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Du Hast - You Have or You Hate?

It's an intentional play on words. When we hear the opening lyrics: Du Du hast Du hast mich It's unclear if they're saying "Du hast mich" ("You have me") or "Du hasst mich" ("You hate me"). It's ...
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Was the radio talk in "Right Here, Right Now" real or created for the song?

It was real. The station, WBCN in Boston was an alt-rock station that was HUGE in the 90's but was shuttered in 2009, though it lives on online. Bradley Jay was a DJ and is currently a talk-radio host ...
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In the Beatles' "I'm So Tired", why is Sir Walter Raleigh "such a stupid git"?

Sir Walter Raleigh is credited as the one who introduced tobacco to the UK from the (then) colony of Virginia. So the reference is to the cigarette in the lyrics, and the love-hate relationship with ...
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What is meant by "Run me like a river"?

After asking this question, it was pointed out to me that "running a river" is a way to refer to travelling down a turbulent river, usually on a raft, kayak, or canoe. So, I think I was reading that ...
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What kind of bird are you if you can't swim?

Prokofiev referred to the bird in Peter and the Wolf as simply 'the little bird'. "Of course we shall have the flute as a little bird." [†Schlifstein, p.450.] Although parakeets are smallish - ...
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NOFX's song "Linoleum" - what's the meaning of this song?

As always, genius is a good source for analyzing of song meanings. This particular song has been extensively analyzed by multiple users. Having said this, most of the time a song's meaning is subject ...
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What is the exact meaning of the song "Hotel California" & its album cover image?

Like a lot of great songs, which stick in people's heads, it was written to suggest a lot of things, rather than have a specific meaning. The public statements by various band members about the song ...
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What is meant by the chorus of "I Am the Highway" by Audioslave

This is one of my favorite songs, it means so much to me. The meaning is this: It has to do with being neglected, mistreated, overlooked and taken for granted by people you care about. They might ...
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"Ex's and Oh's" by Elle King- What is "Oh's"?

There are multiple possible interpretations according to contributors on Genius: The metaphorical x’s (hugs) and o’s (kisses) of the relationships haunt her, symbolizing her running away from ...
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Lyrics confusion in Queen's "I Want to Break Free"

The annotations for these lines on Genius.com suggests a few potential explanations. Annotation for "I've fallen in love/I've fallen in love for the first time". The narrator says that he ...
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What does "I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me?" mean?

It's a hard song to understand unless you remember the ironic-nihilist, slacker culture of the times. At the time, Gen-X teenagers and young adults were dismissed by their elders as aimless, apathetic,...
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What do the lyrics in "Master of Puppets" mean?

The song is about the effects of drugs. According to the website Story of Song, “Master of Puppets” was written by all members of Metallica and is a song about the eventual side effects drugs will ...
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Deuce - The One, homophobic?

I think you have it exactly backwards. I think the song is about a person who is on the receiving of homophobia. The song seems to be about a homosexual/bisexual male who is upset that he is not ...
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Meaning of "Blowing in the Wind"?

I think the interpretation of these lyrics is still somewhat open and that's partly why people like this song so much. I think they can be taken in the context of the time period, the 60s. Using this ...
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Get Up, Stand Up: Almighty God is a living man

I think you're right; it's almost certainly a reference to Haile Selassie. Here we see that Marley once said in an interview: I would say to the people, Be still, and know that His Imperial Majesty, ...
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What does the song 'Helplessly Hoping' by Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) talk about?

You are correct, this song is about two young lovers. I'd venture that it's a romance built largely around the wordplay in the lyrics. "Helplessly hoping..." this is a series of alliterations built ...
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What is the significance behind so many uses of the word "murder" in old school reggae lyrics?

Murder means "serious business". A reggae performer of that era once explained it like that in a radio interview on a London radio station back then. So not literally murder, but a colourful word for "...
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Songs where melody and lyrics dont't fit (by design)

A number of my favorite songs use this technique. For example, Pumped Up Kicks sounds like a happy dance tune, but the lyrics are about a school shooter. In this case, the song arguably reveals a ...
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What's with dinosaurs in Vietnam?

Dave Wyndorf, songwriter, lead vocalist, and a guitarist for Monster Magnet, explains in an interview with Adam De Ville for Collide: Adam De Ville: “Dinosaurs in Vietnam!” Dave Wyndorf: Yeah!...
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Is opera more enjoyable when you don't understand the lyrics?

This isn't specific to opera. Lyrics we can't understand have a tendency to sound more meaningful and profound to us, because we impose our own sense of meaning on them. We assume that they are the ...
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Every Rose has its Thorn - is dawn negative?

Personal interpretation The night is seen as somewhow positive since it symbolises the last time where the lovers spend time together. The first verse says: We both lie silently still In the ...
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Missy Elliot's "Work it" lyrics meaning

Like any historical artifact, this song can be difficult to judge from outside of it's own time and context. The things that made Missy Elliot revolutionary at the time of her peak popularity don't ...
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Aerosmith Song "The Movie" has a woman speaking, what is she saying?

There is a reddit post which mentions a wikipedia article for Aerosmith's "Permanent Vacation " album. wiki page text : Drew Arnott – mellotron on "Angel" and "The Movie&...
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In the song, don't stop till you get enough, what was Michael singing?

Michael Jackson's Off the Wall album originally had a gatefold cover. The lyrics were printed on the inside, so they can't be "wrong". You can clearly see that's what it says in this image. ...
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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

I laughed a bit when I first read this question - I'm not sure you understand its scope. One could literally write a book about this album and its meanings. First of all, you absolutely must not take ...
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Meaning of lyrics from "505" by Arctic Monkeys

A knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark, It’s much simpler than this. The idea of not measuring up to her desires causes him pain, which is commonly referred to a feeling ...
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What do any yes lyrics means?

That in fact seems to be the case, as stated by this one guy in this one video. He seems trustworthy, so we might as well go with what he says. For real tho, that's on their early records, their later ...
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What are the first lines of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer"?

I would say is vocalizing some scat. On these three lives, for example, he sings differently : Live at Buenos Aires Live at Athens (just says Hey!) Live at Modena It seems it doesn't say the exact ...
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What's with the pink carnations?

The flower in all cases seem to be a stand in for the desire for the love of a woman's, that for all intents and purposes that these men are strapping bachelors seeking love. Usually when a man ...
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Anyone have lyrics to "Ich schenk dir mein Herz" by Peter Reusch?

I didn't quite get one word/phrase, but might be good enough for the shower ;) enjoy Halt dich fest, wir werden fliegen Träume siegen irgendwann einmal dein kleines Herz kannte nur Lügen du, ich bin ...
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