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Billy Joel Reveals Major Changes He Made to Some of His Now Hit Songs

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somewhere

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UK / ˈsʌmˌhwɛr, -ˌwɛr /

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  • adverb
  • At or to an unknown or unnamed place

talk

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  • noun
  • Style of speaking
  • Discussion between two countries
  • Giving information in front of people; lecture
  • Saying things or ideas to someone with words
  • verb
  • To make a formal speech about something
  • To say things or ideas to someone with words

laughter

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  • noun
  • Action or sound of laughing

just

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  • adjecitve
  • Proper or appropriate; as is deserved
  • Doing or being what is right or fair
  • Legally correct; having enough evidence
  • adverb
  • Almost; nearly
  • Exactly at the time of
  • Exactly (the same as, like)

home

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UK / hom /

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  • adjecitve
  • A sports team's own field or place of play
  • adverb
  • Into the correct or intended position
  • noun
  • House, apartment or building to be rented or sold
  • Institution for sick or elderly people
  • Place where a person or a family lives
  • Country where a person lives or was born
  • Region that is native to peoples, plant or animals
  • verb
  • To move towards a particular target location

yourself

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  • pronoun
  • Reflexive form of 'you', used for an emphasis

well

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  • adjecitve
  • Being in a fortunate, good condition or state
  • Healthy and in good condition
  • adverb
  • In an acceptable, proper, or successful manner
  • In a complete, total, or full manner
  • A great and considerable degree
  • In a successful way, in a good or satisfactory way
  • exclamation
  • Used to begin or continue a particular statement
  • Used to show you want to start saying something
  • Used to express that you are waiting for a reply
  • You say this to change the topic of a conversation
  • Used to indicate you are making a final remark
  • noun
  • Long deep hole in the ground to get water
  • verb
  • To cause your eyes to fill with tears

set

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  • adjecitve
  • Prepared for something; ready
  • noun
  • Complete group of something
  • Place where a television show or movie is filmed
  • Group of games in a tennis match
  • Device that receives radio or television signals
  • verb
  • To make a clock state or ring at a particular time
  • To decide upon or choose something
  • To make something ready for use (e.g. table)
  • To decide on a price for something
  • To become hard (of glue, concrete etc.)
  • To be located in a specific place or time
  • To put (e.g. a vase) down carefully in a place
  • To put someone in a certain condition or state
  • (Of the sun) to go lower than the horizon

song

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  • noun
  • Distinctive series of sounds made by a bird
  • Music with words that are sung to it
  • Art or tradition of singing

melody

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  • noun
  • Song; music
  • Pleasing musical notes put together to form a tune

why

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  • adverb
  • Question word to ask for a reason
  • exclamation
  • (Used to express surprise or approval)

time

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  • noun
  • Speed at which music is played; tempo
  • Point as shown on a clock, e.g. 3 p.m
  • Number of hours, minutes needed to do something
  • Occasion when something happens
  • Period or occasion that something occurred
  • Period in history or the past
  • Something measured in minutes, hours, days, etc.
  • How long an event takes; duration
  • verb
  • To check speed at which music is performed
  • To choose a specific moment to do something
  • To measure how long an event takes, e.g. a race
  • To schedule something to occur at a specific moment

for

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  • preposition
  • Used to show the purpose, or need of something

door

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  • noun
  • You walk through this when you go in a room

such

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  • determiner
  • Being similar to
  • (Thing) as previously stated or referred to
  • adverb
  • (Used to emphasize the quality of an adjective)

sound

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  • adjecitve
  • Sensible, dependable and reliable
  • Unbroken or undisturbed, as of sleep
  • Firm or solid in structure
  • Sane; not mentally ill
  • Clearly reasoned; involving sense, good judgment
  • noun
  • Unique quality that characterizes a style of music
  • Waves traveling in air or water that can be heard
  • verb
  • To seem or appear to be, from what was said
  • To say in a clear deliberate manner
  • To make a noise, e.g. to ring a bell

