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Author:  Cityed [ Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:21 am ]
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vag wrote:
What I find difficult to understand are the following lyrics...
<<are you aching for blade,that;s ok.we're insured>>
<<he knows how to surf her>>
<<daniel drinks his weight>>
<<he was all but drowning>>
<<now they live like dolphins>>


Hope someone can gine me a clue..


Here's some other thoughts; plus, I think there's some misunderstanding/mistranslation of those lyrics; If I'm wrong, I apologize in advance ...

The lines "we're insured" sounds like a pointed reference to a conversation between bandmates ... Oh, you feel you need to off yourself but you can't be so selfish because then we couldn't finish the album? You think that's the ONLY reason we care about you? Fine, go ahead. We're insured.


I don't think it's "he knows how to surf her" but "He knows how to serve her": witness Tim's performance on GAWIT ... Live as he points to his upper left forehead while singing "Deep inside his temple, he knows how to serve her" ...

Finally, I believe the lyrics are:


Daniel saving Grace
She was all but drowning
Now they live like dolphins ....

I believe its a continuation of the theme of the song, that there are at least two people seeking redemption from SOMETHING, and one ends up helping the other survive; they may not have been so innocent throughout the process, maybe they're still stretching the envelope, but they've gotten through, they survived, i.e., got away with it, even if they WERE still all messed up.

Just my twin pennies.

Author:  Phiy Rotuul [ Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:01 pm ]
Post subject:  GAWIAMU

The song was originally called "Daniel's Saving Grace"

With that title, it focused on Daniel's strength to overcome risky obstacles and still get the girl.

Now, the title implies that we are all on drugs and still living our lives despite
our maladies.

Author:  Grand master cookie [ Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Wrong lyrics

Although to some people it may so like:
I've been getting away with it, all messed up
Being British I can assure you all that the lyrics actually read: I've been getting away with it, all my life!
All messed up is not something the British people generally use in their conversations or dialogue, If we do use the term messed up then generally we would use it in a different Context

Author:  grand cookie monster [ Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Wrong lyrics

Oh dear Grand master cookie,
I think you may have the wrong song and band, as your lyrics seem to refer to Electonic's Getting Away With It.
Try listening to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmMWREzmDF4


Grand master cookie wrote:
Although to some people it may so like:
I've been getting away with it, all messed up
Being British I can assure you all that the lyrics actually read: I've been getting away with it, all my life!
All messed up is not something the British people generally use in their conversations or dialogue, If we do use the term messed up then generally we would use it in a different Context

Author:  It's good but not right [ Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Wrong lyrics

Grand master cookie wrote:
Although to some people it may so like:
I've been getting away with it, all messed up
Being British I can assure you all that the lyrics actually read: I've been getting away with it, all my life!
All messed up is not something the British people generally use in their conversations or dialogue, If we do use the term messed up then generally we would use it in a different Context


A rather spectacular fail!

Author:  simonutd1 [ Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Wrong lyrics

It's good but not right wrote:
Grand master cookie wrote:
Although to some people it may so like:
I've been getting away with it, all messed up
Being British I can assure you all that the lyrics actually read: I've been getting away with it, all my life!
All messed up is not something the British people generally use in their conversations or dialogue, If we do use the term messed up then generally we would use it in a different Context


A rather spectacular fail!


i think the term the kids of today are using is EPIC FAIL!!!

Author:  keisure gherkin [ Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: meaning pf lyrics-getting away with it all messed up

aching for the blade is a reference to substance abuse as the whole song is with references to drowning in drugs, drinks like Richard Burton. This is after all just modem life

Author:  Jocco [ Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:56 pm ]
Post subject:  GAWIAMU

Are you aching for the blade?
That's okay, we're insured
Are you aching for the grave?
That's okay, we're insured
(do you want to do risky stuff that'll hurt you? we'll we have insurance, so we don't mind if we do)


Getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living
(have another drink - everyone does it!)

