Sunday, June 22, 2014

Song Meaning: Best of You by Foo Fighters

ARTIST: Foo Fighters | ALBUM: In your Honor | RELEASED: 2005
Song Meaning of Foo Fighters 2005 single, "Best of You"

The song is about showcasing the inner conflicts of Dave Ghrol (he's the band's principal songwriter), or, in a general sense, that of everybody else. As I was first doing the analysis of lyrics, I came across many references to committing suicide, but these were made in a figurative sense, obviously.

Analysis:

I'm your fool - this means Dave has relinquished all his will, and has become a puppet to whoever's controlling him. It could be either someone else who doesn't necessarily resembles a human persona, or his screwed up mind itself.

Everyone's got their chains to break - Dave has become really frustrated to the point where he'd like to almost give up his life.

Were you born to resist or be abused? - You tell me, Dave. What do you think?

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you? - Dave is asking him the question whether he's being a slave to someone else, or even to himself ( in some cumbersome way )

Are you gone and onto someone new? - Another question. I think this means, "Are you going to quite on life when your back is against the wall?"

I needed somewhere to hang my head / Without your noose - another reference to committing suicide, except Dave wants to do it in his own terms, refusing "your noose."

My head is giving me life or death - Dave is really perplexed and paranoid with himself. He doesn't know whether to live on or die.

I swear I'll never give in - Finally Dave decides to not give up on life, and face his adversities and detractor(s).

Lyrics:

I've got another confession to make
I'm your fool
Everyone's got their chains to break
Holdin' you

Were you born to resist or be abused?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?

Are you gone and onto someone new?
I needed somewhere to hang my head
Without your noose
You gave me something that I didn't have
But had no use
I was too weak to give in
Too strong to lose
My heart is under arrest again
But I break loose
My head is giving me life or death
But I can't choose
I swear I'll never give in
I refuse

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must
Confess
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Oh...

Oh...Oh...Oh...Oh...

Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
The life, the love you'd die to heal
The hope that starts the broken hearts
You trust, you must
Confess

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?

I've got another confession my friend
I'm no fool
I'm getting tired of starting again
Somewhere new

Were you born to resist or be abused?
I swear I'll never give in
I refuse

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must
Confess
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Oh...

lyrics from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/foofighters/bestofyou.html

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