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  1. …which I didn’t catch until I saw it here. I was drawing a total blank – in fact, I was trying to connect the comment to the fruit, rather than the color.

  2. Of course, when he realized nothing rhymes with “orange,” then he’ll get the blues all over again.

  3. I didn’t get it either until I read Woozy’s comment. Probably would have worked okay if the cartoonist had drawn a typical blues-type musician (like a guitarist with a harmonica) rather than a lounge pianist.

  4. I didn’t get it until I typed my comment.

    I was going to type something about love of Three Oranges (my favorite classical music title) an some how it came to me.

    I think the comments of “forgotten genre” and explanation just confused the matter. A classic violation of the “Show- don’t tell” rule. And “oranges” has two syllables and doesn’t seem to be the opposite of blue and the fruit confuses it.

    The cartoon should have gone something like: “My next piece will be the classics of Pinks music ‘I love to see the Morning Sun come up’. The Pinks focus on how fun and pleasant life always is.

    (I’m partial to the works of 20/20 Strawberry Buchanon myself)

  5. ” Probably would have worked okay if the cartoonist had drawn a typical blues-type musician (like a guitarist with a harmonica) rather than a lounge pianist.”

    A lounge pianist is about the opposite of a bluesman, is he not? The colorist even tried to help you out by making the background all blue(s).

  6. Said the apple to the orange:
    “Oh I wanted you to come
    Close to me and kiss me to the core
    Then you might know me
    Like no other orange
    Has ever done
    Before.”

    “A Small Fruit Song”, Al Stewart, Zero She Flies, 1970

  7. And talking of fruity acts, I saw Strawbs last week live for the first time ever… I’ve been listening to their albums since about 1972 but have waited until their 50th anniversary year to be sure they had staying power.

  8. “Of course, when he realized nothing rhymes with “orange,” then he’ll get the blues all over again.”

    Hinge, whinge, singe, fringe, binge, cringe…he’ll be ok, I think.

  9. Sorry folks. It’s a slow day at work. Well, not that slow, but I can’t be bothered getting on with it when there’s a desperate need for poetry to be written.

    “Oh, nothing rhymes with orange!”
    It’s a phrase that makes me cringe.
    Between you and me
    I disagree,
    But it seems I’m on the fringe.

    “Oh, nothing rhymes with orange!”
    All poets world-wide whinge.
    But there’s plenty more
    Then two, or four.
    So many, you could binge.

    “Oh, nothing rhymes with orange!”
    My fate, on this, does hinge:
    It’s got to stop
    Before I blow my top
    And my hair and ears get singed.

  10. If you pronounce it as Or-inge then your rhyme must have two syllables. The i is simply too short to hold a rhyme. It’s so short for most people the word comes off as a single syllable: Ornge.

  11. Why does the rhyme have to match both syllables? Does ‘buffalo’ rhyme with ‘slow’, or not? How about ‘interesting’ with ‘sing’?

    I think this is what screws most people up when they think that nothing rhymes with orange; they’re looking for the rhyme with BOTH syllables, but that’s just not necessary.

  12. …And you can rhyme it with “ranch”, “range”, “band” and such.

    Also, Woozy, I thought “oranges” had THREE syllables.

    The Pinks sounds like the name of a punk band or something.

    And lastly…THE STRAWBS! I didn’t realize they were still touring. I’ve seen Fairport Convention a few times years ago but not the Strawbs.

  13. Since the stressed syllable in ‘orange’ is the first, a proper rhyme does need to be at least two syllables, since the rhyme has to match the last stressed syllable and any syllables after it.

    It DOESN’T however, need to be a single word (see Lord Byron rhyming Juan (pronounced joo-an for his purposes) with ‘true one’), nor does it need to be exactly two syllables.

  14. “The i is simply too short to hold a rhyme. It’s so short for most people the word comes off as a single syllable: Ornge.”

    Sorry, just re-read this. Most people pronounce that word as one syllable? Really? If so, I concede; my foray into the poetic arts will have been for naught and my reputation tinged.

  15. “a proper rhyme does need to be at least two syllables, since the rhyme has to match the last stressed syllable and any syllables after it.”

