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    Hello everybody,

    I've got a lot of questions concerning some idiom- they're all song lines and I have difficulties to understand them, because they can't be found in a dictionary. I would be very grateful if you could explain me the meaning, since I'm dying to understand them.

    1) I've become a pattern (after that it says 'saying things to say them, doing things to do them writng things to stay unchanged' - I think this relates to the line with the pattern)
    In another song the same singer wrote the line ' when you realise it's a pattern and not a phase it's what you've become and it's what you will stay' .

    2) There's a song called Quicksilver moments, what does that actually mean?

    3) please don't be insulted by the backhand cult of pharmacy - here I wonder what a backhand cult is.

    4) but it's a trick on your ego a two-step off tempo

    5) to keep plugging away on my own wasted time

    6) do you know how scared I am of the bottom dropping out

    7) I've broken your heart for the first and only time one day I'll feel this way too, on the receiving end of heavy-handed logic


    Thanks in advance,

    Kid A

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    1) I've become a pattern (after that it says 'saying things to say them, doing things to do them writng things to stay unchanged' - I think this relates to the line with the pattern)
    In another song the same singer wrote the line ' when you realise it's a pattern and not a phase it's what you've become and it's what you will stay' .
    pattern means, to repeat. In the song,the singer is saying his/her actions in life are being repeated over and over again; there's no change in the pattern. It's not a phase (i.e., one stage in the process of change and development). The singer is doing the same things over and over again. S/he is not changing/developing/evolving. The singer's life is stagnant/dull/motionless, in a never-ending repeated cycle of the same old same old.

    2) There's a song called Quicksilver moments, what does that actually mean?
    Quicksilver means, liable to sudden unpredictable change.

    3) please don't be insulted by the backhand cult of pharmacy - here I wonder what a backhand cult is.
    I don't know either. Sorry.

    4) but it's a trick on your ego a two-step off tempo
    a two-step is a dance step. off tempo means, not with the beat. I don't know what it means in relation to the lyrics, though. Sorry.

    5) to keep plugging away on my own wasted time
    plugging away
    means, working steadily at something with no end or future in sight.

    6) do you know how scared I am of the bottom dropping out
    the bottom dropping out refers to losing one's footing. If, say, you are in a bus and the bottom of the bus drops out, you'll drop and possibly get injured/hurt or even die from the fall.

    7) I've broken your heart for the first and only time. One day I'll feel this way too, on the receiving end of heavy-handed logic
    heavy-handed means, over-bearing, oppressive; logic refers to the chain of reasoning: Because I broke your heart and someone will break mine. That reasoning is heavy-handed (i.e., too much to bear/carry);it's oppressive (i.e., cruel).

    All the best, 8)

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    Casiopea, thank you very much for answering. I luckily understood nearly everything and you have made things much clearer for me. :D

    Kid A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kid A
    Casiopea, thank you very much for answering. I luckily understood nearly everything and you have made things much clearer for me. :D

    Kid A
    You're welcome. :D

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    Just one more question:

    "Alphabet you 20 dollars,
    you'll forget that time in college"

    is the beginning of a song. But I can't figure out the meaning. I would be great I anyone could help me for a second time :D.
    Thank you very much
    Isabel

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    It sounds like a play on 'I'll bet you'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It sounds like a play on 'I'll bet you'.
    Excellent ear! I never would have picked that up. Cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It sounds like a play on 'I'll bet you'.
    Excellent ear! I never would have picked that up. Cool!

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    Wow! Thank you so much! :D :D :D

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    Glad to help.

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