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hi
I have been trying to figure out one Cowboy Junkies song - Cold Tea Blues. There is one sentence that is not clear to me...
what does an idiom( or is it a saying?) "Claiming ignorance of taste " mean? and in what other ways you can use it?
thanks in advance,
minna
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Here's the lyric:

If I pour your cup, that is friendship
If I add your milk, that is manners
If I stop there, claiming ignorance of taste,
That is tea

But if I measure the sugar
To satisfy your expectant tongue
Then that is love,
But if I measure the sugar
To satisfy your expectant tongue
Then that is love,
Sitting untouched and growing cold.

'Claiming ignorance of taste' here seems to mean 'claiming I don't know how you like your tea'. In other words, if he stopped 'there', he would be leaving her to add the 'sugar' herself.

Knowing how much sugar she likes, and then adding it, seems to be an indicator of 'love', from the singer's point of view. (The sugar is presumably metaphorical.)

There may be other interpretations out there though...

MrP
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