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Was Mary a prostitute in Queensrÿche's “Operation: Mindcrime”?

Queensrÿche in 1988 gave us the rock opera Operation: Mindcrime. It tells the tale of Nikki who succumbs to the underworld of crime. We learn of his love of a nun, Sister Mary, who later gets killed....
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What does the song 'Helplessly Hoping' by Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) talk about?

The song is Helplessly Hoping by Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN). You can also listen to it on Spotify. I'm having a hard time trying to get the meaning of the song. I think it talks about two ...
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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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Why was Ian Hunter ashamed in Oreole?

I'm referring to All the Way from Memphis (1973) by Mott the Hoople. The lyrics are here. I think we can all feel a bit unhappy about the unfortunate use of the word "Spade" but I don't see any ...
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Missy Elliot's “Work it” lyrics meaning

My English teacher constantly referring to this song as female empowerment and feminism. But I just don't see how. How does the popular song of 2002 Work It by Missy Elliot refer to feminism or ...
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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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Gareth Emery's Soldier Lyrics Clarification

So all the lyrics sites seem to say the 2nd verse of Gareth Emery's Soldier as saying: When you're falling down and you're on the fence I will be your shield I will keep you safe However what it ...
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Extra audience lyrics in a K-Pop song?

We've been to Japan a couple of months ago and happened to catch a performance of a Korean group, Snuper. It is interesting that the audience takes part in the show, and is singling between the ...
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What/who is “Bushell” the the Adam and the Ants song Press Darlings?

If passion ends in fashion Bushell is the best-dressed man in town In an previous verse it goes Nick Kent is the best dressed guy in town. Nick Kent was a rock critic, but does anyone know what "...
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Lyrics for Serge Franklin / Karen Tungay - Sous les Bougainvilliers

(Not to be confused with Hector Zazou's song with the same title.) French it's not my first language and trying to write the lyrics down by listening may not be a realistic option for me. Has anyone ...
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Did John Lennon condemn the Free Love ideology on the 1970 track “Working Class Hero”?

It's safe to say that the Beatles had a pretty good time in the Sixties. They were certainly at the forefront of the hippie movement, a central aspect of which was the Free Love ideology. However, in ...
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What are the lyrics to two songs covered by a 1998 Rock-n-Roll Elmo?

I used to own one of these toys when I was really little, but I always had trouble understanding the words because of my hearing loss. The first song by the Elmo doll is a cover of Jackson 5's ABC. ...
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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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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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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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How do the “Hatten är din” meme lyrics correspond to the original “Miin ma kenti” lyrics

BACKGROUND: In 1981, [Lebanese musician Azar] Habib recorded "Miin Ma Kenti" (Whoever you are) ... in Arabic for his Ya Malaki album; the tape eventually made its way to Sweden. Nineteen ...
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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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Intro lyrics to Janelle Monae's “Django Jane”

On Janelle Monae's excellent new album, the track "Django Jane" follows directly after the song "Screwed." The lyrics from the previous song are clearly "Let's get screwed," but at the start of the ...
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Meaning of a line in 'Story of my life' by One direction. ''I spend her love until she's broke, inside''

I want to ask two things. He spends her love. Does it signify that he casually spend/consumed her love, took her for granted? Or that he loved her as much as she did loved him?. Why is the the girl ...
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“Life's not a wheel with chains made of steel” - What does it mean?

What does the ending words of "Catch the Rainbow" (by Rainbow) chorus mean? If "life is not a wheel of chains made of steel", what is? And why the singer asks to be blessed?
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What is the meaning of this line in Loch Lomond?

This verse of Loch Lomond is usually sung as : The wee birdies sing And the wild flowers spring And in sunshine the waters lie sleeping But the broken heart it kens, nae second spring again ...
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Russian folk song sung in the movie Russkies?

Approximately 30 minutes into the 1987 film "Russkies" the main character, Mischa, sings what I assume to be a Russian folk song. A clip is available on YouTube at this link. Can you name that tune ...
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Correctness of my attempt on writing down the lyrics of Trapeze's “Midnight Flyer” song

As a Trapeze fan, finding lyrics to most of their songs on the internet is quite difficult (if not impossible), and trying to make a transcription of the song's vocals has proven to be sometimes ...
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What Do The Lyrics Of “O Shenandoah” Refer to?

I've been looking at some arrangements of "O Shenandoah", and am utterly confused about the lyrics. First of all: None make too much sense. I always thought it was about a river, but a good number of ...
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Lyric of Final Fantasy XV - Apocalypsis Noctis

I'm not good at Latin but I found one of Final Fantasy XV interesting. It was played live in Abbey Road Studios few days ago. I would like to know if anyone could write down the lyrics also with ...
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Is changing the grammar of a song's lyrics correct? [closed]

I have frequently seen that certain people post, on certain websites, lyrics of a certain song with a cleaning, a grammatical cleaning. For instance, take the song See See Rider by Big bill broonzy. ...
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Fifty Shades Darker, 'Code Blue' song by The Dream

From the movie 'Fifty Shades Darker' a song by The Dream which is 'Code Blue' has these repeated lines. That's what I get for loving you, code blue That's what I get for loving you, code blue ...
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Are there any artists who have written original lyrics in languages they don't speak?

