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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?
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Unusual usage of verbs in Buffalo Springfield's song

I came across on lyrics of Buffalo Springfield's "For what it is worth": There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear I am interested in the following grammar structure "it ...
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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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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 “a lagoon by la mere” mean

What does this verse from Mike Oldfield's Foreign Affair song mean? a lagoon by la mere
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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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Another brick in the wall part 2 - teacher or teachers? [closed]

I have a question about the song: Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 Pink Floyd I've been looking for the original lyrics but I can't find them. In GooglePlay music the lyrics are the following: https:/...
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What does “Won't you take the time you were given” mean in the lyrics of “My Little Ruin”

I need your kind help understanding the line "Won't you take the time you were given" used in a song by Glen Hansard called My Little Ruin - full lyrics available here. Come on, my little ruin ...
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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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I'd like to know the meaning of 'oh~the heartache I found.'

MY favorite song is 'I was looking for someone to love.'sung by Leif Garrett. In the lyrics of the song, I found the phrase like 'I was looking for someone to love and oh the heartaches I found.' I'd ...
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Meaning of “prostrate bowed but not believing”

I struggle to understand this line in G. Hansard's song Bird of Sorrow: You prostrate bowed but not believing Can you please help?
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Rock-a-bye baby

Somebody told me that Rock-a-bye baby is a nursery rhyme. But how do I use the phrase actually and what does it mean? This is the lyrics from the nursery rhyme: Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop ...
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What does the 'won't in “Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away” mean? Is it supposed to be 'want'?

I have a question about the lyrics of "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" sung by ABBA. I wonder about a sentence "Won't somebody help me chase the shadows away". http://www.azlyrics.com/...
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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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Are these lines grammatically correct?

Lines from One Direction Song Steal my Girl: I don't exist If I don't have her The sun doesn't shine, The world doesn't turn, Alright (alright) Are these lines grammatically ...
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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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Explain use of could in this line

Please explain this line - taken from song History by One Direction. We could be the greatest Team that the world has ever seen. Does it refer to past? They could be the greatest team ? Or does it ...
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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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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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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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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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What does “fall out of heaven” mean?

I was searching around i could not find anything. I heard it in a song, maybe it's a metaphor or idiom. I don't know. The song's from Kanye West & The-Dream. The-Dream is sayin' No one wants to ...
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Something in the way she knows

I don’t understand what the «Something in the way she knows» and «Something in the things she shows me» means in the song «Something» by the Beatles. Excerpt from the song: Something in the way ...
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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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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 ...