[DAY 20] 30-Day Song Challenge

Have I yet mentioned how redundant some of the prompts are? Some of the prompts are redundant. There, now I definitely have. Today’s feels like one of those, as though it’s something I’ve already covered, just under a slightly different prompt. I have no idea what to even select here. None. I’m coming in blind. (That’s what she said?) So let’s see what happens.

Day 20: A Song That Has Many Meanings To You

This first one came to mind and probably seems a bizarre selection at first glance. “You Are My Sunshine” is a bright, happy, positive love song. Right? Yes. But it’s also a song about fear. The fear of loss. The fear of darkness. The fear of abandonment. This is Christina Perri’s version of the oft-covered classic.

The next one is “Hurt”, and I actually prefer Johnny Cash’s cover. That’s no shade to the original NIN version, which I also love. There’s just something particularly powerful about the Johnny Cash cover. This song definitely has multiple personal meanings for me. Listen to the lyrics and see which path it takes you down.

I’ll throw one more at ya. “Tearing at the Seams” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Y’all, I really love them. And this particular album? I’ve listened to on repeat so much that I know the lyrics to every song. As with a few others of theirs, this song has more than one meaning for me.

What songs have multiple meanings for you?


17 thoughts on “[DAY 20] 30-Day Song Challenge

  1. I love that Tearin’ The Seams song — I hadn’t heard it before so thank you for introducing it to me.
    I’m getting a sense of the kind of music you enjoy, which is fun. Not to say that’s the only kind you like but I see this is a style you seem to favor.

    As for songs that have two meanings:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGytDsqkQY8 <– a little known fact, perhaps, is that this song is actually about a baby being born and brought home. Closing time at the hospital. Turn off the light over every boy and every girl. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here. Go out to the places you will be from. It's amazing (and this was found out from the singer himself live at this ASCAP 'I create music' expo I went to back in 2011) and I love when there are hidden depths to lyrics.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnQ8N1KacJc <– I found out at some point that ever-favorite graduation song was really about a woman leaving a guy. It seems like most sad songs end up fitting his mold.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY8rOSyR5Rw <– I'm not the biggest fan of this song but I love that it sounds so happy when really the lyrics speak about a woman losing her mind in the wake of her husband's death.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDTZ7iX4vTQ <– a fun, catchy song about a kid finding a gun and planning on using it to kill some of his friends. FUN! As a comment on the youtube page says: this song will never get old, and neither will the kids!

    Ok, I really should find a song that has a happy secondary meaning? I guess that's not as fun and subversive.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGy9uomagO4 <– this song is really about masturbation, so sayeth the populus, but the lead singer says "Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn't expect to." Sure, bud.


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    1. OoOooOOOO I’m so glad to introduce you to that, for sure! Give the entire album a listen when you have time to do so in one sitting. I love it. Curious what you think.

      And don’t act like you know me. YOU DON’T KNOW ME.

      Great choices and all quite fitting! but you’re right. Subversive is almost always more fun! 🙂

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