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The following is a verse from the song Gates of Dawn by the band Secret Garden:

And whose is the hand who raises the sun from the heaving sea?
The power that ever amazes -
We look, but never will see.
Who scattered the seeds so life could be?
Who coloured the fields of corn?
Who formed the mould that made me'me before the world was born?

What does the me'me in the lyrics stand for? It looks like some sort of abbreviation. The closest I can think of is "me and me", but it is making no sense for me...

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  • From Google: "Who formed the mould that made me – me," Also checking some music videos on YouTube, I hear "Who formed the mould that made me"
    – Eddie Kal
    Dec 2 '20 at 2:04
  • @EddieKal I hear two me's but I guess I understand how it could be heard as one - the pitch change of the word made makes it sound like /meɪeɪd/, where the latter half /eɪd/ somehow sounds ambiguous and can be interpreted as part of made but also an extra me. If only I can find an official CD insert with lyrics... Dec 2 '20 at 2:57
  • It might be interpreted as "made me [become] me" or "made me [into] me". Dec 2 '20 at 4:03
  • @JackO'Flaherty Any reference for these? Dec 2 '20 at 8:30
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    @MatthewHui I don't have a reference, it just works for me as I read it. It could be equivalent to "made me what I am" = "made me me" Dec 2 '20 at 8:39

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