Lightning Strikes Twice, the lyrics “devil and the deep blue sea” the meaning behind that, it comes from the idiom “between the devil and the deep blue sea” which is all about… a mix of words on the metaphor “between a rock and a hard place,” it’s, sort of, the lesser of two evils; both difficult places.
It does represent the time with my partner when she had just experienced a difficult time in her life and then I was diagnosed with an illness. So, it was my turn to, also, be in a difficult place.
So, we were in two difficult places and the idea “lightning strikes twice, it can’t hit the same place twice,” but, for us it did. So, that’s where that lyric comes from.
The stanza from Today:
Llifeless riots, violence chained
My cage is quiet, my senses tamed
Mind is aching, my soul is cleaned
Muscles ripping, just watch me
These lyrics are written in response to a diagnosis of my cancer and going in for surgery.
So, it really represents the rage I was feeling. I think many people feel “why me? Why is this happening to me?” But, I guess repressing it or pushing it down in some way but, at the same time, being in touch with those rage filled feelings.
As the lyric progresses “mind is aching, my soul is cleaned. Muscles ripping…” So, it’s, sort of, a resolution and resolve. This isn’t fair but I’m still going to do everything within my power to do what I have to do to become well.
So, there’s the rage at “why me?” and, at the same time, there’s the “well, I’m still going to do whatever I need to do.”
We got morning in the coffee yeah
The blues is back in bed
"Morning in the coffee", originally, I was going to spell that morning with a “u” as in the sadness…we’ve got sadness in our coffee. But then I changed it to an actual morning in the coffee.
For me, “we got morning in the coffee” means we’ve got a beginning in this stimulant that we’re taking, whether it’s coffee or an idea, there’s a beginning there. So, we’ve got something that’s beginning.
The "blues is back in bed" meaning we’re leaving the sadness behind, sleeping, while we got this idea. Where there’s hope. There’s a little glimmer of hope that’s in that lyric.
So, that’s what that means for me.
There is a duality in the lyrics of Fire Flames. It does come across as a song about sexual betrayal. But, for me, it’s about betrayal even deeper. It’s a betrayal of the body, it’s how could my body do something that I don’t want it to and how do you reconcile not being the master of your domain, if you will.
So, it does use the parallel to a sexual betrayal, but it’s also the betrayal of the body and what that feels like.