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    Please help me understand the song.

    "Lately all my thoughts have gone to you
    You know that's true
    Sometimes I feel just a word away
    You'll say oh how I miss you too I do "


    1. What does 'feel a word away' mean? Is it a common usage?


    "Young love so strong has never been a part of me
    Young love hold on we're feeling it now
    Is this the way it's meant to be "


    2. What does 'hold on' mean?
    3. Why not holds on since the subject 'young love' is singular?
    4. What does 'the way it is meant to be' mean? Is it a common usage?

    "I know I'll be the one to lose if I'm so wrong
    Don't be afraid to put your heart on the line
    I'll take you where I know you belong "


    5. What does 'put one's heart on the line' mean? Is it a common usage?

    Thanks,

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    You must remember - songs and poetry do not follow strict grammar rules.

    #1: I feel I am close to you

    #2 Young love - hold on, we're feeling it now. Wait a moment, we are feeling young love now - you have not put any punctuation in. As so often, it makes sense once you do.

    #3 Be open and certain about your love.

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    Hi, Anglika.
    Thanks for your reply.

    My follow-up: Any comments are welcome.

    re Q#4
    something was meant to be/happen used to say that you think a situation was certain to happen and that no one could have prevented it: e.g. Dan left me after a month so I guess it just wasn't meant to be. (Source:Longman)

    re Q#5
    put/lay sth on the line
    to risk something:
    e.g. Firefighters put their lives on the line every working day. (Source: Cambridge)

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    What are your questions about these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
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    1. What does 'feel a word away' mean? Is it a common usage?
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    No it's not. As Anglika said lyrics don't have to make sense or be grammatical. I think this is playing on the idiom 'to be a world away' [which is a common usage and means the exact opposite of what seems to be meant here]; it's saying (I think) 'I feel [as if] I'm very close to you [but still not quite there, either because I can't find the right words or because the medium of language - specifically, words - interferes].

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    Hi, BobK.

    Now I have a better understanding of this song thanks to your explanations.
    Your words certainly help.

    Thanks,

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