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Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?
I've seen those English dramas too
They're cruel
So if there's any other way
To spell the word
It's fine with me, with me

Why would you speak to me that way
Especially when I always said that I
Haven't got the words for you
All your diction dripping with disdain
Through the pain
I always tell the truth

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford climber?
I climbed to Dharamsala too
I did
I met the highest lama
His accent sounded fine
To me, to me

Check your handbook
It's no trick
Take the chapstick
Put it on your lips
Crack a smile
Adjust my tie
Know your boyfriend, unlike other guys

Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?
Why would you lie about anything at all?
First the window, then it's to the wall
Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth

Check your passport
It's no trick
Take the chapstick
Put it on your lips
Crack a smile
Adjust my tie
Know your butler, unlike other guys
Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?
Why would you lie about anything at all?
First the window, then it's through the wall
Why would you tape my conversations?
Show your paintings
At the United Nations
Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth



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    MaeStoneJul 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm
    I can't believe I signed up just to explain this. An Oxford Comma is the optional comma before the word 'and' in a list. Many people care about this stuff (trust me, I'm friends with many of them). Actually people argue about weather or not an Oxford Comma should be present. Many people are strongly opinionated. He's saying "Who gives a fuck...?" The whole song is about how people are too focused on stupid things. Ironically we're all sitting here debating about the stupid things he was talking about. The 'Oxford Comma' and the 'Oxford Climber' represent all the stupid things people care too much about (like the meaning of the song--who cares? Just enjoy the song).
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    michelleydellyMar 21, 2010 at 3:53 am
    On 28 January 2008, Michael Hogan of Vanity Fair interviewed Ezra Koenig regarding the title of the song and its relevance to the song's meaning. Koenig said that he first encountered the Oxford comma (an optional comma before the word "and" at the end of a list) when a group of Columbia University students had created a group titled "Students for the Preservation of the Oxford Comma", which prompted the idea of the song several months later while sitting at a piano in his parents' house. He began "writing the song and the first thing that came out was 'Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?'". He stated that the song "is more about not giving a fuck than about Oxford commas." [1]
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    UnregisteredJul 14, 2012 at 6:21 am
    Who cares about the petty things about life. As long as we arrive, what matters the way or method used to do so. 'cause you know, lil jon may not say much, and may not say it "correctly", but he says what he needs to say.
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    UnregisteredApr 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm
    Not caring about dumb stuff like "how much coal (money) you have, or trivial things like the oxford comma when there are much importants things to deal with.
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    UnregisteredJan 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    Oxford commas are quite important. If you say "i invited the strippers, jfk, and stalin" it means the strippers along with jfk and stalin. If you say "i invited the strippers, jfk and stalin" it means jfk and stalin are the strippers, and you invited them.

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