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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.


( 5 sutras — Your wisdom )
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!
Mar. 28th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Grubb Street has one up
OK, I'll play. I choose Graceland.

Jeff G.
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

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

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.
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