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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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Meaning of "Don't Dream It's Over" ("Hey Now")

If you are referring to the song originally sung by the band, Crowded House, I think the best answer is straight from the horse's mouth. In this interview, the lead singer and song writer from the ...
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Does Justin Bieber - Love Yourself have sexual meaing?

It's an euphemism for "Go and f**k yourself". Here's some info from Ed Sheeran who wrote the song: “Originally, I was like hearing Rihanna kind of coming in with a bit of that swag,” Ed told ...
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My Beloved Monster - Who is it about?

In his autobiography 'Things the Grandchildren Should Know', E reflects on the show at the Royal Albert Hall in London during the Eels with Strings tour in 2014. He writes the following about 'My ...
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What do the lyrics in "Master of Puppets" mean?

While one could certainly argue that all music (like other forms of art) is subject to interpretation, even in spite of the artists' original intent, there are lines in "Master of Puppets" ...
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What does the line "Could go fishing but the fish draw flies" mean in Blaze Foley's "Big Cheeseburgers And Good French Fries"

Just simple and clever, referring to how fly fishermen (myself being one), are said to be “drawing trout” when attempting to attract them to the surface, often changing the “fly” (which is supposed to ...
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Meaning of "The Vatican Rag"?

It's very much not random, but looks at stereotypical Catholic practice. The first stanza fairly simply looks at knelling to pray; a rosary is a strong of beads each one representing one of the ...
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In Prince's "7", who are "the seven"?

Over the years that I've heard/listened to this song I was under the impression that the "Seven" refers to the Seven Angels spoken of in Revelation 8:2
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In Prince's "7", who are "the seven"?

The song is a religious allegory, based mostly on the apocalyptic "Book of Revelations" from the Bible --with lines such as "there will be a new city, streets paved with gold" ...
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Origin/meaning of the lyrics "hang on behind" in the shanty Roll The Old Chariot Along (aka A Drop of Nelson's Blood)

I was fortunate enough to talk to a tallship sailing captain, and "hanging on" (or as a noun, being a "hanger-on") refers to when one sailor hauls on a line with a too-heavy load, ...
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not understanding the lyrics of a song

I will cry like the tough cry I will cry like a person who is tough (strong) cries. If we're under covers If we're lying in bed together whiskey sours A whiskey sour is a cocktail made with ...
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Meaning of "Darling she said 'I was yours to be seen'" in Desmond Dekker's Israelites?

It's a mis-heard lyric. The line is "'Darling', she said, 'I was yours to receive.'" Source - Trojan Records Official YouTube channel, video with lyrics. Not that that makes it much clearer ...
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Umbrella: "Take Three" lyrics

"Take three" could have been a reference to recording a song fifty years ago when whole songs were recorded at once in a studio, but "action" makes it a reference to shooting a ...
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Origin/meaning of the lyrics "hang on behind" in the shanty Roll The Old Chariot Along (aka A Drop of Nelson's Blood)

Many explanations of the origins of the song, here are some : [wiki], (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Drop_of_Nelson%27s_Blood) longest Johns fandom website Vaughan Williams memorial library speak ...
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What is the De La Soul song "Potholes in My Lawn" (1988) about?

The band themselves support your view that the song is about being ripped off by other artists : Rolling stone interview with De La Soul , 2009 , looking back at "3 feet high and rising" &...
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Why was Ian Hunter ashamed in Oreole?

The song is based on a true story about forgetting to pack a guitar , panicking on the plane half way to Memphis, and having the instrument shipped by train to Oriole Kentucky. On collection the ...
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Are the lyrics in "Teardrop" by Massive Attack "feathers" or "fearless"

There's a live performance on YouTube titled "Massive Attack - Teardrop with Liz Fraser" from MTV. At around the 1:20 mark, you can lip read it. Personally, (with the audio off), I'm not ...
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Spoken lines in Annie Lennox' "No More I Love You's"

"We were all in the car" seems like very misheard lyrics. The official lyrics say "They were on the come" (referring to the monsters) and that's what it sounds like to me as well. ...
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Was Mary a prostitute in Queensrÿche's "Operation: Mindcrime"?

We are first introduced to Mary in Track 06: Spreading the Disease. The lyrics of this track identify a new character "she", with a backstory as a sex worker: She always brings me what I ...
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What does "High C's" by Two Steps From Hell have to do with the ocean?

Stylistically speaking, High C's is a contemporary take on the traditional "swashbuckling" genre of orchestral music, characterized by bombastic melodies in the brass section, fast and ...

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