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... the worst has got to be the "Do-Re-Mi" song from "The Sound of Music."

Here are the lyrics:

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name i call myself
Far, a long long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow so
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to do oh oh oh

If I were "la," I'd sue the songwriter. I mean, look at some of the great things the other notes are: Ray, a drop of golden sun. What a wonderful image. Tea, a drink with jam and bread. You can practically taste it. Sew, a needle pulling thread. You can see it.

But la? La? A note to follow so. I mean, in the grand scale of things, could there be any task more menial? Can't you hear the composer now? "OK, OK, OK: Let's line it up, boys and girls. Ray—yo, Ray. Drop of golden sun, got it? Second in line. OK, OK: where's tea? Move it! Right next to the top. What's that, la? What do you do? Oh, just follow sew."

Just follow sew. Is it possible to be any more marginalized? More disrespected? If I'm la, I'm bailing from this Sound of Music gig once my contract is up.

However, la's revenge was sweet. Think of that childish behavior when someone is talking to a child and the child doesn't want to listen, so the kid puts his or her hands over the ears and says—you guessed it—"La la la la I can't hear you." And once la got that gig, it sent a message to Julie Andrews:

"How do you like me now, bitch?"


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Jul. 13th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
Reminds me of this: http://www.joke-archives.com/drinking/doremebeer.html

Also, "la" in Chinese means to pull or yank, so even though I always knew the "authorial intent" (or whatever the anonymous equivalent would be) of the song was probably not a bilingual pun, it still became one in my head anyway...
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
The Chinese meaning of "la" opens a world of possibilities for another pleading for the note.
Jul. 13th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
I don't often snort...but this made me snort. Good thing I already finished my beer.
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
Snorts are good.
Jul. 13th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, revenge is surely sweet.

Here's Homer Simpson's version:
Dough - the stuff that buys me beer
Ray - the guy who pours my beer
Me - the guy who's drinking beer
Fa - a long way to go get beer
So - I'll have another beer
La - la la I'm drinking beer
Tea - no thanks, I'm drinking beer...& that brings us back to (looks into empty beer mug) D'Oh!
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Tea—no thanks, I'm drinking beer. Classic.
Jul. 13th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
It must surely be a Sound of Music Conspiracy. The other night I was watching a Seinfeld rerun and George made reference to "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" The next day was a rerun in my head of, "How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?"
The only words I know from that song...Makes one want to go out and slap on the Lederhosen...Holiday
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
You wearing Lederhosen is an image I didn't need. Thanks.
Jul. 13th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
A woman I used to work with had "Safety Dance" as her personal earworm. I can still go up to her and start singing, "We can dance if we want to..." and make her start twitching.
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
There's an echo from so long ago it seems like a different universe. This was when MTV actually was about music, right?
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, back then. Ancient history.
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