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#41 Scott

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 06:07 AM

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:02 AM

question about The Collapse of the Great Tide Cliffs lyrics
this might seem anal, but it's really about clarity

In this thread it's written as:
"Though my lens is cracked, right down the center I saw you,
and through shattered light, your beauty remained flawless."

Is this how it is written in the lyric booklet?
Only asking because, I heard it as:
"Though my lens is cracked right down the center, I saw you"
The change of punctuation changes the meaning of the lyrics a bit.
It doesn't really matter, I'm just curious :)

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 12:53 AM

I just checked my booklet to make sure, and its right. though yea, it does sound like the comma goes after "down the center,".

Speaking of the booklet, has anyone else who has it noticed...well, mistakes? it could very well be me being a grammar nazi, but i usually read the lyrics as i listen, and its just like these small things i notice, and i wonder if its meant to be like that, because they must double check it. For example, the part in Take More Than You Need "Pray for piece of mind". it just doesnt seem right to me, i feel like if it wasnt though, they wouldve caught it. any explanation?

EDIT: Oh, and in "This Body", the lines arent separated by slashes like all the other songs, thats the other main one that gets to me, maybe im going too far with this, but i cant help but notice it

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:24 PM

IIRC there's been typos in previous TDH releases too (namely act ii, i can't remember what they were for the life of me though). it used to drive me crazy (as a fellow grammar nazi) but now i just accept it as part of the charm. it's kind of like how casey occasionally mispronounces words.
nowadays instead of me seeing it as an imperfection it's a reminder that all of this mind blowing music was made by a guy with not much formal education (in terms of music and college i mean), and to me that makes it cooler

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 02:42 PM

A recent interview (found the link in another thread) was interesting in that he says, "I'm not that smart of a guy..." meaning he isn't incredibly well read in the classics, etc. and he doesn't write lyrics that are purposefully dense and cryptic to mess with the listener.

Dunno about you, but dreaming up a lengthy, multi album story about a character and the stages of his life and creating songs that reference, borrow, and inform one another... well, that seems kinda freakishly smart and creative to me.

I must be REALLY dumb because I admit sometimes I read, reread and consider his lyrics, come up with my understanding... then hit one of the lyric meaning discussion sites and find that I'm probably way, way off.

Granted, my response to art is often, "HAHA! LOOK! PRETTY!" ;) It can take me a while to traverse down into the deeper layers of meanings. And sometimes... I never make it there. I've listened to music for YEARS and never really considered the lyrics; I ingest it more as a layering of aural sounds, and ignore the context of the lyrics. Which has actually been kinda cool, because in my late 30's I'm finding a new way to enjoy music. :)

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 03:03 PM

It should be us.

It's not yet, as we only have TCS. But...

Let's do it, boys. And girls. And women. Too many females around here now. I can't be as misogynistic as I'd like.

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I hope to set an example. You know, for children and stuff.


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Posted 15 July 2011 - 03:16 PM

Yeah, I think we should absolutely get this place to be the main place for lyrics and lyric discussion.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:07 AM

Hi again :) thanks for clearing my earlier question up.
in Filth and Squalor it says

They say every trace of scales scars can mend(?)

so are you still unsure about that part?
i don't have the booklet but it sounds to me like he says
"they sing every trace of stale scars can mend"

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 05:28 PM

 Snork, on 14 July 2011 - 09:24 PM, said:

it's kind of like how casey occasionally mispronounces words.

or uses the wrong word...

"hands which chance upon it lead to eyes which strain to read, hearts which pound from love long overdue"
always makes me twitch.

That.
not which

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 05:37 PM

As a general rule I tend to prefer "lyrics that sound cool" over "lyrics that are grammatically correct", but that's just me.


"Proper grammar" is extremely overrated.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 06:37 PM

 wax wings, on 18 July 2011 - 05:28 PM, said:

 Snork, on 14 July 2011 - 09:24 PM, said:

it's kind of like how casey occasionally mispronounces words.

or uses the wrong word...

"hands which chance upon it lead to eyes which strain to read, hearts which pound from love long overdue"
always makes me twitch.

That.
not which

You guys are funny.

What's worse... Someone who uses poor grammar or a grammar Nazi?

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 07:05 PM

Casey can use whatever grammar he wants to.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:12 PM

 casey crescenzo, on 18 July 2011 - 06:37 PM, said:

What's worse... Someone who uses poor grammar or a grammar Nazi?

Yes.

But while we're here:

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"the clamor calmed and when you cleared your throat and spoke gracefully"
is one seriously gorgeous collection of syllables. One of my favorite lyrics in the whole set, based solely on how it sounds.


(though when I google'd that to make sure I got it correct, the first hit naturally was "I like the song but grammatically the lyrics are way off. "The clamor calmed and when you cleared your throat and spoke gracefully." Is not a complete sentence." I had a good laugh)

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 01:07 AM

I think it depends, someone with really bad grammar can be just a nightmare, btu someone who's a huge ass grammar nazi could be just as annoying.

So both. But i find grammar nazi's to at least be smarter, so theres that.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 01:22 AM

 stretts, on 29 May 2011 - 10:37 PM, said:

I do enjoy the themes of existentialism in Things Thta Hide Away, the green lyrics seem to be very thoughtful.

White = death?

I know that they have nothing to do with the actual story but if you listen to white it sound like him leaving war and getting home.. no god is about doubt. fall and flee is about leaving one dead and their words laying to rest. home is coming back home. lost but not all gone is (in my belief) about counting your blessings

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:53 PM

 wax wings, on 18 July 2011 - 09:12 PM, said:

 casey crescenzo, on 18 July 2011 - 06:37 PM, said:

What's worse... Someone who uses poor grammar or a grammar Nazi?

Yes.

But while we're here:

Quote

"the clamor calmed and when you cleared your throat and spoke gracefully"
is one seriously gorgeous collection of syllables. One of my favorite lyrics in the whole set, based solely on how it sounds.


(though when I google'd that to make sure I got it correct, the first hit naturally was "I like the song but grammatically the lyrics are way off. "The clamor calmed and when you cleared your throat and spoke gracefully." Is not a complete sentence." I had a good laugh)


Well, it's an incomplete sentence until you attach the rest of it from the verse.

"the clamor calmed and when you cleared your throat and spoke gracefully, my body swayed with every word you speak".



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:00 PM

 Eric, on 20 July 2011 - 01:07 AM, said:

I think it depends, someone with really bad grammar can be just a nightmare, btu someone who's a huge ass grammar nazi could be just as annoying.So both. But i find grammar nazi's to at least be smarter, so theres that.


I find grammar nazi's to be more about the illusion of intelligence than actual intelligence.

In my experience, grammar nazi's tend to be "form over substance" sorta people, which is very rarely a sign of extreme intelligence...
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:00 PM

Grammar nazi's have no place trying to correct lyrics. It's poetry. It's the beauty of language. Could you imagine if a proof-reader tried to "fix" anything Kerouac wrote?
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:41 PM

 Kari, on 17 August 2011 - 07:00 PM, said:

Grammar Nazis

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and lord of dispersing
but i cannot keep
my cursive phalanges
from fucking cursing


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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:55 PM

Here's a cool little transition that I heard and put together from one of the Color songs and one of the Act songs
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