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    A Fall In a war

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me what a fall in a war means in the lyrics below and if hard to take stands for hard to understand?

    Now and then a little thing gets by.
    Now and then we'll cry.

    Like a fall in a war, like a mother's open arms.
    Like a pawn in a game, hard to take.
    There we sit on a line, wasting fortunes at a time, and pray.

    All the time we are gone, there's no reason, there's no way.
    Oh, the soul is the one so they say.
    There we sit on a line, wasting fortunes at a time, and play.

    She never thought he'd be this way.
    Her arms aloft, she holds.
    But now it's all a memory.
    And it's gone...

    Omd - International, 1983

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: A Fall In a war

    A mere guess, since lyrics can mean more or less whatever the writer wants, but couldn't 'a fall in a war' mean a casualty of a war?
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    Re: A Fall In a war

    I don't understand the comparison between a 'fall in a war', which sounds negative, and 'a mother's open arms', which sounds positive. One is distressing, the other comforting.
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    Re: A Fall In a war

    Meaningless popular song lyrics.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: A Fall In a war

    An example of bad lyrics.

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    Re: A Fall In a war

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    A mere guess, since lyrics can mean more or less whatever the writer wants, but couldn't 'a fall in a war' mean a casualty of a war?
    Thanks. I thought it could mean a casualty of a war but I was not sure. What made me think so was the fact the crosses of the dead men on The Last Stand Hill are inscribed G.A. Custer fell here or J. J. Crittenden fell here etc.
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 11-Apr-2016 at 22:19.
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    Re: A Fall In a war

    A fall in a war = a death

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    Re: A Fall In a war

    Something that is hard to take is something that is hard to put up with. It's something that is hard to tolerate.

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    Re: A Fall In a war

    hard to take can also mean hard to accept.

    The problem here is that the chess simile suggests hard to capture, which doesn't make sense. Furthermore, pawns are not especially hard to capture in chess, anyway - quite the contrary.

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