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Electric Light Orchestra: Living Thing Meaning

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.


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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 13th 2018 report

    Killing yourself over a chick.

  4. 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

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2017 report

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

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 12th 2017 report

    I think the song is about being hooked on coke

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 7th 2016 report

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

  8. 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.

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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 :-)

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. HipsterForLife
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    Apr 5th 2012 report

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

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 3rd 2012 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.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 12th 2011 report

    Anybody who states this is an anti-abortion/anti-choice song is an idiot. Jeff himself explained this was written about love.

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2011 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.

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