mama

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  • noun
  • A mother

those

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  • determiner
  • The people or things we are talking about
  • pronoun
  • The objects far from the speaker

title

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  • noun
  • Book produced by a publisher
  • Name given to something to identify or describe it
  • Name showing profession, marriage or social status
  • (Legal) the right to own something, e.g. property
  • Position of being the winner in a sport or contest
  • verb
  • To give a name to identify or describe something

under

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  • adjecitve
  • In the same place as another thing, but lower
  • adverb
  • In a lower quantity or price than expected
  • preposition
  • According to the terms of an agreement or law
  • Managed or controlled by the authority of
  • Being of a lesser quality or amount than expected
  • Influenced or affected by something or someone
  • Less or lower in age, amount, size or number

music

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  • noun
  • Sounds that are sung or played to give pleasure
  • Academic study of rhythms and sounds
  • Written symbols that represent musical sounds

much

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  • adjecitve
  • Very; to a high level or degree
  • adverb
  • A lot; large amount; a high degree of
  • Nearly; basically
  • On many occasions; often
  • noun
  • A large amount; a great quantity

liberty

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  • noun
  • Doing as one wants without asking
  • Power to do what you choose

head

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  • noun
  • Counter for the number of cattle
  • Natural mental ability or intelligence
  • Leader or person with the greatest authority
  • Mind; mental ability; mental state
  • Side of a coin with a head on it
  • Top part of your body with eyes and a mouth
  • Starting point of something, e.g. a river
  • verb
  • To hit a ball with your head in a game
  • To be first or at the front or top (e.g. a list)
  • To travel or move toward a particular place; To go in a particular direction
  • To become the leader of something
  • To lead or be responsible for something

someday

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  • adverb
  • At some unspecified time in the future

simple

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  • adjecitve
  • Not hard to understand or do; not complex
  • Having only a few parts; not complex
  • Being ordinary or normal
  • Being plain; without a lot added for style

pressure

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  • noun
  • Anxiety caused by difficult problems
  • Force, weight when pressing against a thing
  • Strong persuasion to do something
  • verb
  • To apply force to something
  • To persuade or force someone to do something

change

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  • noun
  • Exchange of one set of clothes for another
  • Money in the form of coins instead of paper
  • Money returned after giving too much
  • Act of making or becoming something else
  • verb
  • To exchange one set of clothes for another
  • To exchange one kind of money for another
  • To replace something with another thing
  • To make or become something else
  • To go from one train, bus, etc. and go to another

work

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  • adjecitve
  • Activity completed in order to make money
  • noun
  • The product of some artistic or literary endeavor
  • Everything created by an author, artist, musician
  • Activity you do in order to make money
  • Place of employment
  • Final product or result of a some labor or effort
  • verb
  • To bring into a specific state of success
  • To be functioning properly, e.g. a car
  • To do your job in your company or workplace
  • To make an effort to do something
  • To operate a machine or device

honesty

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  • noun
  • Being fair and truthful; being honest

deceptively

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  • adverb
  • In a misleading way

they

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  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

original

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  • adjecitve
  • Being first made, thought or performed; fresh
  • Being unique or thinking differently from others

fast

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  • adjecitve
  • In a way that is difficult to move or change
  • Moving or able to move quickly
  • Showing time that is later than the actual time
  • adverb
  • With a great deal of speed
  • noun
  • Period of time when a person chooses not to eat
  • verb
  • To refuse food for a long time

lonely

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  • adjecitve
  • Sad because apart from other people
  • Being far away and rarely visited by people

all

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  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

spot

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  • noun
  • A certain place or area
  • A difficult time; awkward situation
  • Place or ranking on a list
  • A small amount of (substance help hard work etc.)
  • Mark caused by a drop of liquid, food, etc.
  • verb
  • To see someone or something by chance

take

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  • noun
  • Filming of a single scene for TV or the movies
  • verb
  • To accept something that is offered
  • To use a method of traveling, e.g. a bus or train
  • To use a camera to make (a photo)
  • To pick up something and go away with it
  • To study a subject in school
  • To attempt to pass (an exam)
  • To require a certain amount of time, money, space

