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Cage the Elephant: Aberdeen Meaning

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Song Released: 2011

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Aberdeen Lyrics

I've been tryin real hard...
To realize
But somethings take a long long
Long long time (a long time)

Hold the phone
Hit repeat
You got me foamin at the knees
Saw the flame tasted sin
You burned me once again
Cut the cord,...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 14th 2011 report

    Its simply, about universal miscommunication.
    If you've seen their music video, the lonely charzard wants to be friends with the people. However, because he lacks a universal language to communicate with them, people mistake charzard for a murderous monster when he accidentally kills people (represents cultural barriers from knowledge and understanding).
    So charzard tries to bring in a statue of him and a human that says: "friends" on it. however, the humans blind his sight with a probing light (representing bias or agression of some sort). stunned, (this scene representing retaliation in the heat of the moment), the monster drops the statue (the medium which he tried using to quell the people's anger) and the word "friends" accidentally chipped so that it says "die." They shoot him and he runs away, and they relentlessly pursue him.
    Only at the end, when it's too late and they have already killed him, one of the humans sees a statue of him and a human being as friends (the medium), and realizes that the "monster" only wanted companionship. The statue is a representation of that key communication link which, always missing, starts all wars and fighting.

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 9th 2016 report

    Murder. With an automatic weapon.

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2014 report

    Heroin. Anyone who has used it can tell ya. It's bout drug addiction.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 4th 2013 report

    its about cobains drug use "saw the flame tasted sin" is obviously a reference to heroin anybody who has tried it can tell you that...

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 25th 2012 report

    It's pretty simple really, the songs name 'Aberdeen' as many people have pointed out was the birthplace of Kurt Cobain. The lead singer Matthew Shultz took a lot of influence from the Nirvana star man and went so far as to dress almost exactly the same in the video 'Shake Me Down'. The song is about Kurt's struggle with fame and his inability to emote with an audience. Shown is this form by the Dragon and the large city. Kurt stressed in his suicide letter that he envied Freddy Mercury's ability to soak up the atmosphere and feed off it at live performances. The song in short is about Kurt's struggles in life put into a context most everyone can understand.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 22nd 2011 report

    The title itself is a dedication to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. I believe the lyrics are about both revenge and innocence; Both the "burning" part, and the line "Never saw my dark side in, in your eyes" poke at this theory. However, I'm not too certain about the "painting up the sky" lyric. I assume it is figurative, as is the rest of the song, in the sense that his future is being blotted out by blood.

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  7. anonymous
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    Nov 5th 2011 report

    @ Nov 2nd anon - Well, it may be Aberdeen in Scotland as well because I /THINK/ Cage The Elephant spent some time there.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2011 report

    What about the 3rd city of Scotland: Aberdeen?

    Any plausible links between it and the band?

  9. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2011 report

    Definitely has to do with drug use, possibly Kurt Cobain seeing as he was born in Aberdeen, Washington.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 17th 2011 report

    Aberdeen is a small community in Morgantown, Kentucky which is about 30 minutes away from Bowling Green. One of the band members has a history with a girl from that very community. Could be wrong but it seems that may have something to do with this song.

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 14th 2011 report

    I think the song is about dealing with sin loss and pain while trying to be happy. I believe the title is a tribute to kurt cobain as aberdeen is his birth place and cobains influence is very evident on cages new record.

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