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I can make you scared if I want me to
I'm not prepared, but if I have to
He said I can make you scared
It's kinda what I do
If you are prepared to
Here is what I propose to do
Your in Russia
And more than a million works of art
Are wisked out to...

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    jevans604
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    Aug 17th, 2016 8:02am report


    I have recently learned this song on my guitar and getting a bit older I have gone over the lyrics many times so I can remember them without looking at the text! Before reading anyone else's interpretation, I came to the conclusion that this song is about the Devil in conversation with Hitler. It starts out with the Devil offering his help to Hitler: "I can make you scared, if you want me to, its kinda what I do, etc". He also said to hitler: "If you pay me to" inferring that he sell his soul to the devil. Ultimately after Hitler executes his philosophy/atrocities on the Jewish people (tests have shown, etc.), the Devil in turn becomes scared of Hitler: You make ME scared", "you did what he set out to do", "didn't know if I was getting through", etc. And ultimately at the end of the song he thanks Hitler: "Its been a pleasure doing business with you". There are many more parallels and references to the second world war, and they all seem to make sense when considering this scenario. My 2 cents!



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    anonymous
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    Apr 16th, 4:54am report


    It is a coversation with the cancer that ultimately led to Gord's passing. It begins with the cancer talking to him?: I can make you scared, it you want me to. And the later part of the song is Gord's response.

    Dan Pomeroy



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    anonymous
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    Apr 9th, 4:27am report


    One of my interpretations of this song is someone battling with depression. At first you don't realize how scary it can be but in the end it is terrifying. If this is the true meaning then the end "it was pleasure doing business with you" could mean that the person has overcome it and learned something from being in such a dark scary place. None the less this is a beautiful song that can be interpreted in so many ways. That just shows how masterful Gord Downie was at his craft. May he walk amongst the stars forever. Rest in Peace.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 25th, 2:27am report


    It's about whatever you think it's about. As simple as that.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 2017 10:34pm report


    It's about how fear is used as a commodity to intimidate and gain. It's a tool used by governments,corporations and people in general in relationships to influence our decisions and manipulate. People are actually employed to scare people. R.I.P. GORD DOWNIE



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 2017 10:24pm report


    It's about how fear is used as a commodity to intimidate and gain. It's a tool used by governments and corporations to influence our decisions. People are actually employed to scare people. It's about how dishonest things are done as if God isn't watching. R.I.P. GORD DOWNIE



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    anonymous
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    Oct 19th, 2017 10:03pm report


    It's about how fear is used as a commodity to intimidate and gain. It's a tool used by governments and corporations to influence our decisions. People are actually employed to scare people. It's about how dishonest things are done as if God isn't watching.



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    anonymous
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    May 22nd, 2017 5:03am report


    Hitler vs devil.



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    anonymous
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    May 12th, 2017 5:59pm report


    Song is about stolen art back in WW2 and the dealing of the art stolen during and after the war.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 25th, 2016 8:54pm report


    It's a song about vulnerability. A poet or writer will often use allusion as a way to convey meaning. In this case he uses WW2 as a way to give the listener an image of vulnerability. Gord often references a salesman when he introduces this song and that is another way to think about the conversation in the lyrics. Salespeople always make people feel defensive and vulnerable. It could just as easily be a guy trying to get a girl in the sack or a married couple beyond the point of being able to say how they feel. It all comes back to vulnerability though.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 16th, 2016 8:28am report


    The song "Scared" is based upon WW2. Take some history lessons people.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2016 6:58pm report


    It's about being an artist, and furthermore a person who challenges the status quo. It makes people scared sometimes. In the case of a rock star, they pay him to do it. But of course it's very human too. I get paid to scare you, but if I scare you too much, can I at least get out of this thing with me and you? In other words, the fear of the poet that he'll end up alone because he challenges the powers that be. You made me scared too. I wasn't sure I was gettin' through.

    Or maybe not. That's my take and it's probably my favourite song ever. Still don't really get the Russia thing. That's Gordie. There's so much going on in that brain. I only get about 20% of it most of the time, but it gets me thinking, which is good.



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    swa528
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    Sep 13th, 2013 9:07am report


    Damnit. I was hoping someone would interpret this song. It is so intriguing yet unclear about what the hell he is talking about. But that's Gordie - fascinating, colorful, ambiguity.




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