Saturday, October 25, 2008

#865 Falling Slowly, Virtual Murder, Light Bulb Joke, Play

Show 865 Friday 24 October
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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re going to study a song called Falling Slowly.

This song is from an Irish movie called Once which came out last year.
I like the movie. I like the chemistry and the romance … but I wasn’t too keen on the ending.

I’m a bit confused about what the song actually means. I had a look online and there are lots of sites like where people talk about what songs mean. And I read people saying completely different things about what the song means. And I saw a video of Glen Hansard - the guy that co-wrote it – saying it meant something different again. But I think he was actually joking.

Anyway … I think the song is about love that doesn’t work out. Like the theme of the movie.
One review said the song was about: empty love and the machinations of the heart, full of mentions of failed words, wicked games and sinking seacrafts.

The song starts like this:

I don't know you But I want you All the more for that

Which means: I don’t know much about you, but that makes you seem even more desirable. It makes me want you even more.

Later on in the song:

Falling slowly, Eyes that know me And I can't go back

I think this means that he’s falling in love slowly and when she looks at him it feels like she knows him really well. And I can’t go back – he can’t stop himself falling in love.

But falling slowly also sounds like it could mean that the possibility of their relationship is slowly falling apart as it becomes evident that it won’t work out.

Later on the song goes like this:

Take this sinking boat And point it home We've still got time

Raise your hopeful voice You had a choice You've made it now

I think the sinking boat is a metaphor for the relationship that didn’t work out. He fell in love, but they couldn’t be together. So he’s telling himself he has to give up.
We’ve still got time. I think that means that he has to carry on with his life and there’s still a chance that he might find love somewhere else.

So, what do you think the song means?


Kia Ora in Stick News today a woman in Japan has been arrested for killing her virtual husband.

Maple Story is an online role-playing game developed by a South Korean company. The Japanese version was released in December 2003. According to Wikipedia, in the game, players can travel around Maple World, defeating monsters and developing their character's skills and abilities. Players can interact with others in many ways, such as chatting, trading, playing games, and even getting married. A 33-year-old man from Sapporo played the game and got married to a 43-year-old woman from Miyazaki. But the marriage didn’t go so well and they ended up getting divorced. Then the woman murdered her virtual husband. She told police: "I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry." Apparently, the woman used login information she got from the man when they were happily married and killed his character. When the man discovered his character was dead, he called the cops. CNN reported the woman has now been jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 24th of October.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is play.

There are many idioms and phrasal verbs using the word play.


play around play along play something back play something down play something up play with yourself a play on words

And there’s a phrasal verb in today’s song: play something out.

When an event is played out, it happens.
For example: Their love affair was played out against the backdrop of war.

Here are the lines in the song:

And games that never amount To more than they're meant Will play themselves out

I think he’s talking about the fact that as they’re falling for each other they’ll play games, like flirting or whatever.

friday joke

How many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Two, if they're small enough.

conversations with sarah

#536 I don’t get the joke.

Step 1: Repeat Yokin’s lines.
Step 2: Read Yokin’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Yokin I don’t get the joke.

Sarah Oh, well, do you know what screw in a light bulb means?

Yokin Yeah, it means put it in the socket.

Sarah Yeah, like this.

Yokin So why is it funny?

Sarah Well, light bulb jokes are a kind of theme or series of jokes. Like blond jokes or knock knock jokes or cross the road jokes.

Yokin Cross the road jokes?

Sarah Yeah. Why did the chicken cross the road?

Yokin I don’t know. Why?

Sarah To get to the other side.

Yokin Why is that funny?

Sarah Um, well, it’s funny because … the answer’s not what you’re expecting. Like you’re expecting there to be some special reason, but instead it’s the obvious reason, like of course it was to get to the other side of the road, that’s why everyone crosses the road.

Yokin I still don’t think it’s funny.

Sarah Well, it’s not really. And part of the reason why it’s funny is because it’s not funny. Anyway, it’s a classic joke and there are lots of variations on it, like: Why didn't the skeleton cross the road? Because he didn't have the guts. And there are thousands and thousands of variations like that. And because everyone knows the classic joke and the pattern, sometimes the variations are funny. Usually not, but … sometimes the reason why they’re funny is partly because you’re expecting them not to be funny. Anyway people are making up new jokes like that all the time, like, why did Barack Obama cross the road?

Yokin Why?

Sarah I don’t know … but you could make up a joke like that.

Yokin So what about the mice and the light bulb?

Sarah Oh, yeah, the mice, sorry I got completely sidetracked. Again this is a classic joke and the answer is usually something like, ten, one to hold the light bulb and nine to spin the house around or something. But this one is a play on the word screw, which also means to have sex.

Falling Slowly

I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that

Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react

And games that never amount
To more than they're meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat
And point it home
We've still got time

Raise your hopeful voice
You have a choice
You make it now

Falling slowly
Eyes that know me
And I can't go back

Moods that take me
And erase me
And I'm painted black

You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

Take this sinking boat
And point it home
We've still got time

Raise your hopeful voice
You have a choice
You've made it now

Take this sinking boat
And point it home
We've still got time

Raise your hopeful voice
You have a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly
Sing your melody
I'll sing along

I played my cards too late
And now you're gone

Obama cross the road/light bulb jokes

* found here

Why did Obama cross the road?

He didn’t. He already had both sides.
To help the other side.

How many members of the Obama household does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The light bulb I see today is not the light bulb that I knew and that has lit my living room for so many years. I am disappointed.

How many Obamas does it take to change a light bulb?

One. He holds the bulb up to the socket and the world revolves around him.

It is not Barack Obama who will change the light bulb. We are the change our light bulb has been waiting for.

None. The light bulb has to hope for the change.

Who needs light bulbs? His halo provides all the light he needs.

None, CNN does it for him.

Light bulbs? What are you, some kind of racist?

It takes an entire community to change a light bulb. Obama merely organizes them.

Zero. Barack Obama will require you to change the light bulb. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism about changing light bulbs. That you put down your divisions about what type of light bulb to use. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your room with only one light bulb. That you push yourselves to be better light bulb changers. And that you engage your socket. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed, and unlit.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures

Falling Slowly
thread on
interpretation of song on Yahoo answers

The Swell Season


show start
artist: Boom Tschak
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: More Chocolate, Please
from: Former Yugoslavia

WOD start
artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: Wolfgang S.
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: Dynamite
from: Belgrade, Serbia, Former Yugoslavia
artist site

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Antony Raijekov
album: See U
track: Be Brave (feat. Norine Braun)
from: Sofia, Bulgaria
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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