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The line from lyrics:

Your words have branded my mind

Question:

What does the expression mean and especially meaning of the word BRAND in this context

My guesses by context:

his mind became possessed with her words

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    The page you're linking to: verb, "1.1 Mark indelibly."
    – None
    Apr 23, 2017 at 17:38

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A brand is a iron instrument with a unique symbol on one end, used to mark cattle by burning after being heated-up red hot. The mark is permanent.

Compare with the words burn in - also used figuratively, but brand emphasizes the "permanent change" or "this leaves a mark" aspect. I'm not sure if branding is painful/traumatic to cattle but it certainly is if done to human beings and that's another possible subtext of any figurative use.

Your words have branded my mind

The writer/speaker is saying your words are going to permanently stay "on" my mind.

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  • Yes, usually written as branded on my mind. Because otherwise it sounds like - as this does - branded like a product.
    – Lambie
    Apr 23, 2017 at 18:18

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