Saturday, January 11, 2014

Another Casualty of Google: the Half-Forgotten Song

I've had one of those little threads of music in my mind for the past few days; the kind that can drive you nuts because you can't quite remember it and can't quite forget it either. The theme is gimme the old.   Gimme the old da da dee dada da.  Gimme the old--what?  Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer?  Gimme that old-time religion?  Gimme shelter?  Gimme gimme gimme?  Nothing quite worked.

But Google "gimme the old" and the first hit, at least a few minutes ago as a "Keep Calm" Poster with the injunction "Keep Calm and Gimme the old Razzle Dazzle"  (Italics mine).

Oh, that's it: not give me but give them (or more colloquially, give 'em) the old  razzle dazzle:

So there you have it: not even a vagrant snatch of melody can evade the reach of Inspector Google.

1 comment:

The New York Crank said...

I believe that what you did was conflate two or more songs containing the verb "give" and the adjective "old."

What you say you had in mind was, "Give 'em the old razzle dazzle."

But if the personal pronoun "me" was really what you had in mind, you had two choices.

"Give me that old soft shoe," and "Give me that old time religion."

I'll stop before people start wining, "Give me a break."

Very Crankily Yours,
The New York Crank