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What does a specific part of a song mean? What does the interpreter or songwriter try to tell us?

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In the song Human by the Australian band The Killers why did they compare or juxtapose human to dancer?

In the song Human by The Killers, the vocalist says: Are we human? Or are we dancer? My sign is vital My hands are cold And I'm on my knees Looking for the answer Are we human? Or are we dancer? Will ...
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Was Trent Rezor's lyrics titled Hurt taken from his own life or is it taken from another person's life or is it a fictional song?

When Trent Reznor wrote the song Hurt did he affiliate the song with his own life? In the lyrics it said, "Needle tears a hole....the old familiar sting...You can have it all...my empire of dust....
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What is the meaning of this lyric from Passenger's “Fairytales & Firesides”?

Here is a link to the song: The second line of the second verse is, according to the internet and my own ears: We're the shaking gun in a service station line 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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Is the song “You Raise Me Up” actually about Christian Relief?

I understand the song You Raise Me Up is about relief, faith, etc. According to a post The song effectively portrays Josh Groban’s expression of faith and also presents the influence of his ...
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“Talk” by Hozier, meaning

In Hozier's song "Talk" he sings "That's found in the last witness / Before the wave hits / marveling at God / Before he feels alone one final time and marries the sea." I know ...
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Out of the Woods Breakdown

What are the presumably metaphorical "woods," in Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods?" I think it refers to a jungle of memories or better yet, a jungle of discomfort which can be ...
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What does “mad fish” mean in Bring The Pain by Method Man?

In the song "Bring The Pain" by Method Man, he says: Check it, just how deep can shit get/ Deep as the abyss/ and brothers is mad fish accept it What does "mad fish" mean in this ...
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Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder lyrics meaning

In the song "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder, one of the line goes "you can tell right away at the letter A, when people start to move", what does "at the letter A" mean? In the context of the lyrics, ...
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A recording session with Igor Stravinsky

At 32:47, Stravinsky, whilst recording his Symphony of Psalms, just before another take, says to the orchestra “I give you one bar for nothing in four and the bar before nine is in three, six.” ...
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What does Victor Wooten refers to in his Justice Song in album “Show of Hands”?

In the lyrics of song "Justice" by Victor Wooten in his 1996 Album "Show of Hands" he says: Twenty two cops on the scene / And only 4 go to trial Is there a specific episode he is referring to?
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What do these lyrics in “Angeline the Baker” mean?

In the song "Angeline the Baker," the lyrics go: Angeline the baker, age of 43 Fed her sugar candy, but she still won't marry me What does "fed her sugar candy" mean? Is it referring to sweet ...
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Has there been any official word about the meaning behind the alligator in the video of OneRepublic's *Counting Stars*?

OneRepublic's hit song Counting Stars has a somewhat quirky music video. It features the band playing their song in a dilapidated basement with some sort of religious/therapy session simultaneously ...
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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 is the meaning behind *THE NAME* of “Bohemian Rhapsody”?

I don't understand why I couldn't find any questions relating to this, but only questions asking about the meaning of the songs lyrics. I know what Bohemia is, I know what a Rhapsody is, but I don't ...
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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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Is this sound bite in the song Radio from The Avalanches from a Television show?

In the song Radio by Avalanches is the opening sound clip from a TV show? The conversation is below: [Intro] Johnny, Johnny! Open up Johnny, it's Frank! Open up Look you've been in there for three ...
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Who is the 'Sandman' in America's song?

America was a band that was formed in the 1970's. The lyrics of their song Sandman are as follows: Ain't it foggy outside All the planes have been grounded Ain't the fire inside? Let's all ...
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Meaning of lyrics to Vangelis (Losing Sleep)

Could someone please enlighten me to the meaning of the lyrics to "Losing Sleep" by Vangelis (sung by Paul Young): Here are the lyrics: www.azlyricdb.com/lyrics/Vangelis-Losing-Sleep-294174
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Any way to decipher Four Tet's “About” page on Spotify?

The electronic music artist Kieran Hebdan, better known by his stage name Four Tet, has an interesting About page on Spotify. It looks to me to be just gibberish, but perhaps there is some way to ...
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Can somebody explain these specific moments of the musical short cartoon “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs” (1943)?

Disclaimer: Some people probably might find this offensive, and so should not watch it, although I personally don't understand why, and find it to be a very funny and musically catchy cartoon from the ...
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What stock character/stereotype/thing does Cab Calloway imitate near the beginning of this 1950s “music video”?

