0788: "The Carriage"

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby Bipod » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:32 am UTC

Oh great. Thanks Randall. I'm never going to get through whatever poetry I have to do without singing the ballads to Gilligan's Island.


*Just sit right back and you'll here a tale, la da da da da da da.*

EFC: Although I found myself singing it to "Whistling in the Dark" by TMBG.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby mamarley » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:40 am UTC

I have never played GTA, but what happens here reminds me so much of Red Dead Redemption. Do they even have horse-carts in GTA?

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby someoneyouknow » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:42 am UTC

That poem can also be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose Of Texas", which is one of many fascinating and useless things I learned watching Babylon 5.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby hordriss » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:53 am UTC

I quite enjoy taking hymns and singing them to the tune of 'The House Of The Rising Sun'.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby littlelj » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:57 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:You will now be singing the poem to the tune of Auld Lang Syne

Spoiler:
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then 't is centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
...for the sake of Auld Lang Syne


You will now no longer be able to read the poem without adopting the tune to Auld Lang Syne.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby CharBroiled04 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:02 am UTC

In High School we studied the "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" at length. It's a really long poem for those of you who don't know. Anyway, at some point someone made the same comment (about it going to the Gilligan's Island theme), and to this day I've had the same problem. Anything with the same measure goes to that in my head.

... Sit right back and you'll hear a tale... a tale of a fateful trip...

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby risma » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:15 am UTC

I'm so grateful to have this generalized. At least now there's a whole host of songs I'll be stuck singing Emily Dickinson to, instead of just the one (I had Yellow Rose of Texas too.)

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Vir4030 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:27 am UTC

Great comic - except for one detail.

The (Y) button makes this clearly the XBox edition. Screw XBox.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby steek » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:14 pm UTC

Did anyone else think of Susan from the Discworld books (Terry Pratchet)? I know Death is her Grandfather and she wouldn't do something like that, but the juxtaposition of Death and that hair-do just screamed Susan to me.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Samjew » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:21 pm UTC

My Intro to Poetry professor also pointed out "The Yellow Rose of Texas" as a suitable melody for this poem (and much of Dickinson's work), so that's where my head always is. Good to know there are all these other options.

Also, I'm amazed that there are people who don't know what Gilligan's Island is. I mean, that show was over long before I was born, but I can sing that song on cue. I thought it was something that American citizens just inherited, like a legacy of economically-motivated war.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby thebluefairy » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:32 pm UTC

Another tune that works is the Australian national anthem.
Of course, it works the other way around too, so I always end up trying to sing the anthem to the tune of Gilligan's island :)

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby Ool » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:56 pm UTC

xe3r wrote:She took the scythe too.. :P


Well, that's normal. Whenever you steal a police car in GTA4 you automatically get the shotgun they keep in the back.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby DesSidDes » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:15 pm UTC

Awesome comic, although very reminiscent of the Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters trailer, and Jane Austen's Fight Club.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby dms33 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:17 pm UTC

thebluefairy wrote:Another tune that works is the Australian national anthem.
Of course, it works the other way around too, so I always end up trying to sing the anthem to the tune of Gilligan's island :)



Yeah, but put as Adam Hills demonstrates, it's awesome when sung to the tune of working class man!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weuD3z0YmYI

Mind you, after reading the comments here, I've discovered it sounds both very good and weird when sung to House of the Rising Sun :)
And I'm trying really really hard not to even imagine it to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme..

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby neoliminal » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:49 pm UTC

This also references the current trend in books:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ( http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Z ... 1594743347 )
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159474 ... =486539851 )

And, of course, the upcoming insta-classic movie:

Jane Austen's Fight Club ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2PM0om2El8 )

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby quintopia » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:52 pm UTC

Bipod wrote:Oh great. Thanks Randall. I'm never going to get through whatever poetry I have to do without singing the ballads to Gilligan's Island.


You mean "Thanks Chris [Onstad of Achewood]" right? Funny how the entire discussion thread here seems to be about the Achewood ref instead of Randall's comic...

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby ampersand » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:59 pm UTC

*Yes on the spelling.

Add "The Marine Hymn" and the Coca-Cola song ("I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing") to the list of tunes that generally work w'ith Dickinson's poems.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Zombie Heath Ledger » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:11 pm UTC

atomfullerene wrote:
Another fun song meter crossover is from Lord of the Rings. Take the following poem about Elbereth....fancy sounding elvish right?



I don't know that it matches up exactly, and my command of Middle English is poor at best, but I am told that you can sing The Canterbury Tales to the tune of Girl From Ipanema. I can only hope that's true...

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby mschmidt62 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:33 pm UTC

For all of you with Emily-Dickinson-to-trite-tunes earworms, I highly recommend the orchestrated version of Aaron Copland's settings of Emily Dickinson poems. I first became aware of this poem by buying a CD of that work, and now I hear the poem with the most wonderful and suitable music every time I see it.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion

Postby gruene » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:37 pm UTC

hordriss wrote:I quite enjoy taking hymns and singing them to the tune of 'The House Of The Rising Sun'.


