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Difficulty making out lyrics in this song [on hold]

I'm having difficulty making out most of the lyrics in this song: [Inline Link] (https://youtu.be/v6dKwLphZT8) Here's what i understand so far: "He bought his first camera. With his pocket money. ...
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What is the meaning of 'lean all in my bladder'?

This verse comes from the song 'Old town roads' and I've never heard it before, can't find a definition/explanation online either. Thank you !
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Meaning of “Can you come through?” [closed]

Here are some lyrics from the song "comethru" by Jeremy Zucker I might lose my mind Waking when the sun's down Riding all these highs Waiting for the comedown Walk these streets with me ...
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Meaning of “whip” in a song by The Fold [closed]

My kids watch the "Lego NinjaGo" series and have been asking me about the title song, called "Weekend Whip" by The Fold. As much as I tried looking for the meaning of the word "whip" in the context of ...
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Why did Ylvis use “go” instead of “say” in phrases like “Dog goes 'woof'”?

Why did Ylvis use the verb "go" instead of "say" in their 2013 pop song "What Does the Fox Say?" Dog goes "woof." Cat goes "meow." Bird goes "tweet." Is there some specific meaning for "go"?
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What does “D.R.” stands for in International Love song by Pitbull?

What does "D.R." stands for in International Love song by Pitbull? "Down in DR they looking for visa" Down in D.R. they're looking for visas I ain't talking credit cards if you know what I mean ...
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Using “woman” without article: “I am woman”

I heard the lyrics of a song by Helen Reddy: I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore […] I am woman watch me grow See me standing toe to toe As I spread my lovin' arms ...
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What does ‘The giving ground’ mean in the song ‘The Sisterhood - Giving Ground’? [closed]

I've found a song ‘The Sisterhood - Giving Ground’. And there is a line, which is hard for me to understand: Everything is lost in the giving ground. I would be very grateful, if someone helped me ...
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“Direct it”: which meaning is right?

Tell me your secrets, all of the creepy shit. That's how I know it's true. Baby, direct it, name in the credits, like the movies do. from "Imagine" by Ariana Grande I have done research ...
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One Month - Tegan and Sara Video Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIwv1XdTTHc&t=32s Q1. What does she say in 0:32 ?
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What does “you can watch me whine it” mean?

In the song "Crew" by Raye, one of the lyrics is "So when you see me at the party, you can watch me whine it". What does this mean and why? Edit (As someone voted to close as they think it's opinion-...
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How do you “leave all the beefin' to 50”?

How does someone "leave all the beefin' to 50"? Context From the latest song by Richard Colson Baker "Rap Devil" Let's leave all the beefin' to 50 (please) Em, you're pushin' 50 You can ...
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Using Past tense words [closed]

This is a chorus of a song called "Exercises in Futility VI" by a band called Mgła. Self crucified - missed the right tree. Tore the wrong eye out. The hissing of hellfire. Self crucified - ...
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Is the author of the lyrics talking to a newborn baby or a young kid? [closed]

Please elucidate: Comfort - Deb Talan Lyrics Link : https://genius.com/Deb-talan-comfort-lyrics verse 1 When everyone has gone to sleep and you are wide awake There's no one left to tell ...
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Happy Jack-The Who lyrics

It is mentioned in the Lyrics "Happy Jack wasn't old, but he was a man He lived in the sand at the Isle of Man." Isn't it supposed to be in the Isle of Man as it is a Crown dependency and should be ...
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Idiom similar to wolf in sheeps clothing?

I’m writing lyrics for a song about xenophobia and have a line that I like “Just because there has been one wolf in wool, doesn’t mean we all have fangs” I’d like to follow that up with another ...
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Meaning of “if you're on one like me in mind”?

It's from Bruno Mars's song "Finesse", somehow I don't get it. Context: Fellas, grab your ladies if your lady fine Tell her she the one, she the one for life Ladies, grab your fellas and let's do ...
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The reason… is you? [closed]

In Hoobastank's The Reason, a lyric is And the Reason is you... Is that sentence (grammatically) correct? I'm asking because, you know... You are the reason. Specifically, should "is" in the ...
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to be in present progressive

Sometimes in songs I see sentences in present progressive without verb to be, like - she getting down. Is it right?
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“To measure something on somebody” in an allegorical sense

I have the following translation from a German song about a father's joy and love for his child. The original lyrics literally say: ... and what the years will bring us now, I measure on you, ...
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“Leave nothing (left) behind”

In the lyrics for "What are you waiting for" from Disturbed, there is the line: Leave nothing left behind I'm debating whether "left" is superfluous and here only for rythm, or if the expression "...
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Meaning: “Let's set this party off right”

There is a sentence in Bruno Mars' 24k magic Let's set this party off right what does "off right" mean here?
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What does “her mama leaned hard” in this Emmylou Harris Song mean?

I was listening to the song "Red Dirt Girl" by Emmylou Harris, and didn't understand one of the lyrics: "her mama leaned hard." What does this mean? Her daddy turned mean and her mama leaned hard ...
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What does the phrase “shake a chicken (in the middle of the room)” mean?

The 1957 song 'Let's Have a Party' by Jessie Mae Robinson includes the lyric: I've never kissed a bear, I've never kissed a goon, But I can shake a chicken in the middle of the room. What ...
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We don't talk anymore [closed]

I know its been over a year since this track of Charlie Puth came out but the lyrics of this song set me thinking on the use of the phrase We don't ___ anymore To me, the only word that sits ...
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What does NOR mean in this contet?

