Krisanthi Pappas

 
 

AND THE SUN WILL SHINE CD (includes The Voice)

The Big Apple Lingo

03:11
Krisanthi Pappas
Music & Lyrics by Krisanthi Pappas

Lyrics

 

Oh the people of New York, have their very own way to “tuak”,

And there are two very different sounds, for short letter o!  (sp:) Let me explain.

   

When I learned my vowels back in school, the letter “o” had no special rule,

We pronounced the short o words a lot, like dog and dot and log and hot,

They were all the same,  then one day it came,

 In a New York deli when I heard a voice exclaim!

     

“Haht duag”, I would like a “haht duag”,       (sp:) hot and dog,

and it occurred to me both words had the same short “o”,

But he pronounced it “haht duag”, why wasn’t it “huat dahg”?

This must be a rule that only the New Yorkers know!

 

Oh the people of New York, have their very own way to “tuak”,

and there are two very different sounds, for short letter o, that only they know,

It could be “haht duag”, “huat dahg”, which way does it go?

Or is it “haht dahg”, “huat duag”, how do they know?

Just when I think I’m “ahn”, I’m “uaff” the Big Apple lingo!

 

 Then one day I’m sitting on the beach, trying to learn this New York speech,

  I looked up and heard a lady shout, her husband answered her calling out.

They must be from New York,  I love the way they “tuak”,

And then she grabbed his hand and said “come on you handsome jock!”

 

“Vahleybual”, let’s go play “vahleybual”, (sp:) volley and ball,

And there it was again that same short letter o,

But she pronounced it “vahleybual”, why wasn’t it “vualeybahl”?

This has to be a rule that only the New Yorkers know!

 

Oh the people of New York, have their very own way to “tuak”,

and there are two very different sounds, for short letter o, that only they know,

It could be “vahleybual”, “vualeybahl”, which way does it go? 

Or is it “vahleybahl”, “vualeybual”, how do they know?      

Just when I think I’m “ahn”, I’m “uaff” the Big Apple lingo!

     

Come to my “cahndo” for “cuaffee”, you don’t have to “knuack”

We could do “Bruadway”, go “shahpping” or take a long “wualk”

And finally learn to “tuak” . . . . . . . . . . .    like I’m from New York! 

 

Music & Lyrics by Krisanthi Pappas © Krisanthi-To-Mum Music Publishing /ASCAP