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    Lyric Question.

    Down below is lyric from "Bossa Nova Baby"

    I said, "Take it easy, baby
    I worked all day and my feet feel just like lead
    You got my shirt tails flyin' all over the place
    And the sweat poppin' out of my head"

    She said, "Hey, bossa nova baby
    Keep on workin' for this ain't no time to quit"
    She said, "Go, bossa nova baby keep on dancin'
    I'm about to have myself a fit"
    Bossa nova, bossa nova

    I said, "Hey little mama, let's sit down
    Have a drink and dig the band"
    She said, "Drink, drink, drink oh, fiddle-de-dink
    I can dance with a drink in my hand"

    She said, "Hey bossa nova baby
    Keep on workin' for this ain't no time to drink"
    She said, "Go bossa nova baby
    Keep on dancin', 'cause I ain't got time to think"
    Bossa nova, bossa nova

    I said, "Come on baby, it's hot in here
    And it's oh so cool outside
    If you lend me a dollar, I can buy some gas
    And we can go for a little ride"

    She said, "Hey bossa nova baby
    Keep on workin' for I ain't got time for that"
    She said, "Go bossa nova baby
    Keep on dancin' or I'll find myself another cat"
    Bossa nova, bossa nova
    Bossa nova, bossa nova
    Bossa nova, bossa nova



    In third line 'you got my shirts flying all over....' <---Does this mean 'you made my shirts flying all over'? I don't catch this at all. This mean the singer is excited? or what?

    And In Second stanza, second line. " there ain't no time to quit". Does this mean "there is no time to quit"? or " there isn't no time to quit?" Apparently there are 2 negative in that sentence. 'ain't' already has a negative meaning in it, but it is followed by another negative "no". So meaning is not clear at all.


    In second stanza forth line. "
    I'm about to have myself a fit" <--what does this mean?


    In third stanza, fiddle-de dink? What is that?


    Last question. "Ain't got" means "I don't have"?



    I ain't got time to think <---I don't have time to think? Is this correct?



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    Re: Lyric Question.

    In third line 'you got my shirts flying all over....' <---Does this mean 'you made my shirts flying all over'? I don't catch this at all. This mean the singer is excited? or what?
    The lyric says "got my shirt tails flying all over" - shirt tails are the long pieces at the front and back of a dress shirt that are usually tucked into the trousers. The man in the song is dancing in such a frenzy that his shirt has come untucked his gyrations are making his shirt tails billow out, sort of like a woman's skirt.

    And In Second stanza, second line. " there ain't no time to quit". Does this mean "there is no time to quit"? or " there isn't no time to quit?" Apparently there are 2 negative in that sentence. 'ain't' already has a negative meaning in it, but it is followed by another negative "no". So meaning is not clear at all.
    "This ain't no time to quit" means that they're having too much fun to stop dancing right that minute. Double negatives and slang terms are common in song lyrics - you can't always take lyrics literally.

    I'm about to have myself a fit" <--what does this mean?


    Again, the singer has worked himself into such a state of excitement while dancing that he feels he won't be able to control his movements.

    In third stanza, fiddle-de dink? What is that?

    He changed the phrase "fiddle-de-dee" (an old-time slang phrase that is used to express disbelief or indifference) to rhyme with "drink."

    Last question. "Ain't got" means "I don't have"?

    Yes.

    Here's a couple dancing the bossa nova:


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