Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 181
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    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

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 774
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

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

    That's the way I would interpret the lyrics.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 181
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

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

    Hello lauralie2,

    Thank you for your reply.

    Best regards,
    Tara

  1. Ouisch's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 4,142
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    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.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 181
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    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

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] About some words in the lyrics to "My Best Friend's Girl"
    By outofdejavu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2009, 02:50
  2. help me with song lyrics, please
    By Szymon in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Jun-2007, 01:38
  3. song lyrics
    By yvonne2345 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Jun-2006, 22:51
  4. about the lyrics in the song "toxic"
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Oct-2004, 09:14

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •