March 22, 2004

Explaining the Post Title Below

by Jeremy Blachman

It took me a little while, but I just realized why the post title below ("Staying In and Dropping Out and Worth a Post? and Maybe Not") made sense to me, but probably just looks odd to anyone not living inside my head.

Anyway, last week was the law school parody show here, a musical that pokes fun at law school life and professors and students that I helped write but, as one of eight writers, am probably not to blame for all that much. But I did contribute the lyrics to a parody song off of The Vapors' "Turning Japanese" (called "Learning Legalese" -- I can't take credit for the idea/title, but the lyrics are mostly my doing), and that post title is awfully similar to one of the lines of the parody song, and falls completely in rhythm. I posted this on my solo blog last week, but if I've piqued your interest, keep reading:

"Learning Legalese," to the tune of The Vapors' "Turning Japanese"

My eyes are bleeding, from all this reading
I wish the casebooks were not twelve inches thick
All this dissenting, is unrelenting
I need a study guide -- and I need it quick!
It's got me throwing up and laying down and staying in; I'm failing out.

I'm learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really hope so
(learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really hope so)
Meeting of the minds, retainer, eminent domain, right of assumpsit
Lawyer-client privílege, discharge, automatic stay, habeas corpus
Affidavit, deposition, amicus curiae, jurisidiction!

I'm a beginner, books should be thinner
I kicked the tax code and I fractured my toe
Although I'm gifted, this can't be lifted
I need an outline for this outline -- I know!
Must get these books to class, I need my Mom, to help me haul them all around (big fat woman walks on stage -- which never happened in the show... maybe this alone is why the song failed to inspire!?!?!)

I'm learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really hope so
(learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really hope so)
Arbitration, breach of contract, fraudulent conveyance, prima facie
Prosecution, statutory, stay of execution, sui juris
12-b-6 dismissal, joint and several, three-pronged test, fee simple transfer

No words with less than fourteen letters
No teachers speak a language I understand
No one told me Latin would be necessary
No one told me law school would be quite this scary ...
No one... Thatís why

I'm learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really think so, think so, think so
(learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really think so)
Learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really think so
(learning legalese, I think I'm learning legalese, I really think so)

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I sense another Greg Giraldo in the making.

Posted by: Brian at March 22, 2004 02:07 PM
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