RSS Feed

Hop off the bus Gus, don’t need to discuss much



A not law post.

One of the first songs I can remember singing a lot (by which I mean relentlessly), when I was about six, was Paul Simon’s Fifty Ways to Leave your lover.  It is a bouncy, happy, funny song, taking as its core subject how simple it is to completely destroy the life of a loved one by walking out on them without a word, providing you do it in a way that rhymes with your name.  (Helpful hint – try to find a partner with a name that doesn’t rhyme with much – Rupert, Julian, George are all starts)

This song, triumphing both desertion and adultery, is really a helpful guidance when setting out the facts that lead to grounds for divorce – I would argue that ending a relationship by Dropping off a key, does not make it reasonable behaviour simply because your name is Lee, so we can get a third fact in there too.

What a peculiar song for a six year old to be singing, even against the backdrop of a father who had taken Paul Simon’s tenets as Buddha-like codes to live by.  I realise now that the song being on the Muppets had a lot to do with its popularity amongst children at the time.  Its a very curious juxtaposition of children’s favourite characters, a happy upbeat song, and a subject of human misery being treated lightly.

So, no need to be Coy, Roy, just give them the link

About suesspiciousminds

Law geek, local authority care hack, fascinated by words and quirky information; deeply committed to cheesecake and beer.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: