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The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony Meaning

Tagged: Poverty [suggest]

Song Released: 1997


Bittersweet Symphony Lyrics

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet
You're a slave to money then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 15th, 2009 10:09am report


    This song is about life, the title 'Bittersweet Symphony' refers to the ups and downs of life. The song deffinately has a great sense of irony about it, the lyrics, 'try to make ends meet, your a slave to money till you die' have a message of inevitablitiy about them.

    The song furthers this idea of the inevitability of life with the lyrics, I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down, you know the one that takes you to the places where all of ends meet yeah'. The 'places' in this case are the end of life or the end of the road in the metaphorical sense the song uses.

    The 'Bittersweet' aspect can also be see in the lyrics, the singer often expresses hope citing music as an important factor in this 'I let the melody shine let it clense my mind I feel free now'. However the 'bitter' aspect is always shown straight afterwards 'but the airways are clean and theres nobody singing to me now'.

    Essentially 'Bittersweet Symphony' is about the realisation that all life will end at some point and uses the metaphor of a road to express this.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 2007 11:53pm report


    I don't really agree...The title "bittersweet symphony" already says something about the song...In my eyes it's about how bitter or sweet life can be..I think he also means the irony of life....how things change in one second to another and it's just bittersweet...The title already discovers the whole song...the flow of life...just thinking about life and all its beautiful or desperate moments...It really makes you think about people and their destinies or even your own destiny..



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    heather143
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    Aug 23rd, 2009 8:29pm report


    It's about life. Nothing more nothing less. For example... We are all slaves to money weather we like it or not. Even when we choose to be homeless and live without the means that society wants us to we still have to eat to live eating requires money even it isn't your own. We all change in small ways to be different people depending on the situation and on some level we are still one person but many - in that we have a lot in common with a lot of people. At some point trying to change our selves is really just creating a different version of our self. Is it about positive or negative - you can choose which ever for your self however I don't feel its that simple. because life is in and of itself a series of both. Good or bad isn't what the author is going for but more ... bitter sweet...



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    anonymous
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    Feb 16th, 2014 2:03am report


    First and formost I do believe this song is about life and the ups and downs that come with it. It seems to me as if he is talking about society in general and about things that he can change and the things he cant and how that limits him. But here he is breaking through and not let life choose his path but he will be in control and do what he can to change the way his life has unfolded. The video is interesting to this as he is continually walking down a long road, as is mentioned in the song, as if he is striving for something and he is determined not let anyone hold him back and he gets so motivated that he barges people out the way to keep heading straight down the road. He does not react to anybody's anger because in theory, what will that argument change? because everyone will end at the end of the road, death. So why waste time thinking about what others think about you, because it shouldn't matter and does not define who you are. Brilliant tune and video to match. A lesson that life will always have its ups and downs but nothing can change that and in the meantime its what you can do in your ability to change and make that journey to the end of the road a happy one.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 13th, 2013 11:45pm report


    How I interpret "I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down. You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet" like this:

    The place where all the veins meet is the heart, for all blood circulates through it! So, the only road that the singer has ever been down is the one that leads to his heart.

    One reason why I've interpreted it like this is because in the video, the singer seems really independent and determined. He runs into people and does not stop. He continues to walk despite other people's reactions.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 27th, 2013 8:20pm report


    its about freedom-the yearning for. the author of the lyrics seems like he believes he is stuck in some kind of trap or mold he cant break out of. he wants to change. he wants to break out of the mold and be free but like everyone else hes forced to struggle to get money just so he can survive and then you die. along the way there are glimpses of freedom-sweetness but also times when you just feel trapped with no way out-bitterness. what he doesn't realize is that freedom is all in the mind anyway so if you are happy in life and are living your true purpose then you are free and there will be more sweet moments than bitter ones. besides, we are all immortal anyway so its not like we only get the one life. we all have many lives head of us so cheer up!

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    anonymous
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    Jul 16th, 2013 7:26pm report


    This song obviously means many different things to different people. Having an ex that suffers bipolar disorder, the song to me sounds as though the individual may have a mental illness. "I can't change, I can't change, I'm a million different people from one day to the next". "The only road I've ever been down". Just my humble opinion.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 31st, 2013 3:05am report


    I think the video clip really says more than the lyrics do, as funny as it sounds. The man is just going down the pavement, not moving for anyone, obviously not caring about other people: It really means no matter what you do in life if you just carry on no one will care, we spend 90% of our lives caring about other people's opinions and their thoughts and opinions on us, but in the end, what will it matter? If you just go through life not giving a shit no one will do anything, people are highly intelligent and self conscious and are highly aware of your behaviour, it doesn't mean they'll do anything to you. Why waste your life caring so much when you don't need to. Caring about money, living, people, love. If in the end, life will stop for you, and it will all end up the same either way and the experience will be somewhat different of course, but who's to say it will be better or worse? This is my interpretation and it's probably way off to some people, so feel free to say what you think! :)



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    anonymous
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    Mar 16th, 2013 3:40pm report


