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It kind of reminds me of a 311 song, but I'm not sure which one.
Answer: It has evolved over centuries!
- From Shakespeare's The Tempest (1611):
- Before you can say come, and goe,
- And breathe twice; and cry, so, so:
- Each one tripping on his Toe,
- Will be here with mop, and mowe.
Here, mop, and mowe means "a grimace."
- From John Milton's poem L'Allegro (1645):
- Come, and trip it as ye go,
- On the light fantastick toe.
- And in thy right hand lead with thee,
- The Mountain Nymph, sweet Liberty;
Here, trip means "to step lightly or nimbly," and light and fantastick refer to the movement of the feet or dance steps.
- After the 1832 Beaumaris Eisteddfod (literature & music festival), Secretary William Jones, Esq. wrote:
The ball room in evening at the Royal Victoria, was crowded as before by fashion, youth, and beauty; and many tripped it on the light fantastic toe, "till bright Aurora tinged the morn."
- In the popular song "Sidewalks of New York" (1894):
- Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke
- Tripped the light fantastic
- on the sidewalks of New York
The More You Know: The 311 song I was thinking of is "Loco," but the line is:
We trip the shrooms fantasticFun fact: I've seen 311 in concert 3 times.
And shit gets drastic, elbow pull and kick
We trip the shrooms fantastic
And shit gets drastic, check it out (check it out)