When I'm rolling with the thunder but bleed from thorns Midnight by Coldplay

This may be a reference to the metaphor that every rose has its thorn, meaning that the narrator is suffering/bleeding from his lover’s harshness. It may also be an allusion to the death of Jesus Christ, during which he wore a crown of thorns as an cruel, ironic jab at his given title “King of the Jews”; this would align with the song’s sacrificial tone.

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February 26th, 2014

Latin Sub Rosa means “a secret” thorns are beneath a rose and are why sub rosa means a secret.

Leonard Cohen is another artist who may have used this concept:
In “Famous blue Raincoat”

“I see you there with a rose in your teeth, one more thin gypsy teeth” (except, whats sub rosa here is a tongue making it doubly effective!)

Perhaps he means millions are bleeding from their secrets.

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I can barely move a muscle and there’s still no end in sight
And I just want to make it through one more night
So walk me home so walk me home so walk me home
Tunnel Vision by Tokyo Police Club

This final stanza takes us to the end of a night of drinking between the narrator and his lover. He’s so inebriated that he’s immobilized, requiring her to guide him home so they can debauch another day.

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Nothing is enough and gonna slip away
I might be dead tomorrow but tomorrow’s not today
Tunnel Vision by Tokyo Police Club

An oft-used adage, but still very true. The regrets of the dead usually center on not having done enough with their time on earth. If you died tomorrow what would you have to show for it? At least live your life to the fullest today so you don’t have any regrets. Everything is transient, so at least get fucked up.

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Even on the week nights all my friends say
You’re still in your twenties and you’re still getting paid, it’s fine
Tunnel Vision by Tokyo Police Club

You can rationalize going out to the bars and getting completely smashed on a Monday night by realizing that you have your entire adult life ahead of you to stay in, lay on the couch and watch Monday Night Football. Why drown in work when you could utilize your youth and your libido when in your prime?

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But I got the tunnel vision, can’t see the light
I just want to make it through one more night, tonight
I just want to make it through one more night, tonight
Tunnel Vision by Tokyo Police Club

Tunnel vision” (unlike the JT version) here is referring to a way of living where you think only about the immediate present. Why preoccupy yourself with qualms about the distant future and unnecessary stress, essentially missing out on your best years, when you could stay out all night and enjoy your twenties?

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Twenty-four seven and the lights stay on Tunnel Vision by Tokyo Police Club

Monks is setting up the scene of any 24-hour convenience store: artificially lit, and stocked entirely with everything you don’t need, but want.

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Going to the sweet store tell me what you want
I’ll pick us up some liquor and a pack of Parliaments alright
Tunnel Vision by Tokyo Police Club

A song praising the simple joys of young love, “Tunnel Vision” sees Tokyo Police Club vocalist David Monks taking a trip to the local convenience store to pick up any millennial’s favorite vices: booze and smokes.

Parliaments specifically are known for their recessed filter, developed so that the smoker’s tongue doesn’t have to touch tar and to make the smoke more smooth. Their off-label use: perfect for taking small bumps of cocaine.

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March 24th, 2014

He says ‘Belmonts’ not Parliaments

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Putin will teach you to love the Motherland Putin Will Teach You To Love The Motherland by Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot are mocking the Putin-esque mindset that political dissenters can be brainwashed into loving Russia. This same tactic was employed on the band themselves as they spent 21 months incarcerated in a Russian prison for their protests and political activism.

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Sochi is blocked, Olympus is under surveillance
Special forces, weapons, crowds of cops
Putin Will Teach You To Love The Motherland by Pussy Riot

The amount of security needed at Sochi Olympics is almost unfathomable, not simply to protect but to harass those who disagree with the Russian outlook. Pussy Riot themselves became the subjects of assault/abuse at the hands of Russian Cossacks while filming the video for this very song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFrZfluKDrc

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$50 billion and a rainbow ray Putin Will Teach You To Love The Motherland by Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot is commenting on the exorbitant amount of money Russia spent on the Sochi 2014 Olympics; at $50 billion, it’s the most expensive Olympics to date.

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