penny

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  • noun
  • Person's name
  • Small coin worth 1/100th of a pound
  • A small amount of British money

yes

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  • adverb
  • Way to say you agree or will do something

move

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  • noun
  • Act of moving a playing piece in chess, etc.
  • An action; doing something
  • Step taken to achieve a goal
  • verb
  • To cause someone to have certain emotions
  • To cause something to change to a different place
  • To change where people live or a business operates
  • To take action to do or achieve something

rewrite

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  • verb
  • To write again to improve, or correct errors

pre

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  • prefix
  • A prefix meaning 'before'
  • In preparation or in advance

nice

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  • adjecitve
  • Being attractive or of high quality or value
  • Good or enjoyable
  • Being kind or friendly

look

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  • noun
  • Person's beauty or physical attractiveness
  • Particular style of dress, clothes, or appearance
  • The way someone, something appears to be
  • Act of searching for or examining something
  • verb
  • To appear to be; seem

country

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  • noun
  • An area of land that is controlled by a government
  • Open land that is away from towns and cities

unconsciously

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  • adverb
  • Without thinking; not deliberately

record

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  • noun
  • Highest or most extreme level achieved
  • Round plastic disc on which music has been stored
  • History of a person's past actions or achievements
  • verb
  • To indicate a temperature, speed, etc.; register
  • To write down or say what happened
  • To put music, sounds onto a device to store it

whole

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  • adjecitve
  • Complete or full; all of
  • Being in a good condition
  • noun
  • Complete amount or sum; total

not

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  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)

italian

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the culture and people of Italy
  • noun
  • Person from Italy

save

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  • noun
  • Preventing a player in a game from scoring a goal
  • preposition
  • Except; not including
  • verb
  • To make your computer keep a file
  • To keep for future use
  • To make something unnecessary; prevent
  • To keep money so that you will have it later
  • To keep something for future use, such as money
  • To keep or rescue someone or something from harm
  • To prevent a player in a game from scoring a goal
  • To avoid the unnecessary waste of energy, etc.

sense

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  • noun
  • Certain mental feeling or emotion
  • Normal or clear state of mind
  • Meaning of a particular word, phrase or text
  • verb
  • To perceive using sight, sound, taste touch etc.
  • To recognize the presence of something

piss

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  • verb
  • To be angry

good

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  • adjecitve
  • Proper, appropriate or right
  • (Of an amount) enough; plenty
  • Excellent; high quality
  • Acting well or properly; of moral character
  • In a positive or happy emotional state
  • noun
  • Advantage or benefit

give

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  • noun
  • Degree of flexibility in something, a material
  • verb
  • To hand over or present something to someone
  • To cause someone to have or experience something

but

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

yet

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  • adverb
  • At a later time (used after ‘not’)
  • (Used to emphasize that thing is, will be greater)
  • Eventually; at a future time
  • Until now; up to the present
  • conjunction
  • Adding to what has been said, often as a contrast

book

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  • noun
  • Thing made of pages with writing on that you read
  • verb
  • (Police) to officially record someone's crimes
  • To reserve (hotel room, etc.) in advance
  • To produce a red or yellow card to a soccer player

anthony

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singe

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  • verb
  • To burn lightly, often to remove hair

panic

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  • noun
  • Overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
  • verb
  • To feel sudden anxiety and fear and cannot think

now

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  • adverb
  • At the present time or moment
  • Right away or in the next possible moment
  • Used to refer to something that just happened
  • Time between the present and a moment in the past
  • conjunction
  • Resulting from or because of something

planet

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  • noun
  • One of the bodies that orbit the sun

would

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  • other
  • Used to indicate something imagined
  • Used to ask or request something politely
  • Verb used to indicate possibility, request etc.
  • Used to indicate a preference
  • Used to indicate a reaction
  • Indicates something that occurred repeatedly
  • Used to indicate willingness or ability to do

