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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 ...
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Meaning of “look off”

In the line from the song ‘Million reasons’ by Lady Gaga, what does look off mean? Head stuck in a cycle, I look off and I stare. I searched an English dictionary. There’s no specific definition ...
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Is it grammatical to say “You're already away.”? [closed]

I wrote a song including the following lyrics: When I take the time it takes to get near You're probably already away... And I don't want to change the rhythm of it. Now my bandmates tell me, ...
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Did “sublime” and “cherubim” rhyme in the past?

In my choir we are currently practicing some carols, including See amid the the winter's snow, which was written by Edward Caswall (1814–1878). Its six verses and refrain each have two pairs of very ...
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Does the expression “from off” actually exist?

Linkin Park sings "wash the poison from off my skin" in Castle of Glass. Shawn Mendes sings "ripping all the skin from off my bones" in Mercy. As far as I can remember these are the only two ...
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Using the verb “pray” without a preposition

I'm a non-native speaker who's writing lyrics for a song. The line I'm having difficulties with is as follows: Oh, how I would pray Emily to stay. Is this alright, or could this be interpreted as ...
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Term for song or poem where the end of one line is also the start of the next [duplicate]

The Jonathan Coulton song "Sticking it to Myself" has an interesting style of lyricism in its second verse: Sticking it to my Self-control; that's not the only thing I lack A plan. Just my ...
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Why is “Don't you forget about me” a correct use of the imperative?

I listened to the Simple Minds' song Don't You. It has following chorus: Don't you, forget about me Don't, don't, don't, don't Don't you, forget about me Why is this usage of imperative ...
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What does “do the 45” mean? [closed]

As a non native speaker I'm quite stumped trying to understand what "do the 45" means in this song by Ryan Shaw that has the same title. A few searches didn't help at all, so I wonder if this is some ...
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it's good for your dime

I was listening to Moonshine a Kill the Vultures tune. I'm not sure about the meaning of: it's good for your dime Does he mean it is cheap? complete sentence: I got moonshine Drink it ...
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“Left with an 'eight'” meaning of an expression found on a song (by Talk Talk) [closed]

The question: in their song: Such a shame (video), Talk Talk (album It's my life, 1984, remember, old folks), with the voice of Mark Hollis, sings (full lyrics): Such a shame to believe in escape; ...
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Mirror mirror on the wall

I've been listening to some music and I ran into this line of lyrics in a song: Mirror mirror On the wall Show me the truth: Of them all Which one am I? I kind of get the meaning of the ...
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What does selling rope mean? [duplicate]

I was reading the lyrics of the song "Selling Rope" by "Los Campesinos" and there's a part that says: Anecdote, lie My own alibi I've been telling jokes Piled notes high My own alibi I'...
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Is “Life is tired” correct English? [closed]

The sentence was found in the lyrics of a song from a Dutch-born Chinese singer so given her origins I am not entirely sure it is correct English. On the other hand the seemingly correct expression "...
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Using “to start” as a ditransitive verb

In the Song I Started a Joke by The Bee Gees (I recommend watching this cover – it's amazing), the lyrics contain phrases like […] which started the whole world crying […] This seems to be non-...
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“Reflect” as a noun

The song For Marlon by Soko has the lyrics And it's been raining for 3 days straight As a sad reflect of my sorry state Can you use reflect as a noun (instead of reflection) or is Soko using ...
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What does 'hush your mouth' mean when Elton John says it? [closed]

In Elton John's song 'Porch Swing in Tupelo' when the following lyric is sung. There's a porch swing in Tupelo In the shade of the south Where the sweet honey drips off that > old hush-yo'-...
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Why is it “Hungry Like THE Wolf”? [duplicate]

In the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf", the definite article "the" is used instead of the indefinite article "a". Aside from artistic liberty, is there a reason this is done? What does "the ...
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Why in the song “I miss you” by Blink-182, the singer pronounces something like “yad” instead of “head”? [closed]

In the phrase "You're already the voice inside my head", the pronunciation the singer uses for "head" is bit confusing, I was wondering if it was a "slang" or other particular way of pronunciation of ...
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Meaning of “Honor Brite” in an Alan Parsons Project song

In "Games People Play" from album "The turn of the friendly card" by the Alan Parsons Project, we hear: Games people play/You take take it or you leave it/Things that they say/Honor Brite/If I ...
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“It is just one way” — ambiguous? [closed]

I wonder what the following fragment of lyrics of the song "Ticket To The Moon" by Electric Light Orchestra means: Ticket to the moon Flight leaves here today from Satellite Two As the ...
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What is the meaning of the first line in the song “Stand By You” by Rachel Platten?

Hands, put your empty hands in mine And scars, show me all the scars you hide And hey, if your wings are broken Please take mine so yours can open, too 'Cause I'm gonna stand by you Does it ...
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What does this sentence in the song FIGHT SONG - by Rachel Platten mean? [closed]

The sentence is : Like how a single word Can make a heart open I know the literal meaning , but I don't understand its meaning here? The link to the video song
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Is “cemetery gaits” grammatically correct?

