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Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

 
 
Reply Mon 1 Jan, 2018 07:12 pm
What is the context of this quote:

"“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside.”

What does it mean? What poem does it come from?
 
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layman
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jan, 2018 07:15 pm
@litewave,
litewave wrote:

What is the context of this quote:

"“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside.”

What does it mean? What poem does it come from?


Sounds like he's quoting P. T. Barnum pimping his "greatest show on earth" circus, eh?
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jespah
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Reply Mon 1 Jan, 2018 08:20 pm
@litewave,
Keith Emerson, actually (I think the attribution to RWE is incorrect).

Karn Evil 9 1st impression, part 2:


Quote:
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside
There behind a glass stands a real blade of grass
Be careful as you pass, move along, move along

Come inside, the show's about to start
Guaranteed to blow your head apart
Rest assured you'll get your money's worth
Greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth
You've got to see the show, it's a dynamo
You've got to see the show, it's rock and roll, oh

Right before your eyes we pull laughter from the skies
And he laughs until he cries, then he dies, then he dies

Come inside, the show's about to start
Guaranteed to blow your head apart
You've got to see the show, it's a dynamo
You've got to see the show, it's rock and roll, oh

Soon the Gypsy Queen in a glaze of vaseline
Will perform on guillotine, what a scene, what a scene
Next upon the stand will you please extend a hand
To Alexander's Ragtime Band, Dixieland, Dixieland

Roll up, roll up, roll up
See the show

Performing on a stool we've a sight to make you drool
Seven virgins and a mule, keep it cool, keep it cool
We would like it to be known the exhibits that were shown
Were exclusively our own, all our own, all our own

Come and see the show, come and see the show
Come and see the show
See the show
roger
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jan, 2018 08:23 pm
@jespah,
And here I was getting ready to scream something about anachronism.
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centrox
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 12:28 pm
@jespah,
jespah wrote:
Keith Emerson, actually (I think the attribution to RWE is incorrect).

You can't believe how funny I find this. It might inspire me to a comical "wrong attribution" thread.
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 12:57 pm
@centrox,
yeh but could RWE shred a guitar chord or two
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 01:00 pm
@centrox,
Please go for it. I can't wait for Jimmy Carter quotes from Reuben "Hurricane" Carter.
chai2
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 01:30 pm
@jespah,
Laughing
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layman
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 01:33 pm
Howze bout a genuine quote from Waldo, eh?:

R. W. Emerson wrote:
"The worst of charity is that the lives you are asked to preserve are not worth preserving."
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centrox
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 01:40 pm
Weren't the last words of Sid Caesar "You an' all, Brutus?"
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chai2
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 01:53 pm
@jespah,
jespah wrote:

Please go for it. I can't wait for Jimmy Carter quotes from Reuben "Hurricane" Carter.


Or Hurricane Smith.

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centrox
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 03:01 pm
My sister, a teacher, swears she found this in a pupil's essay:

"The familiar sound of the ringing telephone is named after its inventor, Mr Bell"
layman
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 03:06 pm
@centrox,
centrox wrote:

My sister, a teacher, swears she found this in a pupil's essay:

"The familiar sound of the ringing telephone is named after its inventor, Mr Bell"


Well, it's kinda pausible, I guess. That's why a toilet is often called a "crapper," ya know?
layman
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 03:15 pm
For them what aint knowin, whenever you quote someone, but you don't know or don't remember who said, it is customary to always attribute it to Groucho Marx.
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 04:24 pm
@layman,
Quote:
it's kinda pausible, I guess. That's why a toilet is often called a "crapper," ya know?


Because crappa is medieval Latin for "chaffe"? PHI ZAPPA CRAPPA
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centrox
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 04:42 pm
@layman,
layman wrote:
Groucho Marx.

Did he say "A woman is a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke"?
layman
 
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Reply Tue 2 Jan, 2018 05:51 pm
@centrox,
centrox wrote:

layman wrote:
Groucho Marx.

Did he say "A woman is a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke"?


Probably, I aint sure, truth be told.

But I do recall him asking some woman on his TV show how many children she had.

When she said "15," Groucho said: "Well, ya know, I love my cigars, but every now and again I put them down in the ashtray for a spell."
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 02:35 am
@centrox,
Churchill is always being misquoted.

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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 11:08 am
@centrox,
centrox wrote:

layman wrote:
Groucho Marx.

Did he say "A woman is a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke"?


Didn’t he also say “Religion is the opium of the masses”?
layman
 
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Reply Wed 3 Jan, 2018 11:39 am
@chai2,
chai2 wrote:

centrox wrote:

layman wrote:
Groucho Marx.

Did he say "A woman is a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke"?


Didn’t he also say “Religion is the opium of the masses”?


Exactly! Everyone knows that a Marxist pronouncement, eh?
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