Famous Sayings #145 — ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’

April 14, 2019

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer will you be mine
Hey, I heard it through the grapevine
And I’m just about to lose my mind …

A year ago, I received an email from Quartz Obsession that looked at the phrase “I heard it through the grapevine,” which, as you know, is a title of a song sang by Marvin Gaye and many other artists. Since this is a very famous phrase, I immediately saw it as a future Famous Sayings post. However, I didn’t know how much I add to the research already done by the writers and researchers at Quartz. As it turns out, there was a lot more research to be done since the Quartz Obsession post (which can be read online) mainly looked at the history behind the song.

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Famous Sayings: #55 — ‘I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar’

March 31, 2017

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

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Helen Reddy (right) made numerous appearances in television and movies (include The Carol Burnett Show) after her song “I Am Woman” became a hit and an anthem.

The lyrics for the song can be found on Songfacts. You can see a live performance of the song by Helen Reddy here.

I’m cheating a little bit here. I wanted to use this song to end Women’s History Month and talk a little bit about the women’s liberation movement.

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