On Ian Dury's first album, there is a song titled, I'm partial to your Abracadabra. The song, as all of Durys' songs is filled with lots of London slang, most of which is recognisable. However, i would like to know if anyone can tell me the meaning of the song's title

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    is it Abracadabra?
    – lbf
    Apr 16, 2018 at 11:57
  • Yeah, soz about that
    – Steve K
    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:16
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because song interpretation is outside the scope of the site.
    – jimm101
    Apr 16, 2018 at 12:47
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    @jimm101, I've seen lots of questions with an close or exact formal resemblance to this one but where the subject matter came from a recognized literary work. Beware of snobbery, it sometimes jumps on us from behind.
    – Aethelbald
    Apr 16, 2018 at 15:45
  • @Aethelbald I vote to close those too. Scope is scope. There are other places for interpretation. EL&U isn't it.
    – jimm101
    Apr 16, 2018 at 16:27

2 Answers 2


It just means magic, I'm partial to your magic, but Abracadabra, a metonym for magic, scans better.


Abracadabra wikipedia, wiktionary and Oxford

is an incantation used as a magic word in stage magic tricks ...

These are definitions of the word. I am not sure what the author of the song intended but I suspect something similar. Artists make liberal use of poetic license!

  • POB answers are not what are required. Apr 16, 2018 at 14:08
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    @EdwinAshworth pardon ... POB?
    – lbf
    Apr 16, 2018 at 14:36
  • Primarily Opinion Based is a specific reason why a question should be closed; answers of the sort, however good, do not fit here. Apr 16, 2018 at 16:30

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