Answers to Lyrical Questions

These fickle, fuddled words confuse me
Like ‘Will it rain today?’ ” – The Space Between, Dave Matthews Band

Hey Dave, why so confused? It’s a pretty simple question. If you believe water will fall down from the sky today, say yes. Otherwise, say no. The only way this could be confusing would be if your language lacked a future tense.

“Isn’t it ironic . . .  don’t you think?

It’s like rain on your wedding day”  – Ironic, Alanis Morissette

Sorry Alanis, I don’t think so. Rain on one’s wedding day may be unfortunate, but it’s not necessarily ironic. If you’re holding a wedding in New Orleans during hurricane season, you’d be a fool not to expect rain. Some people even like rain, see Garbage’s Only Happy When It Rains.

“Whose gonna ride your wild horses?

Whose gonna fall at the foot of thee?” – U2

Is there much interest in riding wild horses these days? If some girl has wild horses, I think it would be pretty hard to find a cowboy who can ride them. Also, you don’t see a whole lot of guys falling at girls’ feet. But it does make a lot more sense than what I thought Bono said which was, “Whose gonna fall from a tree?” and I think very few men would be willing to do that who aren’t totally insane.

“She says days go by, I don’t know why” – Sunny Came Home, Shawn Colvin

Let me explain this to you Miss Colvin, I am a science teacher. The earth rotates around its axis and makes one complete round every twenty-four hours. As the earth rotates, a fixed point moves in and out of the view of the sun. When a point on the earth faces the sun, it experiences day and when the point faces away from the sun, it experiences night.


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  1. #1 by American Muslima Writer on September 29, 2008 - 12:35 am

    I really love the cheeky and oh so right way you explain these questions that have bothered me for decades…. the ironic song in particular….

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