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Serj Tankian – Misunderstood Rose lyrics

I can feel you far away your hesitation matching mine
Sadness left us as the residue of uncompromising love
Between the blind seeking adoration of bright doorways
And sweet melodic voices dispersed by the wind crested
In the park I can feel you far away with your earth blue eyes
Catching the waves of unknown oceans not born harvesting the sea
Of torn lullaby's in the skies your grief matching mine touching glasses
Toasting the totality of all time when lovers fought behind the
Lines of red wine pouring from the gashes left behind by the
Sweet pedals of a misunderstood rose

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  • c
    I think this is about longing for uncompromising love, and I would interpret uncompromising love not as some form of selfishness, but on the contrary as a love that is not diminished by reason, personal needs, obstacles.
    The sadness comes from feeling disconnected to this love in which the subject of the poem anyway believes.
    Waves of unknown oceans, harvesting the sea gives me the impression of something that goes deeper than an orgasm, some transcendent unity (i don´t find the right words).
    Lines of red wine pouring from gashes maybe means that love hurts only because we don´t handle it with enough care. Maybe we are not able to because we misunderstand the idea of love.

    Well, this is probably not what Mr. Tankian wanted to express, it s just the thoughts the poem caused in me.
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  • u
    To be honest I doubt this poem is about lovers, id say it seems to have a more political backing, people are hesitant to go to war, often enough they use slogans that involve loving your country to persuade people to go to war, they seek the adoration of their countries and the bright doorways leading into that life that seem to end up with the love of everyone around them and those sweet voices that seem to persuade people that they are making the right choice it doesn't matter in the end how far they end up as long as they catch the waters eyes forever blue, entering into unknown oceans not born in the bounty of the sea losing friends and family to the war that rages on cause those sad lullabies to tear at you and fill you with grief as you see that love comes at a price and that the same grief stricken on your face is also stricken on the faces of the men you kill. As you are filled with grief the generals and tacticians toast and touch glasses to a day well fought while the blood of men is spilled outward in the name of love. The scars wont fade from the fights but you have to move onward, love does come at a price but the price doesn't have to be that of blood or life, a misunderstood rose or a misunderstood message, love should be universal not singular.
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  • u
    This is about two lovers who are no longer together, either because they were forcably seperated or for some other reason I don't know. Serj mentions atleast twice, "your hestitation MATCHING mine." This means they both felt the same way. This is not about unrequited love. "Sadness left us as the residue of uncomprimising love," this line suggests that their relationship failed due to selfishness, or in other words, they lacked the ability to compromise, which is essential if a relationship is ever going to last.
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  • w
    First, "lullaby's" is simply incorrect. It cannot make syntactic or grammatical sense. What do the lullabies possess? The correct form would be lullabies (plural). Second, "pedals" doesn't make sense either. Bicycles have pedals. Roses have petals. The change in spelling weirdly distorts the meaning. The endjambment of lines further distorts the meaning, making it difficult to determine where phrases should end. In fact, this whole poem is an example of pseudo-intellectual rambling with indistinct metaphors loosely threaded together by a series of essentially random images. I suspect this was done precisely so readers can extrapolate whatever meaning they believe relates to their own experiences. The music for this is hauntingly lovely. The lyrics are irritatingly oblique.
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