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"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, often in the company of like-minded people and with few permanent ties. It involves musical, artistic, literary, or spiritual pursuits. In this context, Bohemians ...


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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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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 first answer I can think of is Iron Maiden's Iron Maiden in the album Iron Maiden in 1980 so after Black Sabbath in 1970.


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The existence of many blues, gospel, and rock songs featuring trains is indisputable. The correlation you see to rock band's first albums is probably some kind of selection bias. Trains were a major part of American life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Unlike today, when most passenger train use is in cities, passenger trains would be regularly ...


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Bad Company did the same on their 1974 eponymous album. Can’t think of any others at the moment.... ...After looking through my music a second time, I found a few ‘almosts’: Gentle Giant has a song just called Giant on their 1970 eponymous album, and The Monkees put the theme to their TV show of the same name on their 1966 eponymous album, which may or may ...


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According to a discussion here, these are probably censored versions of the songs. EDIT: Answer from the Amazon support : The Clean version you see next to some of the Music titles means that the song/Album is edited out, like songs on the radio and does not contain any offensive content. Often swearing is taken out, lyrics deemed too violent for general ...


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The song was apparently inspired by the true story of a girl who was kidnapped & murdered, but the lyric was instead turned into a metaphor for a failed obsessive relationship. So… pure speculation… The Plush was a soft toy kept by the lyrics' main character, the only physical reminder left of the relationship.


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The Michelle Pfeiffer reference is important... white gold i.e. cocaine in Scar Face! Uptown Funk = screwed up by drugs purchased by inexperienced uptowners who don't know what they're buying!


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Uma Thurman is an actress. She was in the film Pulp Fiction. Google is your friend.


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Movement 11 doesn't just portray pianists. It portrays beginning pianists playing elementary scales and thirds, badly (the score explicitly says to include errors in execution). So the image is of an unwilling pupil sitting at the piano in their parent's parlor, grudgingly grinding through their daily practice before being allowed outside, rather than a ...


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Carnival was intended to be a whimsical and satirical piece (Saint-Saëns didn't want it published in his lifetime because he thought it was silly). I conjecture that including pianists is his way of poking fun at pianists for always practicing and being obsessed with techniques, like mere chattering animals rather than humans with a capacity to interpret and ...


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One such example is Motörhead (though the song title is sometimes written without an Umlaut.)


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Knife Partys official YouTube channel lists the song name as "Destroy Them With Lazers" making Last.FM the correct spelling.


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This has to be coincidence. Both titles "This Love" and "Daylight" are very generic titles. There are probably dozens of songs with each of these titles.


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Hypothetically, and without doing a careful listen to the album... It's not unusual for music recordings to pick up studio chatter or other unplanned voices. For example, the Kingsmen's classic recording of "Louie, Louie" includes the drummer yelling "fuck!" at one point when he dropped a drumstick. It's not part of the song lyrics or easy to make out, but ...


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I know of Valkeat, a folk metal band from Finland. They released their debut album, named Valkeat, in 2017 and one of the songs in this album is called Valkeat.


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Just a quick look-up points to it being the date 9/29/1945, which was right around the time WWII ended. Looking through the lyrics seems to hold this up. All the violence a man can take Referencing the violence and cruelty of the war. Broken bones, and broken homes Referencing what happens to families and countries when people get killed in war ...


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Blues has its root in slavery and its economic low-wage equivalents, and reliable mass transports for plantage workers were basically train and steamboat. And they often implied being separated, possibly forever, from your friends, loved ones and family.


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There are traditional spirituals that use the word and image of a train, for example "Same train," "Mary Had a Baby," "Gambler, Get Up Off A Yo Knees." You can find even more at http://www.negrospirituals.com My mother lived in a small town in Alabama in the forties and there were four basic ways of getting around: walking, riding in a horse-drawn wagon, ...


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You know the three obvious ones: Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden I've been at this question for a long time. I often ask it around parties, camp fires, or when people look bored. Another four I know of because I own the vinyl albums: 1 - Autosalvage- from NYC Around 1966 (hard record to find too!) 2 - Lucifer's Friend - German band from around ...


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When Ludwig Nohl discovered "Für Elise" he included the work in his 1867 publication "New Beethoven Letters" (Neue Briefe Beethovens) (pages 28-33). "Für Elise" merely refers to the letter written to Elise, and is a name applied after Nohl, rather than by Nohl himself. For comparison, other collected letters of Beethoven are ...


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In the context of this song, I always took "Uptown funk you up" to mean, being "uptown"; rich, haughty, and only interested in things that money can buy will, in the end steal your soul ... it will "funk you up". I think this is borne out by the first part of the song which focuses on jewelry, clothes ... "gotta kiss myself I'm so pretty". The middle part ...


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The word 'plush' means 'a rich fabric of silk, cotton, wool', which could possibly be reference to the fact that the song is fairly mellowed-out and easy-going. The lyrics, however, have been explained, and are a metaphor for a failed relationship. The meaning of the title has never been confirmed by Stone Temple Pilots themselves, so it's impossible to get ...


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Also in 1970 Dutch prog band Focus released their debut studio album 'In and Out of Focus' (earlier released as 'Focus Plays Focus'), the first and last tracks of which were instrumental and vocal versions of a track called 'Focus'. (They later had umpteen albums with 'Focus' in the title somewhere plus a single and an album called 'Hocus Pocus'.)


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The band is from New York and more precisely from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This song says: Today - the Lower East Side is yuppified with fat cats and their poor folk hide It's also a pun, like Angst suggested with the word less. So it does have a double meaning because the LES of Manhattan is a poor neighbourhood.


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I can't make out the lyrics but the beginning riff is a hornpipe melody. The hornpipe is a country dance that is danced on a single spot, excellent style of dance for sailors looking for recreation. Hence it was adopted by the Royal Navy. Hornpipes to this day evoke images of sailors dancing on deck.


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