In which I improve on Sting

The worst lyric Sting ever wrote, obviously, was

It’s no use, he sees her, he starts to shake and cough

Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov

But if he’d changed the last line to

Just like the robot in that book by Asimov

it would have been the best lyric he ever wrote.

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3 thoughts on “In which I improve on Sting

  1. johnwcowan says:

    Which book by Nabokov?

    Which book by Asimov?

    (Of course, what really makes the original bogus is that Nabokov is rightly stressed on the second syllable, unlike Asimov.)

  2. Josh Glenn says:

    You are correct, sir.

  3. JSE says:

    John: Surely it’s obvious that I had in mind the story in “I, Robot” where the robot gets caught in a circular orbit around a pool of toxic material, unable to deviate from the equilibrium distance where the Second and Third Laws of Robotics were perfectly in balance. Basically identical with the scenario contemplated by Sting.

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