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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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