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Apr 01

Lies, Damn Lies and….

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Lies, Damn Lies and….

They say that statistics are useless without proper analysis – however I think there is a certain beauty in this following set (courtesy of John McGhee – official FT pop statistician). However if you want to analyse them feel free.

14% of Travis’s song “Turn” is comprised of the word “turn”.
16% of Travis’s song “Sing” is comprised of the word “sing”.

There are 173 words in the lyrics to “Turn”, which appear the following
number of times.

25 times: turn
16 times: I
13 times: to
10 times: want
8 times: we
5 times: and, the
4 times: if, learn, live, sing
3 times: be, in, might, then, world
Twice: a, believe, feel, it, long, my, see, so, song, survive, that, very,
where, will, won’t
Once: balloon, before, belong, big, come, door, felt,
forever, grow, I’ll, kingdom, know, like, moon, much, never, outside,
people, saw, sky, stars, strong, there’s, unless, up, We’ll, what, what’s,
where’s, young

There are 123 words in the lyrics to “Sing”, which appear the following
number of times.

20 times: sing
8 times: nothing
7 times: you
4 times: going
3 times: be, been, but, the, to, you’ve
Twice: a, baby, bring, for, gonna, her, if, love, mean, on, so, thing,
unless, won’t
Once: sun, and, cause, colder, crazy, crying, do, early,
everything’s, fine, get, have, hold, hurry, I, in, lately, long, low, no,
one’s, right, say, seems, shoulder, so, solo, something, stopped, surely,
tell, there’s, today, too, waiting, why, your, you’re,

The chorus of Turn is as follows:

And if we turn, turn, turn, turn
Then we might learn
Turn, turn, turn, turn
Turn, turn, turn

The chorus of Sing is as follows:

But if you sing, sing
sing, sing, sing, sing
For the love you bring won’t mean a thing
Unless you sing, sing, sing, sing

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