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    #1

    "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Hello.

    I have a question about the song lyric.

    "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    1. brains: intelligence brain - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
    2. go to one's head: to make you feel too proud of yourself in a way that other people find annoying (arrogant) head - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    So, the song lyric might mean something like:

    "You said I was behaving arrogantly because of my intelligence." (- not natural)
    "You said I was behaving with some intellectual arrogance. "(- not natural, either?)

    Am I on the right track?

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    #2

    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Yes you are.

    To have brains means to be intelligent, and for something to go to your head it means to feed your ego, increase your pride, stoke your self-worth, etc.

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    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    But there's also an obvious pun in that his brain is supposed to be in his head. The rest of the song might highlight that meaning.

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    #4

    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Is it possible this person is a zombie?

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    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Is it possible this person is a zombie?
    Given that it's performed by the Gallagher brothers, that's entirely possible.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Thank you for your replies, everybody.
    Well, I'm not sure about "The Zombies", but it is actually from a song called 'Don't Look Back In Anger' by "Oasis".
    (You've got it right, emsr2d2!)
    You can read the lyrics here: Don't Look Back In Anger Lyrics - Oasis
    It is a pun, indeed! I didn't notice it. (Thank you for pointing it out, Raymott.)
    I first thought it must be an idiomatic expression, but I couldn't find the collocations of 'brains' and 'go to one's head'.
    So, I tried understanding them separately.
    Incidentally, I've found this: http: Bed-In - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The introduction of the song sounds a lot like "Imagine" by John Lennon, which makes me feel Noel Gallagher's great respect and admiration for him.

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    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    I know the song pretty well and I have always assumed that it was just a pun, exactly as explained by konungursvia and Raymott.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I know the song pretty well
    And you admit that? In public?

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    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    And you admit that? In public?
    I'm sure it's for research purposes!

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    Re: "You said the brains I had went to my head."

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    And you admit that? In public?
    Shock horror - I rather like Oasis! Well, I like their music. The Gallagher brothers were/are a nightmare and it almost disappointed me that such unpleasant people should make music I was prepared to pay for and listen to but there it is!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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