Subject: Re: Computer chicken, a bit OT
From: Kevin Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 29 2005 - 11:21:08 EDT
Silver Apples of the Moon, an'a log to sit on? but Why a duck and not
a chicken? (Full quote below)
At 12:06 +0100 2005/09/29, Rick wrote:
>If someone asked me for an example of computer music, I might give
>them a copy of Silver Apples of the Moon.
(or you might not?)
(From the Marx Bros., "Coconuts" c 1929)
Hammer [Groucho Marx]: ... Now here is a little peninsula, and here
is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: Why a duck?
Hammer: I'm all right. How are you? I say here is a little peninsula,
and here's a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: All right. Why a duck?
Hammer: I'm not playing Ask-Me-Another. I say, that's a viaduct.
Chico: All right. Why a duck? Why a--- why a duck? Why-a-no-chicken?
Hammer: I don't know why-a-no-chicken. I'm a stranger here myself.
All I know is that it's a viaduct. You try to cross over there a
chicken, and you'll find out why a duck. It's deep water, that's
Hammer: Look ... Suppose you were out horseback riding and you came
to that stream and wanted to ford over there, you couldn't make it.
Chico: But what do you want with a Ford when you gotta horse?
Hammer: Well, I'm sorry the matter even came up. All I know is that
it's a viaduct.
Chico: Now look ... all right'a ... I catch'a on to why-a-horse,
why-a-chicken, why-a-this, why-a-that. I no catch on to why-a-duck.
Hammer: I was only fooling. I was only fooling. They're going to
build a tunnel in the morning. Now, is that clear to you?
Chico: Yes. Everything---except'a why a duck.
Basil has reported: "Duck's off. Sorry."
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