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PostSubject: Maji?   Tue 15 Nov 2011, 10:06

Maji?

Dear Friends lyric -

Ethiopian town?
Mass effect planet in the Milky Way?
UFO conspiracy?
Japanese anime game?
Play on the word magic?

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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Tue 15 Nov 2011, 10:18

Hi PaulHighbury.

I think the spelling is Magi.

You'll sometimes see The Three Wise men at the Nativity being referred to as " The Magi": Magi is the plural of the word "Mage" which is related to the word magic. Similarly, the word wizard is related to the word wise.

I take this usage of the word Magi in Dear Friends as meaning wise men, rather than magicians.

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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Tue 15 Nov 2011, 18:11

According to the official lyrics it's spelled Maji...
I also took a look what it means and to be honest - no clue. *LOL*
But I think "Mass effect planet in the Milky Way" would fit the best. He's also singing that the friends are stars he's navigating home by... So... Maybe stars in the Milky Way. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Tue 15 Nov 2011, 18:15

Thank you. I did initially think this, but then I checked the official Elbow site lyrics, which has it spelt as Maji.
Mind you, it also shows all the dates on the albums incorrectly, including Build A Rocket as dated 2003!

Never mind eh Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Wed 16 Nov 2011, 16:25

Not a bad idea with the milky way, I always wondered too, what Maji might mean... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Wed 16 Nov 2011, 19:05

I still reckon it might just be a spelling mistake Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Wed 16 Nov 2011, 19:13

How can we find out whats right?
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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Wed 16 Nov 2011, 19:16

Mr Woman wrote:
I still reckon it might just be a spelling mistake Smile

I'm pretty sure this is the case - a deliberate typo to get people thinking.

The Beatles and REM used to do it ALL the time scratch tongue Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Wed 16 Nov 2011, 20:47

Yeah, if I had to guess my bet, would be spelling, agree Mr Woman/heshofcheese.
The only thing with the Milky Way theory is that I have a hunch it's fictional, looks like it's a sort of online game Mass Effect on a google search.

So, it's over to you Mr.G.

....or anyone who may know him

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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Thu 17 Nov 2011, 18:03

Wow, strung this one out good! Can we discuss "proove" from the Red lyrics in the AITB booklet next?

As far as I'm concerned it's just accidental Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Fri 18 Nov 2011, 20:39

Without a doubt, a Magi (as used by Guy) means a wise person or someone capable of extraordinary feats.
The lyrics on the Elbow site will be a typo.

On one of the songs on the COT DVD, ( I think it's I've got ur number, the one filmed at the cottage in Scotland) Jupp is wearing a T-shirt with Magi on the front.

God, i need to get out more..........
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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Sat 19 Nov 2011, 18:35

Maybe we all need to get out more Smile It's something when you get a whole thread devoted, not to the lyrics of a song, but one word in the lyrics of a song!

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PostSubject: Re: Maji?   Sat 19 Nov 2011, 19:04

Oh no... It's not about getting out more often. Smile
I read through all the lyrics the first time I get a new album. And words I don't understand I try to translate. Maji was one of those words (Stockport supporters Club was another expression, or simian stroll.. Never heard that before *lol*). I want to know what I'm singing about. Very Happy
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