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From the English version of "Simple and Clean" by Utada Hikaru:

When you walk away
You don't hear me say
Please, O baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go

I couldn't structure the fourth line into verses because I don't have a sense of the meter. What type of poetic meter is this?

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The line scans like this:

 /   x x     /   x    x  /    x   x      / x    x  /    x /
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight

so one way to describe this would be “catalectic dactylic hexameter with a trochee in the penultimate foot”. But really the song isn’t regular enough in its rhythm for that kind of prosodic description to be useful. What you might say instead is that the song is mostly stressed on every second syllable:

  /   x   /   x /
When you walk away

/    x     /    x  /
You don't hear me say

  /    x  / x  /     x
Please O baby don't go

but then switches to being stressed on every third syllable for this line, making it stand out from the rest, appropriately enough, as it is delivering the theme and title of the song.

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