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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 is the meaning behind *THE NAME* of "Bohemian Rhapsody"?

"Bohemian" in the title doesn't refer to the region in the Czech Republic, but rather to what is known as the the bohemian lifestyle. Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, ...
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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 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 Superman's "stupid line" mentioned in The Less I Know The Better from Tame Impala?

It looks like a reference to Superman's line "Up, Up and Away!" In the song, the narrators ex-girlfriend is sleeping with a new guy Trevor, and our narrator is still seemingly attracted to his ex. ...
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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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Which Taylor Swift songs are about her exes?

Billboard seems to have a summary of each of her (sometimes just rumored) relationships, and the songs that sprang from their fall-outs. I also found additional songs from a Suggest.com listicle, the ...
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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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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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In Svefn-g-englar by Sigur Rós, what is "Tjú"?

Well, this website blog states that the writer asked about this word and found that it is "a sound that Icelanders make to comfort babies."
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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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Instrumental music meanings

You're asking about current popular music, but this question was a famous discussion in and around the 19th century in terms of "classical" music. Program music attempts to "tell a story" of some ...
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What is the true meaning of bohemian rhapsody?

The story in the song is about "killing your darlings". In the writing community, the age-old advice for writers after they complete a work is to find a way to have the characters of your story die ...
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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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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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Meaning of "The Vatican Rag"?

This reflects a larger social change. At the time Lehrer was active, in the 60's, religion was treated with a much higher degree of respect and reverence. Making light of religious doctrine was ...
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Steve Vai logo meaning

Literally, it reads "V. A. Eye". Steve has been somewhat elusive on the whole meaning, but he did submit this answer to a question asked on his website: “If you research metaphysics you will find ...
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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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Instrumental music meanings

The meaning of instrumental music is in my opinion deeply connected to the perception of life in general. For many different people usually have very similar feelings about an instrumental piece, the ...
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Why does the music video of "Living Next Door to Alice" by Smokie seem happy?

I'd say that the song is pretty sad. The narrator/singer is losing his childhood best friend/lifelong crush. I think that qualifies as sad. That having been said, a lot of songs have music videos (or ...
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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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What does Johnny Cash refer to when he says he has a “mackinaw?”

Basically it is a raincoat. Mackinaw cloth is a heavy dense water-repellent woolen cloth, similar to Melton cloth. It was used to make a short coat of the same name, sometimes with a doubled ...
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What is the meaning of "Jigolo har Megiddo"?

A "jigolo" or gigolo is a heterosexual male prostitute and Megiddo is an ancient city (more famous under its Greek name, Armageddon), where the Book of Revelations prophesies a world-ending battle. ...
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Why do Desmond and Molly Jones switch roles in the repeated final verse of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da?

Was it a flub by Paul? Yes, Wikipedia cites the book "A Hard Day's Write" (Steve Turner) as claiming that this was initially a mistake by Paul, that was kept only because the other Beatles liked it. ...
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What does the song 'Helplessly Hoping' by Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) talk about?

This song was written by Steven Stills. It was written when he was trying to make ends meet as a session musician, before he became a superstar. The woman in the song he is writing about is Judy ...
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Who is the 'Sandman' in America's song?

Posted on https://www.songfacts.com/facts/america/sandman Djflwb from Tampa, Fl says: Per America's official website: Highway Highlight (from the box set booklet) 
 "Sandman," another ...
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