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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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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 the 'Slight Return' In Voodoo Child referring to?

On the album Electric Ladyland, there's a track called Voodoo Child, around 15 minutes long. There's a sort of reprise later, called Voodoo Child (Slight Return), which is far shorter, at around 5 ...
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Bands With Eponymous Album and Song

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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Is there symbolism in the word "train" that is particular to rock music culture?

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 ...
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What does "clean" mean at the end of the title of an instrumental jazz song on Amazon Music?

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 ...
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Bands With Eponymous Album and Song

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 ...
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What is "Uma Thurman" in the Fall Out Boy song?

Uma Thurman is an actress. She was in the film Pulp Fiction. Google is your friend.
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Weather Report song title "Dara Factor One" – What is “Dara Factor”?

This detailed website Weather Report: the annotated discography describes the two Dara songs like this - both quotes are from Brian Glasser's "In a Silent Way" (shortened to IASW below), Sanctuary ...
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How did the song "Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots get its name?

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 ...
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The meaning of "Uptown Funk"

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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Why are pianists included in The Carnival of the Animals?

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 ...
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Why are pianists included in The Carnival of the Animals?

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 ...
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Bands With Eponymous Album and Song

One such example is Motörhead (though the song title is sometimes written without an Umlaut.)
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Knife Party - Destroy Them With.. Lasers or Lazers?

Knife Partys official YouTube channel lists the song name as "Destroy Them With Lazers" making Last.FM the correct spelling.
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Different artists - same song titles?

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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Why is "Für Elise" called "La Lettre à Elise" in French?

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 ...
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What does "clean" mean at the end of the title of an instrumental jazz song on Amazon Music?

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 ...
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Bands With Eponymous Album and Song

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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What is the meaning of the song "9-29-045" by Green Carnation?

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 ...
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Is there symbolism in the word "train" that is particular to rock music culture?

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, ...
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Is there symbolism in the word "train" that is particular to rock music culture?

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....
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Bands With Eponymous Album and Song

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 ...
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Bands With Eponymous Album and Song

The closing track ‘The Good, the Bad & the Queen’, on the 2007 album ‘The Good, the Bad & the Queen’ by Damon Albarn led supergroup ‘The Good, the Bad & the Queen’. Wikipedia
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Weather Report song title "Dara Factor One" – What is “Dara Factor”?

Great News --- Obtained the answer from (Weather Report drummer) Peter Erskine himself ---- “Dara” was a made-up word for something in the band, I don’t remember what exactly … Jaco, and then Joe, ...
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Traditional(?) Italian(?) accordion instrumental waltz

This is the opening and ending theme of "بچه‌های مدرسه والت" / "Bachehaye Madrese Walt" ("Walt School Kids"), formerly titled "مدرسه عشق: قصهٔ دل" ("School ...
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The meaning of "Uptown Funk"

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 "...
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