pageok
pageok
pageok
Sunday Song Lyric:
David's great post below inspired this week's song choice: The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" — a great song by a great band, off of their best-selling (though hardly best) studio album, Combat Rock. Here's one of the verses, without the Ecuadorian Spanish backup.
This indecision's bugging me
If you don't want me, set me free
Exactly whom I'm supposed to be
Don't you know which clothes even fit me?
Come on and let me know
Should I cool it or should I blow?
I can still remember The Clash's performance of this song on SNL. A whole bunch of performances of the song are available on YouTube. The full lyrics can be found here.
[NOTE: Lyrics fixed]
Grant Gould (mail):
I preferred Tony Blair's cover of this song
1.25.2009 10:38am
Hauk (mail):
I tend to agree that Combat Rock isn't their best, but what would you consider their best studio album? London Calling seems like an obvious choice, but I've always liked The Clash and Give 'em Enough Rope, personally.
1.25.2009 11:04am
Anderson (mail):
I always think that a little tinkering would make this a great song for a girl-punk band.

It's always Please, please, please --
You're happy when I'm on my knees.
One day it's fine the next it's black --
So if you want me on my back


Etc.
1.25.2009 1:28pm
Edward A. Hoffman (mail):
You missed a line:
This indecision's bugging me
If you don't want me, set me free
Exactly whom I'm supposed to be
Don't you know which clothes even fit me?
Come on and let me know
Should I cool it or should I blow?
1.25.2009 6:03pm
ari8 (mail):
I agree that this is a decent album, and a better than average song. But the lyrics? What's so special? Wouldn't win a high school poetry contest at a middling school in Arkansas.
1.25.2009 6:18pm
ll (mail):
I am the maverick John McCain
My only straight talk is my name
1.25.2009 10:44pm
Doc (in China) (mail):
I heard an interesting cover of this yesterday, in a Bangkok bazaar. Female vocalist with a jazz tempo. Think "Girl from Ipanema". It was a bit surreal.
1.25.2009 11:33pm
http://volokh.com/?exclude=davidb:

You missed a line:

This indecision's bugging me
If you don't want me, set me free
Exactly whom I'm supposed to be
Don't you know which clothes even fit me?
Come on and let me know
Should I cool it or should I blow?


Nor is that all. I believe this is one of the few times in history that a rock band has actually used the word "whom" and -- even more notably -- I think they may have gotten it wrong.

Although I'm not positive. Should it be "WHO I am supposed to be," as a predicate nominative? Or does "supposed" take an object? Or is there another answer?

Finally, isn't it "SO come on and let me know"?
1.25.2009 11:44pm
Anderson (mail):
Yes, it's "SO come on ...."

"Whom" would indeed be incorrect, but I've leaned to thinking that they're saying "who 'm I s'posed to be?" -- slurring the "am" with the "who."
1.26.2009 9:56am
Anderson (mail):
http://volokh.com/?exclude=davidb:

Nice handle there, btw.
1.26.2009 9:56am
Awesome-O:

I am the maverick John McCain
My only straight talk is my name

Coulda made a good campaign parody song: John McCain or Barack O

Should I vote for the war vet/
Or the guy on the cover of Jet?

Don't get irked about Reverend Wright,
O was raised by a typical white.

McCain was tortured, suffered harms.
He can no longer lift his arms.

Etc.
1.26.2009 11:32am
http://volokh.com/?exclude=davidb:

"Whom" would indeed be incorrect, but I've leaned to thinking that they're saying "who 'm I s'posed to be?" -- slurring the "am" with the "who."

[Lightbulb goes on in head]

Holy cow! I think you're right. All these years I have pondered a grammatical issue that doesn't even exist.
1.26.2009 4:12pm

Post as: [Register] [Log In]

Account:
Password:
Remember info?

If you have a comment about spelling, typos, or format errors, please e-mail the poster directly rather than posting a comment.

Comment Policy: We reserve the right to edit or delete comments, and in extreme cases to ban commenters, at our discretion. Comments must be relevant and civil (and, especially, free of name-calling). We think of comment threads like dinner parties at our homes. If you make the party unpleasant for us or for others, we'd rather you went elsewhere. We're happy to see a wide range of viewpoints, but we want all of them to be expressed as politely as possible.

We realize that such a comment policy can never be evenly enforced, because we can't possibly monitor every comment equally well. Hundreds of comments are posted every day here, and we don't read them all. Those we read, we read with different degrees of attention, and in different moods. We try to be fair, but we make no promises.

And remember, it's a big Internet. If you think we were mistaken in removing your post (or, in extreme cases, in removing you) -- or if you prefer a more free-for-all approach -- there are surely plenty of ways you can still get your views out.