Friday, March 26, 2010

#1208 Masters Of War - Bob Dylan, Former NZ Immigration Boss Busted, Deceive, Pirate Joke

Show 1208 Friday 26 March
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Thank you to everyone who suggested Bob Dylan songs to study. It was hard to choose because they were all very good suggestions.

Bob Dylan has many interesting songs to study, so I definitely recommend him.

Today we’re looking at Masters of War, which is a song that came out in 1963.

* suggested by SOuso

Apparently it’s an adaption of an old English folk song. So Bob Dylan used the same melody and wrote new lyrics.

This song really reflects how I feel about war. For example how it’s horribly unfair that it’s the rich men sitting in their comfortable offices making the decisions that everyone should go and kill each other, but they don’t actually have to do any of the killing and dying, they just hide in their comfortable offices and homes.

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

I wondered about this line: Then you set back and watch.

I thought it should be sit, but I got these lyrics off Bob Dylan’s official site, so I thought no, it must be right.
And then I looked up set and it turns out that set is an informal word for sit.
I’d never heard that before. Bob Dylan’s from Minnesota, so maybe it’s common there.


A woman called Mary used to be the boss of the immigration service in New Zealand.
She has just been sentenced to 100 hours community service and fined $10,000 for falsely claiming she had a PhD when applying for jobs.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 26th of March.
Kia ora.

It's VERT important to check that documents are genuine...

he he he...they'll never check...

Word of the Day

Today’s word is deceive.

deliberately mislead or misrepresent the truth to

This is from today’s song:

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive

Do you know who Judas was?
He’s a character from the bible. He was one of Jesus’ students, but he betrayed him.

According to what I learnt on Wikipedia, Judas helped some soldiers arrest Jesus, and then Jesus was killed on the cross … so it was kind of Judas’ fault I guess.

So I think Bob Dylan’s comparing the men who lie and deceive to start wars to what Judas did to Jesus.

friday joke

Um, how come you have a steering wheel down your pants? Isn’t it … annoying?

Arr, it’s driving me nuts.

conversations with sarah
#770 Have you ever seen him live?

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

Kim Is Bob Dylan still performing?

Sarah Yeah, I think so.

Kim He must be getting old.

Sarah Yeah, I think he’s almost 70.

Kim Have you ever seen him live?

Sarah No. He came to New Zealand a few years ago actually.

Kim I guess the tickets sold out fast.

Sarah Yeah, probably.



show start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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: DovEporTar
album: Test night n. 1
track: La sera
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo

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