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  1. Have we reached a point in time where “Annie” needs a geezer tag? The Broadway show came out in 77 (same as Star Wars), the first movie in 82, so yeah it’s been a while, but the remake was only eight years ago.

  2. “Only a day away” makes more sense, but I believe that the song lyric is “always a day away”:

    The sun’ll come out

    Tomorrow,

    So ya gotta hang on

    ‘Til tomorrow

    Come what may;

    Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

    I love ya, tomorrow!

    You’re always

    A day away!

  3. Actually, Powers, I think she says it both ways in the song. I just looked up lyrics on one site and it said “always” on every verse, but I seem to remember (from the 82 movie) that she says both.

  4. Steve, I think the reason its “always” is because “Tomorrow” will be a great wonderful day where everything is perfect and she has a family, but she doesn’t really believe that “Tomorrow” will ever come, even though she hopes it will, so it’s always a day away.

  5. A bit of a tangent . . . There is an old song (dated from my Mother’s time, as she sang it quite often), with the lyrics, ‘Tomorrow, tomorrow, everything’s tomorrow. Why can’t tomorrow be just/more like today?’

    I’ve not been able to find any record of this (pun intended) on YT or otherwise . . . does anyone remember this song? Maybe by Eartha Kitt or Nina Simone, two of her faves. Or Ella Fitzgerald; I remember she and my Dad would go to Paris to see and hear the latest Black singers, before and [maybe] after WWII, altho I doubt the latter.

    Her signature song was Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’; classical was Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’, but I still can hear her sing ‘Tomorrow’, in my head.

  6. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice has a discussion about Bread and Jam. It is always jam tomorrow never Jam today. So there is NEVER any jam because it is for Tomorrow. But the comic is probably about Annie and Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow that any 12 year old girl with a good voice and Broadway aspirations wants to sing at their audition. Or so I have heard.

  7. I also thought of “jam every other day” (that is, every day other than today) which would actually be an effective diet strategy.

  8. I was under the impression that the last line changed to “only a day away”, but that seems to be incorrect from listening to the original cast recording.

  9. Now I’ll have that song stuck in my head. I can still hear the commercials for the Broadway production of Annie I recall airing decades ago.

  10. For the tag, it could be PCIDU (pop culture I don’t understand), pop culture reference needed, mystery culture… Okay, so I’m spit balling here…

  11. Lewis Carroll was fascinated with “jam every other day” situations. In his book “Sylvie and Bruno” a professor owes money to his tailor. The tailor comes around to ask for the money, which is now 1,024 pounds sterling. The professor tells him that if he comes back tomorrow, he will give him 2,048 pounds.

    This has been going on for a while, and will keep going on forever, because anyone can agree that it is quite rational and sensible to wait one day to get twice the amount.

  12. “anyone can agree that it is quite rational and sensible to wait one day to get twice the amount.”

    I’m an anyone, and I can think of several real-world reasons one may not want to do so:

    (a)Gambling debt to Big Louie is due at noon today, and if you don’t pay up you’ll be in the ocean by midnight.
    (b)You’re flying out to Patagonia this afternoon and will be living there for the next few years.
    (c)You are exceedingly honorable and refuse to accept more for a job than what was originally agreed upon. (You are thus also the sort of person who would not refinance your house loan because “that would be cheating.”)
    (d)You don’t believe the promise, and assume your debtor is going to disappear if you don’t shake him/her down for the money owed right now when hir’s right in front of you and you have witnesses and/or a gun.
    (e)You’ve read a lot of Lewis Carroll, and are wise to the moldy old con.

    Other?

  13. In the song “Domani” – When you’re in love, Domani never comes.” Domani being tomorrow.

  14. (e)You’ve read a lot of Lewis Carroll, and are wise to the moldy old con.

    It doesn’t have to be a con, at least not at first… Interest rates for piddling amounts can be exorbitantly high without either party necessarily finding them usurious owing to the fact that scale matters. If I borrow a quarter from you, and agree to pay you back next week and throw in a nickle for your troubles, that seems reasonable, even though that works out to 20% interest — per week! — or something like 1000% APY. (I remember hearing a news story that the gubmint shut down some grade school lending scheme to teach practical value of money that worked along those lines, because it was outrageously usurious…) But if I apply even a generous 5% to that quarter, it only works out to 1 1/4 ¢, which is per annum, so I need to divide that by 52 for the week — it is basically unworkable, and not worth the effort at that small scale. Which is why reasonable people would agree to the “usurious” rate.

    So, I borrow a buck, promise to pay it back tomorrow, but tomorrow comes and I find myself again short of cash (I’ve been busy, forgot for the second day in a row to refill my wallet, it happens), and so I just say, “sorry about that, I could run out to the ATM, then stop by the convenience store and buy something to get change for that 20, and give you your dollar, or I could just give you $2 tomorrow?” Now, I’m a busy, preoccupied, but very well off individual — I keep forgetting to replenish my wallet, but you know I’m good for it, and I’m embarrassed, so I don’t mind keeping up the doubling pattern, after all, it will force me to pay attention at some point, and you realize that twice the amount one day later is a better deal than half that amount today… And it would be interesting how far this could go. Maybe about two weeks before I get my wakeup call, when it gets into the ten of thousands and the curve hits the inflection point where now suddenly it’s serious money and only getting more so?

  15. Ralph Nickleby, in Dicken’s “Nicholas Nickelby”, started to amass his fortune in grammar school. ” Not confining himself to theory, or permitting his faculties to rust, even at that early age, in mere abstract speculations, this promising lad commenced usurer on a limited scale at school; putting out at good interest a small capital of slate-pencil and marbles, and gradually extending his operations until they aspired to the copper coinage of this realm, in which he speculated to considerable advantage. Nor did he trouble his borrowers with abstract calculations of figures, or references to ready-reckoners; his simple rule of interest being all comprised in the one golden sentence, ‘two-pence for every half-penny,’ which greatly simplified the accounts, and which, as a familiar precept, more easily acquired and retained in the memory than any known rule of arithmetic, cannot be too strongly recommended to the notice of capitalists, both large and small, and more especially of money-brokers and bill-discounters. Indeed, to do these gentlemen justice, many of them are to this day in the frequent habit of adopting it, with eminent success.

    In like manner, did young Ralph Nickleby avoid all those minute and intricate calculations of odd days, which nobody who has worked sums in simple-interest can fail to have found most embarrassing, by establishing the one general rule that all sums of principal and interest should be paid on pocket-money day, that is to say, on Saturday: and that whether a loan were contracted on the Monday, or on the Friday, the amount of interest should be, in both cases, the same. Indeed he argued, and with great show of reason, that it ought to be rather more for one day than for five, inasmuch as the borrower might in the former case be very fairly presumed to be in great extremity, otherwise he would not borrow at all with such odds against him. This fact is interesting, as illustrating the secret connection and sympathy which always exist between great minds. Though Master Ralph Nickleby was not at that time aware of it, the class of gentlemen before alluded to, proceed on just the same principle in all their transactions.”

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