Questions tagged [lyrics]

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Tense use in the Rolling Stones song “As tears go by”

Is the use of the Present Simple grammatically accurate in these lyrics, or is it an example of so-called poetic license that allows for violating grammar rules for the sake of rhyme: It is the ...
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“Begin” or “Beginning”… which one should be used?

The text bellow is part of the lyrics of a song from a Brazilian singer called Raul Seixas - The name of the song is "How could I know": "Reformulation, rearrange the game you're in Let us start ...
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You haven't felt the fire, had a little fun, hadn't had a smile in a little while

It's from a song called "Blue Ain't Your Color": Well, it's probably not my place But I'm gonna say it anyway 'Cause you look like You haven't felt the fire Had a little fun Hadn't had a ...
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is this sentence from "baby honey(the Pastel's song),an example of good english grammar

There is magic in her beautiful eyes Justify the tears I’ve cried found this sentence in the pastel's song" baby honey " ,I know that songs are not always the best example of "good grammar" but the ...
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Usage of “has” vs “have” nowadays

I'm here again with misunderstanding of some grammar rules. So there is sentence where it's said " 4 days has never felt so long". why a song writer used "has" instead of "have", when I asked question ...
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What does “late” mean in this sentence? [closed]

What does late mean in this sentence? Late in the winter of my seventeenth year...
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Meaning of a sentence from Not About Angles

We know full well there's just time. I can't understand the meaning of this sentence. Does it mean there's only one time or there just remains a little time? Is this phrase common? Another ...
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Should old acquaintance be forgot,

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and should old lang syne be forgot? Does #1 mean #2? auld lang sine or old lang sine means "the old days" ...
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What does “let's shoot the shit” mean?

English lyrics by Halestorm rock band: Here's to us: Get another bottle out Lets shoot the shit //What does it mean? Sit back down For just one more drink, oh yeah In some sites it's translated ...
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Out of student loans and “tree house homes”, we all would take the latter

THIS IS LYRIC OF 'STRESSED OUT' BY TEWENTY ONE PILOTS. Sometimes a certain smell will take me back to when I was young How come I'm never able to identify where it's coming from? I'd make a ...
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“We was” vs. “We were” and “Be you” vs “Are you” in song lyrics

Listening to an english song, I noticed the following sentences: "We was hitchhiking down..." (1:15) https://youtu.be/_lK4cX5xGiQ?t=75 "Be you angels?" (2:36) https://youtu.be/_lK4cX5xGiQ?t=155 Why ...
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to “freeze on” somebody

In Kate Bush's song Babooshka, we can hear these lines right before the second chorus: Uncanny how she Reminds him of his little lady Capacity to give him all he needs Just like his wife ...
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“The old jive broad split” meaning - Bill Withers Song (Ain't no Sunshine)

"The old jive broad split" It's a part of what Bill Withers says at the beginning of "Ain't no sunshine". It's a part of the story behind this song. But it lacks everything. I have absolutely no ...
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What is the subject of the “Got me…” lines in Iron Maiden's song “Prowler”?

I'm trying to understand more in depth / translate some Iron Maiden songs, and this is something that has bugged me since the first time I listened to "Prowler". Here are the lyrics of the song I'm ...
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What does “I wanna be who I couldn't say I'd ever been” mean?

I was asked to translate a song. I tried to understand the lyrics but I couldn't seem to get it right. The lines are: (Say Amen, Panic at the Disco) And every morning when I wake up I wanna be ...
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What does “'wheres' and 'whys'” mean in Queen's I Want It All?

In the song I Want It All by Queen, there are these lyrics: I'm a man with a one track mind So much to do in one lifetime (people do you hear me?) Not a man for compromise and 'wheres' and '...
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What does “with a one track mind” mean in Queen's I Want It All?

In the song I Want It All by Queen, there are these lyrics: I'm a man with a one track mind So much to do in one lifetime (people do you hear me?) Not a man for compromise and 'wheres' and '...
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What does “put out someone's joint” mean? [closed]

While listening to "Furious" by Jade Bird, I found a line I don't fully understand. The lyrics: When did you make up your mind? When did you decide to let me down? When was the turning point? ...
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What's the grammar of “rescued” in “may the Heaven rescued land”?

"The Star-Spangled Banner" the 4th stanza O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued ...
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How to understand song titles like: “Hit me off”

I'm listening R&B and would like to know what singer says. Google translator cannot help and and linguee has no records. How should I understand "hit me off" in the lyrics for the New Edition ...
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What is the meaning of “then you mean it” in this song?

I wonder if you know, How they live in Tokyo, If you seen it then you mean it Then you know you have to go. Fast and furious! (Kitaa!) (Drift, Drift, Drift) Fast and furious! (Kitaa!) (Drift, ...
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“Under the bright but faded lights”. Why “faded” other than “fading”?

Alan Walker's "I'm Faded": Under the bright but faded lights music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ItHLz5WEA lyrics: https://genius.com/Alan-walker-faded-lyrics Why was "faded" other than "...
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Is it ok to use “spit” as past tense of “spit” or should I use “spat”?

