Well a Cadillac
It pulled out of the graveyard
Pulled up to me
All they said get in
Then the Cadillac
It puttered back into the graveyard
And me
I got out again
Marquee Moon by Television

This verse is about about Verlaine’s difficulty finding the right crowd. A Cadillac, presumably full of people, picks him pulls out a graveyard (a metaphor for Verlaine’s lonely existence) and picks him up take him on an adventure, only to putter right back into the graveyard.

In simpler terms, this verse is about getting with the wrong crowd and going nowhere or always ending up back where you started.

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There I stand 'neath the Marquee Moon

Just waiting
Marquee Moon by Television

The Marquee Moon is a metaphor for life’s passing of time, and how slow and monotonous it may seem.

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Life in the hive puckered up my night Marquee Moon by Television

Verlaine’s spent a lot of time alone (in the hive). His life as a loner made his nights a lot harder to get through.

Perhaps this is how he feels…

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The kiss of death, the embrace of life Marquee Moon by Television

Any life choices you make changing you as a person whether that be for better or worse brings you closer to “the kiss of death, the embrace of life”.

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I was listening
Listening to the rain
I was hearing
Hearing something else
Marquee Moon by Television

This line is representative of all of the small things that act as reminders of your past and inevitably interpreting things differently than others. Consider Pavlov’s theory on classical conditioning, a form of learning in which one stimulus, the conditioned stimulus or CS, comes to signal the occurrence of a second stimulus, the unconditioned stimulus. Verlaine listens to the rain and it reminds him of something else.

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I recall
Lightning struck itself
Marquee Moon by Television

Using a metaphor similar to the previous line, Verlaine compares lightning to a sudden unwarned hardship in life. When he says “lightning struck itself”, he means that he caused his own hardship.

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I remember
How the darkness doubled
Marquee Moon by Television

The song begins with the narrator’s (Tom Verlaine) ruminations on life. He remembers the day that the darkness doubled, or in other words, the day the difficulties in his life doubled.

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Oh in the sun shine having fun, it's in my blood
I just can't help it
Don't want you here right now,
The Modern Age by The Strokes

It’s a sunny day on a hill and Casablancas reminds us that its in his blood (he just cannot help it) to be alone and free and enjoy this day but there’s another person he doesn’t want to be there.

He may be referring to his father, John Casablancas, who he never really got close to.

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Start to pretend, stop pretending
It seems this game is simply never-ending
The Modern Age by The Strokes

When we were kids, we used to pretend, but society has a way of discouraging our imagination, forcing us to become sheep, therefore foraying our childhood creative insticts.

In essence, Casablancas is saying that society will always try to mold us into non-creative conformists, but it’s up to us to access our childhood creativity. The game is simply never-ending.

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Work hard and say it's easy The Modern Age by The Strokes

“I shouldn’t talk about working hard at writing music; I should create the illusion that I’m lazy and supertalented. The truth is, I record everything. I spend a lot of time going through Dictaphone files. There will be a couple of songs and then, like, ‘Don’t forget to pick up your pants at the dry cleaner,’" he told GQ.

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