brand new mind set

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Responses

  1. Have a listen to:

    http://www.thetapestry.ca/tappodcasts/coldplay_jan_22_2006
    ===
    http://www.tollbooth.org/2006/features/rockq.html

    5. Coldplay’s lead singer told Rolling Stone that two songs on “X&Y” came from his religious upbringing. Name him.
    5. Chris Martin:” ‘A Message’ and ‘Til Kingdom Come’ both come from having quite a religious upbringing. ‘A Message’ is taken from a hymn we used to sing called ‘My Song Is Love Unknown,’ and we’d say ‘kingdom come’ every week in the Lord’s Prayer. One of the great things about being forced to go to church services is that we’d sing all these big songs. That’s partly why I’m obsessed with getting everyone to sing along at our shows. It makes me feel like I’m a part of something.”
    “A Message” begins: “My song is love/ Love to the loveless shown/ And it goes on/ You don’t have to be alone”
    “My Song Is Love Unknown” by Samuel Crossman, published in 1664, begins: “My song is love unknown/ My Savior’s love to me/ Love to the loveless shown/ That they might lovely be/ O who am I, that for my sake/ My Lord should take frail flesh and die?”
    “‘Til Kingdom Come” concludes:”For you I’d wait ’til kingdom come/ Until my days, my days are done/ Say you’ll come and set me free/ Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me”
    “‘Til Kingdom Come” was originally written for Johnny Cash, who died before he was able to record it.

  2. hahh i thought there are some religious background in his pervious song as well.
    but i wasn’t sure.

    thank you so much for sharing =]


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