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Don't Kill the Magic (MAGIC!) (Canada)
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Released as the second single from the album 'Don't Kill the Magic', peaking at number twenty two on the Canadian Hot 100 and fifty three in Australia.

MAGIC! is a Canadian reggae fusion band. Magic! took their name from this song, which also acts as the title track of their debut album. Frontman Nasri Atweh explained to Spin magazine: "It was one of the first songs we wrote, in the first two weeks of songwriting when we first came together. And it felt kind of magical, the connection between us. That is the connection of music for us, it's magical." The exclamation point in the band's name came from Nasri's producer and sonwriting partner, Adam Messinger. The frontman told Spin: "He was like, 'You guys should do something else to the word 'Magic' and he sarcastically drew an exclamation. We were like, 'Eh, looks good to us.' We just rolled with it."

If you want space (you could have it)
If you want change (you could have it)
Sleep on your bed (you could have it)
Bullet to my head (you could have it)

If you want love! (you could have it)
The way that you love (you could have it)
If you want time (you could have it)
I'll tell you no lie (you could have it)

Just don't kill, don't kill the magic (ohhh)
Just don't kill, don't kill the magic (ohhh)
I'm not ready to give up just yet
We could stay until we both forget
So baby, don't kill, (don't kill) don't kill the magic (ohhh)
Oooooh...

If you want space (you could have it)
If you want change (I'll make it drastic)
Sleep on your bed (I'll be your mattress)
Bullet to my head (you could blast it)

Ohh! If you want love! (I'll be tragic)
The way that you love (I can match it)
If you want time (I'll be elastic)
Tell you no lie (You can have it)
No lieee

Just don't kill, don't kill the magic (ohhh)
Just don't kill, don't kill the magic (ohhh)
I'm not ready to give up just yet
We could stay until we both forget
So baby, don't kill, (don't kill) don't kill the magic (ohhh)

Take my arms, take my legs, take my vision
Take my tongue, take my lungs, if you need it
On my knees, On my knees, On my knees, I beg
Hey ey ey ey ey

Don't you see I'm trying fix this baby?
Let me be in my heart God's pleasure
I will do, I will do anything instead

Just don't kill, don't kill the magic (ohhh)
Just don't kill, don't kill the magic (ohhh)
I'm not ready to give up just yet
We could stay until we both forget
So baby, don't kill, (don't kill) don't kill the magic (ohhh)
You could have it... you could have it...
You could have it... you could have it...
You could have it... you could have it...

COULD HAVE= "Have" is one of the words that easily lose the "h" sound, and particularly in this combination the "h" is most of the times dropped, so this is pronounced /kʊdæv/ (or more commonly /kʊdəv/). Here, "You could have it" is used to give permission (same as "You can have it") and the use of COULD instead of CAN may express uncertainty (I'd give it to you but you probably won't take it) or politeness (please, have it).

BULLET= /bʊlɪt/ A small metalic missile which is expelled from a gun.

I'LL TELL YOU NO LIE= I will not tell you a lie. (in English we can use NOT to negate the verb or NO to negate the object)

KILL THE MAGIC= Break, ruin, spoil, stop the magic.

GIVE UP= Surrender.

JUST YET= An emphatic form of YET.

TONGUE= /tʌŋ/ (see picture)

LUNGS= Our breathing organs (see picture)

ON MY KNEES= Kneeling (see picture)

BEG= To beg is to say please, please, please do this or that...

FIX= Repair, make it good again.

 

The song is all about holding onto a relationship and begging for the other half to hang on and “don’t kill the magic” just yet.

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