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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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Why can't the beast be killed?

In the Eagles' song, "Hotel California" it says: Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice. And she said, 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device'. And in the master's ...
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What are all the "music genres" ending with core? (which are related to nightcore)

I already know of nightcore, daycore, cottagecore, and slowcore but I believe there are more and I want to be able to listen to them all. Unfortunately, I don't know how exactly to research this and ...
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What does this lyric in "I Don't Know" by MiSTah Kye mean?

At around 2:09 in the song "I Don't Know" by MiSTah Kye, there is this lyric: She murder like Bobby Which "Bobby" is this referencing? In his songs, MiSTah Kye usually references ...
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Is "Ten commandments of man" sexist or ironic?

As per the title, is this song ironic? It seems way too extreme to be anything but ironic, and perhaps at the time it was clear because of how it was performed or who ...
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In which year and under which government was this video probably set?

Under which government, in what place, and in what year does this video of Mongol Shuudan's "Finnish Knife" look like it's set? I am not asking for an analysis of the song's lyrics because ...
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What is said at the end of "I Dream Myself Alive", and why?

At the very end of the a-ha song "I Dream Myself Alive" (2:56 to 2:59), there's a barely audible voice in German. I believe it says "Die Berichterstattung soll umfassend, wahrheitsge-&...
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Why does Bayern & 1868 cause an argument in this Transglobal Underground song?

In the song 'Drinking in Gomorrah' (Impossible Broadcasting, 2004) by Transglobal Underground there is this lyric: And it's quiet except for this couple of German cotton buyers, who both turn out to ...
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What's the meaning of "Those torches you carry must be drowned in champagne" in the song "Here's to the losers"?

What's the meaning of the line "Those torches you carry must be drowned in champagne" in the song "Here's to the losers"? https://genius.com/Frank-sinatra-heres-to-the-losers-...
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What does "Make the colours in the sky" mean in this context?

Ay, ay, ay I'm your little butterfly Green, black and blue Make the colours in the sky Source: https://genius.com/Smiledk-butterfly-lyrics Or as song: Does it mean ...
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Meaning of "Don't Dream It's Over" ("Hey Now")

Finally paying attention to this song because of The Rescues' fantastic cover (featured in Pantheon), I noticed (a) The current Wikipedia article is awful and could deeply benefit from better ...
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Articles on the meaning behined the lyrics of Funny How Love Is by Fine Young Cannibals

I am looking for articles and quotes on the story behind the song "Funny how love is", by Fine Young Cannibals. Specifically, is he still in love with his ex and doesn't want to see her ...
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What do the lyrics for Frisco Town from Memphis Minnie (1929) mean?

I haven't a perfect knowledge of English, and history and country/blues music from the 20's sometimes carries images that I can't figure clearly. In her song Frisco Town, in 1929, what does Memphis ...
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Who's "Isaac" which Eminem mentions in the end of almost each song of Music to be Murdered By Side B?

When listening to Em songs in Side B, Music to be Murdered By Eminem shouts "Isaac"(I don't know if that is the correct writing of this name). Anyone knows what this reference is?
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What do the lyrics in "Master of Puppets" mean?

What do the lyrics in "Master of Puppets" mean? Is it talking about drugs like Google says? I don't really trust Google lol.
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not understanding the lyrics of a song

I was listening to this beautiful rework of "Make it to Heaven" and have had some trouble understanding the lyrics from 0:50 to 1:19. Here is what I'm hearing from the song: In the dark, in ...
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Does Justin Bieber - Love Yourself have sexual meaing?

I have a simple question. When Justin sings "go and love yourself" does this have sexual meaning?
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What does this line in the song Tyla Yaweh - Tommy Lee mean?

I treat my hoes like a option What does this mean?
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Meaning of "Darling she said 'I was yours to be seen'" in Desmond Dekker's Israelites?

What is the meaning of the "Darling she said 'I was yours to be seen'" lyric in the song Israeliates by Desmond Dekker?
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Umbrella: "Take Three" lyrics

In Umbrella by Rihanna and JAY-Z, JAY-Z says "Take three, action" 7 seconds in. Does this mean that they had previously recorded this song 2 times and these attempts weren't as successful?
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Am I confused about the message of the "Monday Morning" folk song?

