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    #1

    Let the sky roll on ...

    Hello,

    I would like to know what the meaning of "let the sky roll on, just a flicker/glance, and the crowd moves on" is.

    Ultravox - Cannot stay long (1978)

    I can feel the turning of the tides
    Pulling away the night
    Like a sheet from over me
    In summer time, I dissolve to a beach
    And everywhere seems to be
    Just a flicker on a silent screen
    Because I, I can't stay long
    Let the sky roll on
    Just a flicker and the crowd moves on
    In winter overcoats close in
    And the snow tastes of tin
    On the steps of any station
    I'd like to glide in the long green light
    Of a July afternoon
    Sliding down a vague conversation
    Because I, I can't stay long
    When the moment comes
    Just a glance and the glance is gone
    Watch closely as a man with a hat
    And a girl with a map synchronize with the track
    And they go away
    I need to drift through all the walls
    And let the scenery dissolve
    Into some other life
    Because I, I can't stay long
    Let the sky roll on
    Just a glance and the glance is gone
    I, I can't stay long
    When the right time comes
    I'll dissolve

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: Let the sky roll on ...

    Of course, in reality the sky doesn't go anywhere. (I don't think you're supposed to pay close attention to the words.)


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    #3

    Re: Let the sky roll on ...

    Don't try to learn good English from the lyrics of songs.

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    Re: Let the sky roll on ...

    I donīt , bhaisahab. Not being a native English speaker, I try to get better and improve my English from textbooks or watching english tv channels, english streams etc. But I am fond of music and sometimes I come upon a song with lyrics I cannot make head or tail of, that is why I try to ask someone to help me to understand. That is all and nothing more.

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    Re: Let the sky roll on ...

    What bhaisahab means is that songwriters, being "creative" people, often create new phrases nobody has ever heard before. Thus, you can't very well learn the English language by paying close attention to song lyrics. (Certainly, the sky is not going to roll anywhere. So don't try too hard to understand that. (It might make your head hurt.) Just let it roll on. )


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    #6

    Re: Let the sky roll on ...

    I have listened to John Foxx for decades now without ever really picking up any meaning from his songs. Words just make a nice addition to tunes for me.

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    Re: Let the sky roll on ...

    A bit like the wine being an addition to a nice label on the bottle.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Let the sky roll on ...

    Tdol drinks brandy while he listens to his tunes.


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