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Another Cultural TC: "Paint it Black"

Posted Over 9 Years ago by chiarizio

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The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black"
[quote="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paint_It,_Black#History_and_composition"]
was said to be about the funeral of a girl
.

[quote="Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, copyright ABKCO Music Inc."]
I see a red door, and I want it painted black:
No colors anymore, I want them to turn black.
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes; (or "... in their calico")
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes.

I see a line of cars, and they're all painted black,
With flowers, and my love, both never to come back. (or "With flowers for the one who's never coming back.")
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away:
Like a newborn baby, it just happens every day.

I look inside myself, and see my heart is black.
I see my red door, and must have it painted black.
Maybe, then, I'll fade away! And not have to face the facts.
(It's not easy, facing up, when your whole world is black.)

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue.
(I could not foresee this thing happening to you.)
If I look hard enough, into the setting sun,
Will my love laugh with me, before the morning comes?


Even In Real Life there are alternative interpretations.

Yes, it's about a funeral, and about a bereft mourner's depression.

But how did the deceased die?
In combat? As a victim of crime? While trying to commit a crime? Of AIDS? Of an overdose? Of an ectopic pregnancy or other fatal miscarriage?

Is the deceased male or female? Is the mourner male or female? Is the deceased the mourner's father? mother? brother? sister? husband? wife? son? daughter? lover? other partner?

Why couldn't the mourner foresee whatever happened to the deceased, and, what was that thing that happened to the deceased that the mourner couldn't foresee?

Why is the door red?
What's "no longer will my green sea turn a deeper blue" mean?

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In Earth's real cultures, colours like black and red and green and blue mean (and/or meant) different things; likewise, flowers mean or meant different things; and likewise turning your head and quickly looking away mean and meant different things.

In your concultures, what colours or what things instead of colours, what things instead of flowers, what actions instead of painting and/or looking away, would apply?

Perhaps the mourner is depressed because he has lost his chief, nearly life-long, enemy/opponent.

Or the mourner may not be depressed at all over the death of his/her father/mother/brother/sister/husband/wife; maybe s/he is glad of it.

What do you think?

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[unparsed][b:44a4e06156]I see a red door, and I want it painted black:
No colors anymore, I want them to turn black.
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes; (or "... in their calico")
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes. [/b:44a4e06156]

[i:44a4e06156] In Arkala, red is the national colour.
Thus, it might be thought there that the deceased was killed in (or by) the army, or perhaps executed, and the mourner sees the
empire as having killed them and resents it.

The Ili of the southern regions paint or dye their feathers for ceremonial purposes, so "paint it black" probably means a lot to
them.
However, black is not a colour for mourning. It symbolises a temporary ending, whereas red is the colour of a permanent one.
It might be seen as implying that the mourner intends to suicide and join the deceased, thus making the parting temporary. In
that case the mourner is probably (but not certainly) a parent, as suicide after the loss of one's child is considered more
acceptable than in most cases.
[/i:44a4e06156]
[b:44a4e06156]I see a line of cars, and they're all painted black,
With flowers, and my love, both never to come back. (or "With flowers for the one who's never coming back.")
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away:
Like a newborn baby, it just happens every day. [/b:44a4e06156]

[i:44a4e06156] A car would have to be powered by an automated spell(essentially the same way that their airships are); there aren't enough
people who own a car for there to be a line of private ones, so this may support the Arkalan military interpretation.
As red is the national colour, the only section of the army likely to use mainly black vehicles is the elite solar battalion, who use
a gold insignia on black.

Flowers never coming back may refer to the second age. Most plants died after the suns went out, and things didn't recover 'til
the third age.[/i:44a4e06156]


[b:44a4e06156]I look inside myself, and see my heart is black.
I see my red door, and must have it painted black.
Maybe, then, I'll fade away! And not have to face the facts.
(It's not easy, facing up, when your whole world is black.) [/b:44a4e06156]

[i:44a4e06156] It's basic sorcery is to sense the wavelengths within one's self, and, as the people of Elet don't really understand the physics, it's
generally interpreted as seeing the colour of ones internal energy.
If the sorcerer's heart appears black to that sense, it's probably antiwave magic.
Possibly the narrator is killing theirself by magical means.[/i:44a4e06156]

[b:44a4e06156]No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue.
(I could not foresee this thing happening to you.)
If I look hard enough, into the setting sun,
Will my love laugh with me, before the morning comes?[/b:44a4e06156]

[i:44a4e06156] Sea probably either refers to the coast of Arkala (it has more than any other nation), or to the metaphorical sea of the
otherworld, depending on interpretation.

Setting sun is either another reference to the second age or to the otherworld.
The second age was characterised by being after the destruction of the suns, and some realms of the otherworld still have their
own sun(s), unlike current Elet.[/i:44a4e06156]

Over 9 Years ago
Quillwraith
 

[unparsed][quote:70d5532738="Quillwraith"]
In Arkala, red is the national colour...[/quote:70d5532738]

Wow.

That was one of the best responses to a cultural TC I've ever seen here. Very well done!

Interesting take on interpreting it in the context of your cultures.

Sorcerer suicide because she lost her child... to a military order?

Over 9 Years ago
Blake
 

[unparsed][quote:4b7c937ea0="Blake"][quote:4b7c937ea0="Quillwraith"]
In Arkala, red is the national colour...[/quote:4b7c937ea0]

Wow.

That was one of the best responses to a cultural TC I've ever seen here. Very well done!

Interesting take on interpreting it in the context of your cultures.

Sorcerer suicide because she lost her child... to a military order?[/quote:4b7c937ea0]
Thanks!

Over 9 Years ago
Quillwraith
 

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[quote="Blake"]
[quote="Quillwraith"]
[size=8]In Arkala, red is the national colour...

[size=10:0bb829c739]Wow.
That was one of the best responses to a cultural TC I've ever seen here. Very well done!
Interesting take on interpreting it in the context of your cultures.
Sorcerer suicide because she lost her child... to a military order?

What Blake said.
8)
Thanks, Quillwraith!

Over 9 Years ago
chiarizio
 

I really liked these responses.
Anyone else want to contribute?

3 Months ago
chiarizio
 

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