know

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  • verb
  • To be familiar with a person or place, thing
  • To feel sure or be convinced about something
  • To discover or be aware of something
  • To be able to distinguish
  • To have knowledge of things

fuck

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  • noun
  • Vulgar term used as an intensifier
  • verb
  • (Vulgar) To have sex with someone

could

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  • other
  • Past form of 'can' to mean have ability
  • Used to ask for something politely, or to offer

without

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  • preposition
  • Not with; not having

seriousness

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  • noun
  • State of being serious

have

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  • verb
  • To drink, smoke, eat or use something
  • To experience the effects of something
  • To organize an event, or join in an activity
  • To own, possess, or hold something
  • To cause to happen or produce a particular effect

island

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  • noun
  • Area of land that is surrounded by water

sonny

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  • noun
  • Friendly way of addressing a boy

with

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  • preposition
  • As an employee of a certain company
  • Against something or someone
  • By using something as a means
  • Due to; because of
  • Including
  • Possessing as a feature
  • Related to
  • (Of the manner/attitude by which you do something)
  • Used to express that people or things are together

store

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  • noun
  • Place where things are kept for future use
  • Place where you can go to buy things
  • verb
  • To put things in a place for later use

his

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  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

away

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  • adjecitve
  • Not present
  • adverb
  • Disappear completely
  • Doing something with a lot of energy
  • Not here; far from here; in a different direction
  • To a different area, location

most

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  • adverb
  • Very; extremely
  • Greatest possible degree
  • pronoun
  • Nearly all of something

complex

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  • adjecitve
  • Not being simple; having many parts or aspects
  • noun
  • Group of buildings all used for the same purpose
  • Psychological issue regarding self-image

out

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  • adverb
  • No longer stylish (e.g. fashion)
  • Away from home, business, or the usual place
  • In a direction/movement away from inside or center
  • noun
  • Act when a batter cannot continue playing
  • verb
  • To tell people a secret

from

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  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level

bastard

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  • noun
  • Someone whose parents were not married
  • Person considered mean or deserving contempt

think

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  • verb
  • To have an idea about something without certainty
  • To have an idea, opinion or belief about something

studio

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  • noun
  • Place for painting, broadcasting, etc.

literally

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  • adverb
  • So as to express the exact meaning of something
  • Used to say something is true, even if unlikely

come

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  • verb
  • To arrive at a place
  • (Of mail) to be delivered
  • To move toward someone; go with someone
  • To reach a certain point or state

devito

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ten

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  • number
  • 10

where

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  • conjunction
  • At or in the place which
  • In whatever place
  • pronoun
  • Word you use to ask the location of something

leave

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  • noun
  • Permission to do something
  • Vacation time; time off work
  • verb
  • To go away from; depart
  • To gift property to someone after you die
  • To allow something to continue happening
  • To let something remain unused or available
  • To let something or someone remain somewhere

call

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  • noun
  • A order or request for action
  • The sound an animal makes, often when in danger
  • A correct prediction, e.g. a decision in a game
  • A short visit to a place or person
  • A decision by a referee or umpire in a game
  • verb
  • To make a request or order for action
  • (Animal) to make sounds to warn of danger
  • To announce the date of an election
  • To make a judgment about something
  • To give someone or something a name
  • To guess in advance the result or outcome
  • To visit a place or person for a short time
  • To phone someone
  • To speak, announce or shout in a loud voice

money

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UK / ˈmʌni /

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  • noun
  • Coins or notes we use to pay for things

guy

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US / ɡaɪ /

UK / ɡaɪ /

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  • noun
  • Man; boy; any person

back

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US / bæk /

UK / bæk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Farthest from the front e.g. in a classroom
  • adverb
  • Have returned to a place you were before
  • noun
  • The part of a chair that the upper body leans upon
  • Location at the rear of something
  • The reverse of side something
  • Area on the rear of your body
  • verb
  • To bet money on something
  • To go backwards in a car
  • To support and encourage someone or some cause

base

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US / beɪs /

UK / bes /

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  • noun
  • Place military personnel live, train, and operate
  • Bottom part of an object that touches a surface
  • Unit of counting, e.g. 10 for counting
  • Most important idea or ingredient to add others
  • Origin or start from which something came
  • Main place where an organization or a person works
  • verb
  • To use as the starting point or origin for
  • To have as the main location for (company, etc.)