There is a song with the following lyrics: "You know us by the way we crawl and you know us by our cemetery gaits" The part I'd like to ask about is 'cemetery gaits'. I love the lyric and am having ...
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Are these song lyrics correct english? [closed]

I am writing song lyrics for a heavy metal song i am making, but i have some trouble to figure out whether its correct or wrong, cause the last sentence does not seem to make any sense at all. I am ...
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“I'm all about that bass”

My question is all about the perceived formality of using about in the sentences like I'm all about that bass. How (in)formal is using about like this? OED has this definition for this usage: to ...
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Need help on writing a Phrase or line in the Lyrics [closed]

This is the original line, " I have anger and sorrow for you " I have to rewrite this line in a rhythmic format Line should intrigue a person Need some help from the experts
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Can't understand the verse from “Cranberries - I'm Still Remembering”

I'm having hard time to understand last 2 lines of the following verse: They say the cream will always rise to the top. They say that good people are always first to drop. What of Kurt Cobain,...
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“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn” - What does it mean? [closed]

I've come across this quote from Phil Collins' Son of Man: In learning you will teach And in teaching you will learn I'm not really sure what it's supposed to mean - I think it means more ...
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I’m trying to please to the calling

Van Morrison’s song Moondance has these lines “And I'm trying to please to the calling / Of your heart-strings that play soft and low.” What are we to make of “please to the calling” -- an ...
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I'm goin'-a take that right hand road

I have run into a song by Fred McDowell which is called Going Down to The River. It starts as follows: I'm goin' down that river I'm goin'-a take that right hand road I'm goin' down the river I'm ...
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What does “Not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you” mean? [closed]

I heard this in "Gloomy Sunday" song. is it true that this mean: "the death coach carried you to unknown place..."? I'm tried to translate "Gloomy Sunday lyrics" to "Persian" and i need your help! ...
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What does “confess” mean in this context?

The first two lines of Nancy Sinatra's song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin’" written by Lee Hazlewood, are the following: You keep saying you got something for me Something you call love ...
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Greenback boogie lyrics from Suits TV series theme

I recently started watching "Suits". There is a theme song. It has a lyrics with a sentence "Everybody wanna know, how it feel". I turned the CC and yes, its exactly that way. I think it should ...
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Why does “chain and whips” sound 'wrong' in a Rihanna song? [closed]

I was asked recently about word order in the Rihanna song "S&M". There is a line in the chorus that uses the word order of "chains and whips": Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains ...
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Meaining of “holler”?

In the context of it's use in the song "Copperhead Road". http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/copperheadroad.html Examples: "He headed up the holler with everything he had" "I plant it up the ...
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Shake 'em on down [closed]

In 1937 Bukka White recorded a blues song under the title of "Shake 'em on down". Part of the lyrics are cited on Wikipedia: Get your nightcap mama, and your gown Baby 'fore day we gonna shake '...
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What's the meaning of “you are a shell”?

This is an excerpt from the song "Full Circle" by Creed: Keep burning bridges while you're buying your new friends A day of reflection hits, you're a shell, skin and bones, counting costs ...
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What does ''It's 'bout as bad as it could be'' mean? [closed]

It's 'bout as bad as it could be is part of the lyrics of Up! by Shania Twain. It is the first phrase of the song and is supposed to be a single sentence in itself. Below is the beginning parts of the ...
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The Doors On The Bus go open and shut? [closed]

In the lyrics for the childrens song The Wheels on The Bus it says The doors On The Bus go open and shut, all through the town. Is shut correct in this context? Can you say "the door goes shut"?
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Infinitive usage (which sentence is correct)

I am working on the lyrics for one of my songs and english is not my first language. Here's the question - which of these sentences is correct? No thorns to prick your heart No thorns to prick your ...
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What is the meaning of 'like' in this context? [closed]

I was listening to a song by Kamelot; you can find the lyrics here. However, I can't understand the meaning of 'like' where it's used: Tell me when the night is gone, Like washed away, ...
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What is meant by “mercy your ears”?

Setup I'm asking this question because of a song lyric that I'm trying to make sense of: Lean my direction and mercy your ears Obviously, lyrics often do not follow the rules of grammar, and are ...
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What does “I got me a woman” mean? [closed]

I am trying to understand some lyrics: I got me a woman, she's so good to me I got me a woman, she's the girl of my dreams and so on I would have written "I got a woman". I know "got me" only ...
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of red"....
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What does “[got] a bird-dog on” mean?

I have recently discovered the, in my view, rather splendid song Guitar Town by Steve Earle (released 1986). It contains the following lyric: Hey pretty baby are you ready for me, It's your good ...
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Non-verbal lyrics in songs - is there a nice name for these?

Often in songs the lyrics will be "na na na", "doo doo doo" etc in a particular section or part. Is there a name for these sorts of sounds? I've seen "non-lexical vocables" which, while being ...
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Define “plate” from Sweeney Todd musical

The opening song of the Sweeney Todd musical contains the following passage about his wife: There was another man who saw that she was beautiful... A pious vulture of the law who, with a ...
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Biting butter and crumbs

In a song by The Last Shadow Puppets there is this line: "Can't you see I'm the ghost in the wrong coat Biting butter and crumbs" Is the "Biting butter and crumbs" an actual saying, or just a ...
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“Jesus is a coming” - what's the exact grammatical role of the “a” before the gerund? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in the common use of English, namely in songs, there is also an extra redundant(?) "a" before a gerund, such as in a gospel song I heard Jesus is a coming (this particular phrase ...