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What does “Check the diagonal” mean in the lyrics to Freedom by Rage Against The Machine?

I never understood what exactly was meant by: Brotha, did ya forget ya name? Did ya lose it on the wall Playin' tic-tac-toe? Yo, check the diagonal Three brothers gone Come on Doesn'...
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Does the jazz standard “Lament” by J.J. Johnson have lyrics?

My Google searches have turned up empty.
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Who is Sister Irene in “Going Down” by Freddie King?

I'm working on Going Down by Freddie King and I don't understand the reference of this sentence: I'm going back to Chattanooga and sleep on sister Irene's porch I can't find any reference from my ...
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Songs where melody and lyrics dont't fit (by design) [closed]

Some days ago I had a conversation with a friend during which we talked about certain songs whose melody did not fit with their lyrics. By not fitting we meant songs which, by their melody, would ...
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Rock song with lyric “walking in your shoes”, gruff voice singer like Linkin Park

There's a rock (or metal) popular song, not recent probably. It has these phrases (sort of). "walking in your shoes" "something i am not gonna say to you" "i love you" "and every second i" Can ...
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Why does every version of “Requiem” always include “Kyrie Eleison”?

I've heard/sung many different versions of "Requiem" (Mozart, Brahms, Rutter, Faure). They are usually sung in latin with the same lyrics, except "Kyrie Eleison" which is greek. So why is a greek ...
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Meaning of the line “reds and the pinks” in Love Stinks

This is probably a dumb question, but I just googled it and I couldn't find an answer. J. Geils band, song Love Stinks, there's a line "I've had the blues, the reds and the pinks". I've had the ...
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Meaning of “to hear the rollers thunder” lyrics in “Privateering”by Mark Knopfler

I was listening to Mark Knopfler's song "Privateering" from 2012 album under the same name and and I am intrigued by lyrics line I do not understand. The song tells about a life of a privateer, a ...
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What are the correct lyrics used in Disclosure's song “Latch”?

I heard this song and read the lyrics. There is a part that goes like this: I'm so encaptured, got me wrapped up in your touch Feel so enamored, hold me tight within your clutch How do ...
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Morse code in Passenger's Things You've Never Done

Things You've Never Done by Passenger has some Morse code near the beginning and near the end. What does it say? The Morse code is from 0:06 to 0:21 and 3:25 to 3:35 [I'm not confident that uploading ...
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What does Ed Sheeran say at the beginning of “Gold Rush”?

I was listening to the album, and solely in the right side (for one second) there’s someone saying something before Ed breaks into the actual course. Here’s the song on YouTube.
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Lyrics for the rap in “She Drives Me Wild” by Michael Jackson

This is regarding the song She Drives Me Wild from the album Dangerous by Michael Jackson. I have checked in many places on the Internet but the lyrics for the rap portion in this song are not ...
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Why “un, dos, tres, catorce” instead of “un, dos, tres, cuatro” in U2's “Vertigo”?

U2's song Vertigo from their album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb begins like this: Un, dos, tres, catorce!! In Spanish that's "one, two, three, fourteen". Why "fourteen"? I've read a number of ...
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Old song with lyric “Number 9 with a brass plate on the door”

My grandfather often used to sing a snippet of an old song. My mother and I are curious as to what the song is, but we've not been able to find it with Google. I wondered if anyone here happened to ...
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Every Rose has its Thorn - is dawn negative?

The song Every Rose has its Thorn by Poison appears to be talking about the disappointment of loss of love. During the chorus it appears to be talking about negative aspects of this: Every rose has ...
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What's with dinosaurs in Vietnam?

There's an awesome song by Black Sabbath called Into the Void. It's been covered by a few bands, including Monster Magnet. In Monster Magnet's version, which is also super awesome, there are ...
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Nofx's song “Linoleum” - what's the meaning of this song?

Whats your meaning of this song? Whats the reference to linoleum ?
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“Ex's and Oh's” by Elle King- What is “Oh's”?

What does "Oh's" mean in the pop song "Ex's and Oh's" by Elle King? http://www.metrolyrics.com/exs-ohs-lyrics-elle-king.html
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What is Robyn singing in the music video for Royksopp's Monument?

Robyn visibly sings something inaudible to the listener 52 seconds in to the music video for Royksopp's Monument. It seems to bridge the gap between the official lyrics. What is she saying? https://...
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Does anything in Elton John's “Daniel” actually/specifically reference war, or Vietnam?

I recently got Elton John's song "Daniel" in my head, and got curious what it was about - it seemed likely from the lyrics that they might be referring to something specific. A quick look online says ...
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Song from dance video on Tudou

Here is the video link: http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/ellbyoTQbHw In this dance video, from 02:55 to 03:10, the most drastic part. I can recognize other parts of this dance, but here the speed ...
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The lyrics of Souad Massi's song “Mesk Elil”; who can help?

Who can help to find the English version of Souad Massi's song "Mesk Elil"?
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Lyrics of the verses from Henrik Zeabird’s “Rain”

I can’t hear many parts from Henrik Zeabird’s Rain (available for download from their Bandcamp page), and I can’t find the lyrics online (public lyrics sites, like LyricWikia, don’t list any songs ...
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Full lyrics of favorite camp song (called “Gypsy Song”) containing “… faria faria-O”

I’m looking for the English lyrics to a song I learned at summer camp. It was called "Gypsy Song". The refrain was Set the forest and mountains ringing with faria faria-O
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What are all stanzas of “Jane Kaha Gaye Wo Din” by Hasrat Jaipuri?

I'm talking about an Indian old Hindi song "Jane Kaha Gaye Wo Din" sung by my favorite singer Mukesh Chand Mathur (1923-1976). Some information is as follows: Film: Mera Naam Joker (1970) Music ...
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Meaning of “Blowing in the Wind”?

