Beyoncé Releases an Empowering New Song, "Spirit," for The Lion King Soundtrack

And she's dropping a whole separate album inspired by the film.

  • Beyoncé has shared a new song, "Spirit," which will appear in The Lion King , which hits theaters on July 19.
  • The song will also appear on a new album, The Lion King: The Gift , which was executive produced by the singer and features original music inspired by the film.
  • The Gift will be released on July 19, while the official film soundtrack will drop on July 11.

After weeks of anticipation, Beyoncé has released a new original song for the 2019 remake of The Lion King . The track, called "Spirit," appears in the film, where the singer portrays Nala opposite Donald Glover's Simba.

But because Beyoncé is Beyoncé, this single won't be her only release inspired by the retelling of Disney's animated classic. She also executive produced an album of original songs inspired by the film, called The Lion King: The Gift . (This is similar to how rapper Kendrick Lamar released a Black Panther -inspired album separate from the official soundtrack.)

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"It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me," the singer said in a statement. The resulting work is a mix of stories and genres, including hip-hop, R&B, and Afro Beat, she said. The full track list and features list have not yet been revealed.

Aside from The Gift , the official film soundtrack for 2019's The Lion King was produced by Hans Zimmer and will drop on July 11.

The gospel track "Spirit" came out last night, the same night Beyoncé and Blue Ivy attended The Lion King 's premiere in L.A. The song was co-written by the singer, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Timothy McKenzie. Listen above and follow along with the lyrics below.

Yeah yeah, and the wind is talking Yeah yeah, for the very first time With a melody that pulls you towards it Paintin' pictures of paradise
Sayin' rise up to the light in the sky, yeah Watch the light lift your heart up Burn your flame through the night
Woah, spirit Watch the heavens open, yeah Spirit, can you hear it callin'? Yeah Yeah, yeah, and the waters crashin' Trying to keep your head up high While you're trembling, that's when the magic happens And the stars gather by, by your side
Sayin' rise up to the light in the sky, yeah Let the light lift your heart up Burn your flame through the night
Yeah, spirit Watch the heavens open, yeah Spirit, can you hear it callin'? Yeah
Your destiny is comin' close Stand up and fight So go into that far off land And be one with the great I am, I am A boy becomes a man
Woah, spirit Watch the heavens open, yeah Spirit, can you hear it callin'? Yeah Spirit, yeah, watch the heavens open, open, yeah Spirit, spirit, can you hear it callin'? Yeah
Your destiny is comin' close, stand up and fight So go into a far off land and be one with the great I am

Stream Beyoncé's "Spirit" here.

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History of Hymns: 'Every Time I Feel the Spirit'

By C. Michael Hawn

“Every Time I Feel the Spirit” African American spiritual The United Methodist Hymnal , 404 Songs of Zion , 121

Refrain: Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray. Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray.

Stanza: Upon the mountain my Lord spoke, Out of his mouth came fire and smoke. All around me looks so shine, Ask my Lord if all was mine.

“Every time I feel the Spirit” explores the powerful combination of Spirit and prayer as indicated in the key words of the refrain. African American scholar W.E.B. DuBois (1868–1963) ascribed three gifts from the African American community that “mingle” with the others who occupy the land now called the United States of America. The first is “the gift of story and song.” The second is “the gift of sweat and brawn to beat back the wilderness, conquer the soil, and lay the foundations of this vast economic empire . . .”. The third gift is “the gift of the Spirit” (DuBois, 1903, pp. 189–190). The following witness indicates that the Spirit imbued enslaved Africans with both joy and endurance:

In slavery times, my master whipped me terribly, especially when he knew I was praying. He was determined to whip the Spirit out of me, but he never could, for the more he whipped me, the more the Spirit made me happy to be whipped. (name unknown, from Chenu, 2003, p. 195; cited in Guenther, 2016, p. 91)

Spirit-filled worship could be ecstatic. The words of an old spiritual describe worship in the Spirit:

Gwine hab happy meetin’, Gwine shout in hebben, Gwine shout an’ nebber tire, O slap yo’ hand’s chilluns, O pat yo’ feets chilluns, I feels de spirit movin’ O now I’m gittin’ happy. (Odum, 1909, p. 35)

The refrain may find its biblical roots in the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4), or it could be an extension of Paul’s understanding of the Spirit in Romans 8:26: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (KJV). William McCain’s commentary “translates” the biblical context into an African American understanding:

“This widely known spiritual describes ‘the power and energy released in black devotion to the God of emotion.’ Black people have never had any concept of a God who could not be felt . It is this feeling of the spirit of God that renders the black religious experience incomparable to any other” (McCain, 1990, pp. 105–106; italics in original).

The spirituals not only speak of prayer but often are prayers. “It’s me, O Lord, standin’ in the need of prayer” identifies each person’s need for prayer. “Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart” is a prayer of contrition and holiness. African American activist and children’s advocate Marian Wright Edleman (b. 1939) affirms the role of prayer in this way: “We Black children were wrapped up and rocked in the cradle of faith, song, prayer, ritual, and worship which immunized our spirits against some of the meanness and unfairness inflicted on our young psyches by racial discrimination and poverty in our segregated South and acquiescent nation” (Edleman, 1996, p. xxi). Sung prayer is a way of surviving.