I was actually going through lyrics written by Eminem and there was a part where it was written Went to Burger King, they spit on my onion rings So my question is since this is in simple past so ...
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(lyrics) I'm a-pushin' and a-shovin' it

This is one of the lyrics which from the song "Young Lust" of Aerosmith. I've already known what "push and shove" means, but what is the usage of "a-xxing"? How can I understand the whole sentence? ...
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Don't or doesn't

With some little boy in blue Who don't know you like I do -- Why don't? Does it have any secret content? Song: Elliott Smith - Between The Bars
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The lyric of a song, “wayfaring stranger”

I am Korean. I like a song, "Wayfaring Stranger" sung by Emmylou Harris. Then I can't understand one line of the lyrics: Where Gods redeemed their vigils keep What does it mean? What does "their ...
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Meaning of “reel” in songs? [closed]

I feel like the word reel occurs often in Irish folk songs. Does it refer to turning around as in dancing? Is there used the same meaning as in There's a reason? So let that feeling Grap you ...
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Phrase 'to be shaded'

Recently was listening to the song Shaded by Fred V & Grafix What is meant by "Maybe we're shaded"?
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Distinction between “bend” and “bow”

The nursery rhyme “London Bridge is Falling Down” includes a line Iron and steel will bend and bow To me as a non-native speaker, both “bend” and “bow” evoke essentially the same kind of mental ...
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What does “fix the flat on your car” mean?

I listened Hannah Montana's song "Rock Star". Then I watched the lyrics of the song: I'm unusual Not so typical Way too smart to be waiting around Tai chi practicing ...
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Gonna “miss me by the hair”?

Is the phrase miss someone by something an actual phrase as in the song Cups? When I’m gone When I’m gone You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone You’re gonna miss me by my hair You’re gonna ...
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“There is to do something” natural?

In the song "Everyday" by Phil Collins there's a lyric: Every way there is to cry, ourselves to sleep we will. Is the phrase "there Is to do something" valid and natural English? I'm striving hard ...
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What does “expensive fate” mean?

In Pop Singer Billie Eilish's song, there are the lyrics "Maybe it's in the gutter/Where I left my lover./What an expensive fate!". What does it mean?
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What is the meaning of 'would' in “I was always told that only time would heal the pain”

I was always told that only time Would heal the pain (source: #lyrics: until you were gone) To me it sounds like it is related to willpower Like she was told that time had potential to heal or the ...
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“A cat named Easter” [closed]

There is a song called "Crucify" by Tori Amos from the album Little Earthquakes, where the following part caught my attention: ... I know a cat named Easter He says, "Will you ever learn? You'...
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Meaning: “Trip wires fill this house with tip-toed love”- Eminem's song

What does the following mean? Trip wires fill this house with tip-toed love. It's a part of Eminem song "Guts over Fear". Previous and next sentences are as: "I didn’t wanna go another round An ...
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Why does a song say “put me six foot down”?

Here is the lyric: I told you on the day we wed I was gonna love you 'til I's dead Made you wait 'til our wedding night That's the first and the last time I wear white So if the ties ...
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The Yearly Silly Trip - Chant vs Jingle?

I was looking for a trick [mnemonic] for little children to remember the months of the year in order but I couldn't find any online. Then I made this below and called it The Yearly Silly Trip. My ...
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Meaning of “from my god it will depart”

What is the meaning of the sentence "from my god it will depart " mean ? I found this in a song of Nightwish "Sleeping sun" and I cannot understand it at all. I think it poetic but unfortunately my ...
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What is the meaning of these lines from Speed of Sound by Coldplay?

In the song Speed of Sound by Coldplay, there are the following lines: Every chance that you get, Is a chance you seize What is the meaning of these lines? Do they mean that you should seize ...
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Lyrics grammar parsing

There is a song by Larry Graham (It ain't no fun to me) with the following words: October sun is shining These tears they cause the pain It simply make up Only just to break up, oh baby What ...
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What does 'by the water' mean? [closed]

I am newbie here have been learning English since few months I recently heard a song 'Rockabay' (Google Play lyrics) and couldn't get the meaning of 'By the water' in this context. She works the ...
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What does “break it down” mean (slang) in Meghan Trainor's “I'm a Lady”?

I heard a song that said something about "breaking it down". I looked it up, and it was Meghan Trainor's "I'm A Lady". The lyric goes When I break it down, it's a work of art. What does it mean ...
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Is “I have no story to be told” correct or should it be “I do not have a story to tell”?

I do not have a story to be told . or I do not have a story to tell . In the "Rolling in the deep" song of Adele. Baby, I have no story to be told What if i use " to tell " here instead of " to be ...
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What does “run” in “Run the world” mean?

I saw the image below: It's a reference to Beyonce (how you can see at the title here), her song is called Run The World (Girls). Inside the context of the song. How about this substitution? "...
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Some questions about hustle and hurry from a song

I was listening to a old song, but I found that some of the words in the lyrics made me confused. Here is the sentence: I was never in love, never had the time in my hustle and hurry world. ...
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Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry — what levee exactly is he talking about? [closed]

From the song American Pie by Don McLean: Bye, bye Miss American Pie Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye Singin' this'll be ...
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What does the use and meaning of You's in song 'No more “I love you's”'?

I listened this song written by David Edward & Daniel Freeman. I like that song but I didn't get complete meaning as I don't know the use of "You's" in lyrics. Lyrics is as below: I used to ...
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Is it incorrect to say, “You say you will if you could but you can't”?

Sorry for my bad English. I was listening the music Seaside Rendezvous from the Queen and in this song Freddie Mercury sings this phrase, but the correct way to write wouldn't be "You say you will if ...
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Can anybody tell me what “blue” means here?

I have a question about the lyrics of "Blue" by Zayn. When he says "I need somebody to love me blue", what does that mean? Where does that expression come from?