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

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  • conjunction
  • Used to refer to two or more things
  • Plus; in addition; on top of that
  • Used to introduce an action that follows another

typically

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US / ˈtɪpɪkli /

UK / ˈtɪpɪklɪ /

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  • adverb
  • In a normal or usual way

something

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US / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

UK / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

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  • adverb
  • In some degree or measure
  • noun
  • a person or thing of some value or consequence
  • pronoun
  • Thing that is not yet known or named
  • Approximately

drummer

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US / ˈdrʌmə(r) /

UK / ˈdrʌmɚ /

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  • noun
  • Someone who plays a drum

leone

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US / lɪ'əʊn /

UK / lɪ'oʊn /

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  • other
  • Basic unit of money in Sierra Leone; equal to cents

perfectly

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US / ˈpɜ:fɪktli /

UK / ˈpəfɪktli /

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  • adverb
  • In a faultless manner; without mistakes

new

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US / nju: /

UK / nu, nju /

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  • adjecitve
  • Not old, recently born, built or made
  • Being or doing something for the first time
  • Not felt, seen or known previously
  • Having been recently bought or obtained

here

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US / hɪə(r) /

UK / hɪr /

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  • adverb
  • In this place; at this location, position or time

too

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US / tu: /

UK / tu /

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  • adverb
  • In addition, also; with emphasis
  • Say that something is more than you want

somehow

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US / ˈsʌmhaʊ /

UK / ˈsʌmˌhaʊ /

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  • adverb
  • In a way that is not known or certain

feel

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US / fi:l /

UK / fil /

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  • verb
  • To be aware of or experience an emotion, sensation
  • To sense through direct contact; touch

wait

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US / weɪt /

UK / wet /

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  • verb
  • To delay or not do something until later
  • To spend time until an expected thing happens
  • To remain in a place until a thing happens

piano

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US / piˈænəʊ /

UK / piˈæno, ˈpjæno /

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  • adjecitve
  • In a soft and quiet manner (on the piano)
  • noun
  • Keyboard instrument used for playing music

will

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US / wɪl /

UK / wɪl /

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  • noun
  • Desire or choice of someone
  • Document saying who gets your money when you die
  • Strong desire to do something; determination
  • Desire to do something; strong wish to do
  • other
  • Used with verbs to express the future
  • verb
  • To leave property to someone after your death
  • To use mental effort to make something happen
  • Am (is, are) likely to do
  • To influence someone to do something
  • To make something happen by strongly wanting it

already

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US / ɔ:lˈredi /

UK / ɔlˈrɛdi /

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  • adverb
  • Having happened or been done before this time

always

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US / 'ɔ:lweɪz /

UK / ˈɔlwez,-wɪz,-wiz /

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  • adverb
  • For a very long time
  • At all times; in every situation
  • For ever

day

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US / deɪ /

UK / de /

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  • noun
  • A period of 24 hours beginning at midnight
  • The period of time when it is light outside
  • Person's name

write

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US / raɪt /

UK / raɪt /

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  • verb
  • To compose letters and words on paper or a screen
  • To invent or create a computer program
  • To create a song or piece of music

use

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US / ju:s /

UK / ju:s /

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  • noun
  • Ability to employ something
  • Need to enable it to work
  • Permission to do something with something
  • Act of spending money
  • Operation of a machine for its function
  • verb
  • To have; to eat, drink, consume etc.
  • To need to operate or work
  • To operate a machine, e.g. a computer
  • To treat a person badly
  • To do something with, for a task or purpose

walk

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US / wɔ:k /

UK / wɔk /

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  • noun
  • Journey on foot done for pleasure or exercise
  • verb
  • To move with your legs at a slowish pace

actually

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US / ˈæktʃuəli /

UK / ˈæktʃuəli /

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  • adverb
  • Used to add new (often different) information

grocery

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US / 'ɡrəʊsərɪ /

UK / 'ɡroʊsərɪ /

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  • noun
  • Daily foods such as flour, sugar, and tinned foods

