Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale

Discussion in 'English Only' started by macaronesio, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. macaronesio New Member

    spain (spanish)
    this is from a very known song called "walking in memphis".I´ve always wondered the meaning of this sentence
     
  2. papillon Senior Member

    Barcelona, Spain
    Russian (Ukraine)
    Beal is a street in Memphis. Click. :)
     
  3. SPQR Senior Member

    US
    American English
    As stated by Papillon, there is a Beale street in Memphis.

    This is another linguistic issue here though.

    Walking with my feet (obvious, one always walks with their feet, but this is written for rhyme and rhythm)
    ten feet off of Beale ("ten feet off" implies "floating above" and is idiomatic for "very happy")

    I was walking on Beale street feeling very excited and happy to be there.
     
  4. . 1 Senior Member

    Ferntree Gully
    Australian Australia
    I don't think that there is an additional linguistic issue here.
    Walking with my feet ten feet off the Beale is a way of describing the feet as being ten feet off the Beale not walking with the feet.
    I was walking with my head in the clouds.

    .,,
     
  5. macaronesio New Member

    spain (spanish)
    thank you very much.it took me years to know about this.
     

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