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I cannot understand the line "Magic gone from a pretty thing." Why would he say this?


Native speaker’s answer


The song is about giving up and doing anything for the promise of luxury. Here, "pretty thing" refers to luxury, and "magic" references the appeal that luxury had. In the end, realizing that luxury only grants you a small amount of happiness that doesn't last long; the "magic" of it goes away. Ex: When the new phone model came out, it was like the magic disappeared from the old one.

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