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Writing lyrics of songs/poems: end in rhyme or complete phrases?

I was wondering if someone could help me figure out readers' preferences when writing down versions of lyrics/verses as I seem to have lost judgement somewhat. 1A) Hey Jude, don't make it bad ...
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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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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'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 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 does “on the square” mean in this context?

A recently released song from Ghost troubled me. The chorus troubled me, since I don't understand what would mean "on the square": Are you on the square? Are you on the level? Are you ready to ...
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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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the meaning of “Hit the ground”

what's the meaning of this sentence in "Billie Eilish - She's Broken": "You see them talking but hear no sound to hit the ground"
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Meaning of “doodle let me go” and “yaller girls”

I've recently watched the movie "The Lighthouse" directed by Robert Eggers and in one of the scenes in the movie two main characters were singing a song containing following lyrics: "Doodle let me ...
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What does 'you're not worth staying' mean here?

In the song 'Sound of Walking Away' by Illenium, comes this verse: Now, don't come find me  I won't be here waiting I so can do it alone  You're not worth staying My question is staying ...
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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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Wind in “They're going through a tight wind”

I'm a bit confused about the pronunciation and meaning of wind, in the song Bltizkrieg Bop there is this line: "They're going through a tight wind" I hear it pronounced "waɪnd" like in the verb. ...
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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'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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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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“I don't want to have to leave” what does it mean?

I've been listening to Mutual by Shawn Mendes and one line of the lyrics gets me confused, especially the "have to" part No I don't want to have to leave. But half of you's not enough for me. Do ...
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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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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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What does “love sprung” mean in this song?

In Rihanna's song "Whos that Chick" there's this sentence: The night has got me love sprung. What does this mean?
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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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What does “My layers are thick” mean in this context?

In the song "Fuel my Fire" by L7 it says: Yeah, my layers are thick And I got a bad attitude What does "My layers are thick" mean in this context? Is it another way to say "I've got a thick ...
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Please interpret and analyze sentences

i have a one simple question. This is the lyric from the movie 'tangled'. "All those years outside looking in" I'd like to know more about this phrase. "outside looking in" Does that mean you're ...
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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 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 “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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'Let me take you past the satellite' meaning

I was listening to Ellie Goulding's song 'Love me like you do' and I came across a phrase/ expression let me take you past the satellite. I don't know what it means. I searched for similar phrases ...
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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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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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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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Could you clarify that for me?

It's part of the lyrics from the movie Rapunzel. [I see the light] https://namu.wiki/w/I%20See%20the%20Light#s-3 All those days watching from the windows All those years outside looking in All ...
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Meaning of a stanza of Stevie Wonder's song

I've listened to the song "They Won't Go When I Go" of Stevie Wonder and I'm not sure that I understood the first stanza. I'd like to ensure that I understood it properly. Then this is the original ...
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What does 'do' mean in 'The sweetest dream will never do'?

I can't comprehend what a singer/writer means singing this song. Would anyone explain 'Do' for what thing used? For example: Cause even when I dream of you The sweetest dream will never do ...
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What does the expression “then on” mean in this case?

She says that she knows that moments are rare I suppose that it's true Then on she goes to say I don't care and she knows that I do "Then on" means that she said he doesn't care immediately after ...
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What is the significance of 1st of October?

In the song Paper Planes, there's a passage as quoted below. My name is Olushola, I just got off my visa I live everyday like it's the first of October I wonder what the significance of the 1st ...
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losing when my mind's astray

I was reading the lyrics of a song called "Dominoes" by Syd Barett, and couldn't understand what he was trying to convey in this verse "Losing when my mind's astray" Lyrics
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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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Listening: Though today I have to live OR leave

Here's the music video on YouTube: Dan Byrd - Sayonara Means Goodbye, specifically at :33. And here's the lyrics I found on LyricsFreak: Sayonara means goodbye Sayonara one more cry Though ...
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“Words are always getting in my way”, what does that mean?

A friend quoted some lines from a lyric of a song. link to lyric It goes like this "But I haven't got a paragraph Words are always getting in my way" I wonder, if words are in my way, that means I ...
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Time after time’s lyrics are difficult

Flashback, warm nights almost left behind Suitcase of memories, time after— Sometimes you picture me I wonder what the subject noun of the sentence is. Is “time after” the abbreviation of “time ...
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What's the term in music, where the singer uses words without meaning?

I've been searching for the word, which is used for describing parts of lyrics, where the singer sings for example the whole refrain only using words of syllables without any meaning. Maybe you could ...
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what does it mean by “I would have you memorized by now”

The question's about lyrics in "Still Fallin" sung by Hunter Hayes. The first line of the song is You'd think for all the days I've known you (that) I would have you memorized by now. The reason ...
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What’s the meaning of the lyrics “Teenagers now I know I wild eat their young”?

This lyrics comes from Tough Love by PattyCake Productions. Could you please help me analyze the structure of this lyrics? And is the word “wild” used as an adverb?
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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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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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I've found vs I found

In Cyndi Lauper's song called Money Changes Everything she says: I'm sorry, baby, I'm leaving you tonight. I found someone new he's waitin' in the car outside. Is it grammatically correct to ...
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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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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 ...