Two songs = 2/3 Wikipedia

It is said that a picture is worth a 1000 words.

On the same basis, a poem is worth 1000 pictures, and a song is worth 1000 poems.

So two songs are worth 2 billion words, which is about 2/3 of all the words in Wikipedia.

Enjoy:

Another Okenyo song with video directed by my daughter:

… and from Anais Mitchell “Before the Eyes of Storytelling Girls“:

I could tell you stories like the government tells lies
ah, but no one listens anymore
in the rooms, the women come and go
talking on the mobile phones
and the television talks about the war
when i was a baby, there was laughter in my house
my daddy smoked domestic cigarettes
and Thursday nights on the radio
live in concert- live from Cairo:
mother of Egypt!

mama, mama, be with me
with the music in your breast
in your glittering evening dress
and the white flag in your fist trembling

I could tell you stories like the past was dead and
gone
but I know nothing changes in this world
every day the muezzin calls
the sun comes up and Baghdad falls
before the eyes of storytelling girls
she was just a poor man’s daughter
going down into the sultan’s bed
he was desert, she was water
and he remembered every word she said, that she said,

and I say, grandma, grandma, be with me
in your tragic wedding gown
with your long hair hanging down
and the stories tumbling out, tumbling

I could tell you stories like the government tells lies
ah, but no one listens anymore
in the rooms the women come and go
talking on the mobile phones
and the television talks about the war, about the war
the television talks about the war

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3 Responses to Two songs = 2/3 Wikipedia

  1. Jon Peltier says:

    “It is said that a picture is worth a 1000 words. On the same basis, a poem is worth 1000 pictures.”

    I don’t follow. Does a poem have a million words?

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    • dougaj4 says:

      Not a million words, a thousand images in the listeners head, each one worth a thousand words.

      Pushing things a little no doubt, but it was in the Bach category, rather than Excel or Newton 🙂

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  2. Tom Barsh says:

    Anais Mitchell … quite nice, a new voice to me although she shows up in my usual places (NPR Tiny Desk, etc) I was surprised that she’s American, as this is coming from an Australian blog. Her voice is very reminiscent of folk singer Iris Dement, which is not a bad thing.

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