I bet you thought you got off easy there. Only one post about the two. No way! Bumbastories has another post on the two. Why???  Because the number two merits a second look, a double-back. The proud number two deserves a two-pronged, two-fisted, double edged, second-to-none, second look. A double-dip, you might say. Previously, we talked about the two’s mystical associations. Today we’ll look at the two in our language.

While you’re thinking about the two, you might get doubled up at second base. In the meantime, here’s a wonderful Randy Travis song about the two. It’s called On the Other Hand. Written by Overstreet and Schlitz and sung by Randy in 1985, we are introduced in a casual Country manner to a man who is faced with a critical choice in his life: He could 1) stay with this very lovely woman he’s with, or 2) do the right thing and go back to his wife. Poor guy! He has to decide! He’s at a fork in the pie, er, a fork in the road. A choice must be made. He must weigh between choices. Hence the metaphor of the two hands. The weighing of things. And there are two choices, as is often the case. For the economists out there, one can envision a sort of cost-benefit analysis going on inside the guy’s head.

The song starts:

On one hand I count the reasons I could stay with you

And hold you close to me, all night long.
So many lover’s games I could play with you
And on that hand I see no reason why it’s wrong
But on the other hand, There’s a golden band
To remind of someone who would not understand
On one hand I could stay and be your loving man
But the reason I must go is on the other hand
In your arms I feel the passion, I thought had died
When I looked into your eyes I found myself
When I first kissed your lips I felt so alive
I’ve got to hand it to you girl, you’re something else
But on the other hand, There’s a golden band
To remind of someone who would not understand
On one hand I could stay and be your loving man
But the reason I must go is on the other hand
It makes for a magnificent Country-Western song. Hats off to Randy Travis!

A different version of this song is on my CD titled Chester’s Songs, which is downloadable on CD Baby, or Soundcloud. Also available in hard copy, a CD, together with the books of course. See Bumba Books.

Some more double-talk with two:

You can get in your two cents, dance the two step, do a double take, or a double-back as in Chuck Berr did in Nadine, Honey where Are You?. You can go on a double date in Tupelo, accept a double-dare in Tuscon, get double-crossed (by a double agent who plays by the Tewkesbury Rules), chew Double Bubble bubble gum (ah, the good old days), put half & half in your coffee, sleep in a double bed, engage in binary fission, play two on two, use the binary number system like your computer, have a half-baked idea,or have half a mind to do something (half-assed), possess a dual nationality, a dual enrollment in a secondary college, or a dual diagnosis. Yikes. Maybe you’ll do a double take when you hear a double-entendre. Too bad….anyhow, keep on tootin’!

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