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The latest Ed Sheeran song "How would you feel" has the lines

How would you feel
If I told you that I love you
Its just something that I want to do

Now I actually do like Ed. He is way better than most of his ilk - actually some talent. And I quite like his latest songs. But this lyric is irritating. He never says it is true that he loves her. Just hat he wants to say it. Irritating.

And Clean Bandit - rockabye. Another good song. But at one point the verse to chorus doesn't work:

He don't know he is safe when she says...

She tells him, "Ooh, love, no one's ever gonna

what is this "she says...she tells him".

Its sloppy, and it frustrates me.

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Lou Christie "Lightening Strikes":
quote:
Listen to me, baby, you gotta understand
You're old enough to know the makings of a man
Listen to me, baby, it's hard to settle down
Am I asking too much for you to stick around?

HELL, YES.

Answering lyrics from Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'":
quote:

What's right is right but you ain't been right yet
These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you



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Oh, let's go with the classic:
quote:

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair

Point 1: Considering that there is "no one there" it does not come as a huge surprise that "no one heard at all" because, ummm, dude, THERE IS NO ONE THERE!

Point 2: Did you really expect the furniture to listen? We ain't talking about an Echo device here.

Point 3: Why pick on the chair? Did the table listen? The sideboard? The bed? The lampstand? What was it about the chair that triggered your grievance?

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The other day I heard Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline just before I got to work and for the rest of the day had a ghastly mash-up of that and Shine Jesus Shine running through my head.

Oh, and the line about the choir of children in Wonderful Christmas Time makes me want to beat Macca to death with his own bass.

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If I never hear "In this world in which we live in" again it will still be too soon!

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I always take it as "In this world in which we're livin' " which soothes the savage grammar beast in me.

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So do I, but unfortunately he definitely sings 'live in'. I heard it on the radio today. Along with 'Moonlight Shadow' which contains the classic line:

Four a.m. In the morning

As opposed to...?

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Frankly the whole of All kinds of everything sets my teeth on edge, but especially
quote:
Seagulls and aeroplanes
Things of the sky
Winds that go howlin'
Breezes that sigh

'Things of the sky'? What the hell is that all about? Clouds, rainbows, smog?

Grrr

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"Homeward bound", Simon and Garfunkel - "and I wish I was" - I want to correct it to "and I wish I WERE""

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I'd like to teach the world to sing
I'd like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow-white turtle doves.

(Makes my teeth hurt)

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quote:
Originally posted by Hedgehog:
Oh, let's go with the classic:
quote:

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair

Point 1: Considering that there is "no one there" it does not come as a huge surprise that "no one heard at all" because, ummm, dude, THERE IS NO ONE THERE!

Point 2: Did you really expect the furniture to listen? We ain't talking about an Echo device here.

Point 3: Why pick on the chair? Did the table listen? The sideboard? The bed? The lampstand? What was it about the chair that triggered your grievance?

I think the idea is that he's so desperate for companionship, he's talking to the chair.

BUT...

"...not even the chair" suggests that under normal circumstances, the chair would be a more likely candidate than most to listen to him. Which still isn't justified even by the interpretation I laid out above. Saying something like "I'm crying out for friends, heck, even the chair" would work better.

[ 01. March 2017, 16:11: Message edited by: Stetson ]

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One of my lyrical pet peeves is the entirety of House Of The Rising Sun, when sung by a male and made to be about a life of gambling.

If you think of it sung by a woman, and about a life of prostitution, it makes much more sense. Economic hardship, brought about by her father's gambling, forced her into a brothel(and maybe even dear old dad sold her into one herself, to pay off a debt). It fits into the classic, tragic, "little girl lost" style of narrative.

Whereas "I picked up the gambling habit from my dad, and now I can't stop"? That just doesn't really tug at the heartstrings the same way. There's no cultural tradition of weeping over boys lost into a life of gambling; usually chronic gamblers are just shrugged off as losers.

Not that I neccessarily subscribe to any of the gendered assumpations underlying these narratives, just that they fit better within the framework of what purports to be a traditional folk song.

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What really frustrated me about these is that we listen to these and know they are wrong, and not always able to identify what it is.

But professionals have presumably heard these, realised there was something wrong, and said "never mind, it'll do".

That is sloppy.

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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quote:
Originally posted by Stetson:
quote:
Originally posted by Hedgehog:
Oh, let's go with the classic:
quote:

"I am"... I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair

Point 3: Why pick on the chair? Did the table listen? The sideboard? The bed? The lampstand? What was it about the chair that triggered your grievance?
I think the idea is that he's so desperate for companionship, he's talking to the chair.

BUT...

