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Mistletoey Chloe
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I'm sure picking this title has turned everyone off before we even get started, but a hapax legomenon is "a word or form that occurs only once in the recorded corpus of a given language." I thought it would be fun to try to find hapax in lyrics. (Why does this sound boring even before I start?) For instance, I can only think of one pop song that contains the word "efficacious." Name it, and you get to set the next one.

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Lily the Pink, the Pink, the Pink.

Darn you, Chloe, now I have an Irish Rovers earworm.

Seaboe

ETA: Can I use Philippic for the next one?

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Mistletoey Chloe
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Yes, because you got it right! (But what's wrong with The Scaffold?)

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Nothing, I suppose, but the version of Lily the Pink I have is the Irish Rovers.

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"a simple desultory philippic"- simon and garfunkel

hooray for my weird taste in music!


my word is "divagation"

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"Cassandra" by the Cruxshadows or at least that's what google shows.

my word is "cartography"

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I'm thinking the Weakerthans, "Aside", but I swear there's a Neutral Milk Hotel song, too. (Or "Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.) [Big Grin]
How about "sexless"? (If you know the song, this is a layup.)
ETA: I was driving home and realized it wasn't NMH, it was Bright Eyes, "You Will. You? Will. You? Will." - "You said go explore those other women, the cartography of their bodies..."

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*sings* And amateur cartography,
I breathe in deep before I spread these maps out on my bedroom floor. ... er, sorry about that.

You're right.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kid Kilowatt:
How about "sexless"? (If you know the song, this is a layup.)

Would that be the "sexless patients" in Dylan's "Desolation Row"? I don't remember the exact lyric, but I'm pretty sure it's in there...so I'm going to go ahead and throw "semolina" out there as the next one. ;-) (If I'm wrong, just ignore that.)
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"I Am The Walrus," the Beatles (although I prefer the Oingo Boingo cover).

My word is "unapologetically."

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quote:
Originally posted by And a Tabby New Year:
My word is "unapologetically."

Alanis Morissette, "So Pure"

My word is "tumultuous".

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Tumultuous is found in both Robert Burns' "On a Bank of Flowers" and Robert Service's "Song of the Wage Slave."

My word is "pusser."

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quote:
Originally posted by Senior:
Tumultuous is found in both Robert Burns' "On a Bank of Flowers" and Robert Service's "Song of the Wage Slave."

I was going for Jimmy Buffett's "They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More".

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I don't know Buffett very well, I am familiar with both Burns and Service. BTW, both the poems I mentioned have been set to music.

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Senior, I'm going waaay out on a limb for "Diesel and Shale by Cyril Tawney.


How about wheelhouse?

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quote:
Originally posted by Cabcere:
quote:
Originally posted by Kid Kilowatt:
How about "sexless"? (If you know the song, this is a layup.)

Would that be the "sexless patients" in Dylan's "Desolation Row"? I don't remember the exact lyric, but I'm pretty sure it's in there...so I'm going to go ahead and throw "semolina" out there as the next one. ;-) (If I'm wrong, just ignore that.)
You're right, Cabcere - Dr. Filth's sexless patients. I forgot about that one, I was thinking about Guided by Voices, "A Salty Salute" - "Disarm the sexless!". So I guess mine wan't a hapax legomemnon. Good job, though, and welcome to the board.

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quote:
Originally posted by Phil'sGirl, smiling politely:
Senior, I'm going waaay out on a limb for "Diesel and Shale by Cyril Tawney.


How about wheelhouse?

Sting - The Wild, Wild Sea.

"Moot"

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I'm especially reminded of Rick Springfield's use of "moot" in "Jessie's Girl," as candy from strangers told me a hysterical story based on the lyric.

Hmm...mine's "nostril."

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quote:
Originally posted by I'mNotDedalus:
Hmm...mine's "nostril."

I doubt this is what you're going for, but in Weird Al's "Albuquerque" there's the "big fat hermaphrodite with a Flock of Seagulls haircut and only one nostril."

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[Big Grin] Nope, Cervus, although that is funny.

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Hehe Cervus I went straight to Weird Al too!
"Ray Stevens" has a tune about "Ned Nostril (And His South Seas Paradise, Puts Your Blues On Ice, Cheap At Twice the Price Band)"

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Dagnabit, you nerds! It's from The Doors' "Horse Latitudes": "In mute nostril agony...," the nostril being that of a drowning horse. It's about the horror of Spanish garrisons jettisoning horses overboard, in order to lose "excess weight." Very disturbing.

Personally, I think the poem is a work of genius. IIRC, Morrison wrote it when he was only 16 (possibly younger)!

Alright, time for someone else.

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Mistletoey Chloe
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"Fifty pee."

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I'm too lazy to google up the answer to any of these, but if any of you feel up to what should be a google-free challenge, how about telling me the only song to incorporate a full chromatic scale? (for those non-musical types, a chromatic scale is a progression of notes from one tone to its equivalent a full octave away, which proceeds through each little semi-tone inbetween.)

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Hey, you're not supposed to be googling, anyway! Bunch of rotten dirty cheaters...

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The only? song so far I don't think we have found anything that was 'only' found one place.

However , Callee , I would wager 'YES' has come close

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I've never heard a full chromatic scale in any of Yes' work, but I haven't heard all of it.

Remember, though, I am looking for a full chromatic scale. Thus, in the key of C that would be a progression of C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C.

AFAIK, that full progression has only occurred in one modern pop song, but feel free to come up with more!

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quote:
Originally posted by I'mNotDedalus:
Dagnabit, you nerds! It's from The Doors' "Horse Latitudes": "In mute nostril agony...," the nostril being that of a drowning horse. It's about the horror of Spanish garrisons jettisoning horses overboard, in order to lose "excess weight." Very disturbing.

Personally, I think the poem is a work of genius. IIRC, Morrison wrote it when he was only 16 (possibly younger)!

Alright, time for someone else.

I do not recall reading it had to be the best or even good. I thought ( there I go) 'the only' was the criteria. And those were the first ones thought of. Still not the 'only' anyway

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I do not recall reading it had to be the best or even good. I thought ( there I go) 'the only' was the criteria. And those were the first ones thought of. Still not the 'only' anyway

Precisely. But it wasn't until today that I even knew someone else had written "nostril" in a lyric. So I lose. Are ya happy! Huh? 'Cause...um...I'm feelin' a bit happy, about...stuff.

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But this is how we learn these things..Isn't it?


I think this could be fun ..If it doesn't become a google contest.

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One of the reasons I haven't been back is because I can't think of any more unusual words without getting into the made up ones, like Supercalifragilisticexpealadocious.

Searching song lyrics is a problematical game. I've been trying to figure out how many fairly well known songs mention Boeing planes and had to give up. It's too hard to search accurately.

747, 707 and (I think) 737 were the only ones I found well known songs for.

Seaboe

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"There'a 747 comin' out of the night
There's no power; they don't know why..."

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Ooh...Chloe, that's one I don't have.

Seaboe.

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Are we still on the chromatic scale thing? All roads point to "Colour my World" by Chicago, unless I'm misremembering my musical trivia. I think I was later told that it doesn't actually include the entire chromatic scale, though. I took one semester of music in college before I dropped out, and this was one of the random facts my prof threw out. Wish I'd paid more attention instead of writing in my notebook all through class and BSing my way into an A...

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I'd have to listen to it again to be sure, but I think "Colour my World" does indeed only use a partial scale. In any case, wasn't the one I was thinking of!

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