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Electric Light Orchestra: Living Thing Meaning

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Living Thing Lyrics

Sailin away on the crest of a wave
Its like magic
Rollin and ridin and slippin & slidin
Its magic

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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 23rd 2011 report

    This song is a reflection on the seductive and fleeting nature of love.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 20th 2007 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 (bernd.podhradsky@podosoft.net)

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 19:05 report

    This song is actually about having perverted voyeurs living in your neighborhood. These are people who abuse technology to invade people's privacy while simultaneously threatening victims. That is the "livin'" part of the meaning of the song. The lyrics "this is what you conceived from your worst day" describes the mentality of anybody who would think it's ok to create an environment where a person is exposed to this type of abuse, then lets it continue for years, doing nothing about it. It's pretty much the state of our society right now.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 28th, 18:28 report

    I posted about Steve Woolam below. Please let it be known that there is a person claiming to be Paul Canning that is hacking every electronic device in my home now. I also have a man who calls himself "Mookie" living across the street from me, along with the one of the most dour, sullen looking blonde women I have ever seen. My music player plays songs that threaten and sexually harass me every day, and the people across the street continually slam their car doors as song names or lyrics with the word "me" play on the music player. The thermostat in my home kicks on and off as the word "me" plays. My home has started making terrible noises as the word "me" plays. I am also being sadistically tortured with some sort of Remote Neural Monitoring technology. None of this happened before the people moved in across the street. Their activities tend to correspond with the actions of my former employer and the media. The local police will do nothing to help, it's almost like they are participating in the terror. This has all been done under the watchful eye of the federal government, who for whatever reason, think it's ok to continue to allow a person to be tortured. I am confused that all this is happening after making a post about Steve Woolam. It tells me there is something seriously sick and sinister happening here.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2022 report

    Steve Woolam RIP. Born January 2, 1949. Died March 10, 1975. Online sources would lead you to believe he died in 1971, but that is not correct. Major cover-up surrounding this man's death. People who dare mention his name get stalked into oblivion and have their lives destroyed.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 13th 2018 report

    Killing yourself over a chick.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 25th 2017 report

    I think this is a song about what happens when a miscarriage occurs and the pain that a woman goes through after that happens, Song about sympathy and comforting the lady in time of tremendous stress

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2017 report

    It's about the thrill of love and wild sex.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 12th 2017 report

    I think the song is about being hooked on coke

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 7th 2016 report

    I think its about losing your virginity, listen to the words...

  11. anonymous
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    May 19th 2016 report

    I believe this song to be about Steve Woolam, original violinist of the ELO, who committed suicide after recording of the very first ELO album was completed. He jumped to his death after his relationships with a woman and another founding member of the band, Roy Wood, fell apart. Listen to the song again... every lyric could apply to a story of a person who fell in love, lost that love, then decided to take their own life in the manner which this gentleman did. An extremely powerful song inspired by deep personal experiences. Listen to Eldorado and Hold on Tight too... same message.

  12. anonymous
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    Jan 29th 2016 report

    I was I was told it was about abortion… Which led me while listening to the song to look to this website :-)

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2014 report

    Our local radio station played this song the day Robin Williams died and it seemed to fit perfectly.

    Security image? I don't see no stinkin' security image.

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 24th 2014 report

    How could Jeff's girlfriend be pregnant with Jeff? Jeff already has a mother, and for most of us we only get born once.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 10th 2013 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.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 22nd 2012 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

  17. HipsterForLife
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    Apr 5th 2012 report

    Everyone it's about whales, how whaling should be banned.

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