Would an elderly American put out the light?
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Oct 2, 2013 9:24 PM Last Post By: zashibis
Sep 29, 2013 4:36 PM
Sep 29, 2013 8:13 PM
16I climbed up the door, and opened the stairs;
I said my pajamas and put on my pray'rs,
I turned off the bed and crawled into the light
And all because you kissed me (kiss) goodnight.
excerpt from 1940s pop song
Edited by: psw
Sep 30, 2013 5:39 AM
Sep 30, 2013 5:47 AM
18Tony Martin and Fran Warren singing psw's song. I love Fran Warren, but that song was a big step on the downhill slope of post-war popular music, which reached rock bottom with "How Much Is That Doggy in the Window," 1953.
Fran Warren singing A Sunday Kind of Love with Claude Thornhill and his orchestra, so that "I Said My Pajamas" won't be all you know of her.
When we rented tuxedos for my high school prom, one of the colors you get your cummerbund in was "Tony Martin Blue".
Sep 30, 2013 5:53 AM
19If it were a candle, Shakespeare would put it out or quench it.
Othello, at Desdemona's candle-lit bedside:
Put out the light, and then put out the light:
If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
I can again thy former light restore,
Should I repent me:--but once put out thy light,
Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature,
I know not where is that Promethean heat
That can thy light relume.
Sep 30, 2013 5:37 PM
Oct 2, 2013 10:51 AM
Oct 2, 2013 11:35 AM
22Because they're not talking only about electricity. The context is a lights-out during WWII, not sure what the electricity situation was in Bucharest at the time - yes, Bucharest; the intended readers are American, the writer is elderly and Romanian :-) Anyway, I suppose some of the electricity network was probably damaged in the air raids etc.
Oct 2, 2013 11:46 AM
23From old Monday Night Football days:
Don Meredith and Turn out the lights, the partys over
Oct 2, 2013 1:53 PM
OP, now that you've actually given the context, I'd lean toward "put out." Although some non-electric sources of illumination could be "turned out"-- such as some old-time spirit or oil lamps-- "turning out" strongly implies operating a mechanism, which might not be appropriate in a war-shattered city.
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