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The Black Keys: Little Black Submarines Meaning

Song Released: 2011

Little Black Submarines Lyrics

Little black submarines
Operator please
Put me back on the line
Told my girl I'd be back
Operator please
This is wreckin' my mind

Oh can it be
The voices calling me
They get lost
And out of time
I should've seen it glow
But everybody...


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    Jun 19th, 6:25am report

    99% of the black keys' songs are metaphors about heroin addiction. .Under a microscope, heroin molecules in the bloodstream look like little black submarines. "Operator please put me back on the line" means he needs the fix. "Treasuremaps" is an old school reference for needle track marks, because they can resemble pirate- map type treasure maps in movies when they get bad., etc. There are always many interpretations, that what makes a popular song, but an experienced heroin addict can REALLY identify with these songs of depth and sorrow. The love and hate. The up and down. Figured I'd throw that out there. Appreciate the music but for the love of God stay away from heroin.


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    Sep 3rd, 2013 9:58am report

    Always heard him say, "should have seen it go" as in his mind exiting following in pursuit his mind. A "glow" is comparable, however in that it is just as likely incomprehensible as the certian path of the said "broken heart."


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    Apr 3rd, 2013 4:33pm report

    its about LOVE


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    Feb 22nd, 2013 2:32pm report

    It's about a guy in a coma. The operator is God and he's asking him to patch him back to his mind... The "voices calling me" are people trying to talk to him in the hospital.


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    Nov 8th, 2012 11:02am report

    It's about addiction

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