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Lyric interpretation

   Discussion: Lyric interpretation
nate... · 17 years, 5 months ago
I figured I'd start a thread on lyric interpretation, as it's always pretty interesting to see the many different ways something can be taken.

To start with...

Richard Shindell - Are You Happy Now?

I set the timer, thought of you
Put the lens up to my head
I took a photograph for you
What comes out gray is really red

So, what does he mean by that last line? The anger that's inside his head is what's red?

Kris 'engaged' Bedient Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I think he's taking a picture of something vibrant, but because he is sad, it comes out gray.
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
nate, that's how i've always interpreted it, for what it's worth.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
The way I interpreted it was that since it's black and white film (we played roles in black and white, you left a roll of black and white) the picture of his face/head is gray but that his eyes are really red from crying.
nate... Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
ahh.. the eyes.
Interesting.

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Heee. I'm someone who relates to sadness, not anger, so that colors my interp, I think. :)
nate... Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
yeah, I like yours better, actually....

Though neither anger nor tears seem to fit the feel the song has... hrm...

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Well I think he's pretty heartbroken AND angry...just singing it in a matter-of-fact way. Like maybe he was crying a lot and taking the picture and sitting in the dark avoiding the trick-or-treaters and was pretty bad off but by the time he's singing the song he's gotten to that stage where you're numb. I always feel quite an undercurrent of bitterness beneath the nonchalance.

emilie is CRANKY Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

I set the timer, thought of you
Put the lens up to my head
I took a photograph for you
What comes out gray is really red

he took some kinky pictures of himself.

nate... Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Emilie's just got a one-track mind.

heh

emilie is CRANKY Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Put the lens up to my head

come *on*.

Bender Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

but that wouldn't be a very good picture, just kinda smooshed up against it.

might not feel that great, either

Birki Bazulious Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Cold lense on hot...

Nevermind.  

Nik Chaikin Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Well, if it was a wide angle lense you could get away with it, and wide lenses have the added bonus of *ahem* distorting objects in the foreground
Kris 'engaged' Bedient Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
ummm, head....red....it rhymes! and that's why.
K. D. Lurker · 17 years, 5 months ago
Sorry for being morbid here, but when I first read those lyrics I thought of a guy getting back at his lover by killing himself via a gunshot to the head (the "gray" being the gray matter of the brain). Yes, I know I'm a sick one sometimes!

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