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Riddle I This

Postby drwatts53 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:03 pm

"Riddle I this, riddle I that,
Guess I this riddle and ????"

(Scotty/Dennis Alcapone)

What are they saying? (Sounds like "parrot snap" :? )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHhrKElDYSk
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Re: Riddle I This

Postby minidub » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:23 am

"...and perhaps not."

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Re: Riddle I This

Postby jb welda » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:48 am

Guess I this riddle
and bawl out "snap".

some thing like that.

but I just listened and think michele is correct: "or perhaps not"

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Re: Riddle I This

Postby minidub » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:14 am

nice jb!

one of the things we do in my office is admit when we sing/used to sing incorrect lyrics...and then we share with everyone what we thought it was.
just today someone made me laugh till i almost croaked.

the pop song called "voices carry" by 'til tuesday came on the radio (yeah, i had to look all of that up!).
when she is singing "hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry", my friend for years thought she was singing "hush hush, even downtown can be scary".

damn, it is soooo good to laugh.

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Re: Riddle I This

Postby drwatts53 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:55 am

Thanks - my only slight remaining doubt is that "...and perhaps not." doesn't sound quite right to me; "...or perhaps not" would seem more natural.

The well-known phenomenon of mishearing lyrics has been given the name mondegreen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen .

A not very good reggae example would be the Heptones' Book of Rules:

...common people like you and me
We'll be builders for eternity
Each is given a bag of tools
A shapeless mass and the book of rules

I used to think it was "mask" not "mass" (I may even have heard "faceless" rather than "shapeless" - can't remember). Perhaps people can come up with other examples - I'm sure there's plenty of scope for them!
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Re: Riddle I This

Postby jb welda » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:42 pm

Sounds like "and" to me on third listening

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Re: Riddle I This

Postby drwatts53 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:56 pm

To me too, but I would have said "or" if it were me, given that they're alternatives. Perhaps "and" sounded better. :)
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Re: Riddle I This

Postby jb welda » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:10 pm

Back in RMR days, I once said I thought the lyrics to Israel Vibration's Why Worry contained the line:

I scratch my nuts and then I say
why worry worry worry when I can pray?


Of course, the real lyric is more like "I scratch my KNOTS and then I say..."

But it took me a while to realize that despite its obviousness.

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Re: Riddle I This

Postby drwatts53 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:57 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Riddle I This

Postby minidub » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:49 pm

:D

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Re: Riddle I This

Postby Tune In 2 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:40 pm

jb welda wrote:Sounds like "and" to me on third listening

jb

Yes "And Perhaps Not"

Talking of Mondegreen - Misheard Lyrics
A classic misheard lyric is The Israelites by Desmond Decker
"Get up in the morning, slaving for bread sir" was misheard as "Get up in the morning, baked beans for breakfast"
and some people sang "oooh, mi ears are alight" "but was actually "ooh, mi Israelites"
and then there was Bob Marley's misheard lyric "Buffalo soldier treads on pasta" & "Pop along soldier, hidden in pasta"
Original Lyric Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta
Some more of Marley's misheard lyrics here
http://www.amiright.com/misheard/artist/marleybob.shtml
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Re: Riddle I This

Postby d2domer » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:32 pm

I found these references:


'In 1924, the American Folklore Society recorded that “riddle me this, riddle me that, guess me this riddle and perhaps not” was used in Jamaica as a formulaic chant before riddles'

[url]https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/riddle-me-this/
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https://books.google.se/books?id=_GexDQAAQBAJ&pg=PT7&lpg=PT7&dq=%22riddle+me+this%22+%22and+perhaps+not%22&source=bl&ots=Kil5yFWpn2&sig=Bn4JRl7sNstfkYLZ_uWqquhnTR0&hl=sv&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj9tu7Ho6LdAhUKDiwKHfmgANIQ6AEwBHoECAYQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22riddle%20me%20this%22%20%22and%20perhaps%20not%22&f=false
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Re: Riddle I This

Postby drwatts53 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:18 pm

Well researched - thanks.
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