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    Can you explain this sentence?

    "I saw dreams of heaven."
    "But they all went to hell."
    "It's all gone up in smoke."
    "To my world I bid farewell."
    "God help whoever gets bitten by this bug."
    "The devil takes your beauty, the devil takes your love."
    "The devil takes your emotional torture from above."


    What is the meaning of "The devil takes your emotional torture from above"

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Can you explain this sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    "I saw dreams of heaven."
    "But they all went to hell."
    "It's all gone up in smoke."
    "To my world I bid farewell."
    "God help whoever gets bitten by this bug."
    "The devil takes your beauty, the devil takes your love."
    "The devil takes your emotional torture from above."


    What is the meaning of "The devil takes your emotional torture from above"

    Thanks a lot.
    Well, as Gillnetter says, Songs and poems don't have to make sense.
    "Above" is clearly used to rhyme with "love."

    I guess "above" in the last sentence is used to refer to the previous information stated in the above lines of the "poem" or whatever it be. But this is a try, a personal view. The meaning of "above" certainly depends on the current mood of the reader.

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    Re: Can you explain this sentence?

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    Well, as Gillnetter says, Songs and poems don't have to make sense.
    "Above" is clearly used to rhyme with "love."

    I guess "above" in the last sentence is used to refer to the previous information stated in the above lines of the "poem" or whatever it be. But this is a try, a personal view. The meaning of "above" certainly depends on the current mood of the reader.

    I don't want "above".I need the whole meaning of the sentence.

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    Re: Can you explain this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    I don't want "above".I need the whole meaning of the sentence.
    OK maiabulela, sorry about that.

    The whole sentence could mean something like:

    The demo tortures you. He tortures you in an emotional way.
    He prepares his torture with stuff from the previous items listed above.

    But this is just an interpretation.

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    Re: Can you explain this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    "The devil takes your emotional torture from above."


    What is the meaning of "The devil takes your emotional torture from above"
    The 'emotional torture from above' is what God has left you with (if you are a believer). It addresses the constant struggle people have when deciding whether or not they really should believe in God and act to his liking.
    So when you opt for the devil's path you don't have to concern yourself with the question of what's right or wrong any longer. So by turning to the devil you don't have that inner conflict (this 'torture') anymore.

    So basically what I'm trying to say is that your sentence probably means that when you turn to the devil you don't have that conflict anymore.

    Though the ways of the devil are tempting, they also destroy you as mentioned in the lines above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shenfeng View Post
    The 'emotional torture from above' is what God has left you with (if you are a believer). It addresses the constant struggle people have when deciding whether or not they really should believe in God and act to his liking.
    So when you opt for the devil's path you don't have to concern yourself with the question of what's right or wrong any longer. So by turning to the devil you don't have that inner conflict (this 'torture') anymore.

    So basically what I'm trying to say is that your sentence probably means that when you turn to the devil you don't have that conflict anymore.

    Though the ways of the devil are tempting, they also destroy you as mentioned in the lines above.

    That can mean "the devil has taken any sense of guilt you might have"???

    waiting for your reply because also the "present tense is so misleading.

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    "The devil takes your emotional torture from above."

    I understand it thus: 'from above' means 'from heaven' The devil likes to treat humans badly, whenever and howsoever he/she can. The gifts of heaven are life, love, beauty, health. These things are taken from you by a bug, a disease, a 'devil'. Losing these is emotional torture, because you cling to them and want them. So, 'the devil' tortures you by taking away the things you want. Sounds pretty much the same as what God does. A Buddhist would say, you are the devil, the problem is that you cling to things.

    Is the devil a man or a woman?

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    Re: Can you explain this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    "The devil takes your emotional torture from above."

    I understand it thus: 'from above' means 'from heaven' The devil likes to treat humans badly, whenever and howsoever he/she can. The gifts of heaven are life, love, beauty, health. These things are taken from you by a bug, a disease, a 'devil'. Losing these is emotional torture, because you cling to them and want them. So, 'the devil' tortures you by taking away the things you want. Sounds pretty much the same as what God does. A Buddhist would say, you are the devil, the problem is that you cling to things.

    Is the devil a man or a woman?
    I still can't get it because of the verb "take" here!! According to what you say, the devil "gives her the torture" not "take the torture"!!!

    So it's still so vague

    That why I thought it might mean to "take from her or "steal" - as far as I understand the verb "take" here - any sense of guilt.

    please, I really need more explanation.

    Thanks a lot.

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    no answer??

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    Re: Can you explain this sentence?

    "I saw dreams of heaven."
    "But they all went to hell."
    "It's all gone up in smoke."
    "To my world I bid farewell."
    "God help whoever gets bitten by this bug."
    "The devil takes your beauty, the devil takes your love."
    "The devil takes your emotional torture from above."

    'The devil' takes things from heaven, life, health, beauty, love, and uses them to torture you by first bestowing them on you and then taking these gifts of heaven from you. You want life, health, beauty, love. Taking them away is emotional torture. As I said, there really isn't much difference between God and Devil, it's just the spin you put on things.

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