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Slang: “To have a twenty on me”

So I was listening to a song (bülow - Own me), and there's this one line that I can't really understand. Which is "Got nothing but a twenty on me", and I can't really understand what it's ...
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“I've been decided”

Is it grammatically correct to say "I've been decided"? The idea is that I want to stress that I have not decided to do something; instead, it has been decided without me that I would do ...
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Understanding this lyrics in “all of me” (John Legend) [closed]

I do not see what is going on in this lyrics (John Legend, All of me). What does it mean "smart mouth", "pin you down", or "mystery ride"? Also, the whole scene in the ...
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Is “neither have I wings to fly” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I came across this sentence "And neither have I wings to fly" in the lyric of the song "The Water Is Wide". Shouldn't it be "... neither I have ..."? Or it is ...
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blessed be the mystery of love [duplicate]

Would you explain the lyric "Blessed be the mystery of love" in the song "Mystery of love" by Sufjan Stevens please? Why the song writer use the word "be" instead of &...
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What does “girls of the world” refer to in this context?

In the 1986 rap song "Girls Ain't Nothing but Trouble" by "DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince", the lyrics go like this: Listen, homeboys, don't mean to bust your bubble But ...
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What does “it got twisted up” mean?

I've tried to translate the lyrics of one of my favorite English-language songs into Croatian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_plvOvyBik A part of the lyrics is: The country that you died for, mate, ...
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I popped one | I'm on one. What it mean? [closed]

On "Trust Issues" song, The Weeknd say it. When he says "I popped one" it mean he ingested a drug or it mean he have no money? When he says "I'm on one", it mean he have only one more drug or it mean ...
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There *are* a house in New Orleans. Why “are”? Where many poor boys to destruction *has* gone. Why “has”?

On this 1933 recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=147kS8O59Qs Clarence Ashley clearly sings There are a house in New Orleans They call the Rising Sun Where many poor boys to destruction has ...
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What does “dire is the horseman's wheel” mean?

This line comes from the Scottish patriotic song "Scotland the Brave". Bold hearts and nodding plumes wave o'er their bloody tombs, Deepeyed in gore is the green tartan's wave, Shivering are ...
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A question on “ But guess we'll cry come first of May ” [duplicate]

In the lyrics of First of May, there is a line "But guess we'll cry come first of May". What is the meaning of it? Especially, what is the meaning of "come first of May"? What will "come first of May"?...
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“One red light town” meaning

"We tore the roof off that one red light town" - from Thomas Rhett's Remember You Young. What does "one red light town" mean? I've always assumed it's talking about how small the town is, but just ...
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Is it correct to use “you and me” in this Beijing Olympics song?

I know we use "you and me" in an object case. But I think in this song, "you and me " is a subject. Lyrics are as follow: You and me From one world We are family Travel dream A thousand ...
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What does “That stick through they man through the BS with” mean?

I'm concerned with the second line of the first verse of "By a Stranger" by Black Rob: We came to give love to our die hearted real bitches That stick through they man through the bullshit with ...
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“Had me blind” and grammar in lyrics/poems

I'm looking at a line from the song "I Can See Clearly Now". It's the line: Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. I know that that line is in the passive voice ("the dark clouds that had me ...
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The meaning of “April moon” [closed]

There are words in the song "Mad about You" by Sting A stone's throw from Jerusalem I walked a lonely mile in the moonlight And though a million stars were shining My heart was lost on a ...
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What is the actual meaning of these lines and what time (Past/Present/Future) it indicates?

These lines have been taken from Shakira's Whenever, Wherever song lyric, "Never could imagine there were only Ten million ways to love somebody". Thanks in Advance.
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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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“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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Question for song

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”? [closed]

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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“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 ...
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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 does the ...
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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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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. ...
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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, ...