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  1. Dealer Boulevard liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Blue Banisters - Post-Release Discussion Thread + Poll   
    If girl was reviving old demos, she should have brought into the fray, "tired of singing the blues" and put that bitch right next to her soul sister, Black Bathing Suit
  2. boom like that liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Blue Banisters - Post-Release Discussion Thread + Poll   
    When they said prolific, they weren't kidding. You thought that I was just a calendar kitten.
  3. tt1pdvinyl liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Taylor Swift   
    I love the idea. Especially for early album releases.
    I hope Beyoncé co-opts the idea. I would love a re-release of Dangerously in Love with her mature voice.
  4. Thunder liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Chemtrails Over the Country Club - Post-Release Discussion Thread + Poll   
    After spending the past weeks only listening to BB. Chemtrails hits different. I've always loved it. But damn I didnt realize how much I missed White Dress, Tulsa Jesus Freak, and Yosemite
  5. Formation liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Taylor Swift   
    I love the idea. Especially for early album releases.
    I hope Beyoncé co-opts the idea. I would love a re-release of Dangerously in Love with her mature voice.
  6. RebeccaJuno liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Taylor Swift   
    I love the idea. Especially for early album releases.
    I hope Beyoncé co-opts the idea. I would love a re-release of Dangerously in Love with her mature voice.
  7. Solar Fields liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Taylor Swift   
    I love the idea. Especially for early album releases.
    I hope Beyoncé co-opts the idea. I would love a re-release of Dangerously in Love with her mature voice.
  8. Mer liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Taylor Swift   
    I love the idea. Especially for early album releases.
    I hope Beyoncé co-opts the idea. I would love a re-release of Dangerously in Love with her mature voice.
  9. drippingbeaches liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Violets for Roses   
    This is slowly becoming a favorite track of mine so I wanted to a close reading of the lyrics. Hopefully, you enjoy and remember this is my interpretation of the song.


     
    The first line of the song echoes her song “Change” where she begins the song with “There’s something in the wind, I can feel it blowin’ in”, whereas in “Change” the song is eerie and is anticipating change, be it good or bad, in “Violets for Roses” the song immediately indicates that the/a change has already occurred, and we see it in the next two lines. Masks off and running happy, references the freedom (from COVID also making this song hyper-contemporary), but perhaps this is not necessarily true in the real world, since COVID is still running wild, it again echoes the album’s tone of the freedom and joy found in family.


     
    The second “stanza” or pre-chorus makes explicit another change that has occurred—a breakup. However, unlike most break-up songs, this is neither an angry declaration nor a sad one, rather a happy one. The freedom that comes with breaking-up with someone because you can reallocate the love back to yourself. Perhaps from a relationship so toxic that you forget who you are and what you like, highlighted by the first line, “ever since I fell out of love with you, I fell back in love with me.”


     
    In the chorus, there is the infamous line, “you made me trade my violets for roses,” a line perhaps not popular with the community but one that is nonetheless metaphorically symbolic. “Roses” have been known in poetry to represent love since medieval prose poetry. Similarly, violets are no stranger to Lana Del Rey’s own poetry (see: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass). While in the titular poem, Violet is a child of seven-years old, it could be argued that Violet is a personification of her own desires. The poem’s first stanza is a contemplation of everything she wants to do which is clashed with the presence of Violet in the second stanza:

    and saw Violet
    bent backwards over the grass
    7 years old with dandelions grasped
    tightly in her hands
    arched like a bridge in a fallen handstand
    grinning wildly like a madman
    with the exuberance that only doing nothing can bring
    waiting for the fireworks to begin

    Her seeing Violet, carelessly enjoying her life, leads the poetess to let her own worries go:

    and in that moment
    i decided to do nothing about everything


    forever.

    Other than the clear intertextuality with her own oeuvre, Violets are also known to be compared to roses in the well-known poem:

    Roses are red, violets are blue

    Sugar is sweet, and so are you.

    This poem, like Del Rey’s song, puts “violets” and “roses” in immediate contrast. The switching of placement in the chanteuse’s song, structurally emphasizes her identification with “violets” or her own desires, her own identity, with “roses” which represent love. Thus, “you made me trade my violets for roses,” is a confession, “you made me trade myself, my values, my joy for love.” A sentiment that harkens back to Del Rey’s third full-length album Honeymoon and the song “Terrance Loves You” where she confesses this pattern, “I lost myself, when I lost you”.


     
    The rest of the chorus’ lyrics echo these sentiments. About a lover who made her sacrifice each aspect of her individuality (be it cars, toenail polish) in negotiation for love. The chorus ends with a declaration that any love that forces a woman to do this, is a doomed one.


     
    The stanza that serves as the songs bridge repeats some of the lyrics from the first stanza of the song, but with this time a declaration of hope that this change is permanent. At first, the change being understood as this love for herself and the joy she finds in the everyday. While once again echoing perhaps the civil unrest that she first mentions in “Text Book” the opening track of Blue Banisters. Thus, with these final lines of this verse, the change she is mentioning is both the love she has for herself, but the change in society, macro and micro changes.

     

    The final pre-chorus sees the singer re-embracing things that she used to love before she fell in love, “I fell back in love with the streets” and “I breakdance to the beat” and “God, does it sound sweet, like it’s playing just for me”. All sentiments reinforced by the final chorus and the outro which reaffirm the toxicity that love can have and that it is important to stay yourself and not to sacrifice what you love about yourself in order to be loved, in doing so you’ll find that that person forcing those sacrifices does not love you but loves controlling you. In the final lines of the outro, Lana is watching the girls again but seeing in them her own mask is now off, that toxic love, and it makes [her] so happy.

