Fallen Pastor Blog Archive The Ceiling Can't Hold U Does It Mean

Fallen Pastor  Blog Archive The Ceiling Can't Hold U Does It Mean

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in music. sarcasm. simile. WBFFA. youtube | Posted on 29-06-2013

Time for another Weekend Blog Free For All, and once again I get to turn my attention to the music world. I love good songs with good metaphors. However, Ive heard another song with terrible simile usage. Macklemore, who gave us the cool song, Thrift Shop , has given us the party anthem, Cant Hold Us . Listen music writers, all we really want is good simile usage. We want it like a unicorn wants a dinner reservation.

Heres a sample of the chorus:

Here we go back, this is the moment

Tonight is the night, we’ll fight til it’s over

So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us

Like the ceiling can’t hold u s

And heres the video. Oh, if you dont want to watch it, its a cross between the HMS Bounty and The Last of the Mohicans while running the Iditarod. while eventually landing on the Space Needle in Seattle. Oh, and I think I noticed Herp Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in there:

But what I DIDNT see was a CEILING! One of you is going to write in and say, Hey, they were dancing on a roof . Yeah, but it was a roof. They were not putting up their hands and bringing down the ceiling. Their feet were technically interacting with the roof and if there was going to be some sort of catastrophic structural failure, it was going to be caused by their feet. Not their hands.

So what is Cant Hold Us about? Listen, if it made sense to you just by listening to it, you wouldnt have Googled it, right? So we can agree that once again, a musician has misused the English language. Surprise.

At first, I thought like a lot of people that the ceiling cant hold us was just another way to say, raise the roof . But, no. Think about it for a moment. Raise the roof is a decent figure of speech. You dont have to Google it to take its meaning. But put our hands up like the ceiling cant hold us ?

Think about it for a moment. If you were to put your hands up like the ceiling cant hold you, youre going to need to be either really tall, have long arms, or be in a short room. Further, Id like to know what floor youd have to be on. You cant be in the basement, because technically, if you were working on the ceiling in there, youre really working on the ground floor. And if you bust that, well, youre in serious trouble.

Ive worked on some personal illustrations to help a little:

Im sure this awesome drawing helps. If were going to put our hands up so that the ceiling cant hold us, we are assuming that the ceiling was meant to hold us in the first place. It wasnt. Your ceiling is there to hold ceiling fans, lights, cobwebs, etc. On the other side it could be a different story (ha, that was a clever word play, wasnt it? ). If youre dealing with a multilevel structure, there could be another floor, but thats the floor of the flip side and has nothing to do with your ceiling.

So what are we left with?

Just bad metaphor and simile that comes crashing down.

Actually what were left with is one terrific option. If we want to raise our hands up so the ceiling cant hold us, we need to invert our homes so that the ceiling is below us. But that doesnt make sense, does it? Really, if we were going to take down that awful ceiling, we should do something else to it. But someone already thought of that:

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If youre looking for other great examples of songs that have terrible grammar, check out my Wagon Whee l or Shine On posts. I really do like good music. I promise. Oh, and Im available for illustrative work, if youre interested.

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Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in music. sarcasm. simile. WBFFA. youtube | Posted on 29-06-2013

Time for another Weekend Blog Free For All, and once again I get to turn my attention to the music world. I love good songs with good metaphors. However, Ive heard another song with terrible simile usage. Macklemore, who gave us the cool song, Thrift Shop , has given us the party anthem, Cant Hold Us . Listen music writers, all we really want is good simile usage. We want it like a unicorn wants a dinner reservation.

Heres a sample of the chorus:

Here we go back, this is the moment

Tonight is the night, we’ll fight til it’s over

So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us

Like the ceiling can’t hold u s

And heres the video. Oh, if you dont want to watch it, its a cross between the HMS Bounty and The Last of the Mohicans while running the Iditarod. while eventually landing on the Space Needle in Seattle. Oh, and I think I noticed Herp Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in there:

But what I DIDNT see was a CEILING! One of you is going to write in and say, Hey, they were dancing on a roof . Yeah, but it was a roof. They were not putting up their hands and bringing down the ceiling. Their feet were technically interacting with the roof and if there was going to be some sort of catastrophic structural failure, it was going to be caused by their feet. Not their hands.

So what is Cant Hold Us about? Listen, if it made sense to you just by listening to it, you wouldnt have Googled it, right? So we can agree that once again, a musician has misused the English language. Surprise.

At first, I thought like a lot of people that the ceiling cant hold us was just another way to say, raise the roof . But, no. Think about it for a moment. Raise the roof is a decent figure of speech. You dont have to Google it to take its meaning. But put our hands up like the ceiling cant hold us ?

Think about it for a moment. If you were to put your hands up like the ceiling cant hold you, youre going to need to be either really tall, have long arms, or be in a short room. Further, Id like to know what floor youd have to be on. You cant be in the basement, because technically, if you were working on the ceiling in there, youre really working on the ground floor. And if you bust that, well, youre in serious trouble.

Ive worked on some personal illustrations to help a little:

Im sure this awesome drawing helps. If were going to put our hands up so that the ceiling cant hold us, we are assuming that the ceiling was meant to hold us in the first place. It wasnt. Your ceiling is there to hold ceiling fans, lights, cobwebs, etc. On the other side it could be a different story (ha, that was a clever word play, wasnt it? ). If youre dealing with a multilevel structure, there could be another floor, but thats the floor of the flip side and has nothing to do with your ceiling.

So what are we left with?

Just bad metaphor and simile that comes crashing down.

Actually what were left with is one terrific option. If we want to raise our hands up so the ceiling cant hold us, we need to invert our homes so that the ceiling is below us. But that doesnt make sense, does it? Really, if we were going to take down that awful ceiling, we should do something else to it. But someone already thought of that:

________________________

If youre looking for other great examples of songs that have terrible grammar, check out my Wagon Whee l or Shine On posts. I really do like good music. I promise. Oh, and Im available for illustrative work, if youre interested.

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