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    slang, phrases

    Hi there,

    I am listening to a song and there are a few phrases and expressions (I guess most of them are some sort of american slang?) I have difficulties with while trying to translate them. Could you maybe paraphrase them for me, so I can understand them, please? Thank you


    1. And it's coming round, to run away or disappear

    2. It's better blue for them to see, there to take the veil

    Regards Jorg

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    Re: slang, phrases

    der erste satz ist meiner meinung nach ein widerspruch in sich....
    ich schau meistens auf die seite englisch-deutsch wörterbuch dort stehen auch slang ausdrücke und abkürzungen...
    naja, vl hilfts dir ja....

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    Re: slang, phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by joerg View Post
    Hi there,

    I am listening to a song and there are a few phrases and expressions (I guess most of them are some sort of american slang?) I have difficulties with while trying to translate them. Could you maybe paraphrase them for me, so I can understand them, please? Thank you


    1. And it's coming round, to run away or disappear

    2. It's better blue for them to see, there to take the veil

    Regards Jorg
    Hi joerg,

    Without some additional context for each line, it's difficult to know what is meant. Could you provide more context for each of the lines you've quoted?


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    Re: slang, phrases

    This is part of the song text:

    And it's coming round, to run away or disappear

    Try climbing up those frozen stairs,
    And standing here and nobody cares,
    They're all there and all they see is nothing new,
    As nothing sparkles like it did when I knew you.

    Walk around, as usual,
    All alone, as usual,
    It's getting late, as usual,
    I can't go home.

    I just won't leave my little room,
    What's the point, they'll be wearing blue,
    One man parade pull down my shades and lock the room,
    It's better blue for them to see, there to take the veil,

    Walk around, as usual,
    All alone, as usual,
    It's getting late, as usual,
    I can't go home, as usual.



    Hope this helps. Regards Joerg

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    Re: slang, phrases

    Hi joerg,

    Thanks for the context.

    As an American, I find no slang here. Instead, without any knowledge of the lyricist, the song, or the group that performs it (Polaris -- which I can see from a quick Internet search), the lyrics appear personal and intentionally ambiguous. In other words, from the way that the lyricist has constructed his/her verse, the intent appears to be one of wanting to leave the listener wondering "...What exactly does that phrase mean?"

    Which is not to imply that there might be any "hidden meaning" to the song. After all, what's here within these verses seems very much on the surface -- simply a case of "the blues." - And by this I don't mean blues in any musical sense, e.g., American blues or New Orleans blues, but rather the blue mood that can result when "boy meets girl ... boy loses girl ...", which is all that the song's lyrics appear to be getting at.
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