We're getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's called living
(you ain't living unless you be fucccckkkkked up)

Daniel's saving Grace
She's out in deep water
I hope he's a good swimmer
Daniel's saving Grace
Deep inside his temple
He knows how to serve her
<<Daniel plays his ace deep inside his temple>>
(Daniel would be a crazy loser, but he got the chick, so it's all good)


Getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living
We're getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living

Daniel drinks his weight
Drinks like Richard Burton
Dance like John Travolta now
Daniel's saving Grace
She was all but drowning
Now they live like dolphins
(Daniel and his chick are lushes, but that's okay, they have each other)

Getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living
We're getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living

Getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living
Getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living

Oh, we're getting away with it, all messed up
Getting away with it, all messed up
That's the living
Yeah, that's called living

Cityed wrote:
vag wrote:
What I find difficult to understand are the following lyrics...
<<are you aching for blade,that;s ok.we're insured>>
<<he knows how to surf her>>
<<daniel drinks his weight>>
<<he was all but drowning>>
<<now they live like dolphins>>


Hope someone can gine me a clue..


Here's some other thoughts; plus, I think there's some misunderstanding/mistranslation of those lyrics; If I'm wrong, I apologize in advance ...

The lines "we're insured" sounds like a pointed reference to a conversation between bandmates ... Oh, you feel you need to off yourself but you can't be so selfish because then we couldn't finish the album? You think that's the ONLY reason we care about you? Fine, go ahead. We're insured.


I don't think it's "he knows how to surf her" but "He knows how to serve her": witness Tim's performance on GAWIT ... Live as he points to his upper left forehead while singing "Deep inside his temple, he knows how to serve her" ...

Finally, I believe the lyrics are:


Daniel saving Grace
She was all but drowning
Now they live like dolphins ....

I believe its a continuation of the theme of the song, that there are at least two people seeking redemption from SOMETHING, and one ends up helping the other survive; they may not have been so innocent throughout the process, maybe they're still stretching the envelope, but they've gotten through, they survived, i.e., got away with it, even if they WERE still all messed up.

Just my twin pennies.

Author:  Grace [ Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: GAWIAMU

Jocco wrote:


I don't think it's "he knows how to surf her" but "He knows how to serve her": witness Tim's performance on GAWIT ... Live as he points to his upper left forehead while singing "Deep inside his temple, he knows how to serve her" ...




His forehead is his temple, that's why he points to it. Also, if there is a double meaning then it's suffer / surf her.

Author:  free poster here [ Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: meaning pf lyrics-getting away with it all messed up

As a child of 1976 I have always enjoyed James.. As a Thatcher's child the tune is all about the worst excesses of the over indulgent 80s. Boom and bust.. Icarus.. stretching yourself to the financial extremes with nothing to show for it. In fact the same vocabulary of the 2000s or any immortal thinking generation.

Author:  Muskyboy39 [ Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: meaning pf lyrics-getting away with it all messed up

I liked Jabbsy's and Sigmund Freud's opinions on the matter! Very creative.

Honestly though, I've always thought of it as being about how money has completely corrupted our lifestyle.

"Are you aching for the blade
That's ok. We're insured."

Seems to me like he's saying "if you want to die, then that's fine because I'll still get all the money from life insurance. Also, when he talks about Daniel, I always pictured Daniel and Grace in an actual temple and when he says drinks his weight and plays his ace I picture him gambling and stuff because he's become rich and careless. It's the story of Daniel and Grace living they're lives all wrong and therefore, "getting away with it all messed up."

However, I recently saw the music video which makes me reconsider my opinion.

Author:  Jabbsy [ Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: meaning pf lyrics-getting away with it all messed up

the blade is phallic. definitely.

Author:  Guest [ Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: meaning pf lyrics-getting away with it all messed up

[quote="Jabbsy"]the blade is phallic. definitely.[/quote]

You think?

Author:  robertfairhurst [ Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: meaning pf lyrics-getting away with it all messed up

Ah man, based on the video I have always thought this was about one of two things. For me it is about:

1. Financial traders in New York, trading with peoples money but not worrying about the consequences. "Getting away with it", "that's ok, we're insured"

2. God and churches pushing religion which they know is fake.

Author:  cookie [ Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:42 pm ]
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[quote="vag"]What I find difficult to understand are the following lyrics...
<<are you aching for blade,that;s ok.we're insured>>
<<he knows how to surf her>>
<<daniel drinks his weight>>
<<he was all but drowning>>
<<now they live like dolphins>>

I think they where drowning in the drink strugling for air, he let it consume and now he lives in the drink, comes up every now and again and back to the drink

Hope someone can gine me a clue..[/quote]

Author:  Guest [ Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: meaning pf lyrics-getting away with it all messed up

We are all messed up and we get away with it. That’s the beauty!

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