Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

30 Day Song Challenge - The Sequel: Day 09

Day 09 - a song you love from the 70s

I guess all my friends (and plenty of innocent bystanders in the summer when I opened my window) would have heard me playing this when I was a student back in the 70s. I still love the album, and this track in particular.

"...and it was useless any more" is a very interesting construction ("useless" is synonymous with "no use" but here the "no" was doing duty for the "not" in "not....any more"). Is there a fancy name for that? It's not a million miles from the bizarre chains in Flanders & Swann's "Madeira M'Dear" ("..she made no reply, up her mind, and a dash for the door"). Those are called zeugma: but is there a name for the encapsulation Zappa does? Seems like the sort of thing P G Wodehouse mught have employed for comic effect somewhere.


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