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Is there a word for the opening of a song?

I'm looking for a word (if such exists) for the opening of a song. Specifically, the part before the singer starts singing the lyrics, often a 30 seconds to 1 minute solo instrumental at the ...
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In what mode does Tom Bombadil sing?

In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (book 1 of "The Fellowship of the Ring", chapter 7, "In the House of Tom Bombadil", specifically) the character Tom Bombadil sings many of his lines (much of ...
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The term for a song that people quickly become tired of on the radio?

Recently I was listening to the radio and the host used some expression (that now evades me) to explain that the song 7 Years by Lukas Graham quickly becomes uninteresting to listeners after a few ...
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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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What does “be out in” mean?

There's a song "Winter" by The Rolling Stones, and there's a line "And I wish I been out in California". What does it mean - he wants to be in California or he's sad about that he's in California?
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“You're a crooked jerky jockey, and you drive a crooked hoss!” — What's a Hoss?

So, it's that time of year, and every once in a while I'll hear the Grinch's tune on the radio. One line that has always confused me is the line You're a crooked jerky jockey, and you drive a ...
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Term for addictive song, replayed too many times it is hated or neutral now

I looked thoroughly on the internet, but I failed to find a term or single word (if exists any) for a song that is so addictive that you replay it again and again although you know you will hate it ...
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Meaning of 'jiggelin' - word from the song 'Policeman' of Eva Simons

I can't find any definition about this word. Does anybody knows what does it mean? Maybe some kind of drugs? Here are the opening lines of the song in question: Hey, mister policeman I don't ...
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What is the real pronunciation of “postman”? [duplicate]

I can see that the word postman is pronounced as /pəʊs(t)mən/ commonly, where you can’t hear the vowel in the ‑man syllable. But sometimes it is pronounced /pəʊs(t)mæn/ — with a noticeable /æ/ vowel ...
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Why sing “tow, row, row, row, row, row” for the British Grenadiers?

Like "Rule, Britannia!", I like the "British Grenadier March". I never understood however this phrase in the lyrics, it is in every verse, here Verse 1 for example: Some talk of Alexander, and ...
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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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What is the meaning of “waddnat”?

In the negro spiritual Jonah and the Whale, I found the word waddnat: ... Now the Lord made a whale, long and wide Lord, Lord waddnat a fish And he swallowed up Jonah, hair and hide Lord, ...
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Which of these two possible meanings of this sentence is correct? [closed]

I have a question regarding this quote from "Ravens" by "Mount Eerie": And in every dream I have at night And in every room I walk into like here Where I sit the next October Still seeing ...
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All I'm askin' / Is about the interesting preposition placement in the song “Respect”

The Aretha Franklin song "Respect" has the interesting lyric "All I'm askin' / Is for a little respect" [link] where in everyday English, I would expect "All I'm askin' for / Is a little respect". I'...
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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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What does “I have all but just forgotten” means?

This is from the song Rise Against - Savior: It kills me not to know this, but I've all but just forgotten ... I am curious, is it some colloquial phrase, or is meaningless.
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What does the phrase “branded on my feet” mean? [closed]

It is a line from Bob Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man: Though I know that evenin's empire has returned into sand, Vanished from my hand, Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping. My ...
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“I'm warned to be contrary” Could somebody explain what does this sentence mean? [closed]

I was trying to translate/understand the song "God help the girl" and faced out with following ... You have been warned, I'm warned to be contrary Backward at school, I wrote from right to left ...
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What is the meaning of “Who has taken you from crayons to perfume?” [closed]

Its To Sir, With Love song, from Lulu.
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Should it be “you and I” or “you and me” in the song “We are the world”

In the song "We are the world" by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, there are these lyrics: "We are the world, We are the children We are the ones who make a brighter day So, ...
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“To come undone” [closed]

"Oh, it'll take a little time, might take a little crime to come undone (...) Who do you need, who do you love, when you come undone?" Please, can someone help me with this? I'm pretty sure that they'...
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Like she's never danced before - did she or she didn't [closed]

I have a questions that bugs me for quite some time and no one could explain it to me properly. In a song "Maniac" by Michael Sembello we have the line And she's dancing like she's never danced ...
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“The stars get red”, What's the meaning of that expression? [closed]

In Frank Sinatra's song "Something Stupid", He says: The time is right, your perfume fills my head, the stars get red, and oh, the night's so blue. And then I go and spoil it ...
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Is there a specific term for ending a rhyming line with something unexpected?

