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In the Cranberries song "Ode To MY Family" there's a line that I've always found curious. It reads "'Cause we were raised to see life as fun and take it if we can".

I'm not a native English speaker, but I don't think I've ever heard "to take life" in the meaning that seems to be intended here. On top of that, I know "taking a life" to be a common expression meaning to kill someone.

So my question is: does this line ring as morbid to a native English speaker as it does to me?

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Doesn't sound morbid to me. In this context, I take it to mean, roughly:

See life as fun, and have as much fun as we can.

I had a friend who used to say:

When offered a slice of life, take the big piece.

It's a variant of, "Grab a big slice of life!"

Live large. Seize the day. See life as fun, and take it if you can.

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