Thursday, November 24, 2011

Florence + the Cliches

Here is a list of cliches used unimaginatively in the latest epic ballad "Shake It Out" from the usually cunning Florence + the Machine. Shame on you, Florence. Shame on you, Machine.

It's always darkest before the dawn (4X)
Leave the past behind
Bury a dead horse
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back (4x)
Given half the chance
Damned if I do, damned if I don't
The end of the road
A shot in the dark

Here is a list of cliches used imaginatively in the same song:

Every demon wants his pound of flesh.

Verdict: guilty of doing a half-assed job on the lyrics. Great music, great presence, and steller melody, though.

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At 1:55 pm, Blogger peggy kello said...

Loved the song. BTW Joe a huge percent of "language" is "cliches" -- almost everything we say has been said before. How many times does it have to be said before it becomes a cliche? Maybe it depends on who if was said by first, and BTW I noted recently somebody used the term "nicogate" -- is that also a reference to an over-used cliche? They become part of the language and communicate a lot on a sub-conscious level. XXX Mom

At 2:33 pm, Anonymous joe said...

very good! i like ppl who think when they read.

there's a difference between cliches and idioms. what ur talking about are idioms, and they're almost unavoidable. cliches, on the other hand, complete fuller thoughts and should be avoided like the plague.

and even then, i'm not adverse at all to using cliches. i applaud them when they're used imaginatively. there's a huge difference between saying 'she killed me with kindness' and 'she killed me with kind of kindness.' cliches should always be tweaked a bit.

my reference to nico-gate was another tongue-in-cheek stab at the lamestream media (another couple of idioms) referred to later on in the sentence. i like to stuff every sentence full of various levels. it makes me chuckle to myself.


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