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definition of a "right makes a wrong"?

Sir Paul Maccartney's Drangfly lyric has a passage like: "How did two rights make a wrong?" source: "https://genius.com/Paul-mccartney-and-wings-little-lamb-dragonfly-lyrics" wha ...
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What does "go on" mean in: “I know you go on”?

My Heart Will Go On Every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you That is how I know you go on Far across the distance And spaces between us You have come to show you go on Near, far, wherever you ...
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What do 'compromise' and 'realize' mean in this context?

What do 'compromise' and 'realize' mean in these lyrics of "Things You've Never Done" by Passenger? You were so proud, She'd call you so loud, But you'd never know. Now that you're wiser, ...
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Is 'so young' an adverb or an adjective in this lyrics 'dying so young'?

I'm listening to a Japanese Anisong's English ver. Eiyu Fate's Song (original title: 英雄 運命の詩) by EGOIST. There is a part of lyrics like this: ''To give up who you are and live without your faith is ...
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What does "no words far away" mean?

Today I heard the song of "Over and over" sung by Nana Mouskouri. By the way, I don't understand one phrase in the lyrics. That is "Here in your arms, no words far away". What does ...
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Meaning of "We were young, posters on the wall..." of Alone music

I'm trying to understand the meaning of first part of Alan Walker & Ava Max - Alone Lyrics: We were young posters on the wall praying we’re the ones that the teacher wouldn’t call we would ...
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Meaning of follow me inside, outside through the stratosphere

It is a part of a song's lyric. What does it mean? ... Whatever I want I get I want a shooting star Whatever I need I have When I’m with you Follow me inside, outside Through the stratosphere The moon ...
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What is the meaning of "When I fold, you see the best in me?"?

In Ed Sheeran's Joker and the Queen song, it says "When I fold, you see the best in me". What exactly does this mean? How was I to know? It's a crazy thing I showed you my hand And you ...
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What is the meaning of "Things the way they were"?

This sentence "Things the way they were" is part of the song "I See the Light" which is from the movie Rapunzel. All those years living in a blur All that time never truly seeing ...
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Is "they living it up" grammatically correct?

Quote from Eagles – Hotel California Lyrics | Genius Lyrics: They living it up at the Hotel California Is "they living it up" grammatically correct? Shouldn't it be "they're living it ...
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The construction of "drink them gone"

The following is from the song "no can left behind": How 'bout a 12-pack packed Just between us We're gonna drink 'em all gone Y'all this is some serious stuff I am wondering about the ...
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When the Gentle Giant song "Black Cat" refers to a cat as "she", does that mean the cat is female?

In Gentle Giant's song Black Cat it starts as follows: There's a cat prowling through the streets at night And she's black and her eyes are burning yellow My question is: although said cat is ...
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Can I say "Whatever You Did Do?"

I am writing a song about forgiveness and "It does not matter what you did do" perfectly fits into the rhyme scheme while "It doesn't matter what you did" does not. How awkward ...
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Can "is" be interchangeable with "has"? [closed]

In these lines from George Harrison's "I Live For You": Not a thing in this world do I own Only sadness from all that is grown the way I see it I could rewrite it as: Not a thing in this ...
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What does 'I know what's right but that can get me' mean?

I was listening to a music Ori Rose - A.S.A.G. I couldn't get the meaning of what 'I know what's right but that can get me.'. I searched for the meaning of 'get me', but I found out it has a lot of ...
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What does the phrase "Oh won't you bring me all the things I need" from the song mean?

What does the phrase "Oh won't you bring me all the things I need" from the song mean? And what is the grammar behind it? The verse is: Oh won't you bring me all the things I need Like ...
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need help with understanding the poem: Dylan Thomas's 'In Country Sleep'

Never and never, my girl riding far and near In the land of the hearthstone tales, and spelled asleep, Fear or believe that the wolf in a sheepwhite hood Loping and bleating roughly and blithely shall ...
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Can "nights" be an adverb?

Is "nights" an adverb in the second line of these song lyrics? I used to be a lunatic from the gracious days I used to feel woebegone and so restless nights My aching heart would bleed for ...
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Is ‘Wake me up inside’ grammatical?

[Wake me up] Wake me up inside [I can't wake up] Wake me up inside [Save me] https://evanescence.fandom.com/wiki/Bring_Me_to_Life_(song) I guess it is, but what does it mean? Wake me up from the ...
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Is 'I want your sex' grammatically correct?

I heard “I want your sex” on YouTube and the phrase kept bugging me. I realized George Michael had a song titled that way after googling. Is this grammatically correct? I want to laugh at it but I'm ...
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Can I say "Hoping for good"? And some other songwriting problems

I'm writing a song with the following draft lyrics: My little soul, don't be so blue This little song is made to be happy, My tall body, don't be so shy: There are just two of us here: you and I. ...
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What is the meaning and origin of the phrase "Steal your eyes"?

I've come across this phrase only in song lyrics: Just then, somebody stole my eyes again (2017) The loneliness of loving someone can steal your eyes (2015) You stole my eyes, so you I will take (2015)...
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"Reaching "Back" for me"

I was listening to the famous Bonnie Tyler's song "Holding out for a hero". Then there is a line, Somewhere after midnight In my wildest fantasy Somewhere beyond my reach There's someone ...
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Do native speakers really hear the lyrics in rap songs? [closed]

I have been learning English and using English in school for many years and one thing I am still struggling with is hearing lyrics. The song "Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion is everywhere on ...
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Is "I do" applicable in this song lyric?

