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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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Scratchy sound on “7 Seconds” Youssou N'Dour - ft. Neneh Cherry

I thought I had a wrongly ripped mp3 of this song but even when I listen it on Spotify I can hear a jump/interruption/scratch between 4:07 - 4:09 it's really annoying, why this happened to the song? ...
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Explanation of the song “Wordmule” by Jim White

What is the song Wordmule by Jim White all about and in the show Breaking Bad, what is the significance of the song ?
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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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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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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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I-Catalogue Number

I recently noticed a so-called "I-Catalogue Number" in the General information section of scores on IMSLP, such as this score. What does this mean? I searched on IMSLP and on the internet, but could ...
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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 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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Does Pink Floyd really start a supremacist/hate rally in The Wall?

In the song, In The Flesh Part II from Pink Floyd's album, The Wall, the main character, the rock star Pink Floyd, takes the stage and performs a Hitler-esque hate-speech rally. This continues with a ...
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What's the meaning of the title of the song “Echame la cupla”?

What is the meaning of the title (not just the translation) in Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato's song Echame la Culpa. The lyrics can be found here.
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What are the words in the background of fun.'s “Some Nights”?

in the song "Some Nights" by fun., there is a part where (at least it sounds like) multiple people start singing "come on". Underneath this, there appears to be what sounds like a radio transmission ...
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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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Does Asger Hamerik's 6th symphony have any cultural meaning?

I am thinking about using a tune from a relatively obscure symphony for a project (giving credit of course). But I first want to make sure it does not have an existing meaning associated with it. ...
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What is “Stereotomy” by Alan Parsons Project about?

So I read the lyrics, and it's extremely ambiguous. Is he talking to a love interest? Is he talking about mental torment? Who knows? Here are the non-repeating stanzas for you convenience: Diamond ...
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Du Hast - You Have or You Hate?

Rammstein's song "Du Hast" apparently means "You Hate", but "You Hate" in German is "Du Hasst". However, "Du Hast" means "You Have" in German. Is "Du Hast" supposed to mean "You Have" or "You Hate"? ...
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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 fisher and the boss". It tells the story of a fisher that sometimes goes out for ...
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Is “The Suburbs” the sequel to “Funeral”, both by Arcade Fire?

The famous and successful The Suburbs by Arcade Fire won the Album of the Year by its eccentric alternative rock vibe. The album tells the story of a grown and metropolized person who thinks back of ...
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What is the true meaning of bohemian rhapsody?

I have noticed that there are many different interpretation of Queen's top hit rock song, Bohemian Rhapsody. Since most of the lyrics are a little unclear and there is a pile of nonsense in the "opera"...
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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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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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Why does the music video of “Living Next Door to Alice” by Smokie seem happy?

The song "Living Next Door to Alice" tells (in my opinion) a bit of a sad story. The protagonist is talking about Alice leaving, how he won't be able to see her again and won't be able to ever tell ...
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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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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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In Svefn-g-englar by Sigur Rós, what is “Tjú”?

For years I've been a fan of the song from their second album, Ágætis byrjun. When I look for the English translation, everything is translated, except for the "chorus": I'm back Inside of you ...
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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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“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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The mountain goat that broke Neil Young's heart

In season 1 episode 7 of "The Crazy Ones", Robin Williams delivers a line about how pain is good for art, and that we should be thankful for the people who inflict the pain - "like the guy who broke ...
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Wait in line meaning

In a couple of Coldplay's songs, they use the phrase "Wait in line" one instance would be in the song "Parachutes" from the album Parachutes. What exactly does that mean?
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What does “you're every song” mean?

What does "you're every song" mean? http://www.metrolyrics.com/everything-lyrics-michael-buble.html
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Instrumental music meanings

Do instrumental song without lyrics have meanings? This instrumental song from Pink Floyd's album 'The Endless river' seems to have some vocals in it and then all instumental. Is this instrumental ...
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What do any yes lyrics means?

For example, "Hearts" or "It Can Happen". I've heard Yes just wrote words that sound good to sing without worrying about meaning. Any truth?
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Steve Vai logo meaning

Is there any significance in the Steve Vai logo below? To me it looks like the artist's name but I was always wondering if there is more in it since Steve always likes to put hidden meanings ...
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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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“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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Which Taylor Swift songs are about her exes?

I heard that Taylor Swift sings songs about all her breakups and only skipped Taylor Lautner. Is this right? And which songs were about which of her ex-boyfriends?
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Meaning of “Red Flags” and “Bites the Dust” in Sia's song, Elastic Heart?

I've read the lyric Elastic Heart by Sia, and I don't really understand in this part: And I wanted it, I wanted it bad But there were so many red flags Now another one bites the dust ...
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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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Who or what is the mother of pearl?

I always liked the song Mother of pearl from roxy music. I wondered all the time who is the mother of pearl. I searched for a translated song text, there was used something like "the chosen one" as ...
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“Holding out for a hero” - is this song about sex?

Whenever I listen to this song, I always picture the singer lying in bed waiting for her man to come home and have sex with her, so many of the lyrics seem to have a double meaning. Is it just my ...
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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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Meaning of “The Vatican Rag”?

Tom Lehrer's "The Vatican Rag" is famous for causing controversy, and I think a teacher was fired for showing it in a schoolroom. I understand how the title can be minorely offensive to a particularly ...
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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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which thing describe the song more than melody?

A melody also tune, voice, or line, is a linear succession of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single entity. Is there any thing better than Melody? I mean in the sense of sweet tune,...
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Meaning of BRMC's song's title (0.0770833333333333)

I've been wondering for a while about what could 0.0770833333333333 mean? It's a song by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, from Beat The Devil's Tattoo album. What I figured out so far is that 0....
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What is “Uma Thurman” in the Fall Out Boy song?

What is Uma Thurman? What does that phrase mean in the Fall Out Boy song? Is Uma Thurman a person? Is it a style of dancing?
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Meaning of Lyric No Love Allowed by Rihanna

I read the lyric of Rihanna song, No Love Allowed. But here's, I don't understand about the meaning of this part Fe fo fum like the sky is falling down on me Numb numb numb, he's so cold he ...
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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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How much of Opera is about sex?

We seem to think that so much of classical music is pure and noble but in my practice there seems to be a few common themes in Opera. Opera may very well be more Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll than what ...
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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 ...