Saturday, March 04, 2006

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)

Mickey Newbury (BMI) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition Reprise 1968
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
There are two figures of speech at work here. First, and most visible, is antanaclasis (repetition of a word in two different senses), a form of pun. More subtle is the symbolic allusion in reverse in the words "dropped in" to the "dropping out" of the Psychedelic Era through the use of drugs. The allusion is of a return during an acid-fueled out-of-body experience to the scene of the crime, as it were, to check on things.

Folks forget that Kenny Rogers started out with the Country/Rock group, The First Edition -- who invaded the pop-psychedelic genre with this, their first Top Ten hit, in 1968.

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