Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 21:01:13 -0500 From: Ron Rabin Subject: Re: song lyrics Re: Judy Collins' Someday Soon, again - Definitely "rides" not "hides." My typo. But definitely "He's just as wild in the younger days." Even given a very reduced vowel in there that was once an I (He is just...), it doesn't follow: The analog would be something like "He is here yesterday" and *not* like "He is the one I saw yesterday" where his being continues and thus the "enduring" present tense is used. I've listen to Judy sing these lyrics in great detail and the song repeats these lines. My transcription is accurate enough. Maybe metrical considerations can account for a contraction of "was" (he's or he was) but, as noted, there's nothing to be gained metrically from "the younger days." Has anyone ever *heard* anyone say such things? Ron Rabin Dept of Communication Buffalo State College