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MessagePosté le: Dim 9 Oct - 19:02 (2011)    Sujet du message: Pink Floyd lyrics Répondre en citant

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Hello,

Could any native speaker help me out with this line taken from Dogs by Pink Floyd (Animals album): "And it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around"

Here's the "full" context:

And when you lose control, you'll reap the harvest you have sown
And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone
And it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around
So have a good drown, as you go down all alone
Dragged down by the stone

Full lyrics here: http://www.sing365.com/music/Lyric.nsf/Dogs-lyrics-/A757DD70FDD73323482568A…


I sense there's some pun in the word "weight" (to lose weight / To get rid of some weight that's dragging you down) but I don't quite get it... "You used to need to throw around"???

Thanks a lot in advance


Pour les francophones.

Je ne sais si c'est l'endroit  Mr. Green , mais j'aimerais de l'aide d'un natif pour comprendre le sens de la citation ci-dessus tirée de Dogs, le morceau de Pink FLoyd (du génial album Animals).

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MessagePosté le: Dim 9 Oct - 19:05 (2011)    Sujet du message: Pink Floyd lyrics Répondre en citant

Ca allait plutôt dans la rubrique ... à brac, en fait.  Mr. Green FDV, si tu me lis... THX
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MessagePosté le: Dim 9 Oct - 19:53 (2011)    Sujet du message: Pink Floyd lyrics Répondre en citant

Pas bien grave.... mais c'est arrangé   Cool Mort de Rire
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MessagePosté le: Dim 9 Oct - 19:56 (2011)    Sujet du message: Pink Floyd lyrics Répondre en citant

Merci My Dear.  Okay

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MessagePosté le: Lun 10 Oct - 20:04 (2011)    Sujet du message: Dogs - Pink Floyd: throw weight around... Répondre en citant

Hi

To "throw one's weight around" or "throw your weight around" is a common phrase in English which can mean that where an argument cannot be won by logic or reason, the person may use physicality (stature, weight, physical strength) to win the argument. Obviously this would mean that the person would require to have a large physical, possibly threatening, presence to win. Later in life the carrying of extra weight on the body can cause health problems is, I suppose, the point the lyric is making. A bit brief and simplistic explanation but hope it helps.

Some definitions below:

throw (one's) weight around Slang
To use power or authority, especially in an excessive or heavy-handed way.

throw one's weight around
Fig. to attempt to boss people around; to give orders. The district manager came to our office and tried to throw his weight around, but no one paid any attention to him. Don't try to throw your weight around in this office. We know who our boss is.

throw your weight around
to behave in a way which shows that you are more important or powerful than other people He tries to impress the rest of us by throwing his weight around at committee meetings.
 
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MessagePosté le: Mar 11 Oct - 17:18 (2011)    Sujet du message: Pink Floyd lyrics Répondre en citant

Hello Andywood,

Thanks a lot for the quick, clear and thorough answer.  Okay I do get the point now.

Take care,

RH
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