rocks and stones
orinkh at CARR.ORG
Tue Nov 18 14:39:43 UTC 2003
Heres something thats been bugging me: Dolly Parton released a song in
1980, Shattered Image, with a recurring line, shatter my image with the
rocks you throw. It is recorded in a new version on her relatively recent
(2002) album Halos and Horns, but the word rocks is systematically
changed to stones throughout. Whats that about? Rocks is certainly the
word I would have chosen in the context, but somewhere along the line I got
a notion that stones would be the choice for an E coast or urban speaker.
She has always touted rather than tried to disguise her bumpkin origins, so
I wonder what the vocab makeover was about. Any ideas or inside info?
(at one time neither E coast nor urban)
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