Cage the Elephant: Aberdeen Meaning
Song Released: 2011
But somethings take a long long
Long long time (a long time)
Hold the phone
You got me foamin at the knees
Saw the flame tasted sin
You burned me once again
Cut the cord,...
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.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2016 11:37pm report
Murder. With an automatic weapon.
anonymous Jul 27th, 2014 7:35am report
Heroin. Anyone who has used it can tell ya. It's bout drug addiction.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2013 6:12pm 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...
anonymous Sep 25th, 2012 9:34am 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.
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anonymous Nov 5th, 2011 11:56am report
@ Nov 2nd anon - Well, it may be Aberdeen in Scotland as well because I /THINK/ Cage The Elephant spent some time there.
anonymous Nov 2nd, 2011 11:16am report
What about the 3rd city of Scotland: Aberdeen?
Any plausible links between it and the band?
anonymous Oct 24th, 2011 10:03pm report
Definitely has to do with drug use, possibly Kurt Cobain seeing as he was born in Aberdeen, Washington.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2011 1:00pm 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.
anonymous Jan 14th, 2011 1:13pm 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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