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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 is the purpose of using “don't” instead of “doesn't” in this phrase: “But she don't know you like I know you Slim” [duplicate]

I was listening to Eminem's song Stan. I noticed in one verse he says: But she don't know you like I know you Slim... At first I didn't believe my ears, but when I read out the lyrics I got ...
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What does it mean “a fork stuck in the road”?

The first sentence from Green Day's "Good Riddance" song: Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road It's been baffling me for more than ten years, first I thought maybe I was so not good ...
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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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Meaning of “Protect the valley something, something, something, something alive!”

This sentence is from the theme song of an animated series called Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. You can find it on YouTube. I found this question here: "A little something something&...
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What's the meaning of “…don't you black or white me”

Beat me, hate me You can never break me Will me, thrill me You can never kill me Jew me, sue me Everybody do me Kick me, kike me Don't you black or white me It's from MJ's track, my ...
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Is “take care'n of” correct?

Is this form of "take care'n of" correct in the following lyrics? She wanna be man cured Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURE She wan' be take care'n of [MANiCURE by Lady Gaga]
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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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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?
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What does “Take on Me” mean in A-ha's song? [closed]

Doe it mean the same as "Take on your enemies" in this question? Or does it mean to confront me as an enemy? I can't figure out the meaning even from the context of the whole song... Update: After ...
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How to overcome comprehending the words we don't know while listening

Well, It happens to me time to time while listening musics, the singer uses some words I have no clue beforehand, So I was looking for a solution to tackle this. I listen to rap musics mostly, and the ...
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What is the meaning of “footloose” in “Now I gotta cut loose, footloose”

I have searched in Dictionaries for the word “footloose” and found many senses. Yet I have to admit that I cannot figure out which one is more appropriate in the lyrics’ context. Actually I can’t get ...
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What does “drink the pain away” mean?

What does "drink the pain away" or "drinking my pain away" mean? I've heard it in a song by Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias named Forgiveness. Here is the related part of the original lyrics: I'm ...
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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 “there ain't no one for to give you no pain” mean?

This morning on the radio, I heard America's hit "A Horse with No Name". As usual when I hear it, I wonder what the following sentence mean. 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain ...
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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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“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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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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Can “something I see” mean “I see something”?

In ABBA's I have a dream song there's a part like I believe in angels Something good in everything I see When I first read it I though it means something like I believe in angels [which are] ...
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Reduplicated usage of “my”: what does this mean?

Popular music is a good entry into language learning and many usages naturally reflect prose (non-lyric) usages. David Bowie sings "my my" in the song Beauty and the Beast and Ariana Grande sings "...
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Movies and Songs are my listening troubles

I have almost no problem to understand English speech or radio talk and I can communicate with native speakers with no problem but surprisingly I can't recognize the words in movies and songs. I've ...
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In what ways can this song phrase be grammatically parsed? (From “Close to the Edge” by Yes)

In the song, Close to the Edge by Yes (click link to see lyrics), there is a line that I don't understand how to parse grammatically to make sense of it: "And assessing points to nowhere, leading ...
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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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beat it (the title of the famous Michael Jackson song) — does that mean “to run away”?

Does beat it in the title mean run away as fast as you can because you don't want to get into trouble?
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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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“to a bit of what is all around you”. Is it grammatically right?

Song "Martha, my dear" (by Beatles) contains these lines: When you find yourself in the thick of it. Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you. I don't understand why part to a bit ...
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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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What does “A small town girl with big city dreams” mean?

A small town girl with big city dreams What does a "small town girl" mean? Does it mean she is small in stature or short? And what does "big city dreams" mean? Does it mean the dreams are big in ...
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Meaning of the word “blue” in song lyrics

Can anybody tell me what the word "blue" means here? And how can it make the protagonist get high/low? Little girl, little girl You should close your eyes That blue is getting me high And ...
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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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Johnny get angry

Here's a part of the lyrics of an old song of 1960s "Johnny get angry". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslyYxN8Nlg Oh, Johnny get angry, Johnny get mad Give me the biggest lecture I ever ...
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I ended up with pockets full of 'caine/cane

In the song "Oh My Sweet Carolina" (link), there's a line I was spending money like the way it likes to rain And I ended up with pockets full of 'caine. What is 'caine? or is it "cane"? shouldn'...
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Meaning of “little more o’er the merry-o”

In the lyrics of a song, the text goes swing a little more, little more o’er the merry-o I know the proverb "the more the merrier", but o'er is apparently an archaic form of over, which confuses ...
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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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Meaning of “gathering stone” in song lyrics

I need explanation of a line in lyrics by Glen Hansard from the song "Moving On." I struggle to understand the meaning of "(not here) gathering stone". Well, If you've got blood in your heart If ...
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Does there something called a-come exist in English?

Source Dragon! Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Come, a-come get me! Also while listening to the song, I did not feel like they say Come, a-come get me! Is there any meaning existing or is it just for ...
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What's the meaning of “doing fifty five in a fifty four” in “99 problems” by Jay-Z

In the song "99 Problems" by Jay-Z the performer is rapping about getting pulled over by the police. The purported reason for being pulled over is given by the police officer as "doing fifty five in a ...
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Question about lyrics meaning

Once I listened to a song and there were some strange words that I can't understand. I have searched for the lyrics and found various results: My nervous system is shot all right. My nervous ...
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Usage of to and for

I was wondering why the singer first sings a little bit of my life for you, and after, a little bit of your time to me. Is there any difference in how these prepositions are used? Is this unique to ...
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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 the term “Kingdom Come” mean?

I have been listening to lot of songs and I have come over this term, "Kingdom Come", several times. I cannot quite place the meaning of it. Internet search only shows that it is a part of text of the ...
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Can you explain the lyrics of “Hold on” by Jonas Brothers?

Source 'Cause an empty room can be so loud It's too many tears to drown them out They mean to say hold on because an empty room can be so loud.Right? What is them? When it falls apart, and ...
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'how deep is your love - I really mean/need to learn'

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 ...
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Does the phrase “Get down on your knees and pay your dues” have rude or sexual connotations in America?

Get down on your knees and pay your dues I said this, and my mom freaked out, thinking it was a weird sexual reference. I have never heard it that way, and teachers at my school say it frequently.
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What is the meaning of 'my mama done told me'?

In no way can I catch the meaning of 'My mama done told me'... ) It's from Katie Melua's cover of the song 'Blues in the night': My mamma done told me, when I was in pigtails, My mamma done ...
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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 “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 are “the races”?

This question regards an recurring theme from lots of music I hear. She had a ticket for the races just like me she was a victim of the night - Tunnel of Love, Dire Straits And I'm off to ...
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Correct synonymous to expression “still into you”? [duplicate]

In the USA there is Paramore band. They have wrote nice song Still into you in 2013. In lyrics clear all for me except title. "Still into you" what does it mean in this context? Context Yeah ...
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Using 'she don't care' in The Beatles' song 'Ticket to Ride' [duplicate]

She's got a ticket to ride, She's got a ticket to ride, She's got a ticket to ride, But she don't care. It sounded odd to me. So why is it used that way?