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  1. Nefertiti's Avatar

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    #1

    first of May

    Hi there.

    " someone else moved in from far away"
    1. Does this 'someone' play an important role? Please explain.

    " but guess who'll cry come first of May."
    2. What's the subject associated with the verb 'come'?


    Thanks,


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    Re: first of May

    #1 Who knows - but since the person seems to have replaced "you", then probably yes.

    #2 "come first of May" = inversion and abbreviation of "When the first of May comes".

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    Re: first of May

    Hi Anglika.

    Thanks for the answer.
    ________


    I have one more question to ask.

    3. "and you don't ask the time of day"
    What does the quote mean in the song?

    Thanks,


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    #4

    Re: first of May

    Basically "to pass the time of day" means to speak to someone, so the song is saying the other person is no longer speaking to the singer - he ignores her when they meat.

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    Re: first of May

    Hi Anglika.

    "and you don't ask the time of day"
    I still don't understand the verse. Please explain.

    Thanks,

    Note: It's 'ask' rather than 'pass'.


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    Re: first of May

    My interpretation is that the couple have grown apart as they grow up, and he no longer speaks to her ["ask the time of day" really means the same as "pass the time of day" - both are indicating communication], though she still feels strong feelings for him.

    As so often with this kind of song, the syntax makes interpretation difficult since the writer is fitting words to music.

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