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Is “cemetery gaits” grammatically correct?

There is a song with the following lyrics: "You know us by the way we crawl and you know us by our cemetery gaits" The part I'd like to ask about is 'cemetery gaits'. I love the lyric and am having ...
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Are these song lyrics correct english? [closed]

I am writing song lyrics for a heavy metal song i am making, but i have some trouble to figure out whether its correct or wrong, cause the last sentence does not seem to make any sense at all. I am ...
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“I'm all about that bass”

My question is all about the perceived formality of using about in the sentences like I'm all about that bass. How (in)formal is using about like this? OED has this definition for this usage: to ...
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Need help on writing a Phrase or line in the Lyrics [closed]

This is the original line, " I have anger and sorrow for you " I have to rewrite this line in a rhythmic format Line should intrigue a person Need some help from the experts
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Can't understand the verse from “Cranberries - I'm Still Remembering”

I'm having hard time to understand last 2 lines of the following verse: They say the cream will always rise to the top. They say that good people are always first to drop. What of Kurt ...
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“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn” - What does it mean? [closed]

I've come across this quote from Phil Collins' Son of Man: In learning you will teach And in teaching you will learn I'm not really sure what it's supposed to mean - I think it means more ...
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Bernie Taupin's “Voyeur” lyric

I cannot understand the meaning of the folowing excerpt from Bernie Taupin's lyrics to Elton Johns "Voyeur" (the bold lines): I’m looking, I’m looking back I’m trying to imagine this and that ...
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I’m trying to please to the calling

Van Morrison’s song Moondance has these lines “And I'm trying to please to the calling / Of your heart-strings that play soft and low.” What are we to make of “please to the calling” -- an ...
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I'm goin'-a take that right hand road

I have run into a song by Fred McDowell which is called Going Down to The River. It starts as follows: I'm goin' down that river I'm goin'-a take that right hand road I'm goin' down the river I'm ...
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What does “Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you” mean? [closed]

I heard this in "Gloomy Sunday" song. is it true that this mean: "the death coach carried you to unknown place..."? I'm tried to translate "Gloomy Sunday lyrics" to "Persian" and i need your help! ...
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What does “confess” mean in this context?

The first two lines of Nancy Sinatra's song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin’" written by Lee Hazlewood, are the following: You keep saying you got something for me Something you call love ...
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Greenback boogie lyrics from Suits TV series theme

I recently started watching "Suits". There is a theme song. It has a lyrics with a sentence "Everybody wanna know, how it feel". I turned the CC and yes, its exactly that way. I think it should ...
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Why does “chain and whips” sound 'wrong' in a Rihanna song? [closed]

I was asked recently about word order in the Rihanna song "S&M". There is a line in the chorus that uses the word order of "chains and whips": Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains ...
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Meaining of “holler”?

In the context of it's use in the song "Copperhead Road". http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/copperheadroad.html Examples: "He headed up the holler with everything he had" "I plant it up ...
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Shake 'em on down [closed]

In 1937 Bukka White recorded a blues song under the title of "Shake 'em on down". Part of the lyrics are cited on Wikipedia: Get your nightcap mama, and your gown Baby 'fore day we gonna shake ...
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What's the meaning of “you are a shell”?

This is an excerpt from the song "Full Circle" by Creed: Keep burning bridges while you're buying your new friends A day of reflection hits, you're a shell, skin and bones, counting costs ...
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What does ''It's 'bout as bad as it could be'' mean? [closed]

It's 'bout as bad as it could be is part of the lyrics of Up! by Shania Twain. It is the first phrase of the song and is supposed to be a single sentence in itself. Below is the beginning parts of the ...
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The Doors On The Bus go open and shut? [closed]

In the lyrics for the childrens song The Wheels on The Bus it says The doors On The Bus go open and shut, all through the town. Is shut correct in this context? Can you say "the door goes shut"? ...
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Infinitive usage (which sentence is correct)

I am working on the lyrics for one of my songs and english is not my first language. Here's the question - which of these sentences is correct? No thorns to prick your heart No thorns to prick your ...
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What is the meaning of 'like' in this context? [closed]

I was listening to a song by Kamelot; you can find the lyrics here. However, I can't understand the meaning of 'like' where it's used: Tell me when the night is gone, Like washed away, ...
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What is meant by “mercy your ears”?

Setup I'm asking this question because of a song lyric that I'm trying to make sense of: Lean my direction and mercy your ears Obviously, lyrics often do not follow the rules of grammar, and ...
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What does “I got me a woman” mean? [closed]

I am trying to understand some lyrics: I got me a woman, she's so good to me I got me a woman, she's the girl of my dreams and so on I would have written "I got a woman". I know "got me" ...
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of ...
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Non-verbal lyrics in songs - is there a nice name for these?

