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Stars – Take Me To The Riot lyrics



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    The song smacks of the sixties to me - exuberant youth hedonism, drugs/riots being only another way of sticking one to the authorities that just happens to be illegal.
    The storyline itself is probably the drug dealer, possible voice of the addict or two lovers? Not too clear, but underlying the "main story" - what most people seem to be most concerned about finding out, are little parts worth thinking about and savouring.
    (1) The opening lines of the song - so drug-induced, soft and fuzzy and gradually building up to a sort of drug-induced frenzy? By the end of the first verse, the sounds remain fuzzy but not without an added sinisterness - language of extreme malevolence, if not violence.
    (2) "You despise me and I love you" - not "but", which seems rather significant, not the exception but the norm in such a relationship in the main storyline.
    (3) "Saturday nights in neon lights, Sunday in the cell" - I like how the last part of the line is sung - such a heartbreaking mix of resignment and, it seems, sorrow - this routine seems like a familiar, self-perpetuating one, "Sunday" the penance for the sin committed on Sunday.
    (4) The last line, "let me stay". Oh that just killed me, because you can't stay at the riot, the riot can't last forever, nothing does, not this love nor the drugs nor the lifestyle. A self-destructing sort of relationship, but no less valuable for its transience.
    Totally overanalysing here, but there you go.
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