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11 September 2007 @ 03:23 pm
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This is probably about my dozenth time listening to "Talk Like A Pirate Day" and i just _now_ figured out what he meant by "when laptops are benches god gave us for wenches" =P

(That's not my my favorite version of the song but hey, it's available free online)

I've been listening to the CDs i got at DragonCon almost nonstop for the past week. For some reason i really like a lot of the drinking songs even though i don't drink much, perhaps because those are often the ones the audience gets to sing along to. About one in ten of the celtic style band songs are entirely about alcohol, not too surprising i suppose, and then of course there are songs like "Wild Kitty" and "If I Had a Million Ducats" that just mention beer or such in passing.

There's even one about cider! Or rather, about "Johnny Jump Up", which is apparently cider with a shot of whiskey.

Other things i've learned through listening to filk/folk songs. Hermione was born on September 19th and "Lily the Pink" is (obviously very loosely) based on a real person.

Some things i'm still kind of confused by though. (From "No Booze Today") "Now girls can sing and girls can dance and they can play croquet, but they can't strike a match on the seat of the pants cause they just ain't built that way"??? Huh? Assuming it's actually possible to strike a match on your pants at all (one of the strike anywhere ones presumably) why wouldn't a girl be able to do it? I'm also boggled by (from "Pagan Girl") "Back in college Mary was an AD Pi and as fine as any you have seen, but she blackballed the god and goddess if they didn't wear pink and green."

Also, why do people from New Jersey seem to hate it so much? It didn't seem to be that bad to me, but then i've only been there a couple times, and in what was presumably one of the nicer areas.
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Chrysilla: pintqotcpcf on September 11th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Yay, Bards!

I've heard a few theories on what Johnny Jump Up is. The cider/whiskey drink is a new one on me, but others say a strong sort of cider, and others say Apple Jack. AJ is cider that is frozen, then you drain the alcohol and freeze it again, drain and refreeze, and keep repeating that process until there is barely any alcohol left. I luv it, my friend once made it entirely from scratch. But does every ren-faire folk band on the planet have to do that song? Is it like a requirement for the union or something?
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 12th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
So Apple Jack is either a breakfast cereal marketed towards children or a very strong kind of liquor? :) Hmm, i don't generally like very strong alcohol, but i do like cider. I should try it at some point and see what i think.

I don't think i heard the song at the con at all, and it's only one one of the 20(!) cds i picked up, so i haven't gotten overwhelmed by the song yet.
Dieppe: Animated Accordiondieppe on September 11th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
That's funny! I was listening to "Lily the Pink" as I was reading your post! :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 12th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Yay synchronicity! Who's the version you've got by?
Dieppe: Stimpy Beddieppe on September 12th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
The Irish Rovers! :)
Chrysilla: narbonicqotcpcf on September 11th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
And Jersey isn't so bad... so long as you don't have to grow up there. It's not a fun part of suburbia.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 12th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, it does seem a lot of the negative commentary/media i've heard has related to growing up there.
nonseqmenagerie on September 12th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
True Johnny Jump Up is cider that was aged in a whisky barrel, making it much stronger. But it's hard to get, unless you're going to Ireland, so a good imitation is regular cider with the shot.

My guess on the pagan girl one, looking at the rest of the lyrics, is that pink and green were/are the colors of the sorority / fraternity group the girl was a part of.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 12th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Why does aging it in a whisky barrel make it much stronger? Cause it's fermenting longer? Or cause it's sucking old whisky out of the wood?
nonseqmenagerie on September 12th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
The second one :) I mean, I'm not from Clonmel, so I don't know if they also let it age longer, but it's mainly because the cider gets old whiskey from the wood.
Coraacoraa on September 12th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
My guess on the pagan girl one, looking at the rest of the lyrics, is that pink and green were/are the colors of the sorority / fraternity group the girl was a part of.

Agreed -- especially since, IIRC, pink and green were the stereotypical 80s yuppie girl colors.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 12th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
_pink_ and _green_? Together?!? I'm having a lot of trouble picturing that in my head, but it sure doesn't sound good...
Coraacoraa on September 12th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Preppy. Not yuppie.