How does Robert Plant think the name 'Darlene' is pronounced?

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Also voted Dabaloueen. No yanny/laurel effect here, I'm afraid.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Monday, 9 March 2020 19:57 (two months ago) link

I think that, even if we aren't able to form a consensus wrt the precise combination of phonemes involved, the most important object of inquiry for me is pinning down the number of syllables in the Plantian utterance of 'Darlene'. It seems almost certain, to my ears, that we have a minimum of four, with the possible elision of a fourth and maybe even a fifth nestled amidst the others. But every time I relisten, I find myself...entranced by the fractal quality of Robert's enunciation, and new layers are revealed, like a complex flower slowly opening itself to the sun. I wouldn't be surprised if, once we really get into the weeds of this investigation, we discover dozens if not hundreds of syllables packed into this one brief, wondrous vocalization. Why, even the discovery of word sounds previously uncatalogued doesn't seem out of the question. It will be difficult work, but a rewarding investment of our remaining years on this planet we call Earth.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 23:44 (two months ago) link

Ha, I remember this pronunciation striking me when I listened to Coda for maybe the only time as a kid.

Sund4r, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:08 (two months ago) link


sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:12 (two months ago) link

Maybe Dalouie

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:12 (two months ago) link

OL i think future generations would want us to distinguish between how Percy *thinks* Darlene should be pronounced and how he actually pronounces it. Perhaps he thinks it contains an infinite number oh phonemes, and merely selects an appropriate subset for each utterance.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:14 (two months ago) link

Voted other, “dah wreen”

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:17 (two months ago) link


jmm, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:18 (two months ago) link

^ by Da Midsphist

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 02:19 (two months ago) link

It mostly sounds like "dobboleen" to me but sometimes the last vowel does get diphthongized so I also voted for "Dabaloueen".

Sund4r, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:16 (two months ago) link

Ooo ooo ooo

calstars, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:43 (two months ago) link

Mr Dabaleena
Mr Bob Dabaleena

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:47 (two months ago) link


Sund4r, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:58 (two months ago) link

There is a spoken sample right at the beginning of the Orb's Pomme Fritz

which my brain has tried to wrap itself around for...I guess decades, at this point. I've never been able to find the source of the sample (kinda sounds like Lennie Weinrib to me, maybe?). No idea what sounds are coming out of that mouth. It's mystifying, entrancing. Haunting. Mind-bending. A bringer of joy and of tears.

Plant's 'Doawahooawualoween' evokes similar feelings of wonder toward the human speech apparatus and the feats of which it is capable. Feats which sometimes cannot be replicated, no matter how many consecutive hours I spend in the shower trying and trying until my own voice gives out completely and I just curl up at the bottom of the tub, the now-icy water slowly inducing a state of hypothermia which will take me several weeks to recover from.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 15:00 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 19 March 2020 00:01 (two months ago) link

Zep was smart to not put this on one of their real albums...

Lee626, Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:53 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 20 March 2020 00:01 (two months ago) link

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