"...not even the chair" suggests that under normal circumstances, the chair would be a more likely candidate than most to listen to him. Which still isn't justified even by the interpretation I laid out above. Saying something like "I'm crying out for friends, heck, even the chair" would work better.

It has to be a chair. Not the table or lamp or any other furniture. Empty Chair technique. The lyricist is obviously experienced with Gestalt therapy, and was probably neglected by his/her parents, who didn't adequately acknowledge him/her, ignored. Now playing out abandonment issues. I suspect a middle child, probably an underachiever, roughly weaned, and not just troubled with lyrics composition.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
... Four a.m. In the morning

As opposed to...?

I'm so glad it isn't just me. [Big Grin]

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It's a small world, after all,
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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
... Four a.m. In the morning

As opposed to...?

I'm so glad it isn't just me. [Big Grin]
Me too

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quote:
Originally posted by Dennis the Menace:
quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
... Four a.m. In the morning

As opposed to...?

I'm so glad it isn't just me. [Big Grin]
Me too
And it just needed someone with a little nous to suggest "four o'clock in the morning". Which would work fine.

I suspect that this was the intended lyric. Maybe Sally got it wrong, or they put in the wrong take.

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I'd haul my money round in a crate"

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
... Four a.m. In the morning

As opposed to...?

I'm so glad it isn't just me. [Big Grin]
Nearly as bad as 12 p.m. to mean "noon" ...

11.59 a.m. is fine; so is 12.01 p.m. But 12 is noon (which presumably = m).

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quote:
Originally posted by nickel:
It's a small world, after all,
...

I hate you so much right now. (An annoying song by Kelis and how I feel now I have the ear worm)

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I intensely dislike the words of Cohen's song Hallelujah. So many people look on this song with hymn like reverence even though it talks of tying someone up in a chair etc. Like the tune, hate the words.

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Trudy Scrumptious

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quote:
Originally posted by bib:
I intensely dislike the words of Cohen's song Hallelujah. So many people look on this song with hymn like reverence even though it talks of tying someone up in a chair etc. Like the tune, hate the words.

I love the song, although I agree it doesn't deserve "hymn-like reverence" (there are some church-friendly rewrites of the words for people like you who love the tune and hate the lyrics). In those popular first verse, the only thing that bothers me is the weird mash-up of the David/Bathsheba and Samson/Delilah stories, and it only bothers me because I can never decide whether it's intentional or accidental. Cohen was such a smart guy and a great songwriter, and Jewish as well, so I'm fairly sure he knew the difference and just used elements of both stories to create the effect he was going for, but there's always the possibility it's just sloppiness, which would bother me a lot.

IMHO, the less-frequently-sung later verses of the song really ARE hymnlike -- the parts about "the holy or the broken hallelujah" and "even though it all went wrong, I'll stand before the Lord of Song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah." To me it's a sort of a secular artist's hymn about worshipping a god you're not even sure you believe in the only way you can -- through the gift you were given. I think it's a shame most artists who cover the song leave out the best verses.

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quote:
IMHO, the less-frequently-sung later verses of the song really ARE hymnlike -- the parts about "the holy or the broken hallelujah" and "even though it all went wrong, I'll stand before the Lord of Song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah."
The problem with that song, IMHO, is that Cohen wants to say "Sure, it all went wrong, but I can still stand before God and sing Hallelujah."

Which might be a valid, if somewhat idissyncratic, theology. But his example of "it all going wrong" is a little too easy, from the POV of appealing to an audience of mostly liberal, mostly baby-boomers. Rightly or wrongly, adultery is not generally seen as a major transgression by people born in the 1940s and later, especially when they haven't even hit middle age yet(Cohen's target audience would have been in their late 30s at most when the song was released.

It might be a bit more challeging if Cohen had said something like "Sure, I was a guard at Auschwitz for a while, got my kicks torturing people, but that's all just part of the broken Hallelujah. I can still stand before God and sing, right?"

Also, by adding the haircut motif from Samson and Delilah to the David and Bethsheba story, Cohen seems to be blaming the power of women for the fact that men choose to commit adultery. A somewhat more traditional theology, but no less unappealing.

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My teeth curl at the opening bars of that pompous, nationalistic, jingoistic, yet over-popular so called hymn, Jerusalem.

'And did those feet.........?'

No!

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quote:
Originally posted by Felafool:
My teeth curl at the opening bars of that pompous, nationalistic, jingoistic, yet over-popular so called hymn, Jerusalem.

'And did those feet.........?'

No!

No
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quote:
Originally posted by Stetson:
quote:
IMHO, the less-frequently-sung later verses of the song really ARE hymnlike -- the parts about "the holy or the broken hallelujah" and "even though it all went wrong, I'll stand before the Lord of Song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah."
The problem with that song, IMHO, is that Cohen wants to say "Sure, it all went wrong, but I can still stand before God and sing Hallelujah."

