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Re: go figure

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Date: Fri 23 Feb 1996 - 08:15:17 PST

On Tues, 20-FEB-1996, Matt Fogel wrote:

:On Fri, 16 Feb 1996 wrote:

:> I've got mail from strangers!
:More mail from Strangers!
:> A note on the lyric trans. of President Alzgipper's B-Day Present:
:> Does the song not begin with a re-verbed murmur that sounds curiously like:
:> "Picture themselves as an Eagle Scout or something"??? (I prefer to hear it
:> this way---one of my JBC favorites)

When I transcibed this song for the list last year--Pres. Reagan's BDP is one of my faves also :)--I included the spoken bit at the first as "Pictures of themselves as Eagle Scouts..." That's the way I hear it, and it seems to fit the tone and context of the song so well. When my version of the song got added to the Web site, however, the spoken intro had been snipped. Go figure, indeed...

:> And that line in Ugliest Song on Illuimate
:> sounds like
:> "I bet she doesn't even know what a trope is"- (god
:> forbid if she does if you ask me)------??? comments?
:I wouldn't worry too much. The web site is rife with transcriptual
:errors. This is not David's fault or just seems that no one
:really cares to correct the mistakes. It's much more fun to read the
:lyrics and smugly say to yourself...HA! There are too many "ands" in
:that line!

I also had no idea what a trope was until recently. My wife, the former English major alerted me of their existence, and I looked it up. According to a dictionary of literary terms I have, a "trope" is a term used in rhetoric and literary criticism. Basically, it means a figure of speech, with some kind of comparison involved, for example metaphore, similie, irony, etc. This makes sense in the song. It's like, "she has no credentials as a song writer, but it's a damn fine song anyway!"

Greg Bair
  who isn't at all crazy about the "Audio Aquatic"--YUCK!--moniker, but   will undoubtably rush out to buy the music anyway...

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Received on Fri Feb 23 18:23:11 1996
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