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I always find it interesting that people like to refer to Kansas as the "Land of Oz" in some way or another. Kansas is not the land of Oz. Oz exists somewhere other than Kansas. Otherwise she wouldn't have been able to say "we're not in Kansas anymore". It would have been "We're somewhere else in Kansas". And that just doesn't resinate the same way.


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Of course Oz isn't in Kansas. It's over the rainbow!
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I hear Andrew is from Oz :p


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One of my favorite passages from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" that's missing from the movie:

"Tell me something about yourself and the country you came from," said the Scarecrow, when she had finished her dinner. So she told him all about Kansas, and how gray everything was there, and how the cyclone had carried her to this queer Land of Oz.

The Scarecrow listened carefully, and said, "I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas."

"That is because you have no brains" answered the girl. "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."

The Scarecrow sighed.

"Of course I cannot understand it," he said. "If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in the beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains."



L. Frank Baum wrote the book while staying in the Hotel Del Coronado, and based the Emerald City in part on it. That means San Diego is Oz.
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And apparently had a dim view of Kansas.
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Gregg Bolinger wrote:I always find it interesting that people like to refer to Kansas as the "Land of Oz" in some way or another. Kansas is not the land of Oz. Oz exists somewhere other than Kansas. Otherwise she wouldn't have been able to say "we're not in Kansas anymore". It would have been "We're somewhere else in Kansas". And that just doesn't resinate the same way.


Oz is down under. nowhere near america.
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Um, this is a reference to L Frank Baum's Oz, which has nothing to do with Australia either. Other than possibly lending it a nickname.

As for Kansas, it's only really Kansas when Livgren is with the group.
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Dust in the wind...
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Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich


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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich



Oh swell. Now I have that song stuck in my head...

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Henry Wong wrote:
Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich



Oh swell. Now I have that song stuck in my head...

Henry


I have had it stuck since yesterday, when i first read this thread.
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Strange how a joke about Africa can end up focusing on Australia!
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Strange how a joke about Africa can end up focusing on Australia!

About the wizard of Oz I thought
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Wendy Gibbons wrote:
Bear Bibeault wrote:Strange how a joke about Africa can end up focusing on Australia!

About the wizard of Oz I thought

It was, until you brought down under into the conversation


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The two songs are just tied together in my mind. "Down Under" was released in October 1981, and "Africa" in 1982 sometime (thanks, Wikipedia) so I guess they were on the radio at the same time. I certainly remember both from freshman year in college.
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Well, part of Africa is down under, too. It all ties together. Somehow.

Next up: Men from Kansas sing "Diesel and Dust in the Wind"
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(yeah, I know "Diesel and Dust" was by a different group)
 
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