  10. PrettyBaby liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Blue Banisters - Post-Release Discussion Thread + Poll   
    When they said prolific, they weren't kidding. You thought that I was just a calendar kitten.
  11. rightofjupiter liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Rihanna   
    I want the black rated R vinyl, but 140$ is mad.
    I have the original white Anti release on vinyl but rated R is my fav prob rihanna album
  12. War In My Mind liked a post in a topic by Cherry Blossom in Songs that should have been scrapped   
    this thread has some of the worst takes i’ve ever read
  13. War In My Mind liked a post in a topic by 5adboy in Songs that should have been scrapped   
    You deserve to be banned from here
  14. War In My Mind liked a post in a topic by Cherry Blossom in Songs that should have been scrapped   
    there are some crazy btches in this thread 
  15. Walking Art liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Violets for Roses   
    This is slowly becoming a favorite track of mine so I wanted to a close reading of the lyrics. Hopefully, you enjoy and remember this is my interpretation of the song.


     
    The first line of the song echoes her song “Change” where she begins the song with “There’s something in the wind, I can feel it blowin’ in”, whereas in “Change” the song is eerie and is anticipating change, be it good or bad, in “Violets for Roses” the song immediately indicates that the/a change has already occurred, and we see it in the next two lines. Masks off and running happy, references the freedom (from COVID also making this song hyper-contemporary), but perhaps this is not necessarily true in the real world, since COVID is still running wild, it again echoes the album’s tone of the freedom and joy found in family.


     
    The second “stanza” or pre-chorus makes explicit another change that has occurred—a breakup. However, unlike most break-up songs, this is neither an angry declaration nor a sad one, rather a happy one. The freedom that comes with breaking-up with someone because you can reallocate the love back to yourself. Perhaps from a relationship so toxic that you forget who you are and what you like, highlighted by the first line, “ever since I fell out of love with you, I fell back in love with me.”


     
    In the chorus, there is the infamous line, “you made me trade my violets for roses,” a line perhaps not popular with the community but one that is nonetheless metaphorically symbolic. “Roses” have been known in poetry to represent love since medieval prose poetry. Similarly, violets are no stranger to Lana Del Rey’s own poetry (see: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass). While in the titular poem, Violet is a child of seven-years old, it could be argued that Violet is a personification of her own desires. The poem’s first stanza is a contemplation of everything she wants to do which is clashed with the presence of Violet in the second stanza:

    and saw Violet
    bent backwards over the grass
    7 years old with dandelions grasped
    tightly in her hands
    arched like a bridge in a fallen handstand
    grinning wildly like a madman
    with the exuberance that only doing nothing can bring
    waiting for the fireworks to begin

    Her seeing Violet, carelessly enjoying her life, leads the poetess to let her own worries go:

    and in that moment
    i decided to do nothing about everything


    forever.

    Other than the clear intertextuality with her own oeuvre, Violets are also known to be compared to roses in the well-known poem:

    Roses are red, violets are blue

    Sugar is sweet, and so are you.

    This poem, like Del Rey’s song, puts “violets” and “roses” in immediate contrast. The switching of placement in the chanteuse’s song, structurally emphasizes her identification with “violets” or her own desires, her own identity, with “roses” which represent love. Thus, “you made me trade my violets for roses,” is a confession, “you made me trade myself, my values, my joy for love.” A sentiment that harkens back to Del Rey’s third full-length album Honeymoon and the song “Terrance Loves You” where she confesses this pattern, “I lost myself, when I lost you”.


     
    The rest of the chorus’ lyrics echo these sentiments. About a lover who made her sacrifice each aspect of her individuality (be it cars, toenail polish) in negotiation for love. The chorus ends with a declaration that any love that forces a woman to do this, is a doomed one.


     
    The stanza that serves as the songs bridge repeats some of the lyrics from the first stanza of the song, but with this time a declaration of hope that this change is permanent. At first, the change being understood as this love for herself and the joy she finds in the everyday. While once again echoing perhaps the civil unrest that she first mentions in “Text Book” the opening track of Blue Banisters. Thus, with these final lines of this verse, the change she is mentioning is both the love she has for herself, but the change in society, macro and micro changes.

     

    The final pre-chorus sees the singer re-embracing things that she used to love before she fell in love, “I fell back in love with the streets” and “I breakdance to the beat” and “God, does it sound sweet, like it’s playing just for me”. All sentiments reinforced by the final chorus and the outro which reaffirm the toxicity that love can have and that it is important to stay yourself and not to sacrifice what you love about yourself in order to be loved, in doing so you’ll find that that person forcing those sacrifices does not love you but loves controlling you. In the final lines of the outro, Lana is watching the girls again but seeing in them her own mask is now off, that toxic love, and it makes [her] so happy.

  16. sweetcinnamondealer liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Blue Banisters - Post-Release Discussion Thread + Poll   
    The only youtube reviewer that matters is ajay.
    The others, well :

  17. Brooklynbaby liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Blue Banisters - Post-Release Discussion Thread + Poll   
    The only youtube reviewer that matters is ajay.
    The others, well :

  18. boom like that liked a post in a topic by War In My Mind in Blue Banisters - Post-Release Discussion Thread + Poll   
    The only youtube reviewer that matters is ajay.
    The others, well :

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