Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Song Meaning: Bridge Burning by Foo Fighters

ARTIST: Foo fighters | ALBUM: wasting light | RELEASED: 2011

Song Meaning: Bridge Burning by Foo Fighters

Meaning of "Burning Bridges" is what you think it is: cutting of ties with your past so there's no retreating. Sometimes it's a good thing if your past is something you don't want to revisit, but cutting ties with friends and family, of course, comes with a cost. Nevertheless what is Dave Ghrol trying to say in this song? I'm not quite sure. So maybe you guys can help me by making a comment.


The song comprised of very simple lines, and thus, there's no point in picking individual lines like I usually do and analyzing them for a thorough meaning. Even if you consider each line, or clump of lines, you won't be able to construct an insightful meaning. Instead, I think it's better to look at the song as a whole, not even focusing on each verse either. In that case, all I can make out of this song is that Dave is writing about his past experiences that he's trying to run away from, rather than running away from a one particular person. "Whatever keeps you warm at night" is the most telling line the song for me, because at night when you're all by yourself, you tend to recite your past - good stuff and bad stuff. If hankering onto stuff of the past that make you feel miserable, you might want to let those go. It may be difficult at the first but eventually you have to move the fuck on. That's life! Life isn't meant to be perfect, it's how perfect of a life we want to live.

Lyrics: 

These are my famous last words!
My number's up, bridges well, burned

Oh, won't you let me twist your faith
It's getting kinda late but I don't wanna wait no more
Oh may I have this dance of days
Locked in your embrace
Passed your test of faith

Another time another place
Another line upon your face
Another in your way

Down crooked stairs and sideways glances
Comes the king of second chances
Now throw him in the flame

Whatever keeps you warm at night
(Whatever keeps you warm at night)
Whatever keeps you warm inside

Your bridges are burning down
They're all coming down
It's all coming round
You're burning them down
It's all coming round
They're all coming down
Your bridges are burning now

Oh let me put you in your place
I love it when you say
Giving everything away

Tell now what's in it for me
Tell me now what's in it for me
No one's getting this for free
Tell me now what's in it for me

Whatever keeps you warm at night
(Whatever keeps you warm at night)
Whatever keeps you warm inside

Your bridges are burning down
They're all coming down
It's all coming round
You're burning them down
It's all coming round
They're all coming down
Your bridges are burning down

Gather in the ashes
Everything thrown away
Gather in the ashes
Scatter as they blow away
Gather in the ashes
Everything thrown away
Gather in the ashes
Scatter as they blow away

Your bridges are burning down
They're all coming down
It's all coming round
You're burning them down
It's all coming round
They're all coming down
They're all coming down

Gather in the ashes (Your bridges are burning down)
Everything thrown away (They're all coming down)
Gather in the ashes(It's all coming round)
Scatter as they blow away

Gather in the ashes (You're burning them down)
Everything thrown away (Its all coming round)
Gather in the ashes (They're all coming round)
Scatter as they blow away
Your bridges are burning down.

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