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How long ago DID a "buck 3 eighty" buy you "much lady"?
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:42:58 pm »
I'm getting close to the borderline.



And for another thing, just what was a "bun" that might "drop dead" in the 80's? And what constitutes a "pack" of "buns" is that 8 or 12?

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Re: How long ago DID a "buck 3 eighty" buy you "much lady"?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2019, 10:38:11 am »
Thanks for posting the link to the lyrics. So that's "a buck three eighty won't buy you much lately." Not "won't buy you much lady." It looks to me like stream-of-consciousness word salad. Maybe the author thinks his word salad means something, but I'd say it means whatever you want it to mean.

"A buck three eighty" doesn't even mean anything. Unless maybe it's supposed to mean $4.80. I.e., a buck (a dollar) plus three eighty. I would argue this gives weight to my assertion that the whole thing is just meaningless word salad. The musical equivalent of Deepak Chopra. $4.80 in 1913 was worth $125 in today's dollars. That would buy a fair amount of stuff. $4.80 in 1949 was worth $51 in today's dollars, so it's probably fair to say that 70 years ago "a buck [plus] three eighty" would buy "much."
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Re: How long ago DID a "buck 3 eighty" buy you "much lady"?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2019, 11:38:15 am »
Unless we are talking about deer, which could be worth quite a lot for the right kind of lady
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Re: How long ago DID a "buck 3 eighty" buy you "much lady"?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2019, 01:41:38 pm »
For forty years I thought he was talking about picking up a hooker, and then I learn it's just a statement about the economy.

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it's not a bunch of bums dropping dead but buns?!? 

is billyjoel.com really checking these lyrics?
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Re: How long ago DID a "buck 3 eighty" buy you "much lady"?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2019, 05:01:50 pm »
I think it's a play on the farcical "Buck-$2.98", which was a nonsense price when I was a kid.
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Re: How long ago DID a "buck 3 eighty" buy you "much lady"?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 07:16:29 pm »
For forty years I thought he was talking about picking up a hooker, and then I learn it's just a statement about the economy.

AND

it's not a bunch of bums dropping dead but buns?!? 

is billyjoel.com really checking these lyrics?

 :D :D  It's bums.  I doubt there are cute little rabbits keeling over.

I think it's a play on the farcical "Buck-$2.98", which was a nonsense price when I was a kid.

That makes as much sense as anything, although I suppose there could be silent punctuation:  "A buck—three—EIGHTY—won't buy you much lately"

Man, I love that album.  So...irritable.
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