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Genius!

Ok, Boing Boing pointed it out to me first, but qwantz is a genius. There's a great thread here about outlining various song lyrics as sets of nested notes. For example:

Regarding Istanbul


# Istanbul:
* not Constantinople
* a Turkish delight on a moonlit night

# Every girl in Istanbul:
* lives in Istanbul
* does not live in Constantinople

# Old New York:
* once New Amsterdam
* unsure why it was changed -> popular?

# Constantinople:
* long time gone
* got the works

I may have to work out the equivalent for, oh, something by Talking Heads. Maybe "Take Me to the River".

UPDATE: By an absolutely ridiculous coincidence, Constantinople was renamed as Istanbul exactly 75 years ago today. The city of Angora was renamed Ankara at the same time, but nobody sings about that one.

Comments

( 5 sutras — Your wisdom )
scarlettina
Mar. 28th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
This song has been a longstanding joke between myself and the XBF. This treatment of same is just hi-LAR-ious!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Grubb Street has one up
OK, I'll play. I choose Graceland.

Jeff G.
the_monkey_king
Mar. 28th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Grubb Street has one up
Well, now that you've called me on it, I must respond in kind. Here's the Talking Heads mentioned earlier:

Take Me to the River


  • Why I love her like I do
    • I don't know

  • Changes you put me through
    • All of them

  • Things you take
    • My money
    • My cigarettes

  • What I have not yet seen
    • The worst of it

  • Things I wanna know that you'll tell me
    • I love to stay

  • Things I don’t know
    • Why you treat me so bad
    • Why I love you like I do

  • Things unable to forget
    • Love is an ocean

  • Things I don’t regret
    • My sweet sixteen

  • What you’ll do
    • Take me to the river
    • Drop me in the water
    • Dip me
      • In the water
      • In the river

    • Wash me down
    • Push me
      • In the river
      • In the water

    • Wash me down
    • Also:
      • Hold me
      • Squeeze me
      • Love me
      • Tease me
      • How long?
        • Until I can’t take it no more

  • Things to think about
    • All the things we could have had
    • All the troubles you put me through

  • Interior decoration
    • Sixteen candles on my wall

  • What am I?
    • The biggest fool of them all

cayzle
Mar. 30th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Bleck!
It's like Edward Tufte says, PowerPoint is the dark enemy of the world!

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt2.html
the_monkey_king
Mar. 30th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Bleck!
I love Tufte dearly, but he can be a bit of a prig.

The song lists are meant for a laugh; they're not a sales meeting or an opportunity to share data. There's more at the reformatted songs community.
( 5 sutras — Your wisdom )

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