The roots of this spiritual may be found in the antebellum South. One often-cited report indicates that Abraham Lincoln heard a group of escaped slaves led by “Aunt Mary” Dines singing this spiritual among others during one of his visits to the “contraband” camp at Seventh Street in Washington, D.C. Contraband camps were areas where escaped enslaved people lived. The description notes that Lincoln sang with the group as they were singing for him. Not all accounts include this spiritual with those that were said to have been sung on this occasion, but many do (See ‘Music of the Civil War,” n.d., n.p.). The event was documented with a photograph by celebrated antebellum and Civil War photo-journalist Matthew Brady (1822–1896), who captured the camp members lined up to receive Lincoln (Washington, 1942, pp. 85–88; cited in Daw, 2016, p. 67).

Contraband camp

Carl Daw Jr. suggests that the images and allusions in the stanzas were “floating” themes that might appear in other spirituals (Daw, 2016, p. 67). The stanzas were, for the most part, standardized as early as 1909 in Thomas Fenner’s groundbreaking Religious Folk Songs of the Negro as Sung on the Plantations, published while he taught at the Hampton Institute (now University) in Virginia. An allusion to Moses on Mt. Sinai undergirds stanza 1, noting that all gleamed (‘shine’) from that height. In stanza 2, the singer seems to join Moses on the heights of Pisgah to view the Promised Land. Spirituals and gospel hymns are replete with references to the Jordan River (stanza 3). For the enslaved African, the Jordan could be a place of physical freedom in the north or the liminal spiritual space between this life and heaven. Numerous biblical references to the Jordan River, including one from Numbers, link the Jordan to the Promised Land. In addition, Matthew’s Gospel records that Jesus received the Spirit in his baptism in the Jordan River.

Upon the mountain my Lord spoke, Out of His mouth came fire and smoke. (Exodus 19:18)

All around me looks so shine, Ask my Lord if all was mine. (Deuteronomy 34:1–4)

Jordan river is chilly and cold, Chills the body but not the soul. (Numbers 35:9–11; Matthew 3:13–17)

These stanzas were repeated in dialect in American Negro Spirituals , Vol. 1 (1925, pp. 142–143) with a concertized solo arrangement by J. Rosamond Johnson. Generally, hymnals conflate stanzas 1 and 2 above into a single first stanza. To the third stanza (“Jordan River”), a couplet rounds out the second half of stanza 2. The “train” reference is common in many spirituals. This was the mode of transportation to freedom, be it the metaphorical “underground railroad” to the north or the direct line to freedom beyond this life:

Ain’t but one train on dis track, Runs to heaven and right back. (from Songs of Zion , no. 121)

An unattributed unique third stanza appears in the Chalice Hymnal (1995):

I have heartache, I have woe, I have trouble here below. While God leads me I’ll not fear, I am sheltered by God’s care. (no. 592)

Theologian James Cone (1938–2018) captures the spiritual’s importance for the African American community:

To interpret the theological significance of [this] spiritual for the black community, “academic” tools are not enough. The interpreter must feel the Spirit; that is, he must feel his way into the power of black music, responding both to its rhythm and the faith in experience it affirms. This song invites the believer to move close to the very sources of black being and to experience the black community’s power to endure, the will to survive. The mountains may be high and the valleys low, but “my Lord spoke” and “out of his mouth came fire and smoke.” All the believer has to do is to respond to the divine apocalyptic discourse of God’s revelation and cry, “Have mercy, please.” (Cone, 1972, p. 5; italics in original)

“Every Time I Teel the Spirit” does not appear to have been a part of famous Fisk Jubilee Singers’ publications or concert repertoire at the end of the nineteenth century. It may have made its way into the repertoire through the Hampton Institute publications, quartet concerts, and recordings in the early twentieth century. Like the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Hampton sent out choirs and quartets to sing spirituals and raise funds to support the struggling institution.

Ethnomusicologist Natalie Curtis Burlin (1875–1921) made recordings during visits to Hampton between 1915 and 1917, where eminent African Canadian Nathaniel Dett (1882–1943) was the composer and teacher. The “First Quartet”—one of several—recorded a number of spirituals, work, and play songs on a cylinder phonograph for her research. Among the spirituals recorded was “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (Brooks, 2004, p. 513), an indication of its acceptance. Burlin’s transcription of the male quartet arrangement has been preserved in the Hampton Series of Negro Folk-Songs (Burlin, 1918, pp. 28–31). Where Fenner offers a barebones version in standard English that barely takes half a page (Fenner, 1909, p. 169), Dett’s version, recorded less than a decade later by Burlin, is a fully concertized arrangement in dialect. Burlin notes assiduously the names of the original male quartet, their voice parts and majors, and then follows with a most interesting note:

Of all the Spirituals, this is one of the most touching in its prayerful suggestion and quiet reverence, and in the poetic imagery of its verse, couched in a few crude words, elemental in their simplicity, yet somehow conveying the grandeur of the vision of God on the mountain-top and the dazed soul beholding heaven (Burlin, 1918, p. 28).

As was the custom in concerts of this era, the text follows in dialect. The tempo indication is “Slowly” with a pulse of fifty beats per minute. By the time that Tuskegee Institute musician William Dawson (1899–1990) published his famous choral arrangement in 1946, the tempo indication more than doubled to 120 beats per minute. Dawson’s arrangement has held sway as the norm for interpreting the spiritual. The Hampton Institute recording places the emphasis on “pray[er]”. Dawson and most subsequent renditions place the emphasis on “Spirit!”

