Gone and V-ed

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 7 06:07:57 UTC 2000


At 12:20 PM -0800 11/7/00, Salikoko Mufwene wrote:
>At 05:52 PM 11/7/2000 +0000, Lynne Murphy wrote:
>
>>>A southern student in my "Dialect Voices in Literature" class
>>>suggested that "gone and" is equivalent to PERFECT "done" in this
>>>construction. However, another southern student said she was not
>>>familiar with it. My African-American student had no clue either.
>>>The rest of white American students in the class had no idea. Can
>>>anybody on this list enlighten us?
>>
>>Your question's a bit ambiguous.  Are the other students unfamiliar
>>with "gone and" or "done"?  The former seems unbelievable.
>>
>They are all unfamiliar with the "gone and" construction.
>
>Sali.
>
Weird.  There's even an extremely popular cross-over pop/country song
from a couple of years ago by Shenia Twain about someone who's "gone
'n' done it".  No literal motion involved; I've repressed it, but the
"it" was probably falling in love.  Anyone remember?  Oh wait, the
internet.  Let's see...Here it is.  (Enough [gone and done it]s for
everyone in Sali's class to have one.)

http://www.shania.com/cool-3.htm (if you want to see her preparing to sing)
LOVE GETS ME EVERY TIME


                                       Written by Twain/Lange

                                       Life was goin' great
                                       Love was gonna have to wait
                                       Was in no hurry -- had no worries
                                       Stayin' single was the plan
                                       Didn't need a steady man
                                       Had it covered -- 'til I dicovered

                                       Bridge:
                                       That love gets me every time
                                       My heart changed my mind
                                       I gol' darn gone and done it

                                       Chorus:
                                       Gone and done it (gone and done it)
                                       Guess I fell in love (gone and done it)
                                       Must have been the way he
walked (gone and done it)
                                       Or his sweet sweet talk (gone
and done it)
                                       I guess I -- gol' darn gone and done it

                                       I was quite content
                                       Just a-payin' my own rent
                                       It was my place -- I needed my space
                                       I was free to shop around
                                       In no rush to settle down
                                       I had it covered -- 'til I discovered

                                       (Bridge)
                                       (Chorus)
                                       (Bridge)

                                       Chorus: Gone and done it (gone
and done it)
                                       Guess I fell in love (gone and done it)
                                       Must have been the way he
walked (gone and done it)
                                       Or his sweet sweet talk (gone
and done it)
                                       It's in the way he calls my
name (gone and done it)
                                       I know I'll never be the same
(gone and done it)

                                       (Bridge)

                                       Thought I had it covered
                                       Life was going great
                                       Well I gol' darn gone and done it
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