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jagh55
Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 2:04:34 PM
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You never call or listen to me, anyway
I'd rather age than sit around and wait all day


Does it mean 'I'd rather die than wait for you to call'? Or does it simply mean 'I'd rather get old than do nothing all day'? d'oh!

kitten
Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 4:10:02 PM
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jagh55 wrote:
You never call or listen to me, anyway
I'd rather age than sit around and wait all day


Does it mean 'I'd rather die than wait for you to call'? Or does it simply mean 'I'd rather get old than do nothing all day'? d'oh!



This looks to have been written before mobiles were around. And because we age every second they were going to get on with their daily business, ie: go to the store, work in the garden, get their hair done, etc. rather than sit there and wait for a call that won't come or wait for a person to call who never takes their advice anyway.

Might as well get on with you life, rather than let them control yours.


peace out, >^,,^<
blahblah
Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 5:07:28 PM
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It's similar in construction to, but a twist on, "I'd rather die than sit around and wait all day."

In this example, it's assumed that the person does not want to die at all - and therefore they are saying, "I absolutely don't want to wait around for you."

There's a (humorous?) twist to the lyrics you have quoted.

She would rather age (which she definitely does not want to do) than wait for him to call.

This construction is quite common and can be applied to pretty much anything:

I'd rather stick needles in my eyes that eat snails.
I'd rather walk to Kathmandu than take another algebra class.

You get the drift..
blahblah
Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 8:46:12 PM
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Typo above:

It should read:

I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than eat snails.
jcbarros
Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 9:43:50 PM

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I see no need to go to extremes.
blahblah
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 3:08:15 AM
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Haha, JC, fancy a snail?

The point of an an expression like this is to compare a very undesirable extreme with something more mundane.

That's why the 'age' thing in the song is funny/ has impact.

Wizz
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 3:48:41 AM
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Perhaps...It could mean "I'd rather watch myself get old(age) than wait"...Perhaps.Whistle
GabhSigenod
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 8:09:01 AM

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I'd rather survive, than die right now.
pedro
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 8:19:15 AM
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If she sits around all day she will age anyway.
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