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I've been wondering about this particular lyric in the song 'Toss a coin to your Witcher' from the new Netflix series 'The Witcher'

The verse goes like this:

They came after me
with masterful deceit
Broke down my lute
and they kicked in my teeth
While the devils horns
minced our tender meat
and so cried the witcher
He can't be bleat

But I don't really understand the meaning here.

I've always understood bleat to be the sound sheep or lambs make , or to talkabout something incessantly.

The only thing I could think of was that it the witcher saying he wouldn't make a sound no matter the torture, or something similar, but I'm not sure that makes sense.

While the meaning might be a bit subjective (it is a song lyric after all), are there any other meanings of bleat that I might not be aware of?

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    It's a pun on He can't be beat. – Peter Shor Jan 20 at 17:18
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    But it's not very punny. – Hot Licks Jan 20 at 17:31
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    It's a baa-aa-ad pun. – Juhasz Jan 20 at 17:32
  • As @Juhasz hints, "bleat" is sometimes used to mimic the sound of a goat or sheep. – Hot Licks Jan 20 at 17:36
  • "I guess the goat-devil..." (slate.com/culture/2016/02/…). Baphomet...or Black Phillip? They probably just watched a movie... – KannE Jan 20 at 22:43
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When you take the phrase "be bleat" on its own, it is meaningless in English. As you noted, "bleat" means a cry of pain or displeasure, typically made by a sheep, and of course no one can literally be that cry of pain. But as with many song lyrics, that doesn't mean it's actually meaningless.

Essentially it's a shortening (or "contraction") of "he can't be forced/made to bleat" ... or in other words "this guy is so tough nothing ever will make him cry out in pain" ... unlike a sheep (which is a commmon symbol of weakness) ... or a bard for that matter ;)

This references the scene in the show where the character was being beaten up, but never asks for mercy (for himself; he tries to save the bard, and so the bard writes the song in appreciation).

But as you noted, it's a very odd contraction, and was presumably made as wordplay on another common phrase: "he can't be beat." The un-contracted form ("he can't be made to bleat") doesn't sound nearly as close to "he can't be beat", thus the contraction.

This somewhat silly wordplay fits the theme of the rest of the song, which is not only silly, but downright anachronistic at times (eg. "he thrust every elf, back up on the shelf" makes reference to the modern "Elf on a Shelf" toy ... which presumably doesn't actually exist in the world of Witcher).

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It referred to the moment in the actual incident where the elves threatened the Witcher and Geralt basically said "kill me now." As opposed to the bard, who was busy bleating. :)

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    More general explanation of the question is more appropriate for answering the question. This is too specific to the context and may leave the questioner more confused. The key is the play on words between "bleat" and "beat" which can confuse non-native speakers – Karlomanio Jan 24 at 20:56
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To cry out like a sheep. Witcher is the white wolf. He would never say a monster or enemy can't be beaten. in other words, the enemy whom the witcher was fighting cried like a sheep.

so cried the witcher He can't be haha..................bleat Cry out in pain...dead enemy/monster.

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"Bleat" is often used in the original short story featuring the incident. The "horned devil" bleated as well as the elves when they had Geralt and Dandilion captured. It is used around 10 times if I recall corretly.

So both the Sylvan and the Elves bleat, but Geralt remained calm and stern.

Using it in the song means to me: whoever wrote it read the short story...and gave it a chin up.

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