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"Won't dance"

Posted by ESC on November 07, 2003

In Reply to: "Can't dance" posted by Lewis on November 07, 2003

: : Found this book of poetry from Texas as one use of that phrase

: : Karl Elder. Can't Dance an' It's Too Wet to Plow. Prickly Pear Press: Dallas and Denmark, South Carolina: 1975.
: : Cover design by Jim Jacobs

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: : : Probably, that's correct. Guess the source can be anywhere. Northern Europe. Greece.

: : : : : What is meant by the phrase, "Can't dance" ?

: : : : : I heard it in Northern California often.

: : : : Is this the way it goes? Someone asks another person if he or she wants to do something -- go to the movies, for example. "Might as well. I can't dance and it's too wet to plow."

: Wasn't there a famous synopsis of Fred Astaire or some other world-famous celebrity that included the "Can't dance" line.
: Phil Collins had a record "I can't dance" - shame he didn't do the record "I only play the drums". Pete Gabriel wins hands-down in the Genesis singer competition. Phil C may be a top bloke, but to quote Clint "A man's gotta know his limitations"

That's what I thought too regarding Fred. But I googled and the lyrics were "I won't dance." The phrase "can't dance and it's too wet to plow" has country written all over it. Exhibit A: I have heard it before.