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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

The moon revolves around the Earth at the exact same speed at which it rotates, due to a phenomenon having to do with the uneven weight distribution of the moon itself. Because of this, on Earth, we ...
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Is the double negative in 'we don't need no education' intentional?

This is quite certainly intentional. While the double negative used as an intensified negative is considered ungrammatical in "standard" English, it is very common in many English dialects, ...
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In the song "Hotel California" by the Eagles, what are "colitas"?

The way I heard it, one of the guys on their road crew, who was Latino, told Henley and Frey that "colitas" meant "little buds" in Spanish. As in, marijuana buds. So, in that lyric they're ...
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The meaning of "Uptown Funk"

This song is an example of what one might call "effectively instrumental" in that the song has no lyrics that are particularly meaningful. The vocal elements are, for the most part, just another ...
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Is the double negative in 'we don't need no education' intentional?

I've been unable to find any comments directly from Roger Waters (writer of the music and lyrics of the song) on the meaning of those lines. Looking at the lyrics on Genius.com, the annotation for the ...
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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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What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear You shout and no one seems to hear And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes I'll see you on the dark side of the moon ...
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Do the lyrics a the beginning of Rock of Ages by Def Leppard mean anything?

Here's something from the Def Leppard FAQ: These four words that you hear at the start of "Rock of Ages", mean nothing, though the band sometimes jokingly claims it means "running through the ...
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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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The "right here, right now" sample in "Right Here, Right Now"

Not totally authoritative, but compare for yourself I did a quick edit/overlay for comparison. I'd say it's close enough to be sure they are the same. https://clyp.it/yhomglty# Short snippet, with ...
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What is meant by "Grandma Plays the Numbers"?

The "numbers" were indeed the lottery, but this was back before the government decided to get in on the action, so it was an illegal lottery run by gangsters. Basically, it was a common, but ...
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Who is Hozier's goddess?

It's to refer to his lover. The whole section is actually: If I'm a pagan of the good times My lover's the sunlight To keep the Goddess on my side She demands a sacrifice It can be ...
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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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The meaning of "Uptown Funk"

The literal meaning of uptown is usually the more northward part of the center city, but it has connotations (via New York City) of an urban area that is more "upscale", wealthy, classy and ...
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What is Meaning of "Aerials" by System of a Down song and music video?

Genius has a cool feature which lets users interpret song meanings cooperatively. It also allows you annotate the meaning of smaller blocks of the lyrics. As it happens, Aerials has been interpreted ...
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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 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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Is the song "Paradise City" written about a specific city?

Wikipedia is rather vague: Guns N' Roses' lead guitarist, Slash, states that the song was written in the back of a rental van as they were on their way back from playing a gig in San Francisco ...
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Did the analogy "The Birds And The Bees" truly originate from the Cole Porter song 'Let's Do It"?

It seems that the phrase has multiple possible sources with none truly confirmed. I've listed the sources below: "..poet Samuel Coleridge (1825): 'All nature seems at work ... The bees are stirring—...
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Why does "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by The Offspring start with a sample from "Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard?

The Offspring used it to replace the 1,2,3,4 count that some bands (i.e. The Ramones) would start their songs off to. Of course, a few seconds after the opening, they count to 6 in Spanish....go ...
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Rock song with lyric "walking in your shoes", gruff voice singer like Linkin Park

You might be thinking of another Linkin Park song, "Numb". Looking at the lyrics, it has a few lines very close to the ones you remembered from it (emphasis mine), but it's missing "something I am not ...
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Tragic 60's song with unknown lyrics by a male singer about a fallen military buddy

Is it After the War by Timothy P. Irvin? Here are the lyrics to the song, they fit your description very well: AFTER THE WAR My name is Billy Johnson, Indiana's my state. I turned 21 back in '...
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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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