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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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What is 'Chilly bow' [closed]

Band Scooter often repeats "Chilly bow, chilly bow" in their songs. What could it possibly mean? Thanks.
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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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About lyrics of “There's No Business Like Show Business” [closed]

I am learning about lyrics of "there's no business like show business'. http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/e/ethel_merman/theres_no_business_like_show_business_lyrics.html Everything about it is ...
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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'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 ...
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“I'd-a lost”? What does this contraction stand for?

The first lines of George Thorogood's version of "One bourbon, one scotch, one beer": Wanna tell you a story about the houseman blues. I come home one Friday, had to tell the landlady I'd-a ...
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“to go up the field a ways”

I found this phrase in some Chemical Brothers lyrics: I thought we were going To go up the field a ways To join all the other living souls But you never came English's not my first ...
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What meter is best for songs, especially hymns? [closed]

I realize that this may be somewhat open-ended, but although I am not a poet, I want to try my hand at writing a song, perhaps a hymn, and wonder if perhaps iambic pentameter is best, or perhaps ...
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What is the precise meaning of “fuck” in the context of the hip hop mantra, “Fuck bitches, get money”? [closed]

I've been hearing the line "Fuck bitches / Get money" in hip hop songs recently. I mostly noticed it lately in a couple of notable songs by Lil Wayne and other Young Money affiliated artists, but ...
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What does “put the top down” mean? [closed]

Well, I have been searching the meaning of "put the top down", but I didn't find anything useful. Let me show you a little bit the context. I'm gonna put the top down I'm gonna talk about old times ...
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“Do I believe the sky above” vs. “I do believe the sky above” [closed]

I’m Brazilian and I have a question. Why does Enya say the following in her song “Caribbean Blue”? So the world goes round and round With all you ever knew They say the sky high above Is ...
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Meaning of 'That old rocking chair's going to get me' [closed]

In the Joni Mitchell song Stormy Weather, there's this line: That old rocking chair's going to get me What does that mean? I suppose that old rocking chair is a symbol of something, but what? ...
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What is the meaning of “as we moonshine and molly” in Rihanna's Diamonds? [closed]

Palms rise to the universe As we moonshine and molly Feel the warmth, we’ll never die We’re like diamonds in the sky In the above part of Rihanna's Diamonds song, what does she mean by ...
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What does it mean “may you never take a single breath for granted” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why to use “May” before using “May God bless you”? I'm amused by the song "I hope you dance" from Lee Ann Womack, but I'm not sure if I understand the meaning of the ...