Is it correct to say: I'm feeling like the day I thought I could make great things happen. Because I do. "I do" referring to "make great things happen". I'm feeling this way ...
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What does "folks got high at a quarter to five" in this song?

This line is in 'Great DJ' by 'The Ting Tings'. Fed up with your indigestion. Swallow words one by one. Folks got high at a quarter to five. Don’t you feel your growing up undone. I can get those ...
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I wanna know the meaning of 'lonely me'

In the lyrics of the song by Big Bang. The great k pop boy band. "loser, lonely me, faking tough, and cowardly." I wanna know the meaning of lonely me and faking tough. please tell me. I ...
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What does it mean to speak of was and when?

We passed upon the stair We spoke of was and when Although I wasn't there He said I was his friend The above is the lyrics of the song "The Man Who Sold the World&...
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Why is "Jingle Bell Rock" but not "Jingle Bell Rocks"?

The lyrics of Jingle Bell Rock goes: Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring... I wonder why the 'bell' in 'Jingle bell rock' is singular yet it's 'rock' ...
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Why does Macklemore sing "If you're wondering, yes, I does my thing"?

In the song Brad Pitt's Cousin Mr Macklemore says "If you're wondering, yes, I does my thing". Why he says does he say "I does"? And is that grammatically correct?
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What does me'me here stand for?

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....
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The word play in The Association song Along Comes Mary

Does the phrase “Sweet as a punch” in the context of this song mean sweet as a drink AND “pleasant” as a strike with the fist? Do I understand the word play in Along Comes Mary by The Association ...
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How I'm holding on tight to you

In Frozen 2 there is a lyric that Anna says to Olaf: Like how I'm holding on tight to you.. I don't understand the grammar and the meaning behind this. Does this mean "I will be tightly with ...
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'Don't Blame It On I' vs. "Don't blame it on me"

There is a song called "Don't Blame It On I" by The Congos. Is there any wordplay associated with this phrase? Usually, we say "Don't you blame it on me".
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What does natural man or natural woman mean?

Songs like "You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman" and "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" use this phrase. "I begged her and I pleaded like a natural man..." in Kisses Sweeter ...
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what's the difference between the expressions 'there shall be an answer' and 'there will be an answer'?

There a lyrics, 'There will be an answer, let it be'. But I am curious about the change of the meaning of the sentence above when I substitute 'shall' for 'will'. Is there any difference made between ...
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What is the correct meaning of "I didn't want to be the one to forget"?

The first line of the Daft Punk's song "Instant crush" is "I didn't want to be the one to forget". This has two different meanings to me: I didn't want to be the person, who ...
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What does "The culture is lit and I had a ball" mean in a Lana Del Rey song?

I'm listening to Lana Del Rey's song, the greatest, and she says: The culture is lit and I had a ball. What does she mean?
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What's the meaning of "You'd be so nice to come home to"?

Helen Merrill - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - live 1960 You'd be so nice to come home to You'd be so nice by the fire While the breeze on high sang a lullaby You'd be all that I could desire ......
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What is the purpose of "that" in "I wonder how close that I came"?

This is from the song "Worthless" by Van Dyke Parks from the movie The Brave Little Toaster. I once ran the Indy 500 I must confess I'm impressed how I did it I wonder how close that I came ...
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Why can one say (got this out of some lyrics): "I am the dangers that never sleeps"?

Maybe it's because my native language is Dutch. I heard this sentence sung: "I am the dangers that never sleeps". This sounds very strange to me. Shouldn't it be: -I am the danger that ...
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Roll with "punches""to get to what's real"

Listening to Van Halen's Jump, I have a problem. Verse 1 has I get up and nothing gets me down You got it tough, I've seen the toughest around And I know, baby, just how you feel You gotta roll with ...
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"spoon up" someone's nose

IMO, English songs from 80 to early 00 were golden. Anyway, I don't know how many time I listened to Billy Joel's songs. One of his songs Big Shot has this line, Well, you went uptown Ridin' in your ...
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What does "testing the water with another's daughter" in these lyrics mean?

The British band Maccabees has a song called No kind words which has the following lines: Dear friend of mine is testing his body Tempting disaster Testing water with another's daughter The last ...
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Who are "you" and "them" in this lyric?

I am translating the lyric of "If I ain't got you - Alicia Keys". There are some "you"s in this lyric and it seems that all "you"s are someone whom the heroine of this ...
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"Was never hard the score to guess"

Now I'm trying to write songs and from time to time comes the moment when I always regret myself about why I didn't continued with proper learning. Here´s my question: Since we met each other Was ...
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"Nowhere near" at the end of a sentence

I am struggling with a one line of lyrics. Can this line stand on it's own: "She knows she's nowhere near" - in a sense of nowhere near to change herself.
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What does “charge my card up” mean in this song?

33 Days (feat. gnash & Anna Clendening) You stole my heart Then we grew apart You charged my card up You totaled my car
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In the lyrics of ‘Into the unknown’

There’s a phrase saying: “Everyday’s a little harder, as I feel my power grow” Isn’t it supposed to be ‘grows’ instead of ‘grow’ going by the fact that ‘my power’ is considered as 3rd person singular?...
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What's the meaning of "gavotte" in Carly Simon's song "You're so vain"?

In the song "You're so vain" Carly Simons says: You walked into the party Like you were walking on a yacht Your hat strategically dipped below one eye Your scarf, it was apricot You had one ...
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