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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 only can ever see one side of the moon. The other side of the moon is sometimes referred to as the dark side of the moon, as it is never visible to us. There is ...


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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, particularly those associated with lower socioeconomic class levels (see my answer to a similar question in ELU). Song lyrics are typically written in conversational ...


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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 describing driving down the highway smoking weed.


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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 first line says that if you read it as a double negative, it could mean two different things "We do need education"—A call for education "We don't need this ...


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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 instrument. Such songs are happy, often danceable songs meant to be fun and entertaining. The line that you were interested in "Uptown funk you up" is mostly a pun, ...


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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 not until the later text: Du hast mich gefragt Du hast mich gefragt Du hast mich gefragt und ich hab nichts gesagt That we actually get the real meaning: "You ...


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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 During the moon explorations and moon landings - the first landing only occurred four years prior to this album's release - viewers of these historic events came ...


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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 forest silently". It's actually just German sounding gibberish, said by producer Mutt Lange during one of the later takes of the song. Lange was a ...


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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 on Boston's WBZ AM 1030 from midnight to 4am. I actually heard this call live when it happened so I can confirm, it is legit. Bradley was a great DJ to listen ...


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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 illegal activity, so it has a slightly naughty feel to it, like drinking during prohibition. Many, many grandmas did in fact play the numbers. There's a fairly ...


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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—birds are on the wing ... and I the while, the sole unbusy thing, not honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.'" "earlier instances of this idiomatic ...


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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 viewed as him saying the care for his lover is outside the typical church values, and could be considered "worshipping false idols" in the context of the church....


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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 with the band Rock N Riders. He says that the band was in the back of the van, drinking and playing acoustic guitars, when he came up with the intro. Duff ...


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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 sophisticated. Funk is a style of music pioneered by black American artists such as James Brown and George Clinton, it was most popular in the 1970's and features a ...


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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 figure! Def Leppard actually used this beginning for Rock of Ages for the same reason, it was just made up jibberish by their producer, Mutt Lange as you mentioned ...


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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 gonna say to you" and "I love you". Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes And every second I waste is more than I can take And ...


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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 to interpretation. To start with, linoleum is a type of floor covering. The whole song is playing around with this floor theme. It starts with the first few ...


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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 any actually feelings developed in the process. “XO” is a common way to sign off in love letters, or if you’re gossip girl. Her ex’s and oh’s spark ...


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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 phrase wrong. Here's the phrase: Run me like a river Here's how I was reading it: Run me like a river would Here's how it's probably supposed to be read:...


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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 may have fallen in love with someone who’s not of the opposite sex. He may have had relationships with women before, but it wasn’t love, and therefore falling in ...


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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 smoking that the character in the song and John Lennon the writer of the song both had. There's a reddit post on this theme. At the time of writing the song, ...


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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 - especially the ones we in the UK call 'budgerigars' - as you say, they're not native to Russia. He doesn't try to imitate the actual sound of any of the animals ...


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The obvious answer (when talking about recent releases) is that lyric sheets cost money to produce. If you can put them online for free, why waste money on something that isn't as important to the core of the release? Other bands, like Tool, don't include lyric sheets because they don't necessarily want to spell everything out for the listener. They want ...


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Parental Advisory (abbreviated PAL) is a warning label first introduced by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1985 and later adopted by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 2011. It is placed on audio recordings in recognition of excessive profanities or inappropriate references, with the intention of alerting parents of ...


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The meaning of Brain Damage can only really be guessed from inferences in the actual lyrics..as no one but Roger Waters truly knows what it means. I'm not sure he has publicly stated that meaning either. However, the inferences suggest it is about some form of mental illness or psychosis; perhaps schizophrenia or other mental disorder. That pretense helps to ...


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The Wikipedia article about Strawberry Fields Forever says the following: In 1974, McCartney said, "That wasn't 'I buried Paul' at all – that was John saying 'cranberry sauce' … That's John's humour … If you don't realise that John's apt to say cranberry sauce when he feels like it, then you start to hear a funny little word there, and you think, 'Aha!'" ...


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