February Winds Lyrics
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What's Your Interpretation?
Share your thoughts on "February Winds" by Billy Talent.
1 Thoughts and Song Meanings
I think that the expression "February winds" is a metaphor for a capricious force. It might be in your favor one moment and against you the next.
The song touches on ideals of empathy and global community. Perhaps suggesting that we should focus on what we all have in common.
It feels like there might be a little contempt for Western culture in general. We have it easy here. We've also been lost lately, and clearly, empathy seems to be in shorter supply than perhaps it once was. The line "Another tragedy has set the scene for conscience to be revealed" might be a reference to the prevalence of virtue signaling. Or, it could be talking about a call to action - as in, now's the time to follow your conscience.
The line "we are the refugees, divided we'll survive on hope" is saying that, although we tend to think about people from 3rd world countries when we think of refugees, it's actually us who are refugees. Expatriates of a world where compassion and decency are held in the highest regard. But for now, we have hope, and that will get us through.
He is urging us to open our hearts and take action to give the people who need some help a second chance. And yes, sometimes it might not make perfect economic sense, but you should do it for love.
The references to February winds, and the line "the message that we send will come back in the end" are a warning. We have it good now, but things can change quickly. If we are empathetic and compassionate towards those who need it now, maybe we'll be treated the same way in our time of need. If we disregard those who need us now, they will not be there for us when the winds change.