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Glossary Contest

December 28, 2011

Hopefully you’ve had time to peruse our fantastic Glossary section, written by the esteemed Godfather of hitbyatrain.com, Captain Frank Early. It’s a treasure trove of Old 97’s trivia and interesting lyric commentary. However, it’s in dire need of an update, as we’re several albums behind in adding new tasty tidbits.

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So we’re going to open the Glossary up for submissions for the first time ever. It’s a wide open, blank slate. Anything band-related, from origins of song lyrics to historical facts to statistics of questionable value. If you know something about the Old 97’s that you think others might like to know, write it up and send it in.

Submissions should be made via the site’s contact page. Just include your complete write-up, name and email address. A panel of experts will review every submission, the best ones will be added to the glossary, and the writers will be handsomely rewarded in some yet-to-be-determined most-likely-to-involve-autographed-merch way.

And I will personally award my favorite submission with one of my own bottles of the super rare, eminently collectible Old 97’s beer.

Photo by H. Michael Karshis (via Flickr)

Good luck!

16 Comments

    • 12/28/2011
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    Rhett has a smile on him along with a gold tooth…little did you know he received that sweet little tooth by an unfortunate four wheeler accident!

  1. Should we throw multiple submissions on one for m or several?

  2. A hint for you — read some of the current glossary before you submit. Mr. Early has set the bar high. Wit and craft will be rewarded. Raw spouting of facts, probably not so much.

  3. Multiple submissions in one email are acceptable.

    • 12/29/2011
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    Love this. Great idea!

  4. I agree that this is a great idea!

  5. I may give a shot at an update or two, although if Frank is participating that’s like Christians vs. Lions. But I want that beer!

  6. I do have one incredibly relevant fact relating to Abbie Hoffman and that lyric from Desperate Times: Abbie authored in the 60’s a tome entitled “Steal This Book”. Which I did at age 10 or so, lifted right out of a Galleria Houston bookstore. Hence the heavy irony in “Abbie Hoffman peddling your books…”

    • 12/29/2011
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    A “panel of experts”? I want to meet said panel.

    • Greg, I’m sure you already have.

  7. I love this contest. Is there a deadline for this contest? Will we get to read all the submissions, win or lose?

    • No official deadline yet, submissions are open for at least a couple of weeks. We need more!

  8. “We tripped the light fantastic . . . elastic” please tell me what is missing. That line plays over in my brain (song worm?), but I’m not sure I have the right lyrics haunting me.

    • It is…

      So we tripped the lights fantastic/
      We were both made of elastic/

      Unless my aging ears deceive me…

    • From Barrier Reef
      So we tripped the lights fantastic, we was both made of elastic.
      Midnight came and midnight went, and I though I was the President.

    • Without doing an internet search, I believe the missing piece is:”we was both made of “. But I may have the grammar, or charming lack thereof, wrong.

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