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February 20, 2010

Simile Battle!


I was listening to the Guys and Dolls album yesterday, and it struck me how similar "If I Were a Bell" is to "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy" from South Pacific. Both tell of a woman trying to find the words to describe being in love for the first time, and they're chock full of great similes, from "I'm as corny as Kansas in August" to "if I were a salad I know I'd be splashing my dressing," which is one of those wonderfully inexplicable lines that doesn't make a whole lot of sense on first glance but somehow perfectly gets at its point.

(Random: The latter recording is from the 1992 Broadway revival, which I'm pretty sure my parents saw. And my mom definitely had a sweatshirt with that Guys and Dolls logo on it.)

Posted by Kat at February 20, 2010 09:23 AM
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