Date: Thu, 4 May 1995 21:22:15 -0400 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Re: Business/[bIdnIs] >On Thu, 4 May 1995, Beth Lee Simon wrote: > >> The C&W duo, Brooks & Dunn, from Texas, wrote a tune, "I'm A Hard-Workin' >> Man," in which they sing, quite distinctly, >> >> "Come Monday mornin' I'm the first to arrive [=at a work place where he >>wields >> a hammer and also paints] >> I ain't nothin' but [bIdnIs] y'all from nine to five. >> I'm a hard-workin' man." >> >> In an interview, about the time this album/cd came out, the one of them >> who is the lead singer said, several times, "I love this [bIznIs]." >> and "The music [bIznIs] is the only thing I ever wanted to do." >> >> nothing but [bIdnIs] = serious, hard-working >> business = business >> >> beth >> > >I wonder if this is a legitimate attestation of the meaning distinction >between the two forms, or if it is rather an example of dialect >switching, using one for the song and another for an interview. I.e., would >the singer also use "ain't nothin'" in an interview, and would he use >"hard-workin'" or would he switch to "hard-working"? > I agree. Pop music lyricists often use constructions and idioms in songs that they would never use in conversation or other written communications, often as a way to quickly identify the song's characters in the listener's mind. Using [bIdnIs], "ain't nothin'" and "hard-workin'" is a shorthand way of letting the listener know that the character is just folks. Also, as an amateur lyricist, I noticed that [bIdnIs] takes slightly but noticeably less time to say or sing than [bIznIs]; shorter words are much easier to fit into a vocal melody. Stewart _______________________________________________ Stewart Allensworth Mason PO Box 4056 Portales NM 88130 ***MORE GREAT EPs*** 1. _Afoot_--Let's Active (1983) 2. _Lights Out with the Sneetches!_--The Sneetches (1985) 3. (tie) _Beat Surrender_/_The Bitterest Pill_--The Jam (1982) 4. _Run Now_--Tommy Keene (1987) 5. _Baroque Hoedown_--The Three O'Clock (1983) 6. _Chronic Town_--R.E.M. (1982)