The spiritual “crossed over” to the white evangelical community earlier in the twentieth century in publications such as Gems of Love (Chicago, 1924) and then in Plantation Melodies and Spiritual Songs (Philadelphia, 1927). It was included in more collections in the 1950s and 1960s. During the 1980s, it entered the canon of spirituals found in virtually all African American collections and then more broadly. Songs of Zion has an unembellished diatonic harmonization on the refrain with unison/solo unharmonized stanzas very similar to Fenner’s 1909 collection. By contrast, The United Methodist Hymnal employs the quasi-concertized harmonies by William Farley Smith (1941–1997) with chromatic inner parts and slightly extended cadential progressions. As one author notes, “this is one of the most thrilling of the later jubilee songs. It is much used for taking up collections in churches” (Perkins, 1922, p. 248).

The range of interpretations of the spiritual is broad. Compare the classic arrangement by William L. Dawson ( ) with an upbeat version by the Cosmo Warriors ( ). Mahalia Jackson adds a distinctive sermonic riff on the Lord’s Prayer before launching into the spiritual’s main theme ( ). Rather than a version of the spiritual, the spiritual inspires a new song. Click here to hear a meditative rendition on pan flute .

Returning to the initial assertion by W.E.B. DuBois concerning the “gift of the Spirit” from the African American community to all in the United States, the following slave narrative, while bearing a specific poignancy in its context, is a witness that might be told by many:

I felt awful when I first got to church and took my place in the stand, waiting for the congregation to gather. And the spirit lifted me up. I forgot all about the pain and just lost sight of the world and all the things of the world. When the spirit begins to work with me it don’t have any cares for pain or anything of the world. . . . We rejoice because the spirit makes us feel so good and forget all worldly cares. (name unknown, from Johnson, 1969, p. 59; cited in Guenther, 2016, p. 91)

Timothy Banks, Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890–1919 (Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2004).

Natalie Curtis Burlin, Hampton Series of Negro Folk-Songs , Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (New York: G. Schirmer, 1918), (accessed March 6, 2021).

Bruno Chenu, The Trouble I’ve Seen: The Big Book of Negro Spirituals (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, 2003).

James H. Cone, The Spirituals and the Blues (New York: Seabury Press, 1972).

Carl P. Daw Jr., Glory to God: A Companion (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016).

W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches (Greenwich, CN: Fawcett Publications, [1903] 1953.

Marian Wright Edleman, Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children (New York: HarperPerennial, [1995] 1996).

Thomas P. Fenner, Religious Folk Songs of the Negro as Sung on the Plantations (Hampton, Virginia: Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, 1909), (accessed 7 March 2021).

Jeannine Hunter, “For Freed Blacks in the Civil War, Washington Was a City of Contradictions,” The Washington Post (October 7, 2011), (accessed March 5, 2021).

Clifton H. Johnson, ed., God Struck Me Dead: Voices of Ex-Slaves (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1969).

Eileen Guenther, In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of the Spirituals (St. Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2016).

William B. McCain, Come Sunday—The Liturgy of Zion: A Companion to Songs of Zion (Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1990).

“Music of the Civil War: Emancipation Spirituals (Spiritual Songs),” Civil War , (accessed March 5, 2021).

Howard W. Odum, “Religious Folk-Songs of the Southern Negroes,” American Journal of Religious Psychology and Education 3 (July 1909), pp. 265–365 [Separate reprint of original].

A.E. Perkins, “Negro Spirituals from the Far South,” Journal of American Folk-Lore 35 (1922), pp. 223–249.

John E. Washington, They Knew Lincoln (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1942).

C. Michael Hawn, D.M.A., F.H.S., is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music and Adjunct Professor, and Director, Doctor of Pastoral Music Program at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

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The Lyrics to Beyoncé's "Spirit" Perfectly Match The Lion King 's Theme

It's part of Beyoncé's "love letter to Africa."

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  • The Grammy-award winning singer released "Spirit" as the lead single—with the music video coming out on July 16.
  • Here's a breakdown of the song's lyrics and meaning—because you know the Beyhive (a.k.a. her fans) is going to get this song to number one in no time.

When Beyoncé releases any song, you know it's going to be absolutely memorable.

In July, the 37-year-old jack of all trades released her new single "Spirit," which is featured on The Lion King official motion picture soundtrack . The song will also be on The Lion King: The Gift , an entirely separate album inspired by the film in which Beyoncé stars as Nala.

"This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa. I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it," she told ABC's Robin Roberts . "I wanted it to be authentic about what is beautiful about the music in Africa."

"Spirit" begins with a Swahili chant, Uishi kwa muda mrefu mfalme, which, according to Google Translate, means "long live the king" in English. It's appropriate considering Simba's rise to power in The Lion King and the overall theme of the film, which is about taking life by the horns and not being afraid of what's to come.

"Each song was written to reflect the film's storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation," Beyoncé stated in a press release, according to Billboard .

The lyrics to Spirit embody exactly what Beyoncé was trying to achieve. You can check them out below, courtesy of Genius . Prepare to enjoy the music video when it premieres on July 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Uishi kwa muda mrefu mfalme (Uishi kwa uishi kwa) Uishi kwa muda mrefu mfalme (Uishi kwa, uishi kwa) Yeah, yeah, and the wind is talkin' Yeah, yeah, for the very first time With a melody that pulls you towards it Paintin' pictures of paradise Sayin' rise up To the light in the sky, yeah Watch the light lift your heart up Burn your flame through the night, woah Spirit, watch the heavens open (Open) Yeah Spirit, can you hear it callin'? (Callin') Yeah Yeah, yeah, and the water's crashin' Trying to keep your head up high While you're trembling, that's when the magic happens And the stars gather by, by your side Sayin' rise up To the light in the sky, yeah Let the light lift your heart up Burn your flame through the night, yeah Spirit, watch the heavens open (Open) Yeah Spirit, can you hear it callin'? (Callin') Yeah Your destiny is comin' close Stand up and fi-i-ight So go into that far off land And be one with the Great I Am, I Am A boy becomes a man, woah Spirit, watch the heavens open (Open) Yeah Spirit, can you hear it callin'? (Callin') Yeah Spirit, yeah, watch the heavens open, open Yeah Spirit, spirit, can you hear it callin'? (Callin') Yeah Your destiny is comin' close Stand up and fi-i-i-ight So go into a far off land And be one with the Great I Am

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Beyoncé’s “Spirit” is heavily influenced by the storyline of the Disney classic The Lion King and serves, to some extent, as a summary of the film’s plot. But it takes that story and retells it in such a way as to make the struggles of Simba, the film’s main character, applicable to the real world.

