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  1. Nefertiti's Avatar

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    Streets Of Philadephia

    Hi there.

    " Oh brother are you gonna leave me wasting away
    On the streets of Philadelphia"
    1. What does 'waste away on a street' mean? Is it a common usage?

    " At night I could hear the blood in my veins
    Just as black and whispering as the rain
    On the streets of Philadelphia"
    2. Do you say black rain? What does it mean? Is it a common usage?

    " I walked a thousand miles just to slip this skin"
    3. What does 'slip this skin' mean? Is it a common usage?

    " So receive me brother with your faithless kiss"
    4. Does 'receive' mean accept? It it a common usage?


    Thanks in advance.


    batter v. strike violently and repeatedly

    _________
    The Song Bruce Sprinsteen Streets Of Philadephia lyrics

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    Re: Streets Of Philadephia

    "waste away" means to lose your strength, energy, mental or physical health due to hunger, distress, disease, etc. It is common usage, a common expression.

    "Receive" meaning "accept" or "welcome" is not common. It's extremely formal: "The Queen received her guests at the palace." Of course in songs and poetry you can use words in unusual ways.

    I don't understand "slip skin" so it can't be very common usage.

    "Black" can mean evil, dangerous, threatening; Shakespeare used it this way. Nowadays you have to be careful not to use "black" in a way that could be taken as a racial insult. It's very common; understand it, but use it with caution. Referring to the rain as black is just poetry. We don't say black rain.

    regards
    edward


    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi there.

    " Oh brother are you gonna leave me wasting away
    On the streets of Philadelphia"
    1. What does 'waste away on a street' mean? Is it a common usage?

    " At night I could hear the blood in my veins
    Just as black and whispering as the rain
    On the streets of Philadelphia"
    2. Do you say black rain? What does it mean? Is it a common usage?

    " I walked a thousand miles just to slip this skin"
    3. What does 'slip this skin' mean? Is it a common usage?

    " So receive me brother with your faithless kiss"
    4. Does 'receive' mean accept? It it a common usage?


    Thanks in advance.


    batter v. strike violently and repeatedly

    _________
    The Song Bruce Sprinsteen Streets Of Philadephia lyrics

  3. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: Streets Of Philadephia

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    I don't understand "slip skin" so it can't be very common usage.
    I think it's a euphemism for dying. It is commonly-held belief that the physical body contains a non-physical soul, the essence of the person's personality. When you die, your soul leaves your body behind. Springsteen uses "skin" instead of "body" for the purposes of alliteration; it also brings to mind the idea of a snake shedding its skin.

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