Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Long words

OK, three posts in one day is excessive. I'm sorry. But listening to Welcome to the Jungle (after writing the Slim Fast post), I was reminded for the second time today of something I relally like.

Sometimes in a song there is a word, one word that really stands out. It usually has to do with how that word fits in to the rhythm of the particular phrase. Two examples stuck out today, and I think it might have to do with the fact that they are both long words:

From Welcome to the Jungle by Guns 'n' Roses

If you got a hunger for what you see
You take it eventually
You can have anything you want
But you better not take it from me


From The Dark of the Matinee by Franz Ferdinand

I time every journey to bump into you, accidentally
I charm you and tell you of the boys I hate
All the girls I hate
All the words I hate...


Now I'm wondering if the fact that these are both adverbs has anything to do with it.

2 comments:

  1. This reminds me of that terribly long word in an old Blood Sweat and Tears song. We even looked it up in the dictionary.

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  2. I can't quit her
    'cause on my darkest night
    She comes on like a light
    I can't quite her
    Try as I may, with all my might
    She had a woman's touch
    And a young girls eyes,
    And in seconds flat I was proselytized
    Turned around,
    And made to feel sweet love

    pros‧e‧lyt‧ize
    Pronunciation[pros-uh-li-tahyz]
    To convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.

    Yeah, this is the use of a long word in a lyric, and I totally see the connection. But the way Al Cooper uses this word is almost tortured. The other examples are much more enjoyable to the ear.

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