Source: https://youtu.be/8mq4UT4VnbE?t=22 Ever since I first saw this performance of Minnie the Moocher, I've been wondering what that means. He is walking stiffly with his upper body with strange ...
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What is the point of explaining how a magnet works in Opposite House?

In the song, Opposite House by Cass McComb what is the point of explaining how a magnet works? How do you make a magnet? You create a potential Just an old refrigerator magnet Repelled and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the words spoken at the start of “I'll Do the Talking Tonight” song (Russian language)?

The Bollywood Movie Agent Vinod (2012) has a song named I'll do the talking tonight. The song starts with some Russian lines. I searched everywhere in the internet but I didn't find a single article ...
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What does 'imagined ecstasy' mean?

The song Zedd - Addicted to Me's lyrics contains a phrase 'Imagined ecstasy'. Can anybody please explain it's meaning related to the song? Does it have any meaning outside the song? If it does, ...
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Does Dylan reference Lee Harvey Oswald in “The Times They Are A-Changing”?

This has been eating me for few years now: When I listened for the first time to Bob Dylan's: "The Times They Are A-Changin'" I heard The times Lee Harvey changin' And I always hear it like this. ...
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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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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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“Mein Herz Brennt” - Rammstein, what's the point?

I have been listening to this song for quite a while, and I always have the same question in my head: What is happening in the video ? Where are they, what's the story, who's that weird monster, what'...
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Is the “giant bird that's been carrying me” a reference to something?

In the song "Separator" by Radiohead, this is a line in the chorus: Falling off the giant bird that's been carrying me https://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858860818/ This is an oddly ...
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What do the lyrics of “Juliet” by Cloudnone and Matt Van mean?

There is a song of the genre Future Garage called Juliet by Cloudnone and Matt Van, and the lyrics seem to be about a man building a spaceship to find his lost lover in space, but upon further review, ...
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What does “Cockroach King” really signify?

From the song 'Cockroach King' by Haken. Song ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQiF1NZMPEE Lyrics ref: https://genius.com/Haken-cockroach-king-lyrics The lyrics make it seem like 'Cockroach King' ...
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What is the black rectangular shape in “In My Feelings (Kiki Do You Love Me)” video clip?

I just noticed something weird in the In My Feelings video clip: (Screenshot from youtube) There is a black rectangle in the middle left part of the screen, that appears at random intervals ...
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What does the song 'Year of the Cat' by Al Stewart mean?

What does the song 'Year of the Cat' by Al Stewart mean? I just found this song and I'm curious how the song can be interpreted? I'm not sure if I understood it well. It sounds like a song for a ...
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What is the purpose of using pronoun “they” instead of “he” in “Ten Duel Commandments” (Hamilton: The Musical)

I have recently noticed that in "Ten Duel Commandments" from Hamilton the pronoun used to describe the opponent is "they" like in The challenge: demand satisfaction, If they ...
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What is the meaning behind the ant logo of “The Prodigy”?

The Prodigy are an English electronic music band formed in the 1990's. The band has used several logos through the decades. In particular, from the mid-1990s to 2000 their logo featured an image of an ...
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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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Is “Nachts weinen die Soldaten” a hommage to “Es ist an der Zeit” or to “Green Fields of France”?

Today I listened to "Nachts weinen die Soldaten" (At night the soldiers are crying) by Saltatio Mortis. And I was reminded of "Es ist an der Zeit" (It's about time) by Hannes Wader. So my question ...
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What is going on in the lyrics of Kate Rusby's song “The Lark”?

What is going on in the lyrics of Kate Rusby's song “The Lark”? This song is moving but cryptic—it's hard for me to tell what's going on. There may have been a breakup between the narrator and the ...
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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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What is the Superman's “stupid line” mentioned in The Less I Know The Better from Tame Impala?

At the end of the song, the lyrics have the following line repeated three times. Come on superman, say your stupid line. I think the fact that it is repeated three times is a sign that it is ...
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Has Glory To Glory by William Matthews just a religion meaning?

So few days ago I discovered this song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuAjUul-iUM I was listening to that lyrics and I stopped for a while thinking about its meaning. After few listens I tought ...
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What is the meaning of “Jigolo har Megiddo”?

I tried to search and translate the words of this song title by Ghost, "Jigolo har Megiddo." I couldn’t find anything, I couldn’t even figure out the language, I guess Italian?! What is the meaning ...
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What does “Square-O” mean?

There is a piece of piano music called Square-O by Elissa Milne. I would like to know the meaning of it.
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Lyrics of *True Faith* by New Order: What is the morning sun?

My morning sun is the drug that brings me near To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear I used to think that the day would never come That my life would depend on the morning sun This is the ...