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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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What is "25 or 6 to 4"?

"Speculation that the song's lyrics are drug related has been largely dismissed. Lamm himself says that the title is "just a reference to the time of day" and that "the song is about writing a song. ...
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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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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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Meaning of *Snow (Hey Oh)*

In a quote reproduced on Wikipedia, Anthony Kiedis states that the track is "... about surviving, starting fresh. I've made a mess of everything, but I have a blank slate—a canvas of snow—and I get ...
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Blues and “big-legged women”

"Big-legged" was the original celebratory code phrase for the female backside. Obviously, if you had big legs then they must culminate in an upper thigh/backside of similar proportions. The term "...
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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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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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What is the actual meaning of the the song Astronomy Domine by Pink Floyd?

It's about space, plain and simple. It's literally just a description of space - its colors, planets, stars, supernovas scaring Dan Dare. It's typical Barrett - something very, very simple wrapped ...
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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 "25 or 6 to 4"?

25 Or 6 To 4 should be interpreted as: Twenty five or [twenty] six [minutes until] four [o'clock, AM]
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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 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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Who are those famous looking people in the video of Pink Floyd's brain damage?

Below I've listed out the different people you see, with the corresponded line in the song in parenthesis. I don't know everyone, but I think this is at least a good start. Everyone who might be a ...
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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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Is a “brown-eyed girl” black?

The use of 'brown-eyed' as a euphemism for race is certainly older than "Brown-Eyed Girl": it was famously used in Chuck Berry's 1956 song "Brown Eyed Handsome Man". A Britannica article attributes ...

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