Questions tagged [song-lyrics]

Questions about the literary meaning or significance of the lyrics of a song or the literary devices used in them. Should be used with either the song-writer or the band in lieu of the author tag.

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In "Bullet the Blue Sky", what is the symbolism of Jacob and the angel?

U2's song "Bullet the Blue Sky" was inspired by Bono's trip to El Salvadore in 1986, and America's role on the Salvadoran Civil War. As Bono said in an interview, And it upset me as a person who ...
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Why is the introduction different for the video and streaming versions of Lamar's Humble?

The video version of Kendrick Lamar's single Humble begins with the following three lines: Wicked or weakness You gotta see this Waaaaay (yeah, yeah!) However, the version of the song on ...
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Did Timrod inspire Dylan before 'Modern Times'?

Bob Dylan's album Modern Times has many passages famously inspired by (some say plagiarised from) the poetry of Henry Timrod. Do any of Dylan's earlier works also clearly reflect the influence of ...
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What is the relationship between Tagore's poems and his song lyrics?

Rabindranath Tagore composed and wrote the lyrics for approximately 2,200 songs, collectively known as Rabindra Sangeet, "Rabindra music". These songs remain immensely popular in India and ...
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In what way would windows appease or calm us?

Alain Bashung's song Sur un trapèze, with lyrics by Gaëtan Roussel (see the Wikipedia article about the album Bleu pétrole, released in 2008), begins with the following lines (emphasis and links ...
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What does "Rebirth of Slick" mean when it quotes "On the Subway"?

Digable Planets' Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That) ("Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)," 1993, track 06, released as a single in 1992) (genius.com link) quotes the "blink blink" passages ...
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What's all the blinking about?

On the Subway ("The Last Poets," 1970, track 02) (genius.com link) concludes with shouting the word "blink" a lot, and I'm not sure what it means. On the surface level, I figure it might be ...
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Is "Listen Nations" referring to any incident in particular?

"Listen Nations" is one of the songs on the album Miami Meets Toronto, in which the Miami Boys Choir and the Toronto Boys Choir (both started by Yerachmiel Begun) sing together. The song is about the ...
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Understanding Kendrick's reference to Tetris in "Humble"

In Kendrick Lamar's new single "Humble", he references the game Tetris: Pull up on your block, then break it down: we playin' Tetris A.M. to the P.M., P.M. to the A.M., funk I'm not quite sure ...
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Is "Africa" by Toto focused on the woman referred to in the beginning of the song, or on Africa itself?

The song "Africa" by Toto is at least nominally about the narrator's relationship with a woman: I hear the drums echoing tonight But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation She's ...
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What do Public Enemy mean by the rap lyrics of Mind Terrorist?

The lyrics to the rap Mind Terrorist by Public Enemy is as follows: Take that, ha ha, yeah boy Best for your face Take that, ha ha, yeah boy Best for your face Take that, best, best for your face ...
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What does "M O" in the Razzle Dazzle cheer song mean?

I would like to know what a particular line in the following cheer poem is a reference to. Razzle Dazzle Leader: My name is (your name) I'm number one My reputation has just begun So if ...
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What does 'gonna send a flood' mean in "This Is Me"?

I was recently listening to the One Voice Children's Choir's cover of "This Is Me" by Keala Settle: https://youtube.com/watch?v=uhzi7Shi2H0 Part of the chorus goes like this: When the sharpest ...
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Have the lyrics of the Song of Father Dûchene (Chanson du Père Dûchene) been translated into English?

The Song of Father Dûchene (Chanson du Père Dûchene) is an anarchist song written anonymously in France, probably in 1892, and which was famously sung by Ravachol on his way to the guillotine in July ...
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Children's song about the onomatopoeia of the wind

When I was a young child (probably somewhere between 1985 to 1995), I remember watching a cartoon involving anthropomorphic animals (I don't remember which animals other than that I think one was a ...
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Song (perhaps from around World War II) about a young woman being offered a coat, and requesting "just the sleeves"

Recently, I was recounting to my wife various songs that my grandmother used to sing, because I'm trying to ensure they get passed on to our child, and one of them popped up that I have not been able ...
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How do the lyrics of "上を向いて歩こう" relate to its English title "Sukiyaki"?

The English title of the Japanese song 上を向いて歩こう is a head scratcher. The lyrics: 上を向いて歩こう 涙がこぼれないように 思い出す 春の日 一人ぽっちの夜 上を向いて歩こう にじんだ星をかぞえて 思い出す 夏の日 一人ぽっちの夜 幸せは 雲の上に 幸せは 空の上に 上を向いて歩こう 涙がこぼれないように 泣きながら ...
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Why is the birthday slightly different in Ishay Ribo's "Keter Melucha"?

