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30 July 2009

non-sequitur of the day . . .

Posted by at 10:26 PM Read our previous post

I absolutely adore Aretha Franklin's singing voice. It soothes my savage breast. She made a gospel recording some time in the mid seventies. The opening song is called "Mary Don't You Weep"

Lovely music.

Earlier today, while listening to NPR I heard one of the old classic folk singers singing the tune (I'm sure it wasn't Pete Seeger, but I can't recall who it was). Anyway, the absurdity of the song's lyric hit me like a joke for the first time:

Oh Mary don't you weep
Mary don't you weep
Pharaoh's army got drownded [sic]
Oh Mary don't you weep



Can anyone tell me what the hell this song is about?

I suppose that, if I really needed to, I could concoct and spin a nice little epicycle to make sense of it.


Just thought this was funny, all of a sudden.


1 comment:

  1. Funny! Guess you were too carried away by Aretha's voice to notice.

    Miriam don't you weep? No, she was dancing... It's tough, all the people who would be comforted with a song in the bible would be the people rejoicing over Pharaoh's drownded army.

    I know some progressive Passover seders include a remembrance for the pain experienced by the Egyptians, maybe Miriam could be shoe-horned in there. ;^)

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