[Ads-l] OK Boomer

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 17 18:50:19 UTC 2019

OK, you hit a filker <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filk_music>'s
funnybone. You asked for it!

The Sound of ...
Words © 2011 Mark Mandel
to the tune of "The Sound of Silence", Paul Simon

Hello Kitty, my old friend,
I've come to buy from you again.
Perhaps a hat or pair of mittens
Emblazoned with your waving kitten.
That's the image that you've planted in my brain
        For your gain
By means of ad...vertisements*.
                *US pronunciation: "ADvertisements"

In nauseous dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of potholed stone.
In the halo of a spotlight
I saw a shining can of Bud Light.
As a moth is attracted to a flame
        So my aim
Fixed on that ad...vertisement.

And all around the ad I saw
Ten thousand hawkers, maybe more.
But the tale that each was telling
Was lost amid the others' selling
And their sense and their meaning all were drowned
        By the sound
Of countless ad...vertisements.

"Fools," said I, "do you not know?
Commerce to a cancer grows
When the making of our choices
Confronts a myriad of voices."
But my words in that storm of noise were lost,
        Torn and tossed:
Just one more ad...vertisement.

And the hawkers clamored on
Till I wakened with the dawn.
And in the welcome morning sunlight
I popped a chilly can of Bud Light
>From my insulated Hello Kitty purse
        And said, "A curse
Upon all ad...vertisements!"

On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 11:47 PM W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello, Kitty.
> (There, finally, got it, out of my system, call me ,,, commatose.)
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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