Please note that I've tried googling variations on this, but usually just end up with "words that rhyme with unexpected" which is obviously not what I'm going for. There's a technique I've seen used ...
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Fire meet gasoline: is it correct?

Is it grammatically correct to say "Fire meet gasoline", as in the Sia's song, or just poetic license?? "Flame and candle meet, fire meet gasoline Fire meet gasoline, I'm burnin' alive I ...
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How should I understand “ought” in this verse?

I was wondering how should I interpret this verse from the old union song Solidarity Forever: What's the ought with have in common with those greedy parasites? I'm split between What ...
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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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Usage of “he don't” vs “he doesn't”

Well, I listened to a song and heard it's said in the text "He don't know how to..." I think a song artist used this phrase for better sounding. Am I right? Correct me if I'm wrong, and please explain ...
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What does it mean - “We all know that you are news”?

“We all know that you are news - but are you king? King of the Jews?" (Jesus Christ Superstar music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice) (Scene on YouTube). The line comes after 1:11 in ...
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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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Schwas in songs

Am I right that many schwas become other sounds in songs cause the vowels become 'half-stressed' (I hope you understand what I mean.)? For example, the vowel E in the song 'Silent night' which is ...
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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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Looking for explanation of “His smile fair as spring, as towards him he draws you” [closed]

As the title, I couldn't figured out anything by myself from this sentence His smile fair as spring, as towards him he draws you. Especially "fair as spring", seems my first time to see the ...
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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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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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Name for literary device of changing person

Is there a name for the device of changing between third person and second person in a poem? Basically going back and forth from talking about the subject and talking to the subject. This happens a ...
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In what language is this part of the song and what is the meaning [closed]

Sorry in case this is not the right place of stackexchange for this question, but Im not sure where to post it. In this quite popular song "Type O Negative - September Sun", see https://www.youtube....
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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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“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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Is the phrase “Those one track minds” grammatically correct? [closed]

There is an interesting grammatical construction in the song Shout by Tears For Fears. They really really ought to know Those one track minds That took you for a working boy Kiss ...
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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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Words in a song: “How every mouth sings of what it's without so we all sing of love”

It is from Iron and Wine song "Innocent bones". As a non native English speaker, I struggle to understand the exact meaning. It is thoroughly a grammatical question. Does it mean that, because ...
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Specific usage of the word “Cruise” on a song [closed]

i just wanted to ask about the word "Cruise", because on the song by "Florida Georgia Line", they say "You make me wanna roll my windows down and CRUISE" and I don't understand the specific meaning of ...
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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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What does this song quote mean? [duplicate]

"All the good girls they go to heaven, but the bad girls they get backstage" The first sentence is fine, but I don't understand what it mean to go "backstage" Song name is Backstage.
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why are the words 'True Love' used together so much?

I've noticed that many old (often folk) songs use the terms 'true love' together (as opposed to just 'love')? Is it to differentiate it from 'false love', due to metric or syllabic reasons, for ...
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What is “Yindy”? [closed]

I've heard a song "Yindy" by "Fiddler's Green". Here's the first couplet and a refrain from it: My mother she took me to the preacher. She told me that he will be my teacher. My father he thought ...
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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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Is “Because my feeling into you” the same as “Because I have feelings for you”? [closed]

I know song lyrics often contain phrases with words is an order different then usual, or with little sense. I'm not a native English speaker, so I ran into this phrase in a song and had some trouble: ...