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    Post It was what I was dealt

    Hello,
    I'd like to figure out the meaning of the last sentence of the following lyrics. I posted the whole lyrics to make you better understand the context of the phrase.

    "I am afraid of you
    Well i do
    Was it what I felt?
    No, it was what I was dealt "

    If I made some morpho-syntactic or idiomatic mistakes in expressing my request, I'll be thankful to the ones who will correct them.
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    Re: It was what I was dealt

    I'm afraid the lyrics make little sense. This is often the case with song lyrics.
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    Re: It was what I was dealt

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'm afraid the lyrics make little sense. This is often the case with song lyrics.
    Knowing the group which made the song, I'm pretty sure it has a sense, a message to deliver... It could be defined as "hermetic".

    Could you just explain to me what it means the passive use of "deal"? I didn't find it anywhere online.

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    Re: It was what I was dealt

    'What he was dealt' could either refer to an emotional blow he was dealt, (I suppose it could refer to a physical blow as well, but in this context emotional seems more likely), or it could be a reference to cards, as in 'the hand he was dealt'. In the second case, it's a metaphor referring to the cards life has dealt him.

    However, I can't explain that second sentence - it should be "Well I am." I can't figure out why the lyrics are using the 'do' verb, aside, from a sloppyjob at rhyming. If the first sentence said "I feel afraid of you', then the second one makes sense.
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