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    take on me

    Hi there.

    1. What does 'we're talking away' mean? Is it a common usage?

    2. What does 'to find sb. shying away' mean? Is it a common usage?

    3. What does 'take on me' or 'take me on' mean in the context. Is it a proper usage?

    4. What does 'I'm odds and ends' mean? Is it a proper usage?

    5. What does 'to stumble away' mean? Is it a common usage?

    6. What does "It's no better to be safe than sorry" mean? Is it a common usage?


    7. What does 'Just a play my worries away' mean? Is it a common usage?


    Thanks in advance.



    ______________
    The Song

    We're talking away
    I don't know what
    I'm to say I'll say it anyway
    Today's another day to find you
    Shying away
    I'll be coming for your love, OK?
    Take on me, take me on
    I'll be gone
    In a day or two

    So needless to say
    I'm odds and ends
    But that's me stumbling away
    Slowly learning that life is OK.
    Say after me
    It's no better to be safe than sorry

    Take on me, take me on
    I'll be gone
    In a day or two

    Oh the things that you say
    Is it life or
    Just a play my worries away
    You're all the things I've got to
    remember
    You're shying away
    I'll be coming for you anyway

    Take on me, take me on
    I'll be gone
    In a day or two


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    Re: take on me

    1. What does 'we're talking away' mean? Is it a common usage?
    It just means chatting, although it can also contain the idea of 'with enthusiasm'. It is used colloquially.

    2. What does 'to find sb. shying away' mean? Is it a common usage?
    In the song I'm not at all sure that 'to find you' and 'shying away are connected. 'Shying away' means 'backing off in fear' much as a horse might do if approached too quickly. It is used but not too often.
    3. What does 'take on me' or 'take me on' mean in the context. Is it a proper usage?
    'Take me on' can mean 'accept my challenge' or 'employ me'. In this case, it is closer to 'employ me' the speaker wants the boy or girl with whom she/he is talking to accept him/her as a girl/boyfriend. It is used but it is a little unusual in this context.

    4. What does 'I'm odds and ends' mean? Is it a proper usage?
    In the context of the song this means something like 'worried and confused' but I have never heard it used like this before. 'Odds and ends' usually means' small unimportant things.

    5. What does 'to stumble away' mean? Is it a common usage?
    Here it means to walk away rather unsteadily as if weak. It is used but not really in common usage in this context

    6. What does "It's no better to be safe than sorry" mean? Is it a common usage?
    Usually the saying is 'it's better to be safe than sorry' and means 'it's better not to take risks'. In this context the 'risk' would seem to be openly stating your feelings to someone and risking rejection. By adding 'no' the songwriter is saying that not taking this risk is just as bad as taking it because of the negative emotional effect not doing so is having on him/her. With 'no' it is certainly not common useage - without 'no' it is in common usage.

    7. What does 'Just a play my worries away' mean? Is it a common usage?
    'Is it life or just a play?' A rhetorical question perhaps - reality or unreality. The addition of 'my worries away' is odd. Usually, it is 'take my worries away', however, it is possible to say (without the article 'a') 'play my worries (or troubles) away' - if, for example, the writer is referring to her/his ability to relieve the stress by playing a musical instrument and putting all the pent up emotion into the music. It's not really in comon usage in this context.

    I hope that is of help.

  2. Nefertiti's Avatar

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    Re: take on me

    Hi, Horsa.

    Thanks a lot for the details. They help a lot.

    Ciao

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