And no, I don't mean Pitbull saying "Uno, dos, tre, quattro". I'm wondering if there have been any instances of songwriters writing most or all of the lyrics to an original song in a language or ...
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What song has (mostly) nothing but “Goodbye” as the lyrics?

There's a song I heard in a music store several years ago (between 2005-2011 I think) for which the lyrics are just the word "Goodbye" over and over, but it is said with more and more emotion as the ...
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Why do some black rappers use the N-word?

I’m listening to Ayo (Chris Brown & Tyga) right now, and I’m wondering why they use the N-word in their lyrics. I thought that the N-word is insulting (and you’re likely to get beaten up if you ...
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In the Beatles' “I'm So Tired”, why is Sir Walter Raleigh “such a stupid git”?

In The Beatles' White Album song "I'm So Tired", one of the verses has the following lyrics: I'm so tired, I'm feeling so upset Although I'm so tired, I'll have another cigarette And curse ...
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Lyrics for Backyard Superheroes - Face it

Here is the song on YouTube. I can't find the lyrics anywhere so I decided to write down what I have so far and you might be able to help me. You’ve got wake up _____________ Only ten more minutes ...
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Are “Londonderry Air”, “Danny Boy”, and “You Raise Me Up” the same song?

I notice that the Irish air Londonderry Air, the ballad Danny Boy by Frederic Weatherly, and You Raise Me Up by the band Secret Garden sound pretty much the same (or at least similar) when I listen to ...
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Is opera more enjoyable when you don't understand the lyrics?

A case in point: 'O mio babbino caro' from 'Gianni Schicci' by Puccini. O mio babbino caro, mi piace, è bello bello, which translates to: Oh my dear father, I like him, he is very handsome. In ...
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Were the lyrics in Coldplay's “Viva la Vida” changed?

Did the group Coldplay really originally have the words "Roman Catholic priests are singing" in their song "Viva la Vida", and later replace it with "Roman Cavalry choirs are singing"?
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Lyrics for “Into the flow” from 1984 movie “Heavenly Bodies”

I can't find the lyrics for the song Into the flow from the 1984 movie Heavenly bodies. This song is credited to the Canadian new wave band Boys Brigade, but very little information is available ...
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About Patti Smith's song “Rock N Roll Nigger”

I listened to Patti Smith's song Rock N Roll Nigger. The lyrics include a lot of a word "nigger". This is a derogatory term for African-American, isn't it? Did she use it on purpose? What is her ...
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Hatten är din - original lyrics

What are the original lyrics of "Hatten är din"? I am not talking about the English or Swedish lyrics.
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Anyone have lyrics to “Ich schenk dir mein Herz” by Peter Reusch?

As part of my German education, I'm taping old 1970s and 1980s hits to the bathroom wall -- along with translations -- and singing them in the shower. I'm sure my neighbors love me. The compilation ...
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Translate a hook from Biggie`s Respect

Please translate a text below in English: Me holla respect, to all the gun men dem Gun men alone, keep gun men friend Fire bun, fi all the informer dem Informer lone keep informer friend The song ...
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Who is “Sid Viscosity”?

The lyrics of the song Gentle Spike Resort by Grandaddy refer to Sid Viscosity: With ex-school treasures for hire And whitesnake riffs dressed up like Sid Viscosity "Whitesnake" could refer to ...
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What does the line “Could go fishing but the fish draw flies” mean in Blaze Foley's “Big Cheeseburgers And Good French Fries”

I am fascinated by the music of Blaze Foley, and he often paints an incredible picture of life in the country. Last year I was able to – after research – determine the meaning of the line "Feed the ...
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Lost Boyz lyrics from “Guiltiness” remix (Bob Marley - Chant Down Bablyon remix album)

Hello and thanks in advance for your answers. I like this song a lot, but it seems that the only available lyrics are for the original Bob Marley song. I would like you to help me get this lyrics for ...
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Meaning to lyrics of Syd Barrett's song *Baby Lemonade*

Can someone offer their interpretation of the Syd Barrett song called Baby Lemonade from his solo album Barrett? Here are the lyrics, and here you can listen to the song on YouTube.
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Why Manhattan and Berlin are mentioned in “First We Take Manhattan”, of all cities in the world?

From what I could figure out, the song "First We Take Manhattan" by Leonard Cohen is about terrorism, the desire to "make a change from within" against the corrupted western culture with its "fashion ...
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Lyrics for Haşim & Gülistan Tokdemir - Şirinamın

Could anyone help me out with the lyrics for this song. An English translation would be amazing but Kurdish lyrics are also okay.
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Which language is this language heard in many urban songs?

In many urban songs I hear a language which is unintelligible. I thought that it could be some jamaican creole since urban reggaeton influenced songs are historically linked to jamaican reggae. But I ...