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Found 18 posts tagged ‘wizard of oz’


June 27, 2020 (permalink)

Our Superior Wizard of Oz Version of a Rolling Stones Song

What's with The Rolling Stones song "Play with Fire"?  People outside of London are supposed to relate to what "Stepney" and "Knightsbridge" are?  No — those are terrible lyrics.  A highly superior context for the song is The Wizard of Oz, which we can prove by offering side-by-side lyrics.  You're welcome.  (Note: we didn't bother trying to rhyme our wizardly remake of the song.  Why give a damn trying to replicate the style of such a poor original?  Our version shines brilliantly without any forced rhymes.)
The Wizard of Oz Version (Superior) Original Rolling Stones Version (Stupid)
Well, you've got your rubies and you've got your little dog Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes
And tornadoes drop you off And the chauffeur drives your car
You let everybody know You let everybody know
But don't play with me, or you're flying with monkeys But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
Your auntie she's a farmer, raising goats near witchy-ta Your mother she's an heiress, owns a block in Saint John's Wood
And your uncle’s under her spell And your father'd be there with her
Enchanted in toto If he only could
But don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys But don't play with me, because you're playing with fire
Your wizard asks for broomsticks; his promises hot air Your old man took her diamond's and tiaras by the score
Now you click your heels on brick roads Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
Not in Kansas anymore Not in Knightsbridge anymore
So don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys So don't play with me, because you're playing with fire
Now you walk on rubies and your future’s looking emerald Now you've got some diamonds and you will have some others
But you'd better watch your step, girl
But you'd better watch your step, girl
Or there’ll be no place like home
Or start living with your mother
So don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
So don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
> read more from Do-Re-Midi . . .
#wizard of oz #rolling stones #lyrics
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November 19, 2019 (permalink)

An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #flying monkey
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October 19, 2019 (permalink)

Though L. Frank Baum himself said that he derived the wizardly name Oz from a filing cabinet labeled "O-Z," we know that the letters M and N are at the middle of the alphabet, not O.  The secret answer is that just beyond the corner of Dorothy's Kansas lie the Ozark mountains, and the arc of the "Oz ark" is a rainbow.

> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#wizard of oz
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September 18, 2019 (permalink)

An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #lion #flying monkey
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August 22, 2019 (permalink)

An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #lion #cowardly lion
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July 18, 2019 (permalink)

An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #scarecrow #wizard of oz #tree #faces in things
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June 20, 2019 (permalink)

The Kalidahs have the bodies of bears and the heads of tigers.  An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #hybrid #tiger
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May 1, 2019 (permalink)

The magic art of the Great Humbug.  An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magic #wizard of oz #humbug
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March 22, 2018 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz.  From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #winged man #flying monkey #the people could fly
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November 21, 2016 (permalink)

You've heard the euphemism "friend of Dorothy," but there's been something queer about Kansas toradoes since at least 1913.  From Popular Mechanics.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#tornado #wizard of oz #vintage headline #friend of dorothy #kansas
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September 18, 2016 (permalink)

From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#dragon #wizard of oz #l. frank baum
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September 17, 2016 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the Tin Man of the Wizard of Oz (1900), from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal (1887).
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #automaton #robot #tin man
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August 19, 2016 (permalink)

From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #l. frank baum #art
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July 31, 2016 (permalink)

From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz
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May 31, 2016 (permalink)

What do "fifty shades of grey" have to do with the Wizard of Oz?  One might think that in the Oz spectrum, ruby (slipper) is connected to emerald (city) by yellow (brick road).  However, there are actually fifty shades of grey between ruby and emerald.  (Spoiler: it's the fifty shades of Toto's coat of many colors.)
> read more from Colorful Allusions . . .
#toto #wizard of oz #gray #shades of gray #emerald city #color palette #dogs #fifty shades of grey #ruby slippers #grey
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February 23, 2015 (permalink)

Here's Toto, 70 dog years before the debut of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  From Home Life on an Ostrich Farm by Annie Martin, 1890.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#toto #wizard of oz #dog years #toto the dog
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October 11, 2014 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Dorothy and Toto, eight years before the first Oz book was published, from Old Plaistow by John Spencer Curwen (1892).
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #dorothy and toto
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January 7, 2014 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to MGM's Cowardly Lion of Oz, from Le Grand Siècle by Émile Bourgeois, 1896.

> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #wizard of oz #cat people #cowardly lion #lion man
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