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    #1

    skyfall

    This is from Adele's skyfall:

    This is the end
    Hold your breath and count to ten
    Feel the earth move and then
    Hear my heart burst again
    For this is the end
    I've drowned and dreamt this moment
    So overdue I owe them
    Swept away, I'm stolen

    Q: What does "drown and dream this moment" mean?

    What is the sentence order of this underlined sentence, grammatically speaking?

    Thanks!

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    Re: skyfall

    The interpretation of lyrics and poetry is not simple nor is it cut-and-dried.
    There is little or no punctuation, but I think we can consider 'I've drowned and dreamt this moment' a complete sentence within one verse.
    Clearly we're dealing with metaphoric language, since a person can't claim to have their heart burst and then sing about it.
    I've drowned means something like "I am completely overcome." I've dreamt this moment means that the speaker has had a dream and pictured this time when she felt completely overcome.

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    Re: skyfall

    In the opening sequence of the 007 movie Skyfall, James Bond falls into a river from a great height - the first skyfall of the movie. He's swept away in a river and almost drowns. Naturally, he holds his breath.

    So the song writer is just working some elements of the movie's plot into its theme song. This is customary. I don't think it goes any deeper than that. (Pun intended.)

    By the way, song titles are always capitalized and in quotes: "Skyfall." Movie titles are in italics, without quotes: Skyfall.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 22-May-2016 at 16:14.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #4

    Re: skyfall

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
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    By the way, song titles are always capitalized and in quotes: "Skyfall." Movie titles are in italics, without quotes: Skyfall.
    That depends on the writer of your style guide or of your publisher's.

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    Re: skyfall

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That depends on the writer of your style guide or of your publisher's.
    I guess. That's just how I usually see it.

    Once I was working with a woman who asked me whether the musical Cat should be in italics. I went to the back of my Webster's College Dictionary, where it said plays should be in italics. Its example? Cats​!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: skyfall

    Thank you. Why does it say "I am stolen"? What does "them" in "so overdue I owe them" refer to?

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    #7

    Re: skyfall

    You might want to reread posts two and three.

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