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    Lyrics

    There is a couple of lines in "War"s lyrics I don't understand. I do understand what they mean (I guess ), but I don't get the logic behind these phrases. Is that some cultural reference I don't know, or they seem as weird to you (native speakers) as they do to me?

    Here's the song in question:

    Why can't we be friends?
    Why can't we be friends?

    I seen you 'round for a long long time
    I really 'membered you when you drink my wine

    I seen you walkin' down in Chinatown
    I called you but you could not look around

    I bring my money to the welfare line
    I see you standing in it every time

    The color of your skin don't matter to me
    As long as we can live in harmony

    I'd kinda like to be the President
    so I can show you how your money's spent

    Sometimes I don't speak too bright
    but yet I know what I'm talking about

    I know you're working for the CIA
    they wouldn't have you in the Mafia


    Why can't we be friends?
    Why can't we be friends?

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    Re: Lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    Sometimes I don't speak too bright
    but yet I know what I'm talking about
    По-моему, это и есть ответ на вопрос.
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    A mixture between need for rhyme and find two opposite organizations? CIA vs. mafia?
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    I think it's suggesting that the CIA is worse than or equivalent to the mafia, not the opposite.

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    Re: Lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka

    I know you're working for the CIA
    they wouldn't have you in the Mafia

    ?
    That to me suggests 'you' wernt good enough to be in the Mafia, but the CIA is less fussy so hired 'you'.
    More madness than method but it works for me.

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    Mafia and CIA don't even rhyme anyway.
    Correct my mistakes and I will give you +1 internets.

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    honestly, that depends how you say/sing it. What some people do to get rhyme...
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    Thanks, guys. I think, Ezri nailed it.

    honestly, that depends how you say/sing it. What some people do to get rhyme...
    Are you saying you can rhyme it?

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