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"You impersonate a person...." 
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.... better than a zombie should"

That line just doesn't make sense to me?
What do you think of it?


Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:57 am
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Well, Robert is a "Zombie" in the way that he always change his personality depending on who he is with to what they prefer. And he impersonates a "boyfriend" for the three girls, and for everyone else he impersonates a "player".

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Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:06 am
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High-baritonne wrote:
Well, Robert is a "Zombie" in the way that he always change his personality depending on who he is with to what they prefer. And he impersonates a "boyfriend" for the three girls, and for everyone else he impersonates a "player".


Well, yes the intention of the line is obvious.
Its the phrasing.
Most people are better at being people than zombies....
and I don't understand the use of the word "should" Its useless.


Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:30 am
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They are saying Robert is not a living, breathing, loving human being. He is a zombie without feelings, masquerading as a real person. It confuses them how a person so dead inside can still make them fall for him, love him, like him. Literally, he is able to pretend to be real much better than a soul-less emotionless zombie should be able to pretend. The words all make sense.


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Actually the lyric "Watch me die like Eliza on the ice" in Getting Married Today puzzles me more than this one.

Any takers? :|

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Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:39 pm
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SomeoneLikeYou wrote:
Actually the lyric "Watch me die like Eliza on the ice" in Getting Married Today puzzles me more than this one.

Any takers? :|


Puzzles you because you don't know the literary reference or because you don't see the relevance to Amy's situation?


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teapot wrote:
SomeoneLikeYou wrote:
Actually the lyric "Watch me die like Eliza on the ice" in Getting Married Today puzzles me more than this one.

Any takers? :|


Puzzles you because you don't know the literary reference or because you don't see the relevance to Amy's situation?


I'll admit that I didn't get that line the first time I heard it. I sat through part of intermission (until I started chatting with people in the row behind me) wondering if there was some notorious case of an Eliza dying on ice that would have been familiar to audiences when Company premiered.

It hit me some weeks later when I was watching The King & I. Then I felt like I'd missed something very obvious. :D

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its from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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Ah! Thanks for clearing that up, Dawn...I can always count on you. :)

In that case, teapot, my misunderstanding would indeed have been the literary reference! Lol, it's all good.

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Most times in songs, more than meaning they give importance to rhythm. It is seen everywhere. Even after writing the whole song according to the tune, the musicians never hesitate to change the lyrics. So seeking meaning can make us disappointed.





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