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    What does "make it by" mean?

    This is a song named Without You by Davud Guetta:

    I can't win, I can't reign
    I will never win this game

    Without you, without you

    I am lost, I am vain,
    I will never be the same

    Without you, without you

    I won't run, I won't fly
    I will never make it by
    Without you, without you
    I can't rest, I can't fight
    All I need is you and I Without you

    I tried to find out the meaning of this phrase on the internet but there was nothing. Please help me. Thanks so much! :)


    You guys can hear the song here: "Without You" - Usher & David Guetta (Max Schneider Cover) - YouTube

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    #2

    Re: What does "make it by" mean?

    Usually it's "get by," but with song lyrics, anything goes.

    It means to keep living. or "go on"

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    Re: What does "make it by" mean?

    Not a teacher

    It means "I need something, which rhymes with 'fly' even without any sense"

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    Re: What does "make it by" mean?

    And sometimes a word picked from a rhyming dictionary like this is strangely inappropriate. He wanted something to rhyme with reign and picked vain. But 'I am vain' means 'I am conceited'. What he meant was 'All my efforts [or some other noun] are in vain', but that has too many syllables. And the fight between sense and euphony is an uneven one. (Can't say I'm a fan.)

    b

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