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Song Interpretations

lunilu
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:59:25 GMT

Hi guys! So I'm sure a lot of you know Radical Face's songs often have a story going on in them which is often fun to learn about. But before you learned the stories you may have had interpretations of your own, maybe what you guessed the song was about. What were your original interpretations of those songs? Or if you don't know what the song is about, what are your current interpretations? For example, I thought Winter is Coming was about some people trying to escape a winter storm. I thought the mentions of Summer were them trying to stay warm or maybe them remembering what summer was like. I know it mentioned a house but I thought maybe it got destroyed by the storm. Now I know it's about some kids who apparently kidnap Summer and then Winter is someone that isn't too happy about that, which makes the song make a lot more sense now. I'm interested to see your responses if any! :)

smithif15
Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:27:44 GMT

I always interpreted that the song The Mute was about a child with non-verbal autism. My mom works with special needs children and I used to help her out on occasion when I was home. I always tried to imagine what was going on inside their heads, as these kids could create some of the most amazing drawings and sculptures that I have ever seen. I believe this song does an amazing job just giving us a small glimpse of what is possibly going through their minds.

csquared2911
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:25:52 GMT

I'm an autistic person myself, and I also thought The Mute was about autism. People don't think we are paying attention when they speak negatively of us, or that because some of us can't speak, it's immediately assumed we have nothing to say. They often talk over us, and pretend as if we aren't listening. When the child ran away in the song, my heart broke because I understood. I adored the song when I first heard it, and still do.

lunilu
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:37:17 GMT

Yeah The Mute is one that means a lot to me too. I don't have autism but I have had trouble with talking for a long time. I stutter and stumble over my words and speak softly. I don't talk much. I love the line "If you only listen with your ears, I can't get in" cause I feel I can relate to it in a way.

feth
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:24:01 GMT

There's a connection in my mind between the Electric President song Mr. Gone and the Patients song Mathematics--like maybe Mathematics is sung from the perspective of one of the people described in Mr. Gone. Also, the word mathematics is used in Mr. Gone, sooo...

marcrunk
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:50:25 GMT

I originally thought that the mute and southern snow we're connected and that the narrator of the mute was the sister that runs away in southern snow.

lunilu
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 03:34:21 GMT

I don't really know what Sunn, Moonn, and Eclippse are about, however when I listen to them I feel like Sunn is referencing something bad happening, Moonn is about someone going through the aftermath, and Eclippse is when they've kinda come to terms with it. They could be referencing some kind of experience someone has sometimes and it's kind of a cycle to go through over and over, similar to how the songs are in a cycle.

sprinklescrabble
Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:40:25 GMT

As someone close to several people with borderline personality disorder, I always thought that Reminders was about BPD. Part of me still thinks that it is; after all, he never said anything which rules it out. I also thought that Always Gold, Summer Skeletons, and Severus and Stone were all about the same kids. In general, I assumed that there were a lot fewer characters than there were. Also, feth, I love the idea of Mr.Gone and Mathematics being connected!! I always saw them as very different - to me, Mathematics is about stress and feeling overwhelmed, but Mr.Gone is about losing someone (probably through a breakup). But he never said what either of them are about, so maybe they are connected.... Anybody else have a guess as to what Mathematics is about? I'm too attached to my original interpretation to let it go, but I'd be really curious as to how other people read it.