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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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Guru Josh Project - Infinity 2008 meaning

Does anyone know meaning of the lyrics to the song Infinity 2008 by the Guru Josh Project?
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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 repeated lyric: "Got your girl in the cut and she choosey." What is the meaning of this line? Specifically, what does ...
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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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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 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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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 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'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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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 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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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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Why does Henry Rollins only wear two colors of clothing?

Any time I have seen Henry Rollins post-Black Flag, he is either wearing all black, or black and gray clothes with no logos. Is there a reason for this?
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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 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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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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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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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 “Your bash abusin' victimize within the scheme” mean?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask about song lyrics. Apologies if it isn't. The Michael Jackson song Scream includes the line "Your bash abusin' victimize within the scheme" ...
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Vele : Student of the Year 2012 : Lyrics of the English part?

This is the best I could get from all the sources You think you're fast But I know I'm faster I'm school ya I'm party ninja master You think strike like you never imagine Drop the boom from a ...
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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 '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 one of the last songs of the album, 'Brain Damage' ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 “Check the diagonal” mean in the lyrics to Freedom by Rage Against The Machine?

I never understood what exactly was meant by: Brotha, did ya forget ya name? Did ya lose it on the wall Playin' tic-tac-toe? Yo, check the diagonal Three brothers gone Come on Doesn'...
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What does the line “listening to blackstreet” mean in the song *Downtown* by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis?

Here is a link to the song. I was wondering what the phrase "listening to blackstreet" means. The whole sentence before it says ...I Like a Big Girl, I like 'Em Sassy Going down the Backstreet ...
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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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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 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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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 ...