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My blogging year in review Part III: My “bottom ten” posts

Sorry, I only counted NINE bottoms here ...

Sorry, I only counted NINE bottoms here …

As I wrap up my blogging year with another “top ten” list — perhaps a BOTTOM TEN this time —  I want to share my “Top Ten Least Viewed Posts”.  I used the new WP Stats page to see how many views each post received. Some of them even received only one view – and that was probably from me when I was not logged in.  I will admit, some were rather obtuse. I hope that you can find an interesting title in the group.

  1. “Clean up on isle three … Strange person on isle five” linked here.
  1. “Who’s up late polishing the blade?” linked here.
  1. “Nothing fishy going on here” linked here.
  1. “Hanako Oku and the failed Landsat program” linked here.
  1. “MEN!!!”   linked here.
  1. “A dark and nihilistic moment ruined by poor grammar” linked here.
  1. “Even M. Night Shyamalan Didn’t see than one coming” linked here.
  1. “Kimonos on Postage Stamps” linked here.
  1. “Why I like AKB48 Part XXVII” linked here.
  1. “A sense of responsibility changes a woman” linked here.

Thank you for reading my posts this year!

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A Dark and Nihilistic Moment Ruined by Poor Grammar

A Dark and Nihilistic Moment Ruined by Poor Grammar

death bed

I found this item while making a playlist of some of my favorite songs.  A Death Cab for Cutie fan posted the song and lyrics for Ben Gibbard’s song “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”.

It is a dark, troubling song:  A man’s lover is going to die.  He loves her so much that he cannot bear to face meaningless life without her, and vows that they will face death together.  His rejection of traditional religion may be seen as delusional, or as existential acceptance of the inevitable. Listening to the song, we are drawn into his dark, nihilistic view — and at some point we find the idea of his meaningless death to be reasonable – perhaps even romantic.

Unfortunately, at time 1:05 a lyric is incorrectly posted.  The word “you’re” is incorrectly used for the word “your”.

     “If there’s no one beside you, when you’re soul embarks …”   

is used, instead of the correct:

     “If there’s no one beside you, when your soul embarks …”

It is a common mistake.  Most people however, make the opposite mistake.  The use of “your” for “you are” is very common.  Thus, at an important existential moment in the song, we are taken into the deathly grasp of the bad grammatical choice – thus breaking our musical illusion.  The YouTube user does make the correction, and shows the correct lyric at time 1:55 and again at 2:50 —  but the damage has been done.  We must now look away.

“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” is one of DCFC’s older songs, but it is also one of their greatest songs.  The official Death Cab for Cutie video for this song, starring Mr. Gibbard himself  is also available here from YouTube.  It is a little creepy, but it is also very interesting.  I might go as far to say this is ART!

youre your card

Now don’t even get me started with punctuation …

 

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