Posted by Dan, again on May 22, 2001
: : : A student I work with recently failed to
: : : follow through on an implied obligation that was not
: : : necessarily a responsibility, but more along
: : : the lines of a favor.
: : :
: : : When informing me later she said, "thanks a million for (the help)
: : : and I owe you big time for not sending you promised pie. Please
: : : please bear with me, I have been (very busy, etc..) I assure you,
: : : solemn promise you will have it in hand before the end of the week.
: : : Scout's honor (I was never a scout but still :-) "
: : :
: : : I asked her on telephone if she could tell me more about the phrase
: : : - was it slang, a literary reference, anything to do with "getting a
: : : piece of the pie" or the duty being "easy as pie" - ?
: : : she just thought it was something she "grew up with"
: : : Any input out there on the phrase, "promised pie" ?
: : Something promised is "pie in the sky, in the sweet by and by." Maybe that's where she got the expression.
Thanks for the response, ESC, but I was hoping for additional ideas.
If your response is the definitive one, I think I need more than that to go on.
Is that a song lyric? Have you any source material for "pie in the sky, in
the sweet by and by."? Do you have more of the lyrics, so I can find the song?