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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 ...
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Can the word “he” be used to refer to a woman? [closed]

In the song “Extraordinary Girl” by Green Day, you can notice that the vocalist sings about an “extraordinary girl”, sometimes referring to her as he, and sometimes as she. For example, at 2:51, you ...
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Meaning of “well you done done me and you bet I felt it”

Well you done done me and you bet I felt it— Jason Mraz, I'm Yours What does the first sentence from this song mean?
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What's the meaning of the expression “bed burning” or “bed on fire”? [closed]

There's a song by Midnight Oil called Beds Are Burning, and the song Psycho Killer also says that "my bed's on fire". What do those expressions mean (if they mean the same thing)? update: Some ...
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What does “Hallelujah” mean in Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah song? [closed]

Rufus Wainwright's Cover of Hallelujah The literal meaning of hallelujah is "Praise Yah", however the song uses it in different ways and I have always wondered what it really means in the song. ...
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Pink Floyd's “steel breeze” [closed]

Keeping in mind how difficult to explain/translate Pink Floyd's lyrics are, I would carefully listen to all insights that native speakers might have as per the meaning of the phrase "steel breeze", ...
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What does it mean “It is hard to get by just upon a smile”?

I am listening to a song by Joanna Wang: "Wild World" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnlQT1I5K9s It is originally by Cat Stevens, and some lyrics are near the end of this question. I wonder what ...
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Keep myself right on this train [closed]

In Underdog, a song by Kasabian, I have some difficulties to understand the meaning of Kill me if you dare ok Hold my head up everywhere Is it an ellipsis for "I hold my head up ...
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Meaning of “Ain't Seen Nothing Yet”

Was a little surprised I couldn't find a previous question asking about the phrase "Ain't Seen Nothing Yet". I try to decode its meaning every time I hear the song of the same name by Bachman Turner ...
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Meaning of Lyrics in “Diamonds on the Inside” [closed]

In Ben Harper's song, "Diamonds on the Inside", there is a verse that goes She made herself a bed of nails, And shes plannin' on puttin' it to use. I don't quite understand its meaning, ...
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Have I got a little story for you

There is a song called "Alive", by Pearl Jam. The opening line is: Son, she said, have I got a little story for you Despite the subject-auxiliary inversion ("have I"), which would be expected in ...
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Join with all nature in manifold witness

In the song Great is Thy faithfulness there is a line that reads Join with all nature in manifold witness What does that mean? What is manifold witness?
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“She’s got a ticket to ride, but she don’t care” — why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The grammaticality of “that don't impress me much” In the famous Beatles song Ticket to ride, it is said of the protagonist that “she don’t care”. Why ...
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What does the expression “Brothers in Arms” mean?

I was listening to Dire Straits and wondered what "brothers in arms" are...
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What does “shot” mean in this context?

Another shot before we kiss the other side. This is from Lady Gaga's recent song, "Edge of Glory." A subtitled video can be seen here. This is probably better than just reading the lyrics.
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“No spark of constellation, No Vela no Orion”

Can anyone tell me the meaning of these two lines in the lyrics? I look up to the heavens But night has clouded over No spark of constellation No Vela no Orion
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What does “How do I feel this good sober” mean?

Help settle an argument. There's a song whose chorus "How do I feel this good sober?" One interpretation is, "How is possible that I feel as good as I do, even though I am sober?" The other is, ...
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What is the difference between a “stanza” and a “verse”, as applied to English literature?

What is the difference between 'stanza' and 'verse' in English Literature (Poetry)? I've read one of my classmate's essays and the word 'verse' cropped up - I thought that the word 'verse' was usually ...
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What does “And she promises the earth to me…” mean?

I like the famous song. But I can't understand what does "to promise the earth" mean. Does she want to give the Earth to him? I suspect native English speakers find it a strange question. Maybe I ...
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What does 'In and out of time' mean?

I've encountered the phrase I can feel your heart beat in and out of time in the song Call To Arms, Angels And Airwaves and can't figure out what it means. Does it mean that the heart beat is ...
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What do these confusing lyrics mean?

What does the phrase, "I need to be with myself and center..." mean? It's part of the lyrics of Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry.
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What/who are “toy soldiers”? [closed]

There is a song called Toy Soldiers by Martika of which a part of the lyrics goes: Step by step Heart to heart Left, right, left We all fall down Like toy soldiers Bit by bit Torn ...
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What does “Man of the room” mean?

I am in the process of translating Sister Sledge's "B.Y.O.B" song into Russian. Could you please help me to grasp the meaning of the "Man of the room" idiom used in this song?
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Meaning of “brave my fire”

As in these Rome - To Die Among Strangers lyrics: the whores of rome and the kings of france have tried to brave my fire now the snakes curl up, the curtains part will you try ...
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What does “put it down on me” mean?

What does the phrase "put it down on me" mean?
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What does “close to you behind the door” mean? [closed]

I love this song, it's called "Behind the Door" by Sixth Finger. I love the song, but I have no clue as to what it really means. Here's a link to the song, just in case: ...
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What does the word 'dicta' ('dita'?) mean in the song 'Who's That Chick?'?

The song 'Who's That Chick?' by David Guetta featuring Rihanna features the following line in the chorus: She's been a crazy dicta, disco fever and you wonder... Lyrics websites disagree on the ...
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What's the meaning of the expression “Grab a hold”?

What does it mean to "grab a hold"? There is a song by Cyndi Lauper that says If you wanna grab a hold, let it go...
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I'll say at farewell or at last?

Which of the following would be more comprehensible to say in English: At last I'll tell? At farewell I'll say? The Last word? as the title in song А напоследок я скажу (words by Bella ...
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Meanings of 'killing moon' and 'killing time' in song by Echo and The Bunnymen

I was wondering what the meanings of the expressions killing moon and killing time on the song Killing moon by Echo and The Bunnymen are. Under blue moon I saw you So soon you'll take me Up in ...
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Some questions about the lyric of “so feel autumn rain”

so feel autumn rain Can 'feel' be modified by 'so' without saying what's the feeling? Leaving with twilight though I was chosen Why 'I was chosen' can be the cause of 'leaving with ...
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What is “hoolihan” in “Old Paint” song?

Lyric is: I ride an old paint, I lead an old dan I'm goin' to Montana to throw the hoolihan They feed in the coulees, they water in the draw Their tails are all matted, their ...
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What does “pass it on” mean?

I love the song Pass It On by The Coral, but I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: Just find the feeling, pass it on. What does pass it on mean?
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Is “you've coming from” a colloquialism?

In the Take That song, Never Forget, the lyrics run "Never forget where you've coming from". Was that a mistake, or is it a colloquialism (or something else) to say "you've" instead of "you're" in ...
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What's the deep meaning in the lyrics of “Heavy Traffic” by Elton John? [closed]

In the lyrics, some pieces I couldn't understand very well: Shakey wake up thirsty from a night in the bar And snake hips Joe is Mr. Cool What's snake hips? And, does the name Joe have a ...
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What does “Hollaback Girl” mean?

Gwen Stefani says, "I ain't no hollaback girl" in her song. What does it mean?
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Double negation

How should I interpret the following lyric from America: we ain't had no time to drink that beer?
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Meaning of the sentence from the song “Powerless”

As I am not a native English speaker, I am a bit curious to know the meaning of this sentence which I heard in Nelly Furtado's song "Powerless": 'Cause this life is too short to live it just for ...
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What does “I Can't Get No Satisfaction” mean?

This song by The Rolling Stones, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". As a non-native speaker, I always wondered what's the exact meaning of this phrase? Is it "I'm not getting any satisfaction" (this ...