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Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 12:05:45 -0500
From: Chris Camfield <ccamfiel[at]-remove-undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: lyric quibbles! Girls Say Yes
Isn't this fun?
I do agree that it's important to take the lyrics in context. The question
is, does the first verse end with "She never felt so happy in her life" or
not? I've been reading it as yes, it DOES end the first, and so the two
lines that I hear "Antiquated..." are separate and a contrast from the
Depends on how you see the song; I see it as essentially describing the
contrast between the happy and beautiful girl and the guy who is going to
get his insides kicked out, >from the word go<, rather than having an
ascent and descent. But I will have a listen to the song again with your
interpretation in mind, Gary.
(I wrote: )
> >"Antiquated, let it go: `consent is success'.
> > I've seen the future and it's birdlime, When girls say 'yes'."
> I think it's important to take the lyrics in context, and the first verse
> describes first meeting and things going well. (Doesn't birdlime also mean
> birdsh*t? Not very positive, especially in context.) Here's my reading on
> it... for what it's worth.
Birdlime (from the online Webster here):
a sticky substance usu. made from the bark of a holly (Ilex aquifolium)
that is smeared on twigs to snare small birds
Bird->woman or birdlime->prison? When I read the reference to rhyming slang
in my OED about birdlime, I immediately clued into that because of other
rhyming slang Pat has used, like Edgar Wallace=serious.
Christopher Camfield (ccamfiel[at]-remove-uwaterloo.ca)
"When I walked down the strip arm-in-arm with you, I was terrified,
As we walked down the strip arm-in-arm, temporarily..."
(The Jazz Butcher, "Girls Say Yes")