This is truly inspirational song. It weaves the tale of an individual who is prompted by the titular “spirit” to venture out into “that far off land” in search of a glorious image “of paradise”. This to a certain degree reads as if finding that “paradise” symbolizes the fulfillment of his “destiny”.

And along the way, there are life-threatening crises. However, during these times, a supernatural force protects him from being defeated. And ultimately, by remaining steadfast on his journey, he will inevitably realize his calling while simultaneously transitioning from “a boy” into “a man”. This implies that he began this experience in a weakened, timid state. Moreover concerning this “spirit” that is leading him, it is depicted as being from “the heavens”, as in angelic in nature.

So taken outside of the direct context of The Lion King , this story centers on a boy who sets out on a journey to – for lack of a better description – discover himself. In the process of doing so, he risks his life by setting out into uncharted territories where he has to rely on supernatural intervention to survive. But if he is able to endure and heed the calling of his “spirit”, he will reach a magnificent destination (i.e. fulfill his destiny). Furthermore, he will also transcend his boyhood and become a full-fledged man.

Release Date of “Spirit”

“Spirit”, which was released on 10 July 2019, serves as  the lead single  on the compilation album The Lion King: The Gift . The entire project was produced with  Beyoncé at the helm .

The song is also featured on the actual soundtrack of the 2019 edition of Disney’s famed The Lion King .

The official music video for “SPIRIT” was published on Beyoncé’s YouTube channel on July 16, 2019.

Beyoncé plays Nala

Beyoncé’s involvement in The Lion King extends beyond just making music. She also voices the character of “Nala” in the actual movie. Furthermore, “Spirit” is featured in the film during a  “pivotal scene”  involving Nala.

Who wrote “Spirit”?

Beyoncé both wrote and produced “Spirit” alongside two musicians on the top of their game, Ilya and Labrinth.

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Radiohead isn't what you'd call an "uplifting" band. That being said, The Oxfordshire quintet doesn't have be, nor is that their purpose, nor is that even the purpose of music, in general. But when singer Thom Yorke calls one of the band's own songs the most "hopeless" out of anything they've ever written, that's a sign that there's some seriously heavy, tragic, and horrifically mournful music at hand.

" Street Spirit (Fade Out)" is the final song on Radiohead's 1994 now-classic The Bends , the band's final album of straightforward, non-proggy rock, before 1997's  Ok, Computer revolutionized their sound and set the stage for their future albums ' ever-changing, ever-evolving soundscape of complexity and subtlety . "Street Spirit," however, while a well-crafted, plaintive ballad full of depth of tone and feeling, also hits the heart with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. It's a vortex of purest despair, struck with every plucked string, and its waterfall of emptiness doesn't stop until the final note. The descending vocal line of the song's outro imitates the unrecoverable realization that the music describes. 

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The ultimate agony of unavoidable death

"I can feel death, can see its beady eyes / All these things into position / All these things we'll one day swallow whole"

Written as a collage of images and vignettes to encapsulate a sense of despair, Yorke says, "'Street Spirit' is our purest song, but I didn't write it. It wrote itself. We were just its messengers. It's biological catalysts. Its core is a complete mystery to me. I wouldn't ever try to write something that hopeless." Yorke goes on to describe the song as, "about staring the f***ing devil right in the eyes ... and knowing, no matter what the hell you do, he'll get the last laugh." Basically, in the end, "Street Spirit" is about being unable to contain all the hopelessness one senses at trying to envision the totality of death, and the ultimate uselessness of existence. No chance for redemption at the end of life, no fraudulent escape routes, nothing to stop being swallowed into nothingness. 

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  • This is an euphoric and trancey song where Brandon Flowers reflects on life, dreams and faith. It's the final track on Rebel Diamonds , a 20-song best-of featuring material from throughout their catalog. "Spirit" is one of three cuts not already included on an album.
  • Flowers is battered by life but still clutching on to hope, sipping on the echoes of a long-lost flame. In the first verse, he questions if love can be a lifeline and if pain can be tamed. He has big dreams, bathed in light.
  • And where does the spirit go? Is it someplace holy? Is it holy and free? I don't know if it's true, but I think that I want it I want it to be The chorus unpacks the core of faith. Flowers can't guarantee a divine rescue from suffering, but he's throwing all his chips on that hopeful possibility. The Morman frontman nods to 2 Corinthians 3:17: ("Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom"). He wonders if the Holy Spirit truly brings freedom. Flowers craves that truth, even if it's just a yearning.
  • In the second verse, Flowers comes clean about wrestling with his spiritual beliefs, chalking it up to youth and getting tangled in life's messy map. He's a construction site, attempting to bridge the gap with a thread of faith. The final pre-chorus sees Flowers engulfed in the Holy Spirit's relentless flames, a blazing intensity synced with the majestic beat of the track. God's image flashes across the long night, dreams refusing to be dimmed - a live wire sparking with that lasting fire.
  • Flowers teamed up with his longtime collaborator Stuart Price to write the anthemic track. Price, who co-produced The Killers' entire Day & Age album and Flowers' solo record Flamingo , joined forces with Pressure Machine co-producer Shawn Everett to helm "Spirit."
  • The Killers played "Spirit" live for the first time on November 30, 2023, during their show at Tokio Marine Hall, São Paulo, Brazil.
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The Curious Meaning of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

Is ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Nirvana’s best-known song and the anthem of the short-lived grunge movement, a song about revolution, music, or losing one’s virginity? How can we pin down the meaning of this iconic song with its suggestive but rather opaque lyrics?

