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These Days, Miracle, and Everyday You Make Me Crazy sound to me like they could be lyrics written with a christian message. What's the story behind these lyrics? Would love to know the story behind all the songs on this album. Anyone know what's up?
Hi TinaMarie, saw your post that Harris, MI was your first rock concert and that you loved the show. Congratulations, and welcome to the boards.

I don't know if I would personally call it Christian, but I think some of the songs such as "Miracle", "These Days" and even "Sleep Forever" can be lyrically interpreted as very spiritual.

Rick has said that "Sleep Forever" was written for a friend who had died, and the lyrics are intended for the friend, not the people at the funeral. He talks about it on the Austin City Lights video now up on the homepage.

Aside from "Sleep Forever," I don't know if I've heard any of the band members discuss where the inspiration came for the lyrics to some of these songs, so I guess it's up to each of us to decide their meaning. Robin is credited with being the lead writer on several of the more spiritual tunes, and he's been wearing a rosary with a cross lately, so maybe the songs reflect his own spiritual evolution. That's simply my take and not necessarily the gospel (sorry, couldn't resist).
Bernadicou Wrote:Well seeing how "Everyday You Make Me Crazy" was once a Pepsi jingle, I think you're trippin'. Big Grin
Well, next time I drink a Pepsi I'll be trippin' thinking about Cheap Trick and the song ... I'm kinda weird like that anyway :p
I also think that These Days and Miracle sound like they have a Christian message. When I listen to These Days- I feel it is about God. I'm not an expert- but I know there are some biblical passages that refer to Jesus as The Door.I'm sure we all have our own interpretations of the meanings of songs. Sleep Forever,too, is spiritual. What a beautiful song- I always think of it as a prayer.
I don't hear Christian-sounding lyrics in These Days, but I can definitely say The Latest is spiritual sounding...There are a couple of songs on it that are just pure rockers, but a lot of it tends to lend itself to that of a Spiritual sound for sure....Still love the album (and all the others) regardless Smile
However, Rick always says the songs mean whatever you interpret them to mean Smile
TinaMarie welcome to the forum.

I like that you can find inspirational words in these songs and probably many other places, too.

Peace and Rock on!
CB4CT
Trickster_For_Life Wrote:However, Rick always says the songs mean whatever you interpret them to mean Smile
Exactly!

But, in case TinaMarie would like to know more about the meaning of the LATEST's songs, Robin comments it track by track on the last issue of Classic Rock magazine.
CHRISTOPHEZEE Wrote:
Trickster_For_Life Wrote:However, Rick always says the songs mean whatever you interpret them to mean Smile
Exactly!

But, in case TinaMarie would like to know more about the meaning of the LATEST's songs, Robin comments it track by track on the last issue of Classic Rock magazine.
yeah and she'll find no reference to any religious b0ll0cks there
Hi Tina welcome. I hope its spiritual rather than religious they might end up like Stryper. To counter the feel of The Latest listen to Gonna Raise Hell Backwards and hear “Satan holds the key to the lock” what the lock is to who knows oh yeah Satan does, next time I meet up with him and the Easter bunny I will find out for you(yeah I’m not religious). :devil:
Thanks everyone for your comments/answers to my question. I am a Christian and to me some of the lyrics really seemed like someone singing about knowing the Lord and wanting to have that relationship with God.

Jason - yeah, kinda figured you were not hoping for content of that sort Smile ... and I have no way to play Gonna Raise Hell backwards and don't want to - I already know who holds the "key" anyway :p though you may disagree with me.

I think we can all agree Cheap Trick is pretty dang awesome.
All the best Tina, actually I not evil(well in that way) my name is made up from a combination of something Rick Nielson said to me and 666 is to do with my late father Smile :devil:
CHRISTOPHEZEE Wrote:
Trickster_For_Life Wrote:However, Rick always says the songs mean whatever you interpret them to mean Smile
Exactly!

But, in case TinaMarie would like to know more about the meaning of the LATEST's songs, Robin comments it track by track on the last issue of Classic Rock magazine.
If it's not too long, would someone with a copy of Classic Rock be willing to post Robin's comments on here? Would definitely be interesting to read.
I think the lyrics "I was blind, but now I can see" might be an unintended reference (I don't think "reference" is exactly the right word but you know what I mean) to "Amazing Grace."

There is the very similar line "I once was lost but now am found/Was blind but now I see." I don't think (I don't know for sure, though) that this is meant to have a connection, but the similarity is there.
References to "those who are blind or whose eyes are not opened, etc.. " or other senses such as hearing or the mind, then being opened or enlightened in some way are not exclusive to Christianity as I am sure you all well know.

Messages we interpret as spiritual or otherwise are done in the context of our own understanding regardless of the original author's intent.

I find this occurs constantly in my Yoga and meditation classes. Occasionally I need to say "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

CB4CT
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