0. Is Jeremiah a person or an animal?
"I helped him a drink his wine."
In this song, he's either a bullfrog or a man who's like a bullfrog. Or there's some other significance that I'm not aware of. In the 60s, I just listened, Nefertiti, I never really analyzed the songs. I was too stoned. :> But I promise, I never inhaled.
1. What does the quote above mean? Is it a common usage?
We used to get drunk together.
2. What does 'joy to something or someone' mean? Is it a common usage?
It's not particularly common but "joy to the world" is fairly common. It's an Xmas carol.
"I'd throw away the cars and the bars and the war."
3. What does 'bars' mean? Do you native speakers say 'throw away the bars'?
We sometimes use that for things that we see as useless, things that cause trouble, things that the world could do without. I always thought it meant taverns, drinking establishments, places you go to consume alcohol but that doesn't really jive with someone singing about sharing wine with Jeremiah.
Maybe it has some reference to military insignia as this was a 60s protest song.
" I'm a high life flyer and a rainbow rider
A straight shootin' son-of-a-gun"
4. What is a high life flyer? What is a rainbow rider? What is a straight shooting son-of-a-gun? Are all these common usages?
A person who likes the high life, drinking, carousing, chasing the ladies/men depending on your gender and your proclivities. A rainbow rider would be someone who follows a path of fun, good, happy times, times that are colorful. Someone who tells you things in a straight fashion, an honest way.
They all could see use, but they're not as common as say, "I" or 'him'. ;)
Thanks in advance.
mighty adv. (source: Encarta)
North America very much so: extremely or to a great degree
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