You have to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues. And you know that's not easy. =You must give up something and work hard if you want to be successful. 成功するには犠牲がつきもの。 Got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues And you know it don't come easy.
-Lyrics "It don't Come Easy" By Ringo Starr George Harrison
If you mess with the bull, you get the horns.= Don't cause trouble with someone stronger. 触らぬ神に祟りなし。 In New York, if you are being bothered by someone, you simply say "If you mess with the bull, you get the horns".
I went to the supermarket to get some vanilla ice cream but I
could not find any. So I asked the clerk for vanilla ice cream and she
replied "no banana". So I spoke more slowly and I repeated the same
question. This time she replied "no banana only vanilla".
One of my students has trouble waking up in the morning so she recorded sections of my text book which l have recorded into her i-Phone. So every morning at six o'clock she hears my beautiful voice every three minutes.
Behind my office building is a very large graveyard. I looked out of my window this afternoon and was astonished to see a very large monkey climbing on the headstones and eating the fruit that was left for the deceased. The police were called but they were unable to catch it as the monkey climbed over the wall and got away.
The mind is strong but the body is weak. = To have the desire and to imagine you can do something but in the end no strength or will power. 〜をしたい気持ちはあるけど・・・。 I imagine I can lift heavy weights but in the end I fail because the mind is strong but the body is weak.