Electric Light Orchestra: Living Thing Meaning
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Living Thing Lyrics
Its like magic
Rollin and ridin and slippin & slidin
And you, and your sweet pussay,
Don't ya do it. Don't ya do it.
You took me, higher and higher
Its a livin thing,
Its a terrible...
anonymous Mar 10th, 2013 3:54am report
I think its about the decline in the quality of pies, pasties and sausage rolls. The line " .... on the crest of a wave..." is when you first realise you're hooked on the taste of the pastry, "...slipping and sliding" refers to the individuals need or fear of getting a crook serve: you know one of those tasteless overheated, dried out pastries that you wish you hadn't purchased. The line "... get a life" appears no where in this song but is a wonderful piece of advice for those of you , who waste yours spending time worrying about the A B A B rhyming method in poetry and pop songs.
anonymous Dec 22nd, 2012 12:31pm report
Its about the concept of real life and the actual bond between two individuals, your mind, hence your heart, LOVE, is a terrible thing to lose. When they state, im taking a dive they mean like love, its a challenge, not giving up, how it requires two to complete anything, its a living thing, your mind, heart, its a given thing, its so simple, love is natural and to deny something as such would be a gruesomely devastating concept
anonymous Apr 3rd, 2012 4:43am report
The song is too upbeat to be about anything dark...Obviously it is about the thrill of falling in love and the fear of losing it.
anonymous Nov 28th, 2011 11:46am report
In Australia in the early 2000's the song was use as part of a government campaign for environmental awareness to help save Australia's ecosystems. It fits very well to "A terrible thing to lose". I always think of the fragile planet we live on and what we are doing to it when i hear this song.
anonymous Sep 22nd, 2011 9:34pm report
He's in love with a married woman.
anonymous Jun 23rd, 2011 6:29am report
This song is a reflection on the seductive and fleeting nature of love.
anonymous Jun 13th, 2011 6:07am report
It is telling you not to do abortion hence "what a terrible thing to lose" (a baby) ...... "It's a given thing" (a baby) ...."believe this is what you've conceived from your worst day" (suggesting the person is thinking about abortion)
This song, like every person with a brain, says to not do abortion. Abortion is killing babies. Every human has the right to life.
anonymous Apr 5th, 2011 4:24pm report
Sounds like addiction to me.
anonymous Mar 4th, 2011 3:22am report
It is about abortion and the loss of a life
anonymous Feb 28th, 2011 2:21pm report
I remember at the time thinking it was a song about The Beatles breaking up. Nobody told me, I was just a teenager still reeling from the realization that the Fab 4 were no more. Then John's death...
anonymous Jun 20th, 2007 6:41pm report
Sorry, this is totally wrong. As Jeff himself said in some interview, he found it strange and interesting how many interpretations you can put into this song, but he just wrote the lyrics about love... love being a livin' thing.
Bernd Podhradsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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