    So, you wouldn’t accept ‘highway’ and ‘toupee’ in a rhyming work of literature because they aren’t proper rhymes? I’d accept it, but then again maybe I’m more willing to put up with poetic licence and all that.

  16. Tom Lehrer rhymed orange thusly:

    Eating an orange
    While making love,
    Leads to bizarre enj-
    oyment thereof.

    Typing that out I see it would qualify for an “oy” tag…

  17. There’s a hill in Wales overlooking Abergavenny called The Blorenge. But proper nouns is cheating.

    @Grawlix – Yes, The Strawbs are in action – Dave Cousins, who has been there since the year dot in 1964 or something, plus Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, who have been associated since the early 70s. They just finished a UK tour. See http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/index1.asp for gigs next year in the US.

    They even release new albums every few years, 2017’s The Ferryman’s Curse getting some good reviews; I have asked for someone to give me the CD for Xmas.

    I am also seeing Fairport Convention in February in Bath… I haven’t seen them before either, though by the time I see them they’ll be in their 52nd year. The legendary Sandy Denny was in both bands, of course.

  18. Does ‘buffalo’ rhyme with ‘slow’, or not?

    — Of course.

    How about ‘interesting’ with ‘sing’?

    — Of course not.

    So, you wouldn’t accept ‘highway’ and ‘toupee’

    — God God! Of course not! Are you *kidding* me?

    …..

    Eating an orange
    While making love,
    Leads to bizarre enj-
    oyment thereof.

    Are you sure that isn’t supposed to be more enj-. That way the number of syllables matches as well are to -or in more is a match while the -ar in bizarre does not.

  19. Buffalo and slow is a weak rhyme and slow would need to be preceded by two syllables in another word of similar stress… and you have to artificially over stress the “LO” and artificially understress the “buff” in “bugh-a-LO” I doubt it’d word.

  20. Woozy, the question of the first vowel also bothered me a minute, but then realized that larK or (more to the point) Tom Lehrer could belong to a speech group that does say ah-ringe. (Or at least know of them and rely on that to get this by.)

  21. Pity that Lehrer never recorded his little doggerel that I know of (I came across it in a written interview) so that we could listen to him say it; however, to me, the rhyme is perfect, and the syllables match. Yes, I say ah-ringe, or or-ringe, or ornge. Lehrer taught at Harvard, but was he from Boston or Massachusetts or New England or the north east? I hear his voice, but I can’t place his accent, other than “that’s Tom Lehrer!”

  22. Wow. Some harsh literary critics here. Now I know why poets are stereo-typically morose. I thought my little poem was just some light-hearted fun that you folks might have enjoyed, I didn’t realise I’d be kicking a hornets nest of literary ire. Oh well. Let me try again:

    “Oh, nothing rhymes with orange!”
    Except maybe the strange word ‘sporange’.
    No other words rhyme.
    I’ve wasted my time.
    Guess I’ll go die on the top of Mount Blorenge.

    Better?

  23. My HS English teachers (and maybe in collusion with Drama etc) had an annual poetry recital contest. I forget whether memorization was mandatory or just recommended. In my first year (actually 10th Grade) I had a very short selection, prefaced by a rather wordy introduction in which I discussed a few issues such as whether a political slogan could count as a poem just because it rhymed, and whether a reciter was necessarily endorsing the views contained in recited material (answer is No of course, as I knew from the debate team), and whether being well out of date mattered (this would have been 1963 or 1964).

    The poem I used was:

    I like
    Ike

  24. Someone asked where Tom Lehrer was from.

    According to Wikipedia, he: “… was born in 1928 to a secular Jewish family and grew up in New York City’s Upper East Side.”

  25. Tom Lehrer
    Didn’t wear a
    Tie.

    (Trouble is, he did in most pics I just briefly checked. But poetic licence, what?)

  26. All my meals I cook with orange
    But for one that I abhor:
    In jambalaya orange doesn’t go with rice.

    It’ll make your tongue turn beige
    And you will suffer mild aphasia
    Next you’ll cough and sneeze and hiccup once or twice.

    I’ll not eat it bribed with silver
    Yet exist there always will
    Voracious lovers of this dish who’ll pay top price.

    I’ll resist ’til I turn purple.
    Let them eat it while I slurp
    A little orange juice and vodka over ice!

    –Michael Gallaher

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