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

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  • pronoun
  • Female person or animal mentioned before
  • (Refers to female person mentioned before)

right

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UK / raɪt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Correct or true
  • The south side of you looking at the rising sun
  • adverb
  • Exactly in a place or time
  • Being appropriate for a particular event
  • In a straight or direct manner
  • noun
  • Something you are legally or morally allowed to do
  • Ideal of what is just and good
  • Political view based on conservatism
  • verb
  • To fix something previously wrong or unjust
  • To make upright, as a boat that has turned over

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

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  • adverb
  • A time that is not now
  • Following another thing in time or arrangement
  • Following on reasonably from what was just stated
  • At that time, not now

subconsciously

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US / ˌsʌb'kɒnʃəslɪ /

UK / ˌsʌbˈkɑnʃəslɪ /

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  • adverb
  • From the subconscious mind

billy

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US / 'bɪlɪ /

UK / ˈbɪli /

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  • noun
  • Male goat

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

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  • adjecitve
  • The person or thing being talked about
  • Used to identify something both the speakers know
  • adverb
  • Used to reinforce adjectives and adverbs
  • To such a degree
  • conjunction
  • Used to connect a noun clause
  • Used to introduce an adverbial clause
  • Used to introduce a noun clause
  • determiner
  • Used as a noun to refer to something
  • pronoun
  • Referring an object far away
  • Used to refer to the relative pronoun ‘which’

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

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  • pronoun
  • Thing or things that; the same kind as
  • Used to emphasize something you are about to say
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to a particular amount, or number
  • Used to place emphasis on a particular quality
  • adverb
  • To a certain degree
  • determiner
  • Question words used for asking for information
  • exclamation
  • Used to express excitement, shock, or surprise
  • Used to ask people to repeat something they said

shithead

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US / 'ʃɪthed /

UK / 'ʃɪthed /

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  • noun
  • Stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence

sit

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US / sɪt /

UK / sɪt /

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  • verb
  • To take an exam
  • To be in a resting position on a chair
  • To provide seating for people
  • To remain in a still position while being painted

like

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US / laɪk /

UK / laɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in status or kind to something else
  • Similar; the same
  • adverb
  • For example
  • preposition
  • Used as a filler; used to ad emphasis
  • In a way similar to the way something is done
  • Such as; for example
  • verb
  • To want to
  • To find something pleasing; to prefer something

different

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US / ˈdɪfrənt /

UK / ˈdɪfrənt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Not of the same kind; unlike other things

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

UK / əˈbaʊt /

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  • adverb
  • To be ready to; going to
  • Nearly; approximately; roughly
  • Near; next to; close to
  • In every direction; in the area of
  • preposition
  • Concerning or of (a topic)

first

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US / fɜ:st /

UK / fɚst /

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  • adjecitve
  • 1st; Coming before all others in time or place
  • noun
  • Something that has not happened before
  • Position of the winner of a competition

get

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US / ɡet /

UK / ɡɛt /

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  • verb
  • To become affected by illness or disease
  • To begin to feel or understand an emotion or idea
  • To send or bring someone or something home, etc.
  • To go somewhere to obtain something
  • To (cause to) do a particular thing
  • To obtain, receive or be given something
  • To currently have
  • To prepare for use
  • To understand something being said or read

yeah

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US / jeə /

UK / ˈjɛə, ˈjæə, jɛ- /

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  • exclamation
  • Another way of saying 'yes'

happen

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US / 'hæpən /

UK / ˈhæpən /

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

mean

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US / mi:n /

UK / min /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being good at
  • Nasty; unkind
  • Not liking to spend money; cheap; stingy
  • noun
  • Average of a set of numbers
  • verb
  • To express a particular idea or thought
  • To intend to do something in particular
  • To have a particular meaning or value