So I found the lyrics of the song and trying to understand their meaning better. What does NOR mean in such context? Let the Priests of the Raven of dawn no longer in deadly black, with hoarse note,...
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Meaning of fall for a lie [closed]

I know fall for something means to be tricked (believe someone), but here in lyrics she's adding "like you". Does it mean that she lied to him too? I have doubts about my comprehending, so I need your ...
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Does John Fogerty Talk Southern?

What is it that makes people think, erroneously, that Creedence Clearwater Revival are from the South? Is it something in the way the singer John Fogerty pronounces? In fact he's from California and ...
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Alternative meaning of “all in all”

The common meaning of the phrase "all in all" has been covered on this site already, but what does it mean in the following usages? The days when my mother and I and Peggotty were all in all to one ...
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“One flight down” - meaning of the phrase in Norah Jones' song [closed]

What does "One flight down" refer to in Norah Jones's song? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56RJ0AKtpv0 Literal and poetic interpretations welcome :)
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What is the meaning of ‘heart wears thin’?

If your heart wears thin I will hold you up. And I will hide you when it gets too much. This is from a song. I couldn’t really find a definition of heart wears thin.
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Pronunciation of “the East” in the Carol “The First Noel” [duplicate]

I sing in a choir and most of us are Spanish speakers. We're singing The First Noel, and last night someone questioned whether we should say "the East" pronounced as "thuh East" or "thee East." The ...
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“Take On Me” - Scandinavianism or valid English?

"Take On Me" is a song by the Norwegian band A-ha, from their album Hunting High and Low released in 1985, and the lyrics (and title) has been bothering me for the past thirty years or so. The chorus ...
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To take away memories

I'm writing a song and I'm having trouble with the verb take away. I understand that to take something away means to remove it. But I have also seen that to take away memories can mean to take them ...
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Can you say “knowing is not due” to say “you don't **have** to know” [closed]

I'm writing lyrics for a song, and I want to say "you don't have to know", but for the sake of the timing I came up with "knowing is not due" is that ok? Thanks!
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What is the meaning of the lyric “don't answer the phone 'udden udden'”?

There is a Ray Stevens song titled "Shriner's Convention" which, at around 1:05 in the linked version, contains the following one-sided phone conversation between two characters: "Coy, why aren't ...
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Can we say “Some things end good, some things end bad” in informal American/Britain English?

I have a question about this sentence: Some things end good, some things end bad Could it be safely written in poetry or in the lyrics of a song? I know that there are the adverbs well and badly, ...
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meaning of “call me an amenity” phrase [closed]

This phrase is used in the lyrics of the song 'Bad Liar' by Selena Gomez. Thanks in advance.
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How is “special rates” used in the St. Trinian's school song?

The following lyrics from "Defenders of Anarchy" on the St. Trinian's (2007) soundtrack have actually confused me for some time because I can't tell whether "special rates" is being used in a British ...
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What does “work me right” in “I set an explosion if you don't work me right” mean?

It's a quote from the song "Bomb" by Isa. Here is the rest of the lyrics: https://www.musixmatch.com/de/songtext/Isa-3/Bomb
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Really don't / don't really difference [duplicate]

In the Chris Medina song "What are words", he sings "what are words if you really don't mean them when you say them?". I am a non-native English speaker, but to my ears that doesn't sound good. Had I ...
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Meaning of gosh all, git-up in this context

In the song Jeepers creepers by Louis Armstrong, there is a line that goes like this: Oh, gosh all, git up, how'd they get so lit up? It refers to the eyes of a person. My question is: what does "...
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Why is “you was” used in these song lyrics? [closed]

I was listening to a piece of music from Joan Jett called "I hate myself for loving you" and she sang: "Hey, man, bet you can treat me right. You just don't know what you was missin' last night."...
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Term that describes the technique in which an artist repeat lyrics from their previous work

I just want to preface this by stating I'm not sure if this would be better suited for the music stackexchange site, though I feel it's probably still appropriate here because my question mainly ...
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Is Waltzing Matilda comprehensible outside of Australia? In Australia?

I'm American, but it seems to me that when I’ve encountered Australian speech or writing, I didn’t have much trouble understanding it. The words are mostly familiar to me. So what’s going on in the ...
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What does “I'd kick it with who I wanted” mean in these lyrics?

If I Were a Boy (...) And throw on what I wanted and go Drink beer with the guys and chase after girls I'd kick it with who I wanted and I'd never get confronted for it 'cause they'...
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Post-song Terminology

Sometimes, after the actual song is finished, musicians add an extra something to it, not necessarily part of the lyrics. Sometimes they recite a poem or sing lyrics from another song without ...
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Song lyric: “But this half-pint imitation put me on the blink”

"Bewitched", sung by Ella Fitzgerald and others, begins: After one whole quart of brandy Like a daisy, I'm awake With no Bromo-Seltzer handy I don't even shake Men are not a new sensation I've done ...
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Why would singers omit 's' from “He takes/makes/etc” in song lyrics?

I heard it done on purpose in different songs; like here http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/mark+knopfler/news_20089384.html He's burning the grass He take up a glass He swallow it neat and here ...
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What's up with the -es/-eth inconsistency in “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”?

This hymn was written more than a century ago, back when more people were aware of how Early Modern English arranged its conjugations. But in the second verse, there appears to be an inconsistency ...