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    Stop the world, I want to get off.




    ‘STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF’: MEANING AND EARLY OCCURRENCES

    Pascal Trégueretymology, music, United Kingdom & Ireland, USA & Canada folk etymology, newspapers & magazines, phrases, United Kingdom, USA

    The phrase stop the world, I want to get off means I’m tired of life, but is intended serio-ironically, not in genuine despair.

    It is often, but erroneously, claimed that this phrase originated in Stop the World—I Want to Get Off 1, the title of a musical with music, lyrics and book by the English composer, lyricist and playwright Leslie Bricusse (born 1931) and the English actor, singer and songwriter Anthony Newley (1931-1999). This musical was first produced at the Manchester Palace, Lancashire, England, on Tuesday 20th June 1961. The production transferred to the Queen’s Theatre, in the West End of London, on Thursday 20th July 1961. The musical then opened at the Shubert Theatre, New York City, on Wednesday 3rd October 1962.

    1 According to the U.S. pianist, composer, author, comedian and actor Oscar Levant (1906-1972) in The Unimportance of Being Oscar (New York: Pocket Books, 1969), the title of this musical originated in a graffito:

    Everyone has heard that the playwrights Albee and Newley got their titles Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Stop the World I Want to Get Off from graffiti signs.

    In fact, the phrase stop the world, I want to get off was in usage before the musical. Here are the earliest occurrences that I have found, in chronological order:

    9-: From the following advertisement, published in the Rockford Morning Star (Rockford, Illinois) of Saturday 8th February 1958:

    STOP THE WORLD
    I WANT TO GET OFF
    Get away from it all . . . take off that apron this Sunday . . . try our . . .
    SUNDAY SPECIAL
    BREADED VEAL CUTLET $1.35
    Mushroom Sauce Whipped Potatoes
    Garden Vegetable Salad
    Hot Rolls & Butter Beverage
    EDGE-O’-TOWN
    RESTAURANT ● 4404 E. State ● 8-5058

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    The Left will cause Government of the people, by the people, for the people, to perish from the Earth.

    Trump is mankind's last hope to preserve Liberty.



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    Some days I fear that America is not going to recover from the rise in Leftist and foreign toxicity, no matter what we do.
    The Left will cause Government of the people, by the people, for the people, to perish from the Earth.

    Trump is mankind's last hope to preserve Liberty.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummie123 View Post
    Some days I fear that America is not going to recover from the rise in Leftist and foreign toxicity, no matter what we do.
    Leftism has significantly injured America.

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    Some days I fear that America is not going to recover from the rise in Leftist and foreign toxicity, no matter what we do.
    America will not be safe until all you Trump fascists are rounded up and shot.

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    America will not be safe until all you Trump fascists are rounded up and shot.
    I love that you continue to threaten people. This is why you and all your leftist butt fucking buddies are cunts

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