I recently listened to the song “Colors of the wind” by Vanessa Williams and I’ve found two grammatical problems in the last verse that I don’t understand.
You can own the Earth and still
All you’ll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind
My first question is why the first Earth follows a the and the second does not.
My second question is about the usage of until. Shouldn’t it be a “not...until” usage here?
- Shouldn’t it be something like, “You won’t own the earth until you can paint with all the colors of the wind”?
The original lyrics sounds to me as if they mean the opposite, because what I understand from the original lyrics is, “Once you can paint with all the colors of the wind, you’d stop owning the earth.“
Is my understanding of the usage of until wrong?