turn

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US / tɜ:n /

UK / tɚn /

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  • noun
  • Place where changing of direction happens
  • Your time or chance to perform a duty
  • Your chance to play or do in say a game
  • Unexpected change, as in the weather
  • verb
  • To become (a particular age)
  • To become a different quality, color, etc.
  • To change the direction of something, e.g. a car
  • To move in an opposite direction or position
  • To shape metal with a spinning tool

one

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US / wʌn /

UK / wʌn /

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  • pronoun
  • You; we; people in general; someone
  • The thing or person previously referred to
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to people generally
  • Being a strong example of (something mentioned)
  • number
  • Number 1

other

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US / 'ʌðə(r) /

UK / ˈʌðər /

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  • adjecitve
  • A thing different from that mentioned
  • determiner
  • (Something) else; not the first (one)
  • pronoun
  • Being the one and only thing of that category

entire

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US / ɪn'taɪə(r) /

UK / ɛnˈtaɪr /

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  • adjecitve
  • Complete or full; with no part left out; whole

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

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  • preposition
  • Moving or going inside something
  • In the same direction as; in the direction of
  • So as to become; taking the state of

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

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  • adjecitve
  • Used to indicate something already been discussed
  • Used to indicate something happening around now
  • adverb
  • An indication by a physical motion or gesture
  • A specific amount of
  • determiner
  • Person, thing, or idea near you
  • pronoun
  • Person, thing that has already been discussed

word

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US / wɜ:d /

UK / wɚd /

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  • noun
  • Unit of language that has a meaning
  • Promise
  • Short remark or piece of information
  • verb
  • To express something by choosing particular words

originally

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US / əˈrɪdʒənəli /

UK / əˈrɪdʒənəli /

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  • adverb
  • At first; in the beginning
  • In a new and unique manner

band

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US / bænd /

UK / bænd /

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  • noun
  • Group of people who work together e.g. play music
  • Thin piece of material that wraps around something
  • verb
  • To come together to work on a project
  • To tie things together using string or rope

the

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US / ðə /

UK / ðə /

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  • article
  • Used to refer to something already mentioned
  • Used to show there is only one of something
  • determiner
  • Used to describe all of a family

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US / ˈlɪrɪk /

UK / ˈlɪrɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • In a tone, or style similar to an emotional song
  • noun
  • The words of a song

little

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US / 'lɪtl /

UK / ˈlɪtl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being short in length of time
  • Not great in size, amount, or degree; small
  • Being very young or younger than others
  • adverb
  • By an amount or degree that is not very much
  • Not often; rarely
  • noun
  • A person's name

fit

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US / fɪt /

UK / fɪt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Good looking; physically attractive
  • Proper or acceptable; morally or socially correct
  • noun
  • Sudden loss of body control; attack (of crying)
  • verb
  • To install a machine, equipment etc.
  • To adjust or change to the right size or shape
  • To be the right size and shape that you want

make

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US / meɪk /

UK / mek /

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  • noun
  • Product made by a particular company; brand
  • verb
  • To arrange or prepare something e.g. dinner
  • To get to (a place) on time
  • To gain the status of (teacher, lawyer, etc.)
  • To create something by putting things together
  • To earn a certain amount of money at a job
  • To cause or force a person to do something
  • To cause something to happen or be formed

chord

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US / kɔ:d /

UK / kɔrd, kord /

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  • noun
  • Line that joins two points on a circle
  • Combination of musical notes played at same time

funny

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US / ˈfʌni /

UK / ˈfʌni /

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  • adjecitve
  • Causing laughter; amusing
  • Being different, odd or strange

