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July 19, 2018


But wasn't it "Kings & Queens" or something like that -- the night I defeated the mighty Corsicans??

Yes, falling in love, for sure, but the term suggests the more libidinous, as opposed to romantic, aspects of that state of being. Or maybe that's just me. I had three siblings 10+ years older than me, and I remember hearing this song as a kid & being very intrigued by it. (The song pops up in the film version of Angela's Ashes.)

I think you're right. Of course when I was 17 it was difficult to distinguish the libidinous from the romantic. -- DL

Was it? I can't remember. The only pinball name that comes to my mind today, besides Dipsy Doodle, is Eight-Ball. Can you remember other names? I remember the manufacturers: Gottlieb, Williams and Bally.

I've heard "dipsy doodle" in sports contexts, as in, "He gave him the old dipsy doodle, which could be a wickedly deceptive curveball; a deft stick-handling move on ice; a sudden juke by a wide receiver, leaving a cornerback in the dust. Also, it's an aerial maneuver by stunt pilots, I think when they dive down and then pull up quickly. I hear it as kind of onomatopoetic—a dipping motion followed by an "ooh" of surprise. Nice touch for a love song!

Thanks, Jamie. I think so, too.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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