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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 does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

One of the most famous albums of Pink Floyd is 'The Dark Side of the Moon'. Besides the title of the album, this phrase also appears in the lyrics of the last song of the album, Eclipse: And if ...
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Is the double negative in 'we don't need no education' intentional?

The famous Pink Floyd Song Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) uses double negative in the chorus: We don't need no education We dont need no thought control ... https://www.youtube.com/...
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In the song “Hotel California” by the Eagles, what are “colitas”?

Hotel California is one of my favorite songs. One mysterious line at the beginning of the song states: Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air I speak some Spanish, but neither I nor my ...
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The meaning of “Uptown Funk”

I have heard this new song titled Uptown Funk. I was interested in the line "Uptown funk you up". I tried Google Translate and did not get a meaningful translation. What does this line mean? And ...
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Blues and “big-legged women”

Several blues and rock songs refer to “big-legged” women, like Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”: I don’t know, but I’ve been told A big-legged woman ain’t got no soul and Albert King’s “Born Under a ...
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What does “bismillah” mean in the Bohemian Rhapsody?

According to Google, Bismillah means: in the name of God (an invocation used by Muslims at the beginning of an undertaking). But, is that the same context in which it is used? If not, then what ...
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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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What do these lyrics mean in “The Nurse Who Loved Me”?

It's pretty obvious that the song The Nurse Who Loved Me by A Perfect Circle is about an institutionalized person who is convinced that his nurse is in love with him. However, there's always been one ...
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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 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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What is meant by “Grandma Plays the Numbers”?

There's a song in the game Fallout 4 called Grandma Plays the Numbers. The full lyrics can be found at that link. It was written and performed by Wynonie Harris in 1949. I'm not sure what is meant by ...
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Who are those famous looking people in the video of Pink Floyd's brain damage?

While i am able to recognize some of them but most of them are unknown to me. Did Pink Floyd mocked those politicians and generals? Like in the line. The lunatic is on the grass. P.S. I am ...
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Is the song “Paradise City” written about a specific city?

In the song Paradise City by Guns N' Roses, is the "Paradise City" referenced by the song and its title based on an actual city similar to how "The Jungle" in Welcome to the Jungle refers to L.A.?
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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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Is a “brown-eyed girl” black?

Wikipedia reports, of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”: Originally titled “Brown-Skinned Girl,” Morrison changed it to “Brown Eyed Girl” when he recorded it. . . . It has also been stated that the ...
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Do the lyrics a the beginning of Rock of Ages by Def Leppard mean anything?

At the beginning of the song Rock of Ages, there are four words muttered that sound like gibberish that are: Gunter, glieben, glauchen, globen Do these words actually mean anything?
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Who are the people referenced in “You Don't Belong” by Bad Religion?

The song "You Don't Belong" by Bad Religion obviously references the SoCal punk scene they were a part of. In it, a number of people are mentioned by name. missy was a teen blue video star, tom ...
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Panther sequence in Black or White by Michael Jackson

Why did Michael Jackson decide to end the Black or White music video (which otherwise talked about peace, love, fearlessness and harmony) with a black panther turning into Jackson and wrecking stuff?
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Does the Dead Can Dance song “Carnival of Light” mean anything?

I know Lisa Gerrard sings in an invented language that has no relation to any language in the real world, sometimes referred to as idioglossia or glossalalia, but she seems to suggest that the random ...
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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 actual meaning of the the song Astronomy Domine by Pink Floyd?

This song sounds to me like they are romanticizing fear and panic, but i am not able to understand the actual meaning behind it. Or is it just about an acid trip?
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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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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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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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Does Blur's song MyTerracotta Heart signal another Blur breakdown?

In Blur's latest album The Magic Whip there's a song called "My Terracotta Heart" that makes me wonder about the future of the band. The Magic Whip is the new album recorded by Blur after 12 years of ...
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How did the song “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots get its name?

I've always wondered how the song "Plush" got its name. The lyrics themselves don't contain the word "Plush" nor do the lyrics and music make me think "Plush" is an appropriate song title. So why is ...
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Are the lyrics of Yoko Kanno's “Moon” gibberish or intelligible?

Are the lyrics of Yoko Kanno’s song Moon meaningless (as in using pseudowords, gibberish, scat singing or similar), or are the lyrics in some kind of language? Maybe a fictional language constructed ...
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“Corn Cob Blues” - real story?

There’s a song by John Hartford called "Corn Cob Blues", from a 1967 album. The song’s about a cowboy singer promoting the wedding of a member of his backing crew, and the thoughts of the groom ...
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Meaning of “Bakerman” by Laid Back

I've always wondered if the lyrics of Bakerman by Laid Back have a deeper meaning. It basically consists of the lines: Bakerman is baking bread , Sagabona kunjani wena (Which means as much as "...
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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 ...
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Why does the actor commit suicide at the end of the video to “You're Beautiful”?

In James Blunt’s song, You're Beautiful (album: Back to Bedlam) the actor commits suicide at the end. I never understood why did he does so. What is the meaning behind it?
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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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Everything You Do Is a Balloon - meaning

Boards of Canada have released a song entitled Everything You Do Is a Balloon that appeared on Hi Scores. Has it ever been officially explained by the duo what does that song title mean? Or is it ...
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What is Meaning of “Aerials” by System of Down song and music video?

This is one of my favorite songs. I listened to this thousand times, watched video several times but still cannot get the connection. What is the background story of this song? How the Music Video ...
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What is Jimmy Rushing saying and meaning in Berkeley Campus Blues?

Here is the link to the song Berkeley Campus Blues by Jimmy Rushing: http://youtu.be/epA55odxsVw From 0:30 to 0:40, the lyrics go as follows: I'm gonna be that kind of cat that (unintelligible to ...
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Are these three lines from “Lieder” references to songs, too?

In the song Lieder, Adel Tawil references in almost each line a (usually popular) song. The German Wikipedia article about this song lists the references in a table. However, three lines are missing ...
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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 googling the lyric and still not sure about the meaning of it. Can anyone ...
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What is the meaning of the song “9-29-045” by Green Carnation?

There is this beautiful song by Green Carnation called "9-29-045". I've listened to this song many many times, but I've always wondered what the title means. Does anybody know why they named it "9-29-...
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Are Saint Jimmy and the Jesus of Suburbia two different representations of the same person?

Green day's American Idiot album tells a very interesting story driven by three different characters Saint Jimmy, the Jesus of Suburbia, and Whatshername. I've always heard that Saint Jimmy and the ...
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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 is Chuck Berry's music mostly the same rhythm with differnt lyrics?

I have started listening to many of Chuck Berry’s songs. I noticed there are three or four different identifiable rhythms he uses in his songs. Most of his songs start off with one of the rhythms and ...
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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 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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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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Who is Sister Irene in “Going Down” by Freddie King?

I'm working on Going Down by Freddie King and I don't understand the reference of this sentence: I'm going back to Chattanooga and sleep on sister Irene's porch I can't find any reference from my ...
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Why are pianists included in The Carnival of the Animals?

In Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals*, the 11th section is entitled Pianists. This may sound like a silly question, but why are pianists included as part of animals? *(video with audio and sheet ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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