Does anyone remember my post about Cary Grant and the wonderful movie, Father Goose? I was reminded of that movie when I heard a few whistled notes from someone while I was at work. Today, the song "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" came on the radio and I was transported back to the 70's and I was on the skating rink floor, moving exactly in time to the music. That song was by the Hollies, who are English, of course, but I thought it was amazing how very SOUTHERN they sounded. They also did the song, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". I really liked that song. When I looked it up, the wording is described as a "paraprosdokian" which is a figure of speech in which a sentence or phrase has an unexpected or surprising ending usually for comedic effect. Here are some examples that were given:
From Groucho Marx: I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Comedians often use this. I remember Rodney Dangerfield saying "Take my wife....please!"
Can you think of any others?
Now, you know I can't just mention these songs by the Hollies and not find them for you!
Ya'll enjoy this... I am still skating at Duvall's Roller Rink in 1972!