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I need some examples of songs that utilize symbolism...whether in the musical aspects or lyrics...for a paper that I'm writing

so does anyone have any? and it would help if you actually know what symbols are in the song and what they mean too

thanks
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metallica- one

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Heart Shaped Box-Nirvana

The entire song is symbolism for Courtney Love's vagina x3
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Heart Shaped Box-Nirvana

The entire song is symbolism for Courtney Love's vagina x3


that explains why that song is so terrifying.
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a lot of pink floyd songs
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I know American Pie is full of symbolism, but I don't know exactly what the symbols are.
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How about some Meshuggah? The new album has as much symbolism as you could wish.

But one of my favorite songs with symbolism in it has to be "The Great Descent" by 36 Crazyfists. It's about a car crash in which their previous bassist died.

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check out jim morrison.

but srsly.


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my exact thoughts, The Doors and Cannibal Corpse
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Barney - Intro Theme (I Love You)

There's all kinds of strange symbolism in that one. Holy crap. Just give it a listen sometime. Don't even get me started on the TeleTubbies.
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Anything by The Doors. Look into Hendrix too. actually, look into the song "The Soft Parade" by The Doors. Lots of symbolism there. "Hunter with the Green Vest" = soldiers. stuff like that
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now that i think about it, from your grave and echos by The Absence. when he says ARISE!!! FROM YOUR GRAVE!! it like saying escape from your "grave"(bad situations exc.). you put it into different words after all you're writing the paper.
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Okay. Here are some serious ones. Have You Seen The Rain, by CCR. Some of The Eagles stuff also has symbolism. Heck, you can find it in most any song.
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Heart Shaped Box-Nirvana

The entire song is symbolism for Courtney Love's vagina x3

hmm...


magnet tar pit trap...

meat-eating(bow chika bow wow) orchids...

cancer...


yep, that sounds like courtney loves vagina
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now that i think about it, from your grave and echos by The Absence. when he says ARISE!!! FROM YOUR GRAVE!! it like saying escape from your "grave"(bad situations exc.). you put it into different words after all you're writing the paper.

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Slow Ride?....not about a car..
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that explains why that song is so terrifying.

terrifiingly good! lololololol

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Leper Messiah - Metallica

Leprosy is symbolic to religion. They spread fast and kill the masses.
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For the record, almost all of you have suggested metaphors, not symbols. A symbol would be "the jungle stands for cities in the 80's," may not be correct but that is a symbol - and object standing for an idea or many ideas, not something that is something else. It's somewhat difficult to define, but there is a fine line.
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One-armed siccsior by at the drive in

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Slow Ride?....not about a car..


I think that's pretty obvious from the rest of the lyrics... but yeah, OT I'm gonna go with When the ship comes in by Bob Dyan.
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i've seen an interview of them and they used that example
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Witch Hunt - Rush

basically uses the Salem Witch trials as a symbol for all the prejudice, injustice, and religious turmoils in the world.
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a lot of pink floyd songs

yes. close your eyes and pick something off of the wall album.

also system of a down/serj tankien is ALL symbolism...mostly political as is pf

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I think that's pretty obvious from the rest of the lyrics... but yeah, OT I'm gonna go with When the ship comes in by Bob Dyan.

Well, most of the songs that use symbolism are pretty obvious..so yeah...that's my recommendation..
Her friends are gazing on her,
And on her gaudy bier,
And weep!-oh! to dishonor
Dead beauty with a tear!
They loved her for her wealth-
And they hated her for her pride-
But she grew in feeble health,
And they love her-that she died.
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lost in the supermarket by the clash is about commercialism and how it ****s all of us over
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I think that's pretty obvious from the rest of the lyrics... but yeah, OT I'm gonna go with When the ship comes in by Bob Dyan.

yea dude Dylan is full of symbolism like the famous song Blowin in the wind(its anti-war), and mr.tambourine man is about drugs. music is full of symbolism; all you have to do is look.
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Witch Hunt - Rush

basically uses the Salem Witch trials as a symbol for all the prejudice, injustice, and religious turmoils in the world.

And paralleling the fear and paranoia felt during the Cold War about communism.
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And paralleling the fear and paranoia felt during the Cold War about communism.


that was the Crucible, but yea why not, you can make that connection too
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