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I tried googling lyrics for How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees) but there are two kinds of different chorus lyrics.

chorus
how deep is your love
1. I really mean to learn
2. I really need to learn

I don't know which one is correct. when I heard of bee gees song I could hear 'mean to learn' (at official video of bee gees, I can see mouth closed because of'm') but Kelly Rowland feat. Michael Buble, I could hear 'need to learn'

and what is the meaning of 'I mean to learn'?

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Many online lyrics are posted by fans, and sometimes misheard lyrics get transcribed.

I just checked four or five online sites, and they all listed I really mean to learn, so I assume that's the line in the song.

As for the meaning of the phrase:

How deep is your love? I really mean to learn...

is essentially asking the same thing as:

I really mean to learn how deep your love is.

I would paraphrase that as:

I plan to find out how much you really love me.


Song lyrics often contain phrases that don't sound very natural in conversational speech, because songwriters will sometimes twist around the order of the words to fit the meter and rhyming scheme of the song.

  • oh it's easier for me to understand, really, thank you. – hohoney Jun 23 '16 at 1:11
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It appears that a lot of the lyrics sites have it wrong...

I've just extracted the section from the song - it's not clear so I ran it through a couple of filters in Adobe Audition, reduced the backing and enhanced the vocal

No question, it's 'need' - the 'n' is quite clear.

I really need to learn makes far more sense.

The relevant 3 seconds of audio are here if you'd like to listen

  • I' ve just heard that 3 seconds of audio, and yet I could hear 'mean ' to me. but really thanks. – hohoney Jun 23 '16 at 1:04
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They have two versions of lyrics:

Original

How deep is your love
How deep is your love
How deep is your love
I really mean to learn
and Cause we're living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

Bird and Bee

How deep is your love
Is your love
How deep is your love
I really need to learn
'Cause we're living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
They should all just let us be
We belong to you and me

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It's unquestionably "mean to learn".

Watch this video of the Bee Gees singing it live on an interview... you'll see why I say that...

Richard

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