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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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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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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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What does “bismillah” mean in the Bohemian Rhapsody?

According to Google, Bismillah means: in the name of God (an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of an undertaking). But, is that the same context in which it is used? If not, then what ...
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What's the origin of the phrase “Rise Up Singing”?

There's a famous song book called "Rise Up Singing." That expression appears in the lyric of Summertime, from Porgy and Bess. I wonder whether that's the whole story of the phrase (it was created by ...
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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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Why are there no written lyrics for the songs from Barbudo's new album, The EP?

I found a beautiful, psychedelic chill pop album known as The EP by Barbudo on Soundcloud. Their not very popular at all and the album was posted about a month or two ago. Their song Dog Daze ...
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Song recorded off UK radio

Does anyone recognise this song? I tried shazam and sound hound. I can't really identify the words to try and find it through its lyrics. https://youtu.be/1pnZxUimvew
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Identify the language in Virgin Black's Walk Without Limbs

The lyrics to the song Walk Without Limbs by Virgin Black from the album Sombre Romantic are (according to my searches): Shei masa fum de ma Walk without limbs Shei masa fum de ma Walk through my ...
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EDM song, video with 2 teddy bears, lyrics: “we were gold”

I've been looking for an EDM (electronic dance music) song the video of this song has two teddy bears in it and the lyrics are we were gold and we were......
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Are there any records of the “rest” of the verses from “Hallelujah”?

According to the most popular version of the story, when Leonard Cohen wrote "Hallelujah", he wrote about 80 separate verses src before paring down to the 4 he used in his studio recording. ...
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What is meant by the chorus of “I Am the Highway” by Audioslave

The song "I Am The Highway" by Audioslave is a favorite of mine but I've always wondered about the meaning behind it, especially the chorus. I am not your rolling wheels I am the highway I am ...
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Lyrics of “The friends of Mr. Cairo” by Vangelis and Jon Anderson

I was able to find the lyrics of "The friends of Mr. Cairo": ... From Chicago to Hong Kong Via Istanbul the Talking Tong ... I would very much appreciate if someone could tell me what's meant by "...
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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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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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What is going on in the lyrics of Kate Rusby's song “Awkward Annie”?

In Kate Rusby's cryptic folk song "Awkward Annie" (on the album by the same name) what is happening? It seems to be something about a farm-boy who gives a farm-girl presents of various animals, and ...
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Spoken lines in Annie Lennox' “No More I Love You's”

In Annie Lennox' 1995 song, No More I Love You's, a young sounding voice (maybe Annie herself voicing a childlike voice?) says They were being really crazy. We were all in the car, and you know ...
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What is Meaning of “Aerials” by System of Down song and music video?

This is one of my favorite songs. I listened to this thousand times, watched video several times but still cannot get the connection. What is the background story of this song? How the Music Video ...
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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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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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Pro Pain - Down For The Cause - Help to understand the song

Link to lyrics. I guess only fans from the time recognize the question but all the same I'm asking it. Knowing that the band is from the 90s, and from New York. Not being from USA and was teen when ...
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Does the Dead Can Dance song “Carnival of Light” mean anything?

I know Lisa Gerrard sings in an invented language that has no relation to any language in the real world, sometimes referred to as idioglossia or glossalalia, but she seems to suggest that the random ...
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Is Sweet and Low, a song referenced in Blubber by Judy Bloom, a real song?

I’ve always wondered because I tried looking for on Google, taking some of the lyrics in the book, but was not successful. The closest thing I found was a choral arrangement, but I don’t know who ...
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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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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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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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Repeated lyric in Guz & Tough Love - “Dancin' Kinda Close”

Guz & Tough Love's song "Dancin' Kinda Close" has a repeated lyric ??? little step ??? dancin' kinda close What is the full lyric with the omitted words? I haven't been able to find it ...
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Lyrics of Needles written by System of a Down

At the end of the song, many website say the lyrics are : Just waiting for the tomb Of some old dying man? I always thought it was thuum instead of tomb but how can I check ? Is there a good ...
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Which place does “west side” in Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam's “A 1000 Times” refer to?

This is the line from the lyrics "I left my room, on the west side". Does this refer to the upper west side in nyc? Does this even refer to a specific place at all? The music video seems to show ...
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The meaning of “Sunlight thrown over smashed human bones.”

It's from "The First of The Gang To Die" by Morrissey. Is "thrown over" here mean toss something? Or is it mean abandon something? Could you explain it to me in simple terms please?
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Looking for the lyrics of a traditional American song

Some years ago I got to sing an arrangement of a traditional American song which was translated to Catalan; the song should be called something like "The Eagle". I've been looking for the original ...
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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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Hide and Seek beat drop symbols translation

https://youtu.be/KR-eV7fHNbM Do the symbols at 1:30 in that video mean anything? Screenshot:
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Lyrics in Green Day's “Jesus Of Suburbia”

I am a huge green day fan and listen to many of their songs. Most of the lyrics are pretty straightforward to understand what they are talking about but there is one line that puzzles me. At 5:40 on ...
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Meaning of “Run To My Rescue” - Shogun feat. Emma Lock

In this song has those lines Our loves a stone throw away We get so near But weve still so far away Concealed behind all our floored disguises So what does mean Our loves a stone throw ...
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What's with the pink carnations?

Several songs mention pink carnations. "A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation)" by Marty Robbins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C_RWToGrCw A white sport coat and a pink carnation I'm all ...
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What is meant by “Grandma Plays the Numbers”?

There's a song in the game Fallout 4 called Grandma Plays the Numbers. The full lyrics can be found at that link. It was written and performed by Wynonie Harris in 1949. I'm not sure what is meant by ...
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Please identify the last 3 words in the lyrics of “In a Place Far Far Away” by Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) once recorded a Chinese song called "In a Place Far Far Away" ("Zai Na Yaoyuan De Difang"). This is a timeless classic folk song written by Wang Luo-Bin about 80 years ago in ...
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Who are the people referenced in “You Don't Belong” by Bad Religion?

The song "You Don't Belong" by Bad Religion obviously references the SoCal punk scene they were a part of. In it, a number of people are mentioned by name. missy was a teen blue video star, tom ...
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Where is Frank Zappa's “Lumpy Gravy” in the movie

Where in the film "More American Graffiti" is Frank Zappa's Lumpy Gravy? It's listed on the soundtrack, but I can't hear it anywhere. Lumpy Gravy Written and performed by Frank Zappa Courtesy ...
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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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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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Lyrics: “But they die just the same in your video game”

I have been looking for an answer to this. I am not sure if I can ask this here but I really don't know where else to ask this question. From which artist or song are these lyrics? "Ain't no kind of ...
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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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Unofficial Call and Response lyrics

Call and response is a common form for music around the world. Typically the leader sings something, and the chorus or audience either repeats it back, or gives a set response. This is especially ...
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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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When a songwriter says “you deserve” to a girl, what makes the girl deserving?

In That's What I Like, Bruno Mars describes luxuries and says "you deserve it baby". In Treat You Better, Shawn Mendes describes a lacking relationship and says "any girl like you deserves a ...
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Why is the text of “Space Oddity” different in different recordings?

The different recordings of David Bowie's “Space Oddity” have slightly different texts. In this 1969 video the first refrain contains Here am I floating round my tin can far above the world and ...
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Strange voice intro/outro “Green Heaven - Demo” Red Hot Chili Peppers

There is a Red Hot Chili Peppers song called "Green Heaven" in their debut album, Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the demo version of this song, called Green Heaven - Digitally Remastered 02 on Spotify, ...