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    Providence

    What do you suppose someone means with the phrase

    "providence will fray the rope"

    Has anyone heard this expression?

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    Re: Providence

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    What do you suppose someone means with the phrase

    "providence will fray the rope"

    Has anyone heard this expression?
    I have never heard it, it seems to be part of a line from a song by Aimee Mann.


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    Re: Providence

    Re: it seems to be part of a line from a song by Aimee Mann.

    Correct. From her song "Today's the Day". I learned it on guitar yesterday and that line has me curious.

    I'm impressed. Something original from a current "mainstream" artist. Hard to find these days. That's why I enjoy her music and lyrics. She's married to Michael Penn (brother of Sean Penn) who is another talented musician in his own right.

    Here is the whole passage of the song

    Better pack your bags and run
    Or stay until the job is done
    Maybe you could sit at home
    That providence will fray the rope
    And sink like a stone
    Or go it alone

    IMO she's trying to say providence or "staying tight to the course" will have unintended, undesirable effects. It's a way of saying, trying something new is the best course. Today is the day to break out of the routine?

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