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The Shabbat Zemirot are written as poetry/songs, and as such, can be kind of cryptic. (See questions tagged "shabbat-songs" for examples of questions about certain phrases in the songs.

Is there a source which explains and elucidates the sometimes cryptic verses (Much like this sefer explains some of the more cryptic passages in the Selichot prayers)?

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Here's several sefarim available online that do have commentaries on the zemirot, but I don't know if they focus on the individual sentences or just on the history and sources of the zemirot: --- hebrewbooks.org/3992 ---- hebrewbooks.org/33572 --- hebrewbooks.org/48000 – Menachem Nov 14 '11 at 4:48
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This might be one such source:

Mateh Yehuda has a running commentary on Zemiros. I don't know how good it is, though.

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Your link led me to this: klinebooks.com/cgi-bin/kline/20241.html?id=JGfKZM3L - and the sefer you linked to also has the Pirchei Shoshanim (for example - books.google.com/…) – Menachem Nov 13 '11 at 4:08

I suggest this sefer in particular if anyone can find it online it would be appreciated

Otzar Hateffilos

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