Often in songs the lyrics will be "na na na", "doo doo doo" etc in a particular section or part. Is there a name for these sorts of sounds? I've seen "non-lexical vocables" which, while being ...
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“Why do all good things” or “Why does all good things”? [closed]

I always thought that: "I, you, we, they do" and "he, she, it does". But, I have heard the following music: "Why do all good things come to an end" Shouldn't it be does instead of do ? Since I think ...
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Define “plate” from Sweeney Todd musical

The opening song of the Sweeney Todd musical contains the following passage about his wife: There was another man who saw that she was beautiful... A pious vulture of the law who, with a ...
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In the rap Baby Got Back, does Sir Mix-a-Lot's anaconda want buns or not? [duplicate]

In the rap Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-a-Lot claims: My anaconda don't want none unless you've got buns, hun. Which at first glance would appear that his pet snake doesn't want any (food, presumably) ...
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Biting butter and crumbs

In a song by The Last Shadow Puppets there is this line: "Can't you see I'm the ghost in the wrong coat Biting butter and crumbs" Is the "Biting butter and crumbs" an actual saying, or just a ...
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“Jesus is a coming” - what's the exact grammatical role of the “a” before the gerund? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in the common use of English, namely in songs, there is also an extra redundant(?) "a" before a gerund, such as in a gospel song I heard Jesus is a coming (this particular ...
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“Living like Jim Morrison” . what does it imply or refer to? [closed]

In the Gods and Monsters song by Lana Del Ray “No one’s gonna take my soul away”, there is the line: I'm living like Jim Morrison What does this line mean?
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You can spend all your love making time? [closed]

"You can spend all your time making money; You can spend all your love making time." from the song Take it to the limit by The Eagles, the phrase "love making time" makes me wonder. Does it mean ...
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To die or to kill? [closed]

In the Boney M song 'Ma Baker', one line is: But she knew how to die I always wondered if this is correct English, or that it should be: But she knew how to kill Since dying seems to ...
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Carry we who die in battle

A song by the heavy metal band Manowar includes these lines: Carry we who die in battle Over land and sea The "we" sounds wrong for me. I'd use "us" in this sentence. A quick google search ...
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What's the meaning of the word “spitters” in The Chemical Worker's Song?

Amongst the different versions of this song (Known by various names including "The Chemical Worker's Song", "Process Man" and "The ICI Song") that are floating around, there seem to be two variations ...
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“Definite ninety-nine” - UK English meaning

I've been browsing through older lyrics of Judas Priest songs, namely Rocka Rolla, which has the following lines in a verse: Barroom fighter Ten pint a nighter Definite ninety-nine ...
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Could the sentence “Not even death can do us part” be considered correct?

Not even death can do us part. These are lyrics from the Beyoncé song "Sweet Dreams" (link to the part in question.) I've been curious about this for a while. If one considers "Till death do us ...
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First use of the slang term “Scrub”?

The slang term "scrub", when referred to a person, can mean several things. It seems like the original usage as an adjective is someone who is not good at something - video games, sports, etc. I am ...
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Term for poems structured by repetitive devices

Terms such as "blank verse", "free verse" and "heroic couplet" are used to refer to poems with particular forms. I am curious to know whether there exists a term for poems that are strongly ...
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My leg is sparkles, my leg is pins

I am trying to improve my vocabulary translating lyrics of songs I like. Today is "Slow Show" by The National. Everything is pretty clear, but for one line: My leg is sparkles, my leg is pins My ...
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What does “love me do” mean?

As many of you know, there is a famous song by the Beatles entitled Love Me Do. Nevertheless, I have some doubts about the correctness of such a title. Does "love me do" mean the same as "love me" or ...
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Tower of Babel, what is the meaning of the following verse?

What is the meaning of the following verse from Bernie Taupin's Tower of Babel as sung by Elton John on the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy? Those hungry hunters Tracking down the ...
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'Blowing Dixie double four time' and 'He can play the honky tonk like anything' meaning

in Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing" what is the meaning of these two lines: In the first verse: You get a shiver in the dark It's been raining in the park but meantime South of the ...
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“Buy the farm” meaning

In Alice Cooper’s song “Hey Stoopid” from his 1991 album, there is a verse that runs like this: Now I know you’ve been kicked around. You ain’t alone in this ugly town. You stick a needle ...
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What is “I'm gonna serve it to you” trying to convey?

Though there is no dispute that songs may have nonsense lyrics, the song "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes actually have very coherent lyrics. However, one line stands out as some type of ...
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what does “Save the hammer for the man” mean in this context?

This is part of the lyrics of the song "Save the Hammer for the Man," by Tom Morello (& Ben Harper): I hurt the gentlest souls, I robbed my wife and son I turned my back on troubles, ...
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what's the lyrics in this line?

What are the exacts words in this line of Aaron Tippin's song "Christmas is the warmest time of the year? The time is: 1:36 - 1:39 Here's the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxZz1169s0Q Are ...
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What is the meaning of bedshape?

I was listening to a song called 'Bedshaped' of English band 'Keane'. But, I couldn't find any meaning of it from any dictionaries. Maybe I can guess, but I would like to make sure about this. How do ...
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“Lick on a trick for a Rolex” — meaning?

I heard this line in the rap song Ghetto Bird by Ice Cube (full lyrics here) and I'm completely puzzled by its meaning. My homey's here to lick on a trick for a Rolex And let me try the four ...
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what does “I will step into the ring for you” mean? [closed]

The sentence comes from a song. Leonard Cohen I am your man .... If you want a boxer I will step into the ring for you ...... What does "step into the ring for you"? Someone can explain it for me. ...
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The meaning of “blue canoe” in the lyrics of “Where to Now, St. Peter” sung by Elton John

In his song Where to Now, St. Peter, Sir Elton John sings: I took myself a blue canoe, And I floated like a leaf Dazzling, dancing half enchanted In my Merlin sleep. Crazy was the ...