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I was in the kitchen doing things to some onions, and listening to my phone, this song came along, because I am old. It is a song that I have always loved. 

And I was thinking about Marlowe and Shakespeare, and even our dear more recent Navyboys. I was thinking about how languages change, certain words were not unknown before, but they sort of surface and get used a lot, and then go under again.


And, because I am silly this way, I started to think how much sense would this song make to Archie, to Kit Marlowe, to Shakespeare. And how much do I miss in my reading of things of the past?

Jump in and tell me what you all think.


Simon And Garfunkel America Lyrics

"Let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together"
"I've got some real estate here in my bag"
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner pie
And we walked off to look for Americ

"Kathy," I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburg
"Michigan seems like a dream to me now"
It took me four days to hitchhike from Sagina
I've gone to look for Americ

Laughing on the bu
Playing games with the face
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a sp
I said "Be careful his bowtie is really a camera"

"Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat"
"We smoked the last one an hour ago"
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazin
And the moon rose over an open fiel

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleepin
I'm empty and aching and I don't know wh
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpik
They've all gone to look for Americ
All gone to look for Americ
All gone to look for America

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eglantine_br
Jan. 17th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
I realized that the last letters in each line got chopped off. Hope it makes sense.

I can post a link to lyrics if needed. Sorry about that. I am using sons laptop, and not very good. (Me, not the laptop.)

But maybe you guys know the song already?
ba1126
Jan. 17th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
Yes. I love Simon and Garfunkel. The song seems to express the 'restlessness" of the Hippy generation. Dissatisfied with their parents lifestyle, lost and lonely and looking for something "more'.
eglantine_br
Jan. 17th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Yes. All of that. And now I am almost 50, and it is the music of my childhood.
julian_griffith
Jan. 17th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Let's see. I think they'd be confused about "I've got some real estate here in my bag," but I always have been, too.

I don't know if they'd know "cigarettes" because tobacco was usually smoked in pipes. I think they might assume Mrs. Wagner's pies were meat pies, just the way I assume they're fruit pies.

"Boarded a Greyhound" would confuse them unless they had a secondary source explaining about public transportation. I don't know if they'd be able to get "hitchhike".

I forget what vehicle "bus" indicated, but it wasn't the same. They might not be sure about what a bow tie looked like, and "camera" would DEFINITELY puzzle them.

Magazine didn't have its present meaning. It didn't acquire that until the 18th century. It meant a storage space.

"Cars" were also not the same, but I think they were carts. And turnpikes existed, but I'm not quite sure how far back "New Jersey" goes.

I really wonder what we're missing.

eglantine_br
Jan. 17th, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
That is what I was thinking. 'camera' is a direct borrow from Latin. It seems to mean something like 'room' or 'chamber' so a camera is a chamber or room or box kind of thing which takes pictures now.

But that would not make sense to them at all in terms of the bow tie...

i imagine that Archie and Horatio and William B would picture 'boarding a greyhound' as swinging over with cutlasses in teeth. And magazine is obv. full of explosives...

Gabardine was a word Shakespeare knew. I am sure they could figure out 'raincoat' too.

Much of it would have made sense. The wistful mood, the moon rising, being aching and empty. Marrying fortunes together sounds like something WB had already said.

I wonder how much we miss-- I can feel myself struggling to reach the past, I am so glad to have found a place where that does not make me look foolish.
mylodon
Jan. 17th, 2013 08:40 am (UTC)
I love that song so much. So wistful. So Archie.
anteros_lmc
Jan. 17th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh my America, my new found land.....

*g*

Edited at 2013-01-17 11:18 am (UTC)
eglantine_br
Jan. 17th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
What a treat to read that story of yours again. Agile Archie racing to the maintop, and then, folded up, away in a book. And he was right about the future. (You described so beautifully in those two opposing views of the inn, and in 2nd person,which i find plain impossible!)
anteros_lmc
Jan. 17th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
My goodness! You remember those two fics?! I was never very sure if they worked or not. The second person thing is weird. It seems to happen or it doesn't. I never deliberately try to write second person, some of them just come out like that! I always worry they sound a bit wanky. And not in a good way! :}
eglantine_br
Jan. 17th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Not at all. The are some of my favorites.
anteros_lmc
Jan. 18th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Awww you're too kind :}
bauhiniakapok
Dec. 17th, 2016 10:16 am (UTC)
Just went and read that one again - for the third time? Fourth? I love it. I particularly enjoy fics that let us see capable nautical athletic Archie. (I have a guilty love of the ones where he's broken and tortured and delirious too, but they shouldn't be the only kind. He has more facets than a crystal chandelier.)
thistle_chaser
Jan. 17th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
I love Simon And Garfunkel so much. Now and then there's a PBS special about them and I'm always happy to watch it again.

I'd take them or Peter, Paul, and Mary over the current music any day of the week.
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