The origins of the song’s title are well-known: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was gifted the title by his friend Kathleen Hanna, singer of the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill. She wrote ‘Kurt smells like Teen Spirit’ on his wall – the phrase ‘Teen Spirit’ being the name of a popular deodorant – and Cobain made a mental note of the phrase.

Cobain, who co-wrote ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ with his fellow band members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, later said that the song was Nirvana’s attempt to write a song in the style of The Pixies. But whilst this may explain the musical style of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, it leaves us none the wiser concerning the meaning of the song’s lyrics.

‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’: song meaning

The lyrics to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ do not lend themselves to what the literary critic Terry Eagleton called the ‘wisdom tooth’ school of criticism, whereby one comes along and simply extracts the meaning from the text, like a dentist removing a wisdom tooth.

As a result, numerous possible meanings of the song have been put forward. One leading theory, which Kurt Cobain himself appears to have endorsed, is that it’s a song making fun of the idea of having a revolution.

So we move from the rousing call-to-arms (loading up one’s guns) in the first line to the aboulia and indifference of ‘oh well, whatever, never mind’ towards the end of the song. Nevermind , of course, was the title given to the band’s 1991 album, on which ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was the opening track.

So this theory – that not only ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ but the whole of the shruggingly named Nevermind are about indifference to the notion of political revolution – is a compelling one.

But as soon as we move closer to the song’s lyrics and try to fit them to this interpretation, we encounter problems. How do the references to mulattos and mosquitos, and the rest of it, bear out a revolutionary (or anti-revolutionary) ‘message’ to the song?

One response is to say: they don’t. They’re just nonsensical lyrics, because the song is poking fun at those who are naïve enough to think, in 1991, that they are living in 1968 and all they have to do is head to the barricades and put a poster of Che Guevara on their bedroom wall and a new dawn will be ushered in.

Can we neatly and satisfactorily interpret the song’s rather baffling and elliptical lyrics so that they make sense?

Perhaps. And there’s a way of doing so which involves putting forward a second interpretation of the song’s meaning, different from the first (the mock-revolutionary one) and yet not entirely at odds with it.

One possible interpretation, which helps us to make sense of many lines of the song, is that it is about a fear of sex, and specifically, of losing one’s virginity. Losing one’s virginity and having sex can be liberating and fun, but it can also carry dangers: unwanted pregnancy, or even disease. And how many adolescents, navigating those difficult teenage years, haven’t contended with that conflicted attitude towards the act of giving up one’s virginity?

Losing one’s virginity can be fun; it can also be fun to ‘pretend’ that one has lost one’s virginity, or brag about sexual encounters which haven’t actually happened, to look big in front of one’s friends – while loading up a gun, again to look ‘big’ in front of said mates.

And people who brag about having lots of sex might also be the same people who like to talk big about how they’re going to start a revolution or bring down the establishment and other grand, sweeping, swaggering gestures. So these two interpretations of the song need not be mutually exclusive.

Any self-respecting girl is likely to be ‘bored’ by such male posturing (she, unlike them, has already lost her virginity and is thus self-assured); all the teenage boys can do is show off by swearing and using dirty words, as a poor substitute for actually engaging in dirty antics with the opposite sex …

The chorus to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, then, is about how to make sex ‘less dangerous’. With the lights out? What if a young male teenager actually succeeds in getting a girl into bed, a girl who is demanding to be entertained by someone who hasn’t the foggiest what he is doing?

The speaker feels ‘stupid’ but also ‘contagious’, not only because of the risk of contracting something (a sexually transmitted disease) but because of what he might himself be capable of transmitting (thus leading to the unwanted conception of a child: the words ‘mulatto’ and ‘albino’ both suggest children conceived through mixed-race unions, while the speaker describing his libido or sex-drive as a ‘mosquito’ conveys the darting, frenetic energy of his newly developed sexual desire).

The second verse, with the singer’s paradoxical reference to being ‘worse’ at what he does ‘best’ (that is, he has lost his touch), and yet feeling blessed to have a ‘gift’, is more puzzling and opaque, but might be co-opted into the ‘losing one’s virginity’ interpretation: perhaps he used to be (ironically) ‘best’ at being a virgin and useless with girls, but now he has grown ‘worse’ at it, and gained some experience, but he doesn’t like it because of the risks outlined above.

Of course, this is just a theory, but it becomes a little more compelling when related to the song as a whole, and the theory that the song’s meaning is teenage fear of sex (not knowing what to do, but also the consequences which might follow the sexual act itself).

The singer appears to have forgotten why he ‘tastes’ (alcohol, drugs, sex?) but then he recalls that it brings him happiness and makes him smile. It was hard to find (the happiness, or the cause of said happiness, whether drugs, or a girl willing to let him bed her?), but it doesn’t matter in the end.

‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’: analysis

In the last analysis, then, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ can be interpreted both as a song making fun of people who talk big about starting a revolution and as a song about the fear of sex. The song is about someone who wants nothing much to do with either of these things, because of apathy and cynicism (in the case of political revolution) and fear (of the problems sex can bring with it).

After all, Kurt Cobain was the laureate of teenagers who don’t fit in, especially in high school, and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ reads like an expression of this: where some kids are trying to impress their peers by carrying guns, and others are talking about the need for revolution, and others are boasting about their sexual prowess, the speaker of the song does not want to engage in such popularity contests.

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The Story Behind “Spirit In The Sky” By Norman Greenbaum

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He Wrote It In 15 Minutes

“Spirit in the Sky” was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and topped the charts in several countries. It also sold over two million copies just a year after its release. The song has plenty of references to Jesus even if Greenbaum himself is Jewish.

From the get-go, some part of him knew it was gonna be a hit.

In a new interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, Greenbaum discussed the track that catapulted him to greater stardom. He said, “Songwriters occasionally have an idea but not a complete one. You pack it away in the back of your head and know that you’ll get back to it. This was a song like that. Musically, I never knew quite what to do with it.”

As for the title, he saw a greeting card with “Spirit in the Sky” on it. And there was an image of American Indians with a teepee and bonfire.

He continued, “Then I happened to be watching Porter Wagoner. He had a TV show, and he did a religious song halfway through the show. One particular day, he did a song about a miner that was up in the hills, digging for gold. He hadn’t been to church [or] prayed for, like, years and years. And for some reason, he decided it was time to go back. So he took his viola, came all the way back into town, and when he got to the church, there was a note on the door that said, “The pastor’s on vacation.”

“Then I started thinking about the Hopi Indians, the pastor’s on vacation, and as a kid watching cowboy shows and hearing that the bad guys — when they were dying from a shootout — always wanted to be buried with their shoes on. All this is starting to connect. I said to myself, “Well, I’ve never written a religious song. I’ve written some oddball songs, but some serious song, I can do that.” I just sat down, and it all came together.”

He used “Jesus” in the lyrics because he “decided there was a larger Jesus gospel market out there than a Jehovah one.”

He finished writing the lyrics in just 15 minutes but the music and arrangement took longer. Greenbaum also admitted that it’s a timeless track and one that still sounds fresh today. But while it gave him massive success, he also struggled about its follow-up. He shared, “It was a monster hit. I myself didn’t have a genre. I didn’t fit into a particular niche of music. This was something that really came out of left field. I had recorded all these other songs, and we didn’t have anything that came close to the sound.”

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I remember buying Spirit (the album) back in the late 60s - and I remember buying it again and again in every medium available - vinyl, 8-track, cassette and CD - these guys don't get old. There are other exceptional songs on the album - Topanga Canyon, Uncle Jack, Dark Eyed Woman and Fresh Garbage come to mind.

If you have (or find) the album, read the liner notes about the group - they are very interesting guys, with remarkable music backgrounds which helped them become one of the really pre-eminent early rock/jazz fusion groups (and to my mind, still one of the best).

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So, what does "I got a line on you" mean, in the context of this song?

Literally, it means "I have received useful information on you (which I will now use)," which is anything but romantic!

Having a line on a woman, for instance, might mean that someone told you her favorite group was the Kinks, with the idea being that you could claim the same thing and impress her with a (nonexistent) bond. That's a standard ploy in bad romantic comedies!

So Randy California is sitting here with a phrase that would make a great hook for a single, but it sounds more sleazy and stalker-ish than loving.How do you fix that?

By going down to a river bed.

Now the line has a double meaning. If he's got a literal line on her near the water, she cannot drown, and they cannot be separated. So it means "I will always be there, and will protect you."

And now the "I have information about you" simply means "I get you, I understand you." It's not a phony line, it's a real one, and it's a lifeline, too.

Now, that would go to your sweetheart's head!

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@ericmvan I think the song is about sex. "River bed", "put yuor arms around me, every bit of your love" but during one performance, he changed it to "put your legs around me". I think its about sex and not love. But then he was something like 17 or 18 years old at the time he wrote it. I'm not an 18 year old young man but all the ones I met at the time were all about sex, not love. Just saying.

@KatWmith22 As a former 18 y/o male I can vouch for the fact that love and sex are not mutually exclusive. It's definitely a sexy song. "Let me take you, baby ... to ... bed." And you can bet that they're not going down to the riverbed just to have a stone-skipping contest. But there is also the "I got a line on you" with the double meaning as above. It's about both a physical and emotional connection.<br /> <br /> My buddy and I have a tape of Randy (apparently) improvising a Star Trek version of "Hey Joe," so I can appreciate the change of lyrics story. I talked to him (mostly about how amazing his step-dad was on drums) after that gig and he was a total gentleman.

I got a line on you babe

I remember back in the 60's when my older brother brought this album home from the store... "Spirit: The Family that Plays Together". And this track "I Got A Line On You" was the opening number... ah, yes... I remember jumping around the livingroom to this very spirited, upbeat sound wave many times. I remember thinking they were like a cross between the Beach Boys and the Beatles.

The weird thing is, I've heard this track again being played in the background very recently... once in an episode of "Two and Half Men", and the other time in a bar scene near the beginning of the movie "21".

True talent never dies...

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fuckin a right [rayman].

What a great memory, finding and downloading this song and dancing around like an idiot! Had to play it for my husband who hadn't ever heard it before...too bad I never seem to hear it on the radio (on an oldies or classic rock station).

