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April 13, 2012

Occasionally Joe Writes a Song

Attempting to navigate SOMA in SF with an out-of-date atlas and a carload of geek friends, after catching some Wizard of Oz on the motel TV, is the probable etiology of what he’s been singing (sotto voce) today.

With the proper application
I’d make brilliant conversation
Never sounding like a sap
I would join the technorati
Be the life of every party
If I only had the app

I’d know facts obscure and useful
Enough to stuff a goose full
And I’d never need a map
From Calcutta to Dakar
I could find the nearest bar
If I only had the app

Oh, I could tell you where
The gasoline is cheap
And whether the next tide is spring or neap
And 47 Uzbek words for sheep

Any geek can be a hero
Though his cool is next to zero
It would be no handicap
In the social stream a-swimmin’
I might even meet some women
If I only had the app

————————————————Joe Eaton


1 | By: llewelly on April 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM

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I love it.
Though - the meter in the 3rd stanza seems weird.
(I don’t recall the original song very well, so it may well have been that way in the original.)

2 | By: Ron Sullivan on April 14, 2012 at 08:40 AM

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See <a href=“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nauLgZISozs&feature=related”>here.</a>

3 | By: Ron Sullivan on April 14, 2012 at 08:41 AM

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Second cup of coffee needed.

4 | By: Ron Sullivan on April 14, 2012 at 08:41 AM

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Second cup of coffee needed.

5 | By: VS on July 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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Dang, how did I miss this???

6 | By: Ron Sullivan on July 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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If you don’t watch out, he’ll sing it.

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