    Things only occurs once in the video version. But it is things, not veins.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 15th, 2013 3:55am report


    Not about heroin, sorry dudes. The word "veins" does not occur in this song at all. It's "things", not "veins". The lyric in both identical (ie repeated) verses is:
    "I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
    You know the one that takes you to the places
    where all the THINGS meet..."
    Both times. Listen to the song.
    Really helps with the interpretation to get the lyrics right.
    So would every song lyric website stop copying every other song lyric website. Gets kind of circular after a while.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 4th, 2013 3:52pm report


    Isn't it about heroin? "Where all the veins meet", "slave to money then you die". Is not the drug the melody that soothes the pain? Maybe not, I used to think it was about something else.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd, 2013 2:27pm report


    Well I'll put in my thoughts.

    Bittersweet = tragedy/pain/synchronicity/joy or life

    Slave to money then die = a problematic yet real delusion

    Only road = the self

    Where all veins meet = more self

    Where roads meet = death

    I can't change = the self (and I think slave to money is about self rejection)

    Basically, my take is this song is saying that shit is really hard, there is joy mixed in, all you have in the end - all you can give in the end - is yourself, and its hard to these facts.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 14th, 2012 4:45pm report


    Bettersweet represents life, Symphony means multiple personalities. A bipolar disorder of feelings experieced during life's adolescence to adulthood . An abyss of emotions causing subject in song to transform from seculure thoughts to prayer to end his pain. Money or death is synonymous with the The meaning of life. We all will die no matter what life station you reach literally meaning life is filled with pain. Furthermore life is what you make of it, Sad ess.. happiness...



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    anonymous
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    Mar 1st, 2012 3:12am report


    I have part of this song tattoed on me and to me it means that sometimes to get the good you have to take the bad. Helped me through a break-up, might be heartbroken but it's better than never having loved.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 20th, 2011 12:52pm report


    Thank you for giving me this opportunity to express my views anonymously. Creating accounts is a headache. No I shall give you the real meaning of this song.

    Someone said that this song is about life. Yes, this song is in fact about the reality of life. People who want to keep earning more and more money are the obvious slaves; however, so is everybody else. Those with less money have to work two or three lower paying jobs to earn money. So even when you are poor, you are a slave to money because you cannot follow your dreams when all you are doing is trying to survive. Then there is the concept of being "here in my mould". This refers to how dull and uncreative people become when they become adults. People are trained to respect authority and obey. People are so used to taking orders and using little of their own thinking that they cannot break the dull monotony of their lives and so are stuck in their moulds, unable to ever escape. Finally, a young person who tries to break out and lead a good nice, fulfilling and spirited existence despairs as all his attempts to escape the prison fail: he becomes just another cog in the machine : he becomes meat for the grinder. He says, horrified and desperate, as though in a nightmare, "I can't change". This is a song about human beings; they are allowed freedom when they are young; but they are converted into wage-slaves when they are adults. This is your future young boys and girls. Welcome to the nightmare!



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    anonymous
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    Sep 15th, 2011 9:23pm report


    I think personally, there are many different ways that this song could be interpretated. I agree that the song is definatley about life as the title 'Bittersweet Symphony' is a metaphor which conveys the ups and downs which we experience in life. The song is about the struggles that we go through in life and how we have to constantly work hard, otherwise we would keep going down a never-ending road which would take us nowhere. As well as the theme of life, human nature is also a theme as the chorus talks about how stubborn we are as people as we like to make out that we can change our ways, but in reality it's not so simple. The song gives us a few home truths about the lives which we all lead but at times, possibly take for granted. The song is filled with irony as it paints the perfect picture of what life really is, a 'Bittersweet Symphony.' With every smile, a tear follows and with every laugh, a pang of agonizing pain is only seconds away....



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    dominicd
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    Jul 6th, 2011 7:37pm report


    Life is a struggle; life is a journey; Life? It is what it is no matter how much one wants to change it or one's self, and the road traveled? It's that which is contrived if not pre-destined altogether. IMO this particular video captures a fleeting essense thereof, I suppose.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufOAF3M1-KE&playnext=1&list=PL0E359EDB3C809593



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    anonymous
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    Apr 29th, 2011 4:31pm report


    It is about a person having a chronic pain or chronic problem that they may die from, they cannot change their body, "Their mold" "I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down" possibly pain.

    But I'm a million different people from one day to the next. How they are different people is because of the pain, Pain makes most of us feel many emotions, Anger, Fear, Sadness.

    "Well, I've never prayed,
    But tonight I'm on my knees, yeah
    I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me" I let the melody shine it cleanse my mind, I feel free now..

    And how the person is looking over their life feeling that life is hard because you work so hard in life just to end up dieing anyway when your not ready.And worse so if you are younger,

    It's just sex, violence, melody and silence (meaning death) could possibly just indicate what this person felt life was like for them in very short form.

    Have you ever been down? Indicating that have you ever been down the same road...chronic pain or chronic problem.



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