Which might be a valid, if somewhat idissyncratic, theology. But his example of "it all going wrong" is a little too easy, from the POV of appealing to an audience of mostly liberal, mostly baby-boomers. Rightly or wrongly, adultery is not generally seen as a major transgression by people born in the 1940s and later, especially when they haven't even hit middle age yet(Cohen's target audience would have been in their late 30s at most when the song was released.

It might be a bit more challeging if Cohen had said something like "Sure, I was a guard at Auschwitz for a while, got my kicks torturing people, but that's all just part of the broken Hallelujah. I can still stand before God and sing, right?"

Also, by adding the haircut motif from Samson and Delilah to the David and Bethsheba story, Cohen seems to be blaming the power of women for the fact that men choose to commit adultery. A somewhat more traditional theology, but no less unappealing.

I think we're interpreting what the song is about very differently (and what it is that "all went wrong"), but then I think that's why this song is so popular (apart from the music being haunting and gorgeous) -- Cohen leaves the lyrics vague and metaphorical enough that people can read a lot of their own meanings into it. Which a lot of songs do, of course.

Frankly I'd rather some lovely metaphorical images open to interpretation, than "four a.m. in the morning" type songwriting.

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Re: Hallelujah.

I heard an excellent radio documentary about this song a while back.

When John Cale wanted to cover it (this is the version made famous by Jeff Buckley) he asked Cohen to send over the exact lyrics. It has 80 or so verses in total! This is why no two versions are exactly the same and presumably the singer can pick verses to fit their intended meaning.

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The Jason Mraz hit "I'm Yours" included the lyric

quote:
And it's our God-forsaken right to be loved loved loved loved loved
He apparently has acknowledged that it makes no sense, and has officially changed the lyric (post recording) to "God intended right." Which I guess is better, but still seems like a forced word to accommodate a triplet.

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quote:
Originally posted by ArachnidinElmet:
Re: Hallelujah.

[snip]

When John Cale wanted to cover it (this is the version made famous by Jeff Buckley) he asked Cohen to send over the exact lyrics. It has 80 or so verses in total! This is why no two versions are exactly the same and presumably the singer can pick verses to fit their intended meaning.

And that tends to be true of many an old folk tune, too. I was thinking about that in Stetson's discussion of "House of the Rising Sun"--I had not heard the version that has the line: "I picked up the gambling habit from my dad, and now I can't stop." The version I sing does reference a gambler, but he is clearly portrayed as the singer's lover:
quote:
If I had listened to what my mother said
I’d be at home today.
But young I was and foolish, poor girl,
Let a gambler lead me astray.

My mother, she’s a tailor,
She sews them new blue jeans.
My lover he’s a gambler, dear God.
Drinks down in New Orleans.

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk;
And the only time he's half satisfied
Is when he’s wholly drunk.

A similar thing happens with "St. James' Infirmary"--lots of different verses and approaches. Frankly, the version I sing is personally tweaked to avoid the irritation of singing that the woman is dead in one verse and then stating that she "can" search the whole world over and never find another man like me. Considering that she is dead, I figure her best searching days are behind her. I change the tense to state that she "could have searched" blah blah.

But I think that is the nature of folk songs. It is almost expected for the singer to modify the lyrics to fit their own style.

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I dislike the Christmas song, "The Little Drummer Boy." It's like death by a thousand cuts to me.

It's not just the repetition. I love Revel's "Bolero."

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I defy anyone to produce something worse than this, the Cat Carol. Cloying tune. Cloying words. Cloying style. Phoney message. Rubbish natural history. It doesn't even rhyme. Even the astronomy's nonsense.

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"I'm gonna love you
Till the stars fall from the sky for you and I."
[Mad]

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mousethief

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I'm surprised we've had two Neil Diamond songs but not yet:

Song she sang to me
Song she brang to me
Words that rang in me
Rhyme that sprang from me

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Latchkey Kid
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quote:
Originally posted by Felafool:
My teeth curl at the opening bars of that pompous, nationalistic, jingoistic, yet over-popular so called hymn, Jerusalem.

'And did those feet.........?'

No!

I know it has been used that way, rather like Bush used "Born in the USA", and we sang it that way at school.
But on reflection it seems to me that expected answer is "No!". Jerusalem has not been built, rather the dark satanic mills have been built and we have yet to build Jerusalem.
It is a call to action, not a basking in self-righteousness.

