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    Default Two good reasons

    Hi,
    I’ll quote a song (Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks):
    … help me sail away
    Or just give me two good reasons
    Why I ought to stay

    I wonder whether two good reasons is set or just incidental. Why not some, one or three? They wouldn’t have changed the rhythm.
    Another guess is that it might be too good reasons misheard.
    Please help me make it out.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Two good reasons

    We often say give me 'a good reason', so I suppose he's upping the stakes a bit. He could have said three, but maybe that would have sounded a bit excessive. Are you a Kinks fan?

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    Thank you , tdol.
    I love golden oldies. :)

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    Default Re: Two good reasons

    He wants two good reasons. One is not enough.


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    Default Re: Two good reasons

    There is a simple explanation here. Ray Davies is one of the gods of rock and roll. One doesn't challenge or question the words of the gods; one merely appreciates them.

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    People have been interpreting the Bible for centuries, Mykwyner...

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    Default Re: Two good reasons

    'Give me two good reasons' is a common expression. 'Give me two good reasons why you should stay out late' It is to emphasise that one is not enough. I get it all the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    'Give me two good reasons' is a common expression. 'Give me two good reasons why you should stay out late' It is to emphasise that one is not enough. I get it all the time!
    Give us two good reasons why we should believe that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Give us two good reasons why we should believe that.
    Normally I've only got one, which puts me 'on the spot'

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    There is a simple explanation here. Ray Davies is one of the gods of rock and roll. One doesn't challenge or question the words of the gods; one merely appreciates them.

    Don't beat around the bush, just tell us, straight up - are you a Kinks fan?

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