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    Question Meaning of the lyrics from a song called "That's Life"

    Hello,

    I have two questions from "That's Life" sung by Frank Sinatra.

    I think I got the general idea of what it is about, but fail to understand
    the last part.
    It goes; "But if there's nothing shakin' come this here july
    I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die"

    And my questions are;
    1. Does "shaking" here means "something make you excited or motivated"?
    2. Is "a big ball" a metaphor for mental status of despair?


    I had been discouraged, tired and almost gave up learning English, but thanks to warm messages from the staff of Using English.com, I've regained my interest in it.
    Thank you!

    Tara

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    Re: Meaning of the lyrics from a song called "That's Life"

    That's the way I would interpret the lyrics.

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    Re: Meaning of the lyrics from a song called "That's Life"

    Hello lauralie2,

    Thank you for your reply.

    Best regards,
    Tara

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    Re: Meaning of the lyrics from a song called "That's Life"

    Yes, "shakin'" means something meaningful, exciting, important.

    To "curl up in a big ball" refers to the fetal position.

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    Smile Re: Meaning of the lyrics from a song called "That's Life"

    Hello Ouisch,

    Thank you so much for your kind and lucid explanation.
    Now I think I don't only understand the meaning literally,
    but also can picture it.

    Tara

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