...to understand little boy say (,/:)why do you cry

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Timoshentsia

Senior Member
Russian
Нi everybody!
"Little boy lost in little boy land
How much does it cost to understand
Little boy say why do you cry
And how much will you pay to know why"
(From Madonna's song "Little boy lost")

Are the underlined sentences the direct speech of the little boy?
Thank you
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    I suppose they are meant to be the words that the little boy said or has said, Timoshentsia. You might have heard or read this advice before, but I'll repeat it: The lyrics to popular songs are usually not good sources for studying grammar and normal English. Songwriters often use words for rhyme or phrase rhythm even when those words are not especially meaningful.
     

    inib

    Senior Member
    British English
    Нi everybody!
    "Little boy lost in little boy land
    How much does it cost to understand
    Little boy say why do you cry
    And how much will you pay to know why"
    (From Madonna's song "Little boy lost")

    Are the underlined sentences the direct speech of the little boy?
    Thank you
    I understand the questions to be a form of indirect speech, spoken by the author to the little boy. I don't think the author is commanding the little boy to repeat the words "Why do you cry?".
    Rather, I think the idea conveyed is "Little boy, tell me why you cry".
    But I don't know the song, so I may have misinterpreted.
     
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