So, what about those lyrics?
Shake up the picture the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
You got me coming up with answers
All of which I deny
I said it again
Could I please rephrase it
Maybe I can catch a ride
I couldn’t really put it much plainer
But I’ll wait till you decide
Send me your warning siren
As if I could ever hide
Last time La Luna
I light my torch and wave it for the
New moon on Monday
And a firedance through the night
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite
Breaking away with the best of both worlds
A smile that you can’t disguise
Every minute I keep finding
Clues that you leave behind
Save me from these reminders
As if I’d forget tonight
This time La Luna
Now, what are the online theories about what this song means? There are a few main theories about what the song could mean. These theories are as follows:
*About an ex-girlfiriend who the guy is interested in getting back together
*Trying to date a shy or indecisive girl
*Revolutions or attempted revolutions
*Guy Fawkes conspiracy
It seems to me that these theories fall into two main categories: relationships or revolutions. Could the song be about trying to get back together with an ex-girlfriend or trying to get together with a shy or indecisive girl? Well, the line about waiting for you to decide in the first verse could indicate these theories. Heck, the line about coming up with answers that are denied could imply that the guy could have gotten an answer and is ignoring it or denying it. The second verse could be about how the guy is looking for clues that says that the female really is interested. Perhaps, he is remembering time spent together when they were together, which the line about “save me from these reminders” could be about. What about the chorus? Could the chorus be about the decision being told on Monday, which starts a whole “new” life? After all, the guy has survived being “cold” or alone and “lonely”. This theory seems possible.
What about the other major theory that the song really is about a revolution? After all, the video showed that. Did they come to that storyline because that actually matched the meaning? Let’s see if the lyrics fit. Shaking up the picture definitely could be a reference to changing something. I’m not sure about the lizard part as the lizard symbolizes really different things in different cultures. In Western cultures, it has been used like a snake to indicate evil. The next couple of lines could be about how the government gives answers or statements to the people in order to get the people to think something. Yet, this person denies the truth to these statements. Perhaps, this person sheds light on to the propaganda or the lies. Of course, there are warning sirens as a result. The chorus definitely could indicate a change, which is what a new moon implies. This change could be celebrated with a dance. Then, what about the second verse? It begins with the idea of “breaking away”. Again, this could indicate a change. This breaking away is also keeping the best of both worlds–maybe some elements of the old government would stay when combined with the new government. I’m not sure about the clues part.
Then, there is the possibility that it has to do with Guy Fawkes. Who was that, many of you might be wondering. Well, from what I understand, Guy Fawkes was one of 13 men who plotted to blow up the House of Parliament in 1605 because they felt the King was mistreating Catholics. The plan was simple. They would store gunpowder in the cellar. Yet, some of these men had second thoughts and sent out warnings. This resulted in their arrest and execution. That night, bonfires were set to celebrate the safety of the king. Typically, these bonfires were accompanied with a fireworks display. This story is fascinating to me since there seems to be a lot in common with the video. Hmm…
Which theory do I like best? I don’t know. As a historian who has focused on social movements and political revolutions, I love the idea that it is indeed about a revolution or an underground movement. Plus, I admit that I have a hard time separating the video from the song. Thus, I immediately go there. That said, I could definitely see it being about the attempt to getting with or back with a girl. Could it be about something else? Of course. What do you the rest of you think?
P.S. Suggestions for the next song?