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    go out on a party

    Hello, Johnny Cash sings "I go out on a party"...

    Is the correct sentence go out to the party?

    thanks

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    Re: go out on a party

    I agree with you that it sounds non-standard, perhaps incorrect to city people. Perhaps "party" is also a rural/cowboy term for a ride. Alternatively, it could mean leaving the party.

    Different regions sometimes use prepositions differently.


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    Re: go out on a party

    You're referring to the lyrics of the song I Still Miss Someone. The lyric in question goes:

    "I go out on a party
    And look for a little fun
    But I find a darkened corner
    Because I still miss someone."


    So, yes, the speaker is going out to have fun...drinking, dancing, partying, whatever; but apparently he ends up drinking alone at some dark corner table. I agree it's somewhat nonstandard usage. The song was written by Johnny Cash himself, who was born and raised in Arkansas. So, Konungursvia is probably right. It's probably just a regional variation.

    Greg

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    Re: go out on a party

    Probably. But it may mean that in Arkansas, you can use "party" the way the French used to use "partie" meaning outing, rather than game, match or part as it now means.

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