Thursday, July 03, 2008

"Send Me On My Way": A dialogue

Life has a few great mysteries: Does life exist elsewhere in our universe? Who built Stonehenge? And what is Rusted Root really saying in their song "Send Me on My Way?" We attempt to answer this last conundrum here:

RYAN

I thought this might be an interesting comparison,

What we think the lyrics might be:

I would like to reach out my hand
oh be say o
o be say o torun
yo bedese yo bedeya
well pick me up with geldan hiweh
o meh say o
o mey say o torun
yo bedese yo bedeya

I would like to hold my hand
Oh, i will run, oh I will cry
I would like to hold my hand.
Oh I will run, I will cry.

Seme on me weh, seme on me weh...

And the actual version:

On my way ( 12 times)
Rusted Root

I would like to reach out my hand
I may see you, I may tell you to run
You know what they say about the young
Well pick me up with golden hands
Oh may see you, Oh may tell you to run
You know what they say about the young

Well I would like to hold my little, hand
I will run I will. I will cry I will.
I would like to hold my little, hand.
I will run I will. I will cry.

Send me on my way, on my way

JACOB
Send me on my WAAAAAAY-ay-ay-ay-ay-aaay-ay-ay-AAAAY!

JULIA
Dohn wana mek me cry, bebe -- dona wan meh cry-i-i-i-i-
simmy and the whale.

JACOB
I was actually mishearing the misheard lyrics ... when you sang it, I thought ... Simeon the whale. :o) So many layers. Dude just needs to enunciate.

JESS
OMG! There is no way that's what he's saying. What happened to Merceo? Did they just forget about him? I totally thought it was "Oh Merceo, oh Merceo to run, bude saya budey umm."


Note: My "simmy and the whale" interpretation is courtesy of Mrs. Chevlin, one of my high school teachers, who blithely sang along with these lyrics when we picked it as our senior song, and never questioned why we'd be singing to a whale. Further justification here for this song's incomprehensibility.

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