Discussion in 'Words and Music' started by Nigels, Sep 20, 2013.
What does this mean? Is there a reference I'm not getting?
Anyone shed any light? TIA.
Always presumed it multi-methaphorical on several levels. Clever....
Especially the next 'Inside in the cold...Mummy's on the bandwagon and daddy's just getting old'. Condensed lyrics which come spontaneously like that are normally a poet having a trip of rhythmic words in his head which you can follow the flow, even though the meaning changes surprisingly/excitingly. Like life in a song.
'Blood spew heavens'.....religion going nowhere, forgetting violent pasts and current...?
PS You should contact Mr Bill in USA you'd get amazing depths of revelations! Anyone heard from him? I know he's in touch with some.
Apart from the obvious metaphor to smoking drugs [chasing the dragon]; with the next line 'inside in the cold' immediately seems to make dragon refer to the rollercoaster, firey, sometimes scarey, ride of life and death itself compared with your inner loneliness?
Found this excerpt :
In addition to Chinese dragons, there are nearly limitless tales of dragons in European mythology. Interestingly, the word dragon derives from two separate Greek words. One word means “a huge serpent or snake” and the other means “I see clearly”. Dragons in European traditions have wings, allowing them to soar freely above, resulting in a perspective that encompasses a huge panorama below. In this context, dragons can be thought to symbolize the ability to see the “big picture” as well as the ability to see far off danger or future circumstances.
Dragon Symbolism and Nature
In many cultures dragons are viewed as representing the primal forces in nature and the universe. They can alternately breathe fire, poison or ice. These abilities demonstrate that they are both creators and destroyers. Fire gives life (and sometimes death); ice and poison mete out death. Early muskets were named “dragons” due to their fire-spitting ability. Likewise, muskets can serve either to procure food and preserve life or to dole out death in battle.
Dragon Meaning in the Orient
Dragons in the Orient are associated with wisdom and longevity. They usually possess some form of magic or supernatural power. Chinese dragons tend to be benevolent; European dragons are often malevolent.
Asian dragons are usually associated with water in some way. Japanese dragons, in particular, are often depicted as huge water serpents. In early Jewish religious texts, dragons are seen as sea-monsters. In contrast with this, the early Vedic dragons were representations of lack of water or drought.
Origin of the Dragon Symbol
Dragons have captured the imagination of man for millennia. Some theorists believe that dragon myths originated from primitive peoples finding large skeletons of dinosaurs and postulating how they appeared during life. Others believe that forms of dragons still exist on earth today. The Loch Ness Monster is the primary modern example of a potential “water dragon”.
Some anthropologists believe that fire-spitting creatures are a real possibility. Animals with chambers for gases such as methane and a way to rub stones together in a large gizzard could conceivably breathe fire. Bombardier beetles, for example, spit vaporized acid out of their abdomens.
Dragons are one of the most complex and universal symbols on earth. Their popularity in contemporary literature and films seems to assure their ongoing place in literature and in the imagination of mankind.
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