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"Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

Old 04-11-12, 10:20 AM
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"Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

Heard the song this morning, and contemplated a part of the lyric, then deduced that the term used isn't really applicable any longer.

"Who's gonna hang it up, when you call."

Hang it up is really for a telephone that hung on the wall, or on a countertop, and when you finished talking, you hung up the receiver (see image). Nowadays, since cellphones are the rage and the norm, you click "end" to finish up your call.

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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

The term may not be 'applicable' anymore, but even young kids still use this terminology when talking about ending a call.... "you hang up first....no, you hang up first...I'm not hanging up first...." etc.
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That's true, but only because they're used to their mother's yelling, "HANG UP, NOW!"
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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

I don't think that lyric is referring to the phone when he says that. My take is more, "Who is gonna give up, when you call", not "who is going to hang up the phone, when you call"
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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

Originally Posted by mdc3000 View Post
The term may not be 'applicable' anymore, but even young kids still use this terminology when talking about ending a call.... "you hang up first....no, you hang up first...I'm not hanging up first...." etc.
Yeah, look at how people still use the term "set-top box," even though you can't actually set the box on top of the TV now.

BTW, that "Walk the Dinosaur" video brings back memories. Those girls were so hot with those outfits.
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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

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I shout "Goddamn it," but God never damns it.
Did he used to previously? If not, it's not antiquated phrasing.
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Did he used to previously? If not, it's not antiquated phrasing.
Yes, he used to.

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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

Old phrases hang on forever. It doesn't matter if people don't understand them anymore.

A shambles was the place where the butcher cut up meat. There was blood on the floor, blood on the ceiling, blood everywhere. People used to say a place was "a shambles" when they described the aftermath of a horrific murder. Now people say their living room was "a shambles" after their cat knocked all the Christmas ornaments out of the tree.
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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

I don't think the term "hang it up" was started for phones. Wasn't it a reference to guns in the old west?
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Sort of the same thing (and by "sort of" I mean "not the same thing at all") in 'Pretty Good Year' by Tori Amos, there's a line: "Greg, he writes letters and burns his CDs."

At the time the song was written, copying CDs was not a widespread technology, and no one referred to them as "CD Burners". She meant that the person in the song was actually setting fire to his stuff.
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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

Originally Posted by Buttmunker View Post
Heard the song this morning, and contemplated a part of the lyric, then deduced that the term used isn't really applicable any longer.

"Who's gonna hang it up, when you call."

Hang it up is really for a telephone that hung on the wall, or on a countertop, and when you finished talking, you hung up the receiver (see image). Nowadays, since cellphones are the rage and the norm, you click "end" to finish up your call.

These are the things that keep you up at night, huh?
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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

Everybody still says "hang up" though. Does anyone say "you clicked END on me!??"
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Face it, "hang up the phone" will out live us all.
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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

It's not as bad as this song:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBLQNZUbdAc

Note only is it based on an outdated term, that term was strictly British to begin with.
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Or this ancient service:

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Re: "Drive" by The Cars - contains "antiquated lyric"

As an aside, the B-52's changed "icebox" to "cooler" in their live renditions of Party Gone Out of Bounds. Yeah...

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