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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  • pronoun
  • Person someone is speaking or writing to
  • Person or people in general

kind

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US / kaɪnd /

UK / kaɪnd /

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  • adjecitve
  • In a caring and helpful manner
  • friendly and considerate
  • noun
  • One type of thing

how

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US / haʊ /

UK / haʊ /

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  • adjecitve
  • To what degree? in what amount?
  • adverb
  • (Used to explain the way to do something)
  • exclamation
  • For what purpose or reason?
  • (Used to ask someone or something's condition)
  • Subtitles section
  • The song Moving Out, when you wrote it, you somehow changed the entire song.
  • Why did all of that happen?
  • I wrote a different melody and different chords originally, and so I always write the music first, okay?
  • Right.
  • So the music was... Oh.
  • It sounded too much like Neil Sadaka.
  • Yeah, Laughter in the Rain.
  • So I'm coming to the studio, the band is there, and here it goes, Anthony works in the grocery store, and they're looking at me like I got ten heads.
  • They said, that's Laughter in the Rain by Neil Sadaka.
  • Oh, crap.
  • And I wrote all the lyrics.
  • I wrote all the lyrics based on that original melody.
  • So what did that sound like?
  • In other words, if you were singing the lyrics to the Neil Sadaka thing, what would that sound like?
  • Anthony works in the grocery store, saving his pennies for some day.
  • Mama Leone left a note on the door.
  • She said, sonny, move out to the country.
  • I don't think I went into it.
  • Oh, I feel laughter in the rain.
  • So you're sitting in the studio.
  • The band says to you, Billy, you've unconsciously, subconsciously taken the wrong song and this and that.
  • Do you sit there in the studio and say, wait?
  • They weren't that nice about it.
  • They said, what are you?
  • You shithead.
  • That's Laughter in the Rain by Neil Sadatka.
  • No, they don't talk to you like that.
  • Yeah, they do.
  • They do?
  • Well, they're all Long Island guys.
  • But when they said it, in all seriousness, do you panic and say, oh, fuck, I've done something wrong here?
  • Yes.
  • And then where do you go back home and say, I like these lyrics, and now I'm going to rewrite it?
  • Or are you sitting in the studio, and you go right then and there, OK, how's this?
  • I said, give me a little time.
  • I'm gonna rewrite the melody.
  • Where do you go to do that?
  • Right in the studio.
  • I was in the studio.
  • Sitting at a piano.
  • Went away from the piano.
  • Okay, can't do that.
  • Yeah, I was pissed off.
  • You mean I gotta write a whole new song?
  • I wrote a whole set of lyrics.
  • They're perfectly good.
  • Right.
  • So just change the melody and change the chords.
  • Anthony walks in the grocery store, saving his pennies for someday.
  • And that was it.
  • You know, it's funny about that because that's not how you typically write a song.
  • You don't have the lyrics.
  • You write the music first, but this time you had the lyrics in a sense.
  • I already had pre written lyrics.
  • So I said, wait a minute, I'm not going to write a whole new set of lyrics and a whole new song.
  • I'm going to use those lyrics on a different melody.
  • What is a song that we know that you wrote on the spot in the studio and you said to yourself,
  • I'm coming up with something and literally it came out of you under that kind of pressure.
  • I think honesty was like that.
  • That is one of the most complex songs on the planet.
  • It's deceptively listenable like that, but it's not that simple.
  • And so you're sitting in the studio, time is money, and you turn to the guys and go, what do you think of this?
  • Is that how you did it?
  • Kind of.
  • I came in with this idea.
  • It was a recording day without a song.
  • I said, here's this idea I got.
  • I don't have lyrics for it yet, but it goes like this.
  • da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da
  • And the title will be this... So the band goes, yeah, it's a nice melody.
  • Bastards.
  • My drummer goes, Liberty DeVito, Italian guy from Seaford.
  • Oh.
  • He goes, yeah, I like it.
  • It could be sodomy.
  • Sodomy.
  • It's such a lonely word.
  • I said, oh, no, I can't.
  • I can't.
  • We can't call it sodomy.
  • But we actually, I think, recorded it somewhere with me singing sodomy.
  • You need a word in there just to get things going.
  • I need something to make me do it fast or make me do it at all.
  • I knew it couldn't be sodomy.
  • I like the melody.
  • The band liked the melody.
  • The studio time was booked.
  • What are we going to call this thing?
  • So I said, you know, it fits honesty.
  • And then I wrote the lyrics right there and then.