Oh yes, that's all very well. Amazing Grace sounds deep and haunting when sung to that tune. But it's not half as much fun as singing House of the Rising Sun to the tune of Amazing Grace. Try it some time. It's hard to get through it without laughing.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Pyeast » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:24 pm UTC

Wikipedia tells me that Aaron Copland and John Coolidge Adams have both written music specifically for this poem - maybe that will get Gilligan out of your head.
Believe me, for you youngsters and non-US'ers, having Gilligan in your head is a bad, bad, thing - Gee whiz, Professor!

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby SpringLoaded12 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:30 pm UTC

degroof wrote:Along similar lines, all limericks can be sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "Piano Man".

While Piano Man is a good song, and I do what you just described all the time, it seems to give the limericks a serious tone that completely contradicts the point of limericks.
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby dracolytch » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:56 pm UTC

Yeah, thanks a lump Randall. Now I have the theme from Dickensen's Isle stuck in my head.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby hthall » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:26 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:
And, of course, the upcoming insta-classic movie:

Jane Austen's Fight Club ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2PM0om2El8 )



I thought that was just brilliant, and very professionally executed. (Full disclosure: I have several friends that go to church with those girls, and my brother has done work with the producer.)
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby neoliminal » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:48 pm UTC

hthall wrote:I thought that was just brilliant, and very professionally executed. (Full disclosure: I have several friends that go to church with those girls, and my brother has done work with the producer.)


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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby unus vox » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:02 pm UTC

I teach this poem in my poetry unit. I will absolutely show my students this comic after we read through the poem. Thanks Randall.
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Postby Monika » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:16 pm UTC

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby paryb » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:44 pm UTC

Randall, you bastard. One of my favorite poems too.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby Eddurd » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:12 pm UTC

Another common meter song is "Ghost Riders In The Sky". This will work with most of Emily D's poems. It also works with "Casey At The Bat".

Hey batta swing ... hey batta swiii-iiiing ...
Ca-sey at ... the baaa-aaaaat ...

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby andrewmcc » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:53 pm UTC

The alt text reminded me that the first few lines of "Paradise Lost" can be sung to the tune of the theme tune to "The Flintstones". Armando Ianucci, a Scottish comedy writer, claims that this was why he gave up his PhD on Milton.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby arbivark » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:57 pm UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnY-lZzyoSM
5 blind boys version of amazing grace to tune of rising run.
(growing up on the animals and elvis version, i didnt know the house of the rising sun was orginally a brothel (possibly prison or sanitarium for hookers with stds)
emily dickenson to the tune of yellow rose of texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oTCWwlUNzc
a really bad rappish version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwVZtT9u ... re=related
yikes, the original gilligan's island pilot song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIvslFMAaew
here's the gilligan song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiyIiPmppTY
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby darknut » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:09 pm UTC

alt text made me laugh, i have a few songs that have been ruined due to the fact that lyrics and tune can be inter changed in such a way


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http://unhearit.com/
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Try this website, but be careful, you might end up with a crazier tune stuck in your head.


*click link
*site opens and the same song thats stuck in my head starts playing
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby flag » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:25 pm UTC

rwald wrote:Forget Gilligan's Island, when I've got a song in ballad/common meter, I always sing it to the tune of House of the Rising Sun.

This is simply an incredible idea.

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby sstteevveenn » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:05 pm UTC

Of course, being a reflexive pronoun the word "ourselves" has no place in that sentence...

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby santiago » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:25 pm UTC

worst one yet, but I'd have to think

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby musashi1600 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:17 am UTC

I always found it amusing how the opening credits of Gilligan's Island would show the SS Minnow departing from Ala Wai Boat Harbor on its "three-hour tour", then show Coconut Island as the "uncharted island" at the end.

Felstaff wrote:You will now be singing the poem to the tune of Auld Lang Syne


"Auld Lang Syme" is also in the same meter as "America the Beautiful". :twisted:
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby sje46 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:36 am UTC

glasnt wrote:So lucky I don't know what Gilligan's island is.

...wtf?

That's like saying you've never heard of the Brady Bunch or I Love Lucy.
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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby KelinciHutan » Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:46 am UTC

Common meter is fun. My favorite is singing "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun."

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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby StNowhere » Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:02 am UTC

funda wrote:
Icalasari wrote:So, is she going to drive over ladies who show their ankles and shoot a pistol at travelling doctors who are selling their 'medicine' on street corners?

So, how many anachronisms did I get in there?


EDIT: Damnit, I randomly got the first season Pokemon theme song in my head, and now it's fusing with Gilligan's Island, creating some sort of freakish hybrid that threatens to devour my brain ;.;



Don't worry, help is here.

The ultra super super Earworm extractor is online and ready. :)

http://unhearit.com/
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Try this website, but be careful, you might end up with a crazier tune stuck in your head.


BTW, I dunno whether I want to go back to playing GTA or finish my Emily Dickinson book review for school right now. GOOMH Randall. :roll:


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Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Postby neoliminal » Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:09 am UTC

unus vox wrote:I teach this poem in my poetry unit. I will absolutely show my students this comic after we read through the poem. Thanks Randall.


Sooooo, you don't like your students.
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