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Old 08-22-2004, 10:42 AM   #1
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In the last verse of Too Late For Prayin' Gord sings:

Guess we've all got problems of our own to bear
Yet still we share
Could get better than today

Does "tomorrow" finish the phrase " Yet still we share ....tomorrow" or does it begin the phrase " tomorrow....could get better than today"?

My personal interpetation is that it does both; "tomorrow" is used to end and begin two different thoughts or ideas. I find it a subtle and beautiful little lyrical trick.
I think I may have heard this used in other songs before. Maybe this is some type of literary device and has a name.

He also does it earlier in the song but with lesser effect:
But then she must
They tell us
Wisemen tell us
Its too late

were "wisemen tell us" is the phrase that begins and ends two different thoughts.

Has anyone else ever noticed this? Does it appear in other GL tunes? Is it a common literary device? Or am all wrong?


On my second cup of coffee and I still can't face the day
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Old 08-22-2004, 10:47 AM   #2
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Gord likes to play with words like that. That is why he is there and we are here...confused?
Maybe a third cup of coffee will help! lol
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Old 08-22-2004, 11:00 AM   #3
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Yep, noticed it and enjoyed it.
I learned some of my writing techniques by studying his lyrics.
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Old 08-23-2004, 12:22 AM   #4
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Hard to believe a great song like,"Too Late For Prayin'" was not an "A" side single!
Did you know Rick,that song is the "B" side of Sundown? That's the kind of song one wins Grammys with!

If they wanted a flipside,why not one of his unreleased songs? You know something written around that time,like oh...I dunno..."Borderstone"??!! (What an ego,huh? ) Later!

"A knight of the road,going back to a place where he might get warm." - Borderstone
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