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    #1

    hello, hello, how low?

    Load up on guns and bring your friends
    It's fun to lose and to pretend
    She's over bored and self assured
    Oh, no, I know a dirty word

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello...

    With the lights out it's less dangerous
    Here we are now entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now entertain us
    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Yeah! Yay! Yay!

    What does "how low" mean in this context? What was the songwriter referring to?

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    #2

    Re: hello, hello, how low?

    Quote Originally Posted by guliver View Post
    Load up on guns and bring your friends
    It's fun to lose and to pretend
    She's over bored and self assured
    Oh, no, I know a dirty word

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello...

    With the lights out it's less dangerous
    Here we are now entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now entertain us
    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Yeah! Yay! Yay!

    What does "how low" mean in this context? What was the songwriter referring to?
    Not a teacher,Nor a native
    In my opinion how low=hello here.

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    #3

    Re: hello, hello, how low?

    What else? Somebody knows?

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    #4

    Re: hello, hello, how low?

    Quote Originally Posted by guliver View Post
    Load up on guns and bring your friends
    It's fun to lose and to pretend
    She's over bored and self assured
    Oh, no, I know a dirty word

    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello, how low
    Hello, hello, hello...

    With the lights out it's less dangerous
    Here we are now entertain us
    I feel stupid and contagious
    Here we are now entertain us
    A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Yeah! Yay! Yay!

    What does "how low" mean in this context? What was the songwriter referring to?
    I think you should ask the songwriter, it doesn't make any sense to me.

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    #5

    Re: hello, hello, how low?

    It's a big problem because I have to translate these lyrics for a video company. So, thanks everybody for helping me!

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    #6

    Re: hello, hello, how low?

    Quote Originally Posted by guliver View Post
    It's a big problem because I have to translate these lyrics for a video company.
    See if you can find words in Portugese that can suggest both the idea of 'hello' and 'how low'. If you can't, and the words are to be sung, then I suggest you ignore the 'how low' and simply use 'hello'. Lyrics are frequently adapted in translation to fit rhythm and rhyme patterns of the language into which they are being translated.

    If the words are for subtitles, then translate 'how low' into Portugese and leave the viewers in the same position as native speakers - trying to guess what is meant.

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    #7

    Re: hello, hello, how low?

    This song is famous for its lack of meaning.

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