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In the lyrics of "It's my life" by No Doubt, there is:

If I could buy my reasoning, I'd pay to lose

Can someone explain what this means?


Does it means: my feelings tell me to go left, my reasoning to go right, if I could pay to keep my reasoning quite and go left, I would do it, but my reasoning is stronger, so I still feel I should go right?

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closed as off topic by Mitch, Matt E. Эллен, RegDwigнt May 22 '12 at 18:15

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Sadly, interpretation of lyrics or poetry is off-topic. There's too much room for opinion/disagreement, and really, we'll never know exactly what the author meant. Try Yahoo Answers. – Mitch May 22 '12 at 16:40
Sorry, English is not my mother tongue. I thought it was an expression really meaning something in English, not poetry. – JVerstry May 22 '12 at 19:17
Well, song lyrics -are- poetry (though not often recognized as such). That is, the lyrics are created with an emphasis on being artful rather than in attempt to transfer information. – Mitch May 22 '12 at 19:44

For the speculative fun if it (despite this being off topic for english.SE) I'd say it means the speaker feels that, if his reasoning ability were for sale, he'd buy it and be getting a raw deal because it's so poor. Though, like all lyric and poetry, this line cannot be interpreted in a vacuum. It has to be taken in light of the rest of piece and whatever source material/reference it draws upon.

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