The song Blowing in the Wind has the following lines How many roads must a man walk down Before they call him a man I have no clue what this means How many seas must a white dove sail ...
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60s/70s song, lyrics “Sweet my little baby”, possibly Led Zeppelin

The song is very close to what Led Zeppelin sounds like. If it helps I will try to explain what some of the non words sounds sound like with 0 to 10 with 0 being lowest pitch you can commonly find in ...
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Meaning of lyrics from “505” by Arctic Monkeys

These lyrics are from the song "505" by Arctic Monkeys: 'Not shy of a spark, A knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark, Frightened by the bite though its no harsher ...
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Beastie Boys' “An Open Letter to NYC”; reference to the “number ten bus”?

As someone fascinated with the City of New York and the Beastie Boys, I'm trying to figure out some context in their lyrics of the song An Open Letter to NYC. Here are the lines that make me curious: ...
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The number of victims in the song Empire of the Clouds from Iron Maiden

My new favorite Iron Maiden song is the Empire of the Clouds, but I don't understand a thing in the lyrics. This is the part in question: "And in a country churchyard, laid head to the mast 1840 ...
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What is the exact meaning of “This heart stays cloaked” on “Cloaked” by Woolf and the Wondershow?

I recently found this interesting indie song on Spotify called Cloaked by Woolf and the Wondershow and I’m kinda confused on some lyrics, to be precise on "This heart stays cloaked". What does "...
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Why are there two sets of lyrics to “The Music of the Night”?

There are two sets of lyrics to "The Music of the Night" from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe, and Charles Hart. Specifically, the lyrics on the Original London Cast ...
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What is the Blink 182 song the chainsmokers beat to death in Tuscon?

In the song "Closer" by The Chainsmokers they mention another song by Blink-182. The lyrics go: Play that Blink-182 song That we beat to death in Tuscon Is there any way of knowing which song ...
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What is Mumford & Sons' song “Holland Road” about?

Mumford & Sons are critically acclaimed for their lyric writing ability. What is the song Holland Road in the album Babel about ?
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Can someone explain INSOMNIUM song lyrics for me

Can someone exaplain what this song's lyrics means: `Mortal Share In their lofty chambers dwell The sacred and divine Resting in seraphic bliss The timeless and sublime Far above the mortal sphere ...
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Where can I find a song's lyrics?

Usually, when we want to have the lyrics of a certain song, especially when we don't have the actual physical album of a musician in hand, we look for it on Google. As I have experienced several ...
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Why is 8:05 “time to rock”?

In Sammy Hagar's song "There's Only One Way To Rock" there is a line that goes: Now quickly, check the hands on the clock It's 8:05, it's time to rock So my question is: why is 8:05 time to rock?...
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History / versions of lyrics to “Manhã de Carnaval”

[This may not be the best forum for this question, but I'm unaware of a better one.] I'm aware of two versions of lyrics to Manhã de Carnaval, listed below and delimited with ~~~~. The first appears ...
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Any songs with the same music but different lyrics? [closed]

Dave Mustaine (former member of Metallica) left the band and took the song Mechanix with him to his new band Megadeth. After that Metallica changed the lyrics and the name of the song and made it Four ...
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Get Up, Stand Up: Almighty God is a living man

In Bob Marley's song, Get Up, Stand Up, he says: We know when we understand // Almighty God is a living man What does this mean? Does it make reference to Haile Selassie I being an incarnation of ...
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Lyrics - “Matto, Caldo, Soldi, Morto…” by Ennio Morricone

Every few months, this song gets stuck in my head. (I just finally found the YouTube link today by accident.) ENNIO MORRICONE/ EDDA DELL'ORSO -"Matto, Caldo, Soldi, Morto... Girotondo" (1969) Are ...
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What does Johnny Cash refer to when he says he has a “mackinaw?”

In Johnny Cash’s song Country Trash, he says: I got a mackinaw and a hunting dog What is a mackinaw? I’m a Michigander myself, so I’m familiar with Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City and the ...
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What are the first lines of Peter Gabriel's “Sledgehammer”?

For the Peter Gabriel song "Sledgehammer", all the lyrics sites list the first two lines of the song as being: you could have a steam train if you'd just lay down your tracks But every time I ...
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Why do Desmond and Molly Jones switch roles in the repeated final verse of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da?

In The Beatles' song Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, the last two verses are essentially the same except Desmond and Molly Jones switch actions. I've included a line by line comparison below with the differences ...
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Lyrics of “Keep it up” by Snap?

I've been searching up and down for the lyrics of this song but couldn't find it anywhere! Sad thing is I don't understand a single line of it :( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhr1tjJSeFk
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Where does the 5th line in Wild Mountan Thyme go?

The song "Wild Mountain Thyme" (or "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go", "The Blooming/Purple Heather" or any other line you'd like to pull out of it) has this verse/chorus structure: Oh the summer time is ...
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Is “mother mary” from the beatles let it be mean marijuana?

I'm wondering if the lyrics of let it be are about drug and marijuana Thank you
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Non-English words and sounds in Barzilai Netta's Eurovision song “Toy”

The lyrics to Barzilai Netta's song, "Toy", which won the 2018 Eurovision song contest for Israel contains some words that are in English and other words and sounds that are not. To an Anglophone ear ...
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Why are Zap Mama's Iko Iko lyrics so different and what do they mean?

I really like Zap Mama's version of Iko Iko (as featured in the intro of Mission: Impossible 2). It's always listed as a cover of Iko Iko/Jock-A-Mo. Google even shows the lyrics of the well known ...
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Deuce - The One, homophobic?

I ve recently dicovered the song Deuce - The One, which I really liked the melody and refrain. As with each song I like, I searched for the lyrics to understand what the song was really about, and am ...