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    #1

    play the changes

    Hello,

    In the sentence below, what does 'play the changes' mean?

    You can play the changes, or you can play whatever sounds good to your ears.

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: play the changes

    It is difficult for me to be certain without the full context, but it sounds to me like someone has made changes to a musical composition and he is telling the musician that he can play the changed music, the original music, or any variation he (the musician) thinks will sound good.

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    #3

    Re: play the changes

    Hello,

    I am trying to get an answer for my post: American Girls by Counting Crows. Here is the context. I don't understand the sentences in bold.


    She comes out on Fridays every time
    Stands out in a line
    I could've been anyone she'd seen
    She waits another week to fall apart
    She couldn’t make another day
    I wish it was anyone but me
    It could've been anyone you see
    She had something breakable just under her skin
    American girls, all weather & noise
    Playing the changes for all of the boys
    Holding a candle up to my hand

    Thanks

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    Re: play the changes

    Dil -

    Don't try to figure out a literal translation of music lyrics. It will make you crazy!

    Here's a try:

    Stands out in a line - means she stood out from all the others, as if they were in a line, and she was the prettiest.

    She had someting breakable under her skin - may mean she is very vunerable looking.

    all weather and noise - changeable and active, unpredictable?

    Playing the changes for all the boys probably means that she was flirting with all the guys, changing her moves for each boy.

    Holding a candle up to my hand. "Can't hold a candle to you" is a complement to someone, meaning that you are the best.

    Like I said - very difficult to figure out the artist's meaning.

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    #5

    Re: play the changes

    You can also google "song meaning for American Girl"

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    #6

    Re: play the changes

    Hello susiedqq,

    I am sorry to keep you. I used to listen (or hear) this song when I was young.

    She took almost everything from me
    Iím going through my closets
    Trying on her clothes almost everyday
    I could've been anyone you see
    I wish it was anyone but me
    Theres nothing but pills and ashes under my skin
    American girls, all weather & noise
    Playing the changes for all of the boys
    Holding a candle right up to my hand
    Making me feel so incredible
    If I made you cry, please tell me why
    Cause I'll try again if you let me try
    American girls all feathers & cream
    Come into bed so edible

    Thanks in advance

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