This is much harder-rocking and less jazzy than most Spirit songs. There's a story behind that, I think.

Randy California started his music career at age 15 as the second guitarist in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. The first guitarist, "Jimmy Hames," was Jimi Hendrix. It was Hendrix who named Randy Wolfe "California" to distinguish him from the Randy in the group who was from Texas. Hendrix asked Randy to come with him to England and be the second guitarist in the Experience, but Randy's Mom would not let him drop out of high school.

Listen to this song again and imagine Hendrix on the second vocal and on a second guitar. It makes you wonder whether this song was inspired musically by some "what if" speculation of Randy's.

There's an alternate reality where Spirit accepted the invite to play Woodstock, and the film features their version of this, with Hendrix sitting In (he and Randy remained friends, and the plan was for them to go on before him). Of course, in that reality, this is the 30th comment on this song -- and none of the others need to explain how phenomenally great Spirit was!

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The Meaning Behind Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio”

I n “The Spirit of Radio,” the late Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has a lot to say about the state of commercial radio. Some of it is unflattering. With references to “salesmen,” “glittering prizes,” and “endless compromises,” Peart sounds disheartened with the state of radio in 1979, when the song was written.

On balance, though, “The Spirit of Radio” is a positive and appreciative ode to what’s great about radio. It was inspired by CFNY-FM in Toronto—a station Peart admired for its eclectic mix of music. Rush even borrowed its slogan—The Spirit of Radio—for the song’s title.

Being a music fan means getting the bad along with the good that comes with the business. On “The Spirit of Radio,” Peart and his Rush bandmates, vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, remind us that they are music fans as much as they are musicians. The song provided them with an opportunity to share their love of radio while voicing their concerns for its future.

[RELATED: Alex Lifeson Talks “No Brainer” Decision to Rejoin Geddy Lee on Stage and Giving Rush Fans Closure]

A Friendly Voice

Before we even hear a word from Lee, Rush gets us in a radio-listening frame of mind. Lifeson’s opening riff, which gets repeated in the chorus, is meant to evoke an image of radio waves and the sound of static that one would hear along the dial between stations.

Peart makes his attitude about radio abundantly clear in the very first line of “The Spirit of Radio”: Begin the day with a friendly voice . He also quickly establishes that radio isn’t just a companion (or as he puts it, “a companion unobtrusive.” It’s a form of magic that can make your whole day better.

Plays that song that’s so elusive

And the magic music makes your morning mood

Side note: In the era of streaming, there aren’t many songs that are elusive anymore. Part of radio’s magic was waiting to hear that hard-to-find song and then finally getting to listen to it when it came on.

In the second verse, Peart writes about the one thing that can make radio even better—the car.

Off on your way, hit the open road

There is magic at your fingers

For the spirit ever lingers

Undemanding contact in your happy solitude

This is something we can still relate to in the 21st century. Cars have always been a symbol of freedom, and when we bring the “companion unobtrusive” into our cars with us, we’re in great company. Better yet, from Peart’s perspective, that company makes no demands on us. Peart extends his sense of gratitude into the chorus, where he refers to radio as “bearing a gift beyond price, almost free.”

A Question of Honesty

It’s not until the third verse that Peart raises the more unseemly side of radio. Even here, he asserts that the mechanistic nature of commercial radio isn’t the problem. In the right hands, the trappings of the radio industry can still create a connection with listeners.

All this machinery making modern music

Can still be open-hearted

Not so coldly charted

It’s really just a question of your honesty

Yeah, your honesty

By “honesty,” Peart meant prioritizing the quality of the musical experience over money. In a 1980 interview with Innerview magazine, Peart explained that Rush had to grapple with making honest and integral decisions to the best of their abilities. For him, that meant “the bottom line is that we’re musicians, and everything else does have to stem from that” as opposed to making business-based decisions. In applying that principle to radio, Peart respected those in the industry who put their love of music first.

He points out the pitfalls of not putting music first in the latter part of the verse.

One likes to believe in the freedom of music

But glittering prizes

And endless compromises

Shatter the illusion of integrity, yeah

It’s also worth noting that Peart raised the topic of integrity elsewhere on Rush’s 1980 Permanent Waves album. On “Natural Science,” Peart urges us to maintain our integrity in matters of science and art.

A Dose of Levity

Rush’s compositions can get pretty heavy, but part of the allure of “The Spirit of Radio” is its (mostly) light-hearted approach. Just as the song’s lyrics are meant to reflect Peart’s gratitude for the experience that good radio stations provide, the music evokes a fun, carefree attitude, at least by Rush standards. Part of the bridge section is played in a reggae style, while the outro features some ‘50s-style rock and roll piano.

Even more surprising than the reggae feel of the bridge is Peart’s reference to a lyric from Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Instead of Paul Simon’s lines, The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls / And tenement halls , Lee sings, The words of the profits were written on the studio wall / Concert hall .

The Impact of “The Spirit of Radio”

“The Spirit of Radio” was the only single from Permanent Waves to reach the Billboard Hot 100. In getting to No. 51, it was Rush’s highest-charting hit at that point. Largely on the strength of “The Spirit of Radio”’s popularity, Permanent Waves became Rush’s first Top 10 album, peaking at No. 4.

English alternative rock band Catherine Wheel covered “The Spirit of Radio” for a 1996 CD released by CFNY-FM called Spirit of the Edge, Vol. 2 . Catherine Wheel then included the track on their Like Cats and Dogs compilation, which mostly consists of B-sides and outtakes. 

