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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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What's the meaning of the lyrics to “Stolen Innocence” by Courtney Parker

What is the meaning of the song Stolen Innocence - Courtney Parker? Part of the lyrics is: How could you take this girl, and make her feel secure? Then go grab your mates, and make her feel ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What is the exact meaning of the song “Hotel California” & its album cover image?

There one song Hotel California from Eagles , I tried to know about meaning of that song & its album cover image which has something pointing to some ghost on window. From google i read its ...
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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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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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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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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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Meaning of “to hear the rollers thunder” lyrics in “Privateering”by Mark Knopfler

I was listening to Mark Knopfler's song "Privateering" from 2012 album under the same name and and I am intrigued by lyrics line I do not understand. The song tells about a life of a privateer, a ...
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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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“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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What is the meaning behind Not Nineteen Forever by The Courteeners?

I was just wondering if anybody knew what the meaning behind this song is? None of the lyrics seem to relate to the name of the song
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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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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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What is “25 or 6 to 4”?

One of - and this is debatable, but it's what I think - the best rock songs ever is by a band called Chicago. But the name has always confused me. The song is called "25 Or 6 To 4". What does this ...
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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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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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Who is Hozier's goddess?

In Hozier's Take Me To Church, there is this line: To keep the Goddess on my side source The word "goddess" doesn't appear in the lyrics besides that, while the word "god" does appear, in the ...
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What's the meaning of the Karmin song “Acapella”?

I heard this Karmin song titled Acapella, but I'm not sure what the meaning of acapella is as used in this song. I've been googling the lyrics and I'm still not sure about the meaning of it. Can ...
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Are the lyrics in “Teardrop” by Massive Attack “feathers” or “fearless”

OK, I'm changing this question a little bit since I've discovered a problem with the root of the question assuming the lyrics in the song are "feathers on my breath". Apparently this is a big debate ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Meaning of *Snow (Hey Oh)*

I'm a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and particularly the song Snow (Hey Oh) from Stadium Arcadium, however the lyrics just don't make any sense at all to me. A friend said he thought the song ...
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Audio sample in Infected Mushroom's “The Shen”

In Infected Mushroom's track The Shen, from their second album Converting Vegetarians, there is an audio sample starting at 3:30 and looping quite a few times that I could never understand. I have ...
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Is the old man cleaning in Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit music video supposed to mean something?

In the music video from Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, there is a scene that's repeated again and again of an old man with (what I believe is) a cleaning broom doing some strange move repeatedly. ...
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Meaning of non-English singing from Diablo 2

I've been playing Diablo 2 enough to memorize its soundtrack, and I've heard this distinct singing from it in more than one other composition. But it's not in any language I can recognize, and I don't ...
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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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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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“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'...