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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Outro vs Rest of Song - Clashing Meaning? The Hills (The Weeknd)

At the end of the (studio) recording, a woman says the following: Ewedihalehu/ Yene konjo, ewedihalehu/ Yene fikir, fikir, fikir, fikir/ Yene fikir, fikir, fikir, fikir This means: I love you ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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 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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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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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