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These are lyrics by Traditional that we think are kind of nonsensical.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics, Traditional

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Traditional's, "Dixie"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Look away, look away,
Look away, Dixie land!
Why They're Nonsensical:
What is Dixie land being told to look away from? And how can a land look toward or away from anything?
Submitted by: Ava Rice
Traditional's, "I Saw Three Ships"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Pray whither sailed those ships all three
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?
Oh, they sailed into Bethlehem
On Christmas Day in the morning!
Why They're Nonsensical:
Geography fail: Bethlehem is not a seaport, nor is it situated on any navigable rivers!
Submitted by: Melanie Bianca Green
Traditional's, "Oh Susanna"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
It rained all night, the day I left
The weather it was dry
The sun so hot, I froze to death
Susanna don't you cry
Why They're Nonsensical:
It cannot rain if the weather is dry and you cannot freeze to death in a hot sun!
Submitted by: David Pratter
Traditional's, "The Twelve Days Of Christmas"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing...
Why They're Nonsensical:
If anyone actually owned people, as they would need to to be able to give them as gifts to another person, those people they owned would hardly be lords and ladies. They would be slaves! And the song is preposterous enough just for the plethora of birds it reports giving to one's true love. Incidentally, someone posted this song's title as a "Literally impossible song title", saying that Christmas was "only one day". In fact the Twelve Days of Christmas are an old and once-reverred tradition, extending from December 25th through January 5th. The night of January 5th, or Epiphany eve, was once observed as a night of special revelry, called "Twelfth Night", a name still remembered as the title of a play that Shakespeare wrote about such a kind of revelry. Yes, the twelve days of Christmas were once a revered and serious observance. But the inane lyrics of this song are all that many people know today as an indication of that tradition. One could well surmise that this song's nonsense could have played a role in killing that splendid tradition, by reducing it to sheer poppycock!
Submitted by: Donna Rand Blitzen
Traditional's, "Yankee Doodle"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Yankee Doodle went to town,
Riding on a pony.
Stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Whoever heard of sticking a feather in your hat and calling it macaroni? That doesn't make any sense!
Submitted by: Poralee Rhodes

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