In Ishay Ribo's "Keter Melucha / כתר מלוכה" (a song written in early 2020 about lockdown in Israel), the opening stanza goes like this: בין תרומה לתצווה יום הולדת קצת משונה הכל רגיל כאן ...
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Why did Raymond Williams always take the best ones?

In "Sever" from the Karate album Unsolved (2000), we can hear the following lines: Because in my life there was only asbestos And Raymond Williams, you always took the best ones Now, like ...
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Why does "Nighttime Birds" associate night with warmth?

The lyrics to Nighttime Birds, the title track from the album of the same name by The Gathering, are as follows: Their ways are open they spread as their wings they want to be certain of a ...
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Who is Liza in Noel Coward's 'London Pride'?

In the song "London Pride" by Noel Coward, do the lyrics "Whoa, Liza" and/or "Oh, Liza," (depending on the version) followed by a mention of "Covent Garden Market,&...
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What does “it” refer to in this song by Kensington?

To what does ‘it’ refer in "Part of Me" by Kensington? What is "a part of me"? It is a part of me And it breaks my heart to see I was a part of you When no one else could be
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Why does Matilda's "Miracle" count in the wrong order?

In Matilda the Musical's opening number, "Miracle" (link to YouTube version of London cast recording), a couple of boys sing: My daddy says I'm his special little soldier, No one is as ...
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What does "Mine is a watery pit / Painless with immense distance" from Alt-J “Taro” mean?

Mine is a watery pit Painless with immense distance Is this an allusion to something or were the lines written originally by the songwriters?
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In Halsey's "You Should Be Sad", why is the expression "alligator tears" instead of "crocodile tears"?

In Halsey's "You Should Be Sad", there's one part that goes like this: I'm just glad I made it out without breakin' down And then ran so fuckin' far That you would never ever touch me again ...
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What does Smash Mouth mean when he writes "fed to the rules" in All-Star?

So the first two lines of the pre-chorus of All-Star by Smash Mouth the song goes: Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running What does ...
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What's with the "I'ma tell 'em" in Normani's "Motivation"?

In Normani's song "Motivation" (video slightly NSFW), there's a stanza that goes like this: You got a bad one, baby, don't you? Got a bad one, baby, don't you And we both know there's no ...
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What does the line "I know every reason why" mean in "Wild and Wicked World"?

In Hayley Kiyoko's song "Wild and Wicked World", the second verse goes like this: Take me to the moon Where I can sleep 'til noon Living my today I don't care what you say I scream and ...
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What is the reference to Kennedy in "Tomorrow Wendy" by Concrete Blonde meant for?

From the song "Tomorrow Wendy" by Concrete Blonde (link to full lyrics): Underneath the chilly gray November sky We can make believe that Kennedy is still alive And we're shooting for the moon ...
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Who are the people referenced in “You Don't Belong” by Bad Religion?

The song "You Don't Belong" by Bad Religion obviously references the SoCal punk scene they were a part of. In it, a number of people are mentioned by name. Missy was a teen blue video star, ...
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How did "Songs of Innocence and Experience" inspire "Airbag" by Radiohead?

Apparently, some of the lyrics to Radiohead's "Airbag" were found written in the margins of a volume of Songs of Innocence and Experience. Was this song inspired or influenced by Songs of Innocence ...
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Is "Fitter Happier" by Radiohead referring to the perceived futility and "entrapment" of the middle-class suburbia lifestyle?

"Fitter Happier" by Radiohead has the following lyrics: Fitter, happier More productive Comfortable Not drinking too much Regular exercise at the gym, three days a week Getting on better ...
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Why did the main character in "Hand of Fate" by the Rolling Stones believe that he was going to prison?

In The Hand of Fate by The Rolling Stones, the main character gets in a gunfight with a man over his ex-wife. He killed the guy, claiming that he was just defending his girlfriend against her violent, ...
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Why did they meet the "ghost of Caesar" or go on the "road to Mandalay" in "Long Road out of Eden"?

The lyrics to Long Road out of Eden by the Eagles are as follows: Moon shinin' down through the palms Shadows movin' on the sand Somebody whisperin' the twenty-third psalm Dusty rifle in his ...
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Did any poets or authors say that youth came after age before Bob Dylan?

In the song "My Back Pages" Bob Dylan famously inverted the usual chronological assumption of aging by poetically saying I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. This concept ...
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What does "I ween that you are better where you are" in "The Heart of the Raven" mean?

The chorus of the song "The Heart of the Raven" by the German band MONO INC. goes like this: But here in the raven's heart Your heart is beating on I ween that you are better where you are ...
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