9 comments for “Ozy and Millie: Literal sense

  1. “Happy as a clam” actually comes from the phrase “Happy as a clam AT HIGH TIDE”. Clams were happy at high tide because fishermen only gathered clams at LOW tide. But without the last bit, it doesn’t make sense.

  2. Up in the morning.
    Work like a dog.
    Is better than setting
    like a bump on a log.

    Mind all your manners.
    Be quiet as a mouse.
    Some day you’ll own a home,
    that’s as big as a house.

    I know a fellow.
    He eats like a horse.
    Knocks his old balls,
    round the old golf course.

    You ought to see his wife.
    She’s a cute little dish.
    She smokes like a chimney,
    and drinks like a fish

    There’s a big old goofy man
    dancing with a big old goofy girl,
    Oh baby, it’s a big old goofy world.

    Elvis had a woman,
    with a head like a rock.
    I wish I had a woman,
    that made my knees knock.

    She’d sing like an angel,
    and eat like a bird.
    And if I wrote a song,
    she’d know every single word.

    There’s a big old goofy man
    dancing with a big old goofy girl,
    Oh baby, it’s a big old goofy world.

    Kiss a little baby.
    Give the world a smile.
    And if you take an inch,
    give them back a mile.

    Cause if you lie like a rug,
    and you don’t give a damn,
    you’re never going to be,
    as happy as a clam.

    I’m sitting in a hotel,
    trying to write a song.
    My head is just as empty,
    as the day is long.

    Why it’s clear as a bell,
    I should have gone to school.
    I’d be wise as an owl,
    Instead of stubborn as a mule.

    There’s a big old goofy man
    dancing with a big old goofy girl,
    Oh baby, it’s a big old goofy world.

    Oh baby, it’s a big old goofy world.

    John Prine

  3. Because escalators are too cliche, I’m happier then a slinky on a Penrose staircase. (As seen in inception)

  4. Most of these old expressions made sense, in their original form and original time. It’s quite fascinating to me to look them up and see how they started out, at least if anyone remembers how they started.

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