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Tragic 60's song with unknown lyrics by a male singer about a fallen military buddy

I heard an old song on the radio years ago. I fell in love, but have since forgotten most of it. It was brought up and I want to find it. I don't remember the title, and I guess I don't remember ...
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Who is the person referred to in the song “What One Man Can Do”?

The song "What One Man Can Do" (by John Denver) was sung about a person. Who is that person?
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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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Does “Gangnam Style” contain any non-Korean words?

I used to assume "Style" was English and couldn't be Korean, but I subsequently found out that there's a Korean word based on the English word "style". However, I'm still wondering about what sounds ...
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Square root for “united” in Pearl Jam “REARVIEWMIRROR” album art?

Does anyone know why, in the CD booklet for Pearl Jam's second album, Vs., on the lyrics page for the song "REARVIEWMIRROR", the word "united" appears to be replaced with a square-root symbol (√)? ...
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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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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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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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NOFX's song “Linoleum” - what's the meaning of this song?

What's the meaning of NOFX's song Linoleum? What's the reference to linoleum?
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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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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 ...
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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 you do it, you ...
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What does the line “listening to blackstreet” mean in the song *Downtown* by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis?

Here is a link to the song. I was wondering what the phrase "listening to blackstreet" means. The whole sentence before it says ...I Like a Big Girl, I like 'Em Sassy Going down the Backstreet ...
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Full lyrics of favorite camp song (called “Gypsy Song”) containing “… faria faria-O” [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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What is the background of “Der Fischer und der Boss” by Reinhard Mey?

The German singer-songwriter Reinhard Mey has a song called "Der Fischer und der Boss", which translates to "The Fisherman and the Boss". It tells the story of a fisherman who sometimes goes out for ...
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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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What kind of bird are you if you can't swim?

In the translations of Peter and the Wolf that I've heard/seen, the bird is always just "the bird"; is there any indication as to roughly what sort of bird Prokofiev had in mind? The fluttering and ...
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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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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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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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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 that 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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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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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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“I Riden Så” (Ye Ride So Carefully) Interpretation

There are lyrics of a song that I'd love to understand better: "I Riden Så" (Ye Ride So Carefully) by the Finnish band Gjallarhorn My questions are: How is the singer related to Silibrant and his ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of these Savage Garden's Affirmation lyrics

The lyrics of Savage Garden's Affirmation have this part: I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair. I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires. Writers Daniel Jones and ...
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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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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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Malcolm McLaren “Soweto” lyrics

Malcolm McLaren - Soweto lyrics from the album Duck Rock. I have looked everywhere to find these song lyrics and they just don't seem to exist! Anybody have any leads?
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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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Looking for verses to the refrain of “Hoch sollst du leben”

From my childhood in the 90s I remember that we used a song for the birthday celebrations at my elementary school that had the classic "Hoch sollst du leben" birthday song as a refrain and had two or ...
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Tie between Warning and American idiot?

Is there a tie between Warning , Shenanigans , American Idiot? The album Warning points to a story of kids being kids (think: Fashion Victim) while the album AI (American Idiot) points to the kids ...
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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 ...