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Blinding my sight in a curtain of red.


What does "in" mean in blinding my sight in a curtain of red? I know the general meaning of the sentence, but I never understood what "in" meant here.

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It sounds to me like 'curtain' is being used here as 'river' or 'rain' might be. The red blood (presumably it's blood) is flowing like water flows. In such cases we use 'in': in a river, in the rain. By analogy, in a curtain.

Also, in (the form of) a curtain (descending).

CJ

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onelookI know the general meaning of the sentence, but I never understood what "in" meant here.

Me, neither. It's song lyrics, which explains why the writer was more interested in the sound of his own voice than in the English. You can't blind your sight, and nothing is "in" a curtain. That said, you just have to take it as it comes with this stuff and make what sense of it you can. There is a fine line between profundity and absurdity, inspiration and delusion, and it is not easy to tell which side of the line what you have written is on. Plain English is the kiss of death to pop lyrics, apparently, especially when you're trying to be all demoniacal.