What does Heart In A Cage mean?

The Strokes: Heart In A Cage Meaning

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Heart In A Cage Lyrics

Well I don't feel better
When I'm fucking around
And I don't write better
When I'm stuck in the ground
So don't teach me a lesson
Cause I've already learned
Yeah the sun will be shining
And my children will burn

Oh the heart beats in...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 8th 2006 !⃝

    This song is all about being confined to simple tasks and places that are creating boredom in his life. Everything is a steady routine and he wants some breaking point in his life, something different, and he knows that if he doesn't do something about it himself, everyone who will ever look up to or follow him will suffer as well. Obviously he's tired of passing the torch and would rather start his own ways of life that don't make him feel captive any longer.

  2. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2011 !⃝

    in an interview Julian Casablancas stated that this song is about his struggle with his alcoholism. When he says "I don´t write better when im stuck to the ground" he is basically saying that he decided to quit drinking because he felt like it was affecting his hability to compose. In overall this song is about defeating his dependance.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2011 !⃝

    it is generally about the freedom thing, i guess, but i think these lyrics are very influenced by that lou reed, jim carroll, "nyc as unnatural, a city that can eat you alive" sorta stuff. possibly as a result of drugs, vices, and the like.

    in lou reed's case, the classic example is the velvet underground's song "heroin":

    "Away from the big city
    Where a man cannot be free
    Of all the evils in this town
    And of himself and those around"

    in the case of jim carroll, go see or read "the basketball diaries."

    beyond that, a feeling of alienation that living in a big city can lead to. the line "... city ... field" i think is simply a reference to a simpler, less hectic life. enjoy the simple moments. we all once lived on farms, and so i think it's just a reference to that.

    this interpretation centered on nyc seems to make sense to me, as the strokes are most definitely a nyc band; i wouldn't doubt if members of the band have drug problems or at least around the temptation of them (i've heard anecdotes about the lead singer). c'mon, they're rock stars.

    the video to me seems to reinforce this interpretation as well. i interpreted the song well before seeing the video, but to me it seems to fit with the above.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 10th 2011 !⃝

    Pretty sure you guys are on the same page.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2009 !⃝

    i'm pretty sure the lyrics above are wrong but i have the simple feeling that this song is about freedom to do what ever he wants instead of his heart being in a cage.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

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