Good Grief Lyric Meaning

At my singing club, we’re doing Good Grief by Bastille, but what do those lyrics mean?

My friend and I came to the conclusion that it is in fact about a loved one dying. The first line “watching through my fingers” could represent being at a funeral or looking and their dead body and crying into your hands or just not wanting to look at all. “Shut my eyes and count to ten” is a technique used to manage anger so it could be suggesting the singer is angry at the death of their loved one. “burning bright right till the end” I’m not quite sure about but it could represent the candles at a funeral or that the loved one is going to be a star “burning bright” or simply that the loved one is being cremated. “Now you’ll be missing from the photographs” is pretty self-explanatory- they won’t be in any more photos.

“In my thoughts, you’re far away
And you are whistling the melody, whistling the melody, Crystallising clear as day,
Oh, I can picture you so easily, picture you so easily ” could be representing the singer imagining the loved one still being alive or in heaven “whistling a melody”. I’m not quite sure what “crystalising clear as day” refers to but it could reference the dead body or how the image of the loved one will stay like that forever – not growing older-.

( (The chorus is obvious so I’ll just skip over that. ) )

The second verse quotes “Caught off guard by your favourite song,I’ll be dancing at a funeral, dancing at a funeral”. I think that this means that the singer is at the funeral and hears the loved ones favourite song and thus is “caught off guard”. “Sleeping in the clothes you love, It’s such a shame we had to see them burn, shame we had to see them burn” means that they are buried (“sleeping”) in the “clothes you love”. “Such a shame we had to see them burn” could represent the loved one being cremated or the singer burning all of their clothes.

“You might have to excuse me, I’ve lost control of all my senses, And you might have to excuse me, I’ve lost control of all my words” refers to being so upset they’ve “lost control of all of [their] senses”.

After researching this, I found out that frontman Dan Smith wrote the song “about loss”

Source: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=40276

Listen to Good Grief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOrbfQpdLKo

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Top 10 Underappreciated Songs

Here are my top 10 underappreciated songs, I’ve tried to include songs from a range of artists and years, I hope you discover a song you love. [These are in no particular order]

16. .Joyriding- Frnk Iero andthe Celebration (Rock)

15. Suddenly I See- KT Turnstall (Pop)

14.Dead!- My Chemical Romance  (Emo/ Rock)

13. Naive- The Kooks (Alt. Rock)

12.Mad Hatter- Melanie Martinez (Pop/ Electropop)

11.Love Drunk- Boys Like Girls (Indie/ Pop Rock)

10. March to the Sea- Twenty One Pilots (Indie Pop/ Electropop)

9. When we Were Young- The Wombats (Indie/ Rock)

8. All you are is History (Alt. Rock/ Pop Rock)

7. Better off Dead- Sleeping with Sirens (Alt. Rock/ Pop Rock)

6. Brain Food- Milk Teeth (Alt. Rock/ Pop Rock)

5. Drops of Jupiter- Train (Soft Rock/ Pop Rock)

4. Grace Kelly- Mika (Pop)

3. MakeDamnSure- Taking Back Sunday (Emo/ Alt. Rock)

2. I’m Made of Wax Larry, What are you Made of? (Post-Hardcore/ Pop Rock)

1. Jamie all Over- Mayday Parade (Alt. Rock/ Indie)

My Playlist

  1.  Moving to New York- The Wombats

2. Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) – The Wombats

3. Let’s Dance to Joy Division- The Wombats

4. Chelsea Dagger- The Fratellis

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5. Ruby- Kaiser Chiefs

6. Naive – The Kooks

7. Mr. Brightside- The Killers

8. Somebody Told Me- The Killers

9. Use Somebody- Kings of Leon

10. By the Way- Red Hot Chili Peppers

11. When You Were Young- The Killers

12. Always- Blink 182

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13. Drops of Jupiter- Train

14. Suddenly I See- KT Tunstall

15. You’re Gonna go Far, Kid- The Offspring

16. Boy Done Good- The Fratellis

17. Check Yes, Juliet- We the Kings

18. Fake My Own Death- Sum 41

19. Jaime All Over- Mayday Parade

20. All You are is History – State Champs

21. Dark Necessities- Red Hot Chili Peppers

22. Everyday I love you Less and Less – Kaiser Chiefs

23. Hey, Soul Sister- Train

24. I Predict a Riot- The Kaiser Cheifs

“You’re a Regular Decorated Emergency”

“You’re a regular decorated emergency” is a quote from the American, alternative rock band Panic! At the Disco, more specifically written by the former lead guitarist Ryan Ross on their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2005. The song it’s from is called Camisado, which means a surprise attack in military terms. Though the song is often forgotten and overshadowed on the album by more commercially successful songs such as I Write Sins Not Tragedies, it is definitely one of my favourites.

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I really like the quote because I feel it expresses a person being “fake” or “overrated” but by using a clever metaphor. Personally, I feel Ross had a way with words and the songs he has written express that. Other quotes from his songs are “just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of A) Indifference or B) Disinterest in what the critiques say” (London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines) and “I’m the new cancer, never looked better, you can’t stand it, Because you say so under your breath, You’re reading lips “When did he get all confident?”” (There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Lab

I really like the quote because I feel it expresses a person being “fake” or “overrated” but by using a clever metaphor. Personally, I feel Ross had a way with words and the songs he has written express that. Other quotes from his songs are “just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of A) Indifference or B) Disinterest in what the critiques say” (London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines) and “I’m the new cancer, never looked better, you can’t stand it, Because you say so under your breath, You’re reading lips “When did he get all confident?”” (There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Labelled Honey I Just Haven’t Thought of it Yet).

But I really like Camisado and that quote. I feel like it describes how I feel toward some people so perfectly. They’re and emergency, but a regular kind.  The term borders on contradiction because you are left wondering “how can an emergency be described as regular”. Then the song goes on to mention that said person is “decorated” meaning they’ve made out that they’re something more elaborate than they are. Much similar to that of a Christmas tree. A Christmas tree is just a regular pine tree, but when decorated it becomes a “special” tree.