I've listened many times to this: I recognize that I may be completely wrong, and probably are (judging by how often I've misinterpreted lyrics in the past), but is ...
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Origin/meaning of the lyrics "hang on behind" in the shanty Roll The Old Chariot Along (aka A Drop of Nelson's Blood)

In the old walkaway song/sea shanty known as "A Drop of Nelson's Blood," "Roll the Old Chariot," or "Roll the Old Chariot Along," the last line of each stanza is, "...
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In Prince's "7", who are "the seven"?

In Prince and the New Power Generation's song "7" (Love Symbol Album, 1992), the lyrics speak of "All seven and we'll watch them fall" and "One day all seven will die". ...
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What is the De La Soul song "Potholes in My Lawn" (1988) about?

I can't make any sense of these lyrics. My guess is that he is rapping about somebody having stolen his lyrics or something? Who was that? Somebody famous? I really have made significant efforts to ...
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What's the meaning of "gimme shame"

I am trying to translate a Green Day song called "Holy Toledo!".But I don't know what is the meaning of "gimme shame". Lyrics : I wanna go where the trouble begins And the morning ...
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What does it mean to be a brother to the old wild goose?

I heard the song “Cry of the Wild Goose” by Tennessee Ernie Ford recently. One of the lines is: I am a brother to the old wild goose. I was wondering what that means exactly. Does it equate a man's ...
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What's so special about 1:03?

In the song death bed (coffee for your head), there is the following line: And sneak out through your kitchen at exactly 1:03 What's the significance of this time?
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My Beloved Monster - Who is it about?

My Beloved Monster is a song that has been recorded by the US rock band Eels. It's the sixth song from their album Beautiful freak which was released in 1996. It became a hit after being included in ...
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In the song "Straight On" by Heart, what does the line "What the winner don’t know, a gambler understands" mean?

The song "Straight On" by Heart contains the following lyric: what the winner don’t know, a gambler understands What does that mean?
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Why did the kids throw their necklaces away?

In the official music video of Corazon by Maluma there is a kid first seen at 01:06 giving a necklace to another kid. the receiver becomes so happy and gives a smile to her. The kid continues giving ...
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The Irish Rovers - Wasn`t that a party lyrics

I've been going through the mentioned song's lyrics and got stuck on a few phrases: They were sittin' in my back yard, blowing on a sireen From somebody's police car. What does blowing on a sireen ...
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Identifying the hidden lyrics in the song "Born to be Wasted"

One of the most "nostalgic" songs in the late 2000s, which circulated around YouTube so that it came to be considered by many to be its national anthem, is the song "Born to be Wasted&...
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In the song "The Gift" by The Velvet Underground, what is the "large sheet-metal cutter"?

Context: Track 2 of Velvet Underground's White Light/ White Heat (1968) is called "The Gift". The lyrics tell about a man named Waldo, who mails himself to a girl, only for her to struggle ...
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Lyric interpretation of the song "Tuesday" by Drake and iLoveMakonnen

In the song "Tuesday" by Drake and iLoveMakonnen, there is a repeated lyric: Got your girl in the cut and she choosey What is the meaning of this line? Specifically, what does it mean to ...
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Why does relatability to songs and their lyrics trigger so much emotion?

I could be alone on this. Whenever I listen to some songs of any genre whose lyrics tell a story so relatable to my own experiences, I would always picture the memories and reminisce the good old days....
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How to understand the song "Do as I Say Not as I Do" by Ed Harcourt?

What is the story/meaning behind this song? A few lyrics I find especially hard to understand: Is the author using the song title ironically? Does 'house of cards' in lyric is built by what they ...
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What does "I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me?" mean?

Soy un perdedor I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me? (Double barrel buckshot) Soy un perdedor I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me? https://genius.com/Beck-loser-lyrics https://en....
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What do the lyrics for Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" mean?

Mm-hmm, hmm And when you're out there, without care Yeah, I was out of touch But it wasn't because I didn't know enough I just knew too much Hmm Does that make me crazy? Does that make me crazy? Does ...
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In the song Human by the band the Killers why does the vocalist sing are we human or are we dancer without the plural form dancers?

You know Numbers in English Grammar. Has two types Singular form and Plural form. Right? It has to be like that. In the song Human by the band the Killers why does the vocalist sing Are we Human or ...
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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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