Posted by Shae on August 11, 2003
In Reply to: Interesting questions posted by sphinx on August 11, 2003
: 1.In "Hotel California", the Eagles sing, "What a nice surprise, bring your alibis!"
: How could a surprise be "nice"?
: 2.IN "Love changes everything" (a musical sing), the lyrics say,
: "Off into the world we go, planning futrues shaping year"
: How the understand "shaping year"?
: 3. In the film "A.I", I saw these excerpts from one of Yeats' s poems (http://www.moonchild.ch/Library/poetry/StolenChild.html):
: Come! O, human child!
: To the waters and the wild,
: With a fairy hand in hand,
: For the world's more full of weeping
: than you can understand.
: Could you introduce a little of this poem, what is it about and what is the mood of it?
: Great Thanks!
1. The lyrics of Hotel California are very strange. Perhaps somebody else can explain them.
2. "Shaping years" means much the same as "planning futures." "Shaping" in this instance means "putting a form to," so planning a sequence of events over the next few years is "shaping years."
3. The words in "Stolen Child" are spoken by a faery who is trying to entice a human child away from his home. Irish folklore has many stories about faeries who substitute a healthy human child for a weak faery child, known as "changelings."