Hi everybody !
I am a Portuguese student, and for a homework I'm suppose to present a protest song and do it's interpretation.
I choose Hey ma from James (great song!),
but it contains some expression that I was not able to find the meaning anywhere.
Black swans on your picnic table
Knocking over the jam
Scratch the surface of liberals
There's a beast underneath
Others hiding their Jekylls
Look for the pun in:
Others hiding [Hyding] their Jekylls
Is it possible that 'liberals' (or others) aren't what they seem, or change behaviour for no apparent reason?
Incidentally, the word is 'metaphors' - although the word МЄТАФΩРЄЅ does appear on the side of Greek removals vans, which gives a hint of what the word means.
As to the last three lines, 'Scratch the surface [of something] and you will find [something else hiding]' is a common expression - example: 'Scratch the surface of a sales rep and you'll find a conman'. (I don't necessarily believe that, but I wanted to show that it could apply outside politics.)
Last edited by BobK; 18-May-2010 at 17:49. Reason: Corrected Greek
Thanks a lot for helping me with your opinions and corrections!