[ 03. March 2017, 03:27: Message edited by: Latchkey Kid ]

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Charles Had a Splurge on
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My pet hate is The Killers All these things that I’ve done also known by the UK Music Press as The Badger Song

There is a refrain at the end which runs
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier

Hence The Badger Song
I gotta badge, but I’m not a badger

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Gill H

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quote:
Originally posted by Charles Had a Splurge on:
My pet hate is The Killers All these things that I’ve done also known by the UK Music Press as The Badger Song

There is a refrain at the end which runs
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier

Hence The Badger Song
I gotta badge, but I’m not a badger

I prefer Bill Bailey's version

"I got ham but I'm not a hamster"

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Stetson
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Hedgehog wrote:

quote:
And that tends to be true of many an old folk tune, too. I was thinking about that in Stetson's discussion of "House of the Rising Sun"--I had not heard the version that has the line: "I picked up the gambling habit from my dad, and now I can't stop."
Just for the record, that's not an actual line from the song, just my summation of the theme. It's the only plausible way to interpret the lyrics in the version sung by The Animals, ie. the guy's a gambler because his father was a gambler.

FWIW, the Animals version is musically brilliant, and is also by far the best-known version where I come from.

[ 03. March 2017, 08:49: Message edited by: Stetson ]

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Enoch
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quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
quote:
Originally posted by Charles Had a Splurge on:
My pet hate is The Killers All these things that I’ve done also known by the UK Music Press as The Badger Song

There is a refrain at the end which runs
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier

Hence The Badger Song
I gotta badge, but I’m not a badger

I prefer Bill Bailey's version

"I got ham but I'm not a hamster"

Making up more of these could be a thread in it's own right.
"I'm a temp but I'm not a tempter",
"I'm bold but I'm not a boulder",
or if you think that "I'm a bit of a dog but I'm not ..... "


On Jerusalem, somewhere I seem to remember that the 'dark satanic mills' are nothing to do with Coalbrookdale and the Industrial Revolution. Things like millstones had been found at Stonehenge and other prehistoric sites. In Blake's time there was a widespread belief that the pagan Ancient Britons sacrificed people by grinding them between millstones.

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The Phantom Flan Flinger
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Sometimes the snow comes down in June,
Sometimes the sun goes round the moon.



Oh really, then how come we haven't been burned to a crisp?

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Hugal
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I think it is Soulder. Other artists have used it.
For me it has to be ABC with
'Can't complain, mustn't grumble , have yourself another piece of apple crumble'. Hey it rhymes.

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St. Gwladys
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I'd never heard "The Cat Carol" before....thank heavens!
I mentioned this thread to my Welsh tutor, particularly the Simon and Garfunkel (nearly put Garfield - too much of the Cat Carol?) "Homeward Bound" and he now hates it but it has become an ear worm.

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georgiaboy
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quote:
Originally posted by sabine:
I dislike the Christmas song, "The Little Drummer Boy." It's like death by a thousand cuts to me.

It's not just the repetition. I love Revel's "Bolero."

sabine

Agree -- it's not the repetition, it's the 'twee-ness.' Like drowning in a vat of saccharine. IMO

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Mudfrog
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I cant' stand I the Lord of Sea and Sky. I refuse to use I! (And not merely because Daniel O'Donnell sings it grrrr).

I hate it because of the chorus:

Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?

No!
It should be
Here am I Lord, is it me, Lord.

So annoying.

[ 05. March 2017, 13:40: Message edited by: Mudfrog ]

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Jack the Lass

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The one I really hate is the song "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men. The whole set of lyrics are here, the bit that particularly annoys me is:

"Girl, I know you really love me
You just don't realize"

although looking at the lyrics as a whole I realise that the whole damn song winds me up. You know what buddy? I think she does realise, and she's better off out of there.

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Jay-Emm
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'Never been to me' I actually half like (specifically until it comes to the saccharine preaching at the end, that defines what 'me' (if I were female) ought to be like, and makes it all one way)*

Flanders&Swann's "Madeira M'dear", has a catchy tune, a bouncy recital, addictive word play and would be fantastic if it wasn't used to take amusement from date rape.

*It seems to have been transposed with Welcome to the pleasure dome on my PC list (which I guess makes it even better).

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mousethief

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quote:
Originally posted by Mudfrog:
Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?

No!
It should be
Here am I Lord, is it me, Lord.

So annoying.

Actually, no. "Is it I?" is grammatically correct. "Is it me?" is more common. But it is wrong.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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It's still an annoying song.

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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There's a difference between correct in the absolute grammatical sense, and sounding goofy in spoken language isn't there?

"Is it I?" - well we can all certainly hope not!

Now I am thinking of "Shine Jesus Shine", which just makes my sun set. There are apparently actions available as well.

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mousethief

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quote:
Originally posted by no prophet's flag is set so...:
There's a difference between correct in the absolute grammatical sense, and sounding goofy in spoken language isn't there?

Absolutely. And they shouldn't be conflated.

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