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of Permanent Waves , Rush released an animated video for “The Spirit of Radio,” which was created by Fantoons Animation Studios. The video, released five months after Peart’s death, ends with a rendering of Peart’s drum kit with the caption, “In memory of our brother Neil Peart.”

Radio is not nearly as relevant as it was when Peart wrote the lyrics for “The Spirit of Radio.” Still, Peart’s words are easy for music fans to relate to today. However we find the music we love, it’s important to appreciate the magical process of discovery and the magic of the music itself.

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The Meaning Behind The Song: Holy Roller by Spiritbox

Holy Roller is a captivating and thought-provoking song by Spiritbox that delves into deep emotional struggles and explores the dichotomy between faith and sin. This powerful track, infused with brilliant melodies and intense lyricism, encapsulates the band’s ability to create a profound impact on listeners.

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The song delves into the internal conflicts experienced by individuals who grapple with religious beliefs, ultimately questioning the rigidity of the dogmas they have been taught. Holy Roller challenges the idea that faith should be synonymous with self-righteousness and judgment, urging listeners to explore their own spiritual journeys and embrace understanding and acceptance.

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1. what inspired spiritbox to write holy roller.

Inspiration for Holy Roller stems from the personal experiences of the band members, particularly frontwoman Courtney LaPlante. She has openly discussed her struggles with faith and her complex relationship with religion, which influenced the creation of the song.

2. What is the main message of Holy Roller?

The main message of Holy Roller revolves around questioning the dogmas and conventions associated with religious belief. It encourages listeners to embark on their own spiritual journeys and emphasizes the importance of empathy and understanding, rather than judgment.

3. How does Holy Roller explore the theme of internal conflict?

Holy Roller delves into the internal conflicts experienced by individuals struggling to reconcile their faith with their personal experiences and worldview. The song highlights the emotional turmoil this can create and the difficulties of navigating one’s beliefs in a society where rigid religious frameworks are prevalent.

4. How does Spiritbox convey their emotions through the song?

Spiritbox masterfully conveys their emotions through the combination of Courtney LaPlante’s haunting vocals and the evocative instrumentation. The intensity in her voice and the rawness of the lyrics allow listeners to deeply connect with the emotions being expressed.

5. What significance does the title “Holy Roller” hold?

The term “Holy Roller” refers to someone who is devoutly religious. Spiritbox utilizes this term to portray the clash between the individual and the religious establishment. The title serves as a symbol for the internal struggle faced by those who grapple with the expectations and stereotypes associated with faith.

6. Does Holy Roller criticize religion?

Holy Roller does not aim to criticize religion as a whole, but rather challenges rigid dogmas and hypocritical behavior often associated with it. The song encourages introspection and personal growth within the framework of faith.

7. How has Holy Roller resonated with listeners?

Holy Roller has resonated deeply with listeners, particularly those who have experienced conflicts with religious beliefs or felt pressured by societal norms. The song’s relatability, combined with its powerful music and meaningful lyrics, has allowed it to connect with a wide range of individuals.

8. What impact has Holy Roller had on Spiritbox’s career?

Holy Roller has been one of Spiritbox’s most successful and impactful songs, significantly contributing to their growing reputation in the music industry. Its popularity has propelled the band into the spotlight, attracting a larger audience and facilitating their continued success.

9. Can Holy Roller be considered a departure from Spiritbox’s earlier sound?

While Holy Roller brings a fresh and distinct vibe to Spiritbox’s discography, it remains true to the band’s unique sound. The infusion of intense emotion and captivating melodies, which are characteristic of their music, is evident in this song as well.

10. What sets Holy Roller apart from other songs by Spiritbox?

Holy Roller stands out due to its introspective and thought-provoking nature. The profound exploration of faith, the internal struggle, and the powerful delivery all contribute to its distinctiveness and captivate listeners.

11. Could Holy Roller be interpreted differently by different listeners?

Absolutely. Like any piece of art, Holy Roller can be subject to multiple interpretations. Each listener brings their own unique perspective and experiences, which can influence how they understand and connect with the song.

12. How can Holy Roller inspire personal growth and reflection?

Holy Roller inspires personal growth and reflection by encouraging listeners to question and challenge their beliefs. It prompts self-reflection and introspection, allowing individuals to reevaluate their own spiritual paths and adopt a more open-minded and empathetic approach.

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    "Spirit Song," written in 1979, is the most lasting musical contribution from Wimber. It appears widely in hymnals and is one of the more popular new hymns in The United Methodist Hymnal. Stanza one begins with an image of Christ, inviting "The Son of God" to "enfold" the worshipper "with his Spirit and love."

  2. The Strumbellas' "Spirits" Lyrics Meaning

    Most simply explained, the titular "spirits", which reside "in" the vocalist's "head", is an allegory for the depressed, doubtful side of his persona. This song, which was The Strumbellas' breakthrough hit, came out in late 2015. However, the band had actually been together since 2008.

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  7. The Meaning Behind The Song: Spirit by Willie Nelson

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    Release Date of "Spirit" "Spirit", which was released on 10 July 2019, serves as the lead single on the compilation album The Lion King: The Gift. The entire project was produced with Beyoncé at the helm. The song is also featured on the actual soundtrack of the 2019 edition of Disney's famed The Lion King.

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    "Spirit in the Sky" was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and topped the charts in several countries. It also sold over two million copies just a year after its release. The song has plenty of references to Jesus even if Greenbaum himself is Jewish. From the get-go, some part of him knew it was gonna be a hit.

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