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Naveed Interpretations

*Not all songs have explanations because Raine wants the listener to make their own interpretations of the lyrics - everyone can perceive them differently.*

  • The Birdman

  • Starseed

    "It was based on this book by Ken Carey, The Starseed Transmissions, about a channelling experience he had. The whole chorus is about if you have had a channelling experience and during this experience you find something you believe and trying to convince everybody else is not always an easy task. I'm into a lot of meditating. My dad was Catholic and he tried to school me in that, but I never really agreed with him. I've always been interested in religion and the way it affects society. The Starseed thing is about going on a meditaion journey and coming back with something tangible. Something you actually believe in. Something that means something to you. It is hard to convince people of my father's generation of anything other than the religious values instilled in them."
    - Raine Maida

  • Naveed

    "It's named after a friend of mine. His name is Naveed. He is Iranian and one day he told me the background (of the name) was a person referred to as a bearer of good news. The album title Naveed kind of ties in all the lyrics. 'Naveed' talks about someone scared to die, but at the same time interested in it. Naveed was playing with a gun and was unaware that one chamber within the gun contained a bullet. We took the concept of Naveed and placed it in the dark optimism of our music. We have forced Naveed to travel the distance between mysticism and bitter reality.."
    -Raine Maida

    Clumsy Interpretations

  • Superman's Dead

      About how fake the world is today, for children to grow up in. "ordinary's just not good enough today" - Raine Maida
    "It's just about how hard it is for kids to grow up today. They're inundated with the media and images and cliques they try to have to fit into."

    "It doesn't happen anymore. I have a nine-year-old brother; he's either inside playing Nintendo or staying up late on a school night watching Beavis & Butthead. And you juxtapose that against the old Superman, on the black and white series. He was a real hero, good values, strong-willed, a gentleman; but I think Beavis & Butthead win today."
    -Raine Maida

    There are two Superman's Dead video's because:
    "They (the USA) liked our video but they wanted to put more band footage in and take out some of the concept and for us, we just really couldn’t see taking out any of the concept because we spent so much time working on it that it flowed the way it should and to sacrifice any of that footage would destroy the video..." -Raine " we just decided that starting over would make better sense" -Mike
  • Carnival
      Raine has this theory - when we're kids, we won't step on the cracks or we'll break our mothers' backs. But this isn't just a game - when we get older, the cracks become things like the math exam you failed, getting pregnant, or your parents telling you that they're getting a divorce. These are the cracks we have to hop over - and now, your mother's back becomes your own, and sometimes, all these problems heaped on our backs make us feel like we're gonna break the song is "about all those days when you feel like you're surrounded by the cracks; they're all around you."
      - Raine
  • Big Dumb Rocket

  • 4am
  • Clumsy
    "It's about perspective. At different times of the day you see things differently. It's just about standing back sometimes, trying to really see what's happening and get to the heart of whatever it may be. It's important to be analytical about things. I think sometimes people are a little tempermental or judgemental. Sometimes the energy you have stored up in your body comes out the wrong way and you have to be aware of the things you say to people and the way you view your problems. That's the whole "watching" thing. You can see someone and they might appear to be waving you good-bye and you can walk away and they'll end up drowning; or you can see it from a different perspective and see that they are drowning and they need your help and you need to jump in and save them."
    - Raine Maida in Extreme Magazine, issue 16, Spring 1997
  • The Story of 100 Aisles

  • Car Crash

    Unrelesed Interpretations (live)

  • Trapeze