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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:03 AM
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We are 'the salt of the earth'. Does anyone remember that phrase?
It's a good one.

From dictionary.com,

an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.


We ARE the salt of the earth! :toast:
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Kiouni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:04 AM
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1. I'll salt YOUR Earth!
sorry...too much coffee.
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Vexatious Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:18 AM
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2. But to those on top, in the White House
we are "the great un-washed"
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:23 AM
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4. Don't believe them; read the definition, embrace it! nt
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Vexatious Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:32 AM
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7. I don't , trust me. But I know what they think about us.
That's all I'm saying.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:11 AM
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15. Agreed
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:22 AM
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3. It's a great Stones' song
Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink to the lowly of birth
Raise your glass to the good and the evil
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Say a prayer for the common foot soldier
Spare a thought for his back breaking work
Say a prayer for his wife and his children
Who burn the fires and who still till the earth

And when I search a faceless crowd
A swirling mass of gray and
Black and white
They don't look real to me
In fact, they look so strange

Raise your glass to the hard working people
Let's drink to the uncounted heads
Let's think of the wavering millions
Who need leaders but get gamblers instead

Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter
His empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
And a parade of the gray suited grafters
A choice of cancer or polio

And when I look in the faceless crowd
A swirling mass of grays and
Black and white
They don't look real to me
Or don't they look so strange

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's think of the lowly of birth
Spare a thought for the rag taggy people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth
Let's drink to the two thousand million
Let's think of the humble of birth



http://www.lyriczz.com/lyriczz.php?songid=9903
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:25 AM
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5. Wow, that's just about perfect! Thank you, Raging, and so nice to
see you!
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:26 AM
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6. Thank you
Nice to see you also.

:toast:
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Vexatious Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:35 AM
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9. Wow, I haven't heard that in a long time.
Now I'll crash with that tune in my head--along with the beer. Thanks.
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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:35 AM
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13. If you're still up
Download the song here to listen to it

http://s10.quicksharing.com/v/6929560/Rolling_Stones_Sa...
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:34 AM
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8. Didn't the original biblical phrase have more the connotation of "flavor" (don't wanna lose it)....
Also interesting to note (if you're a dork like me) is that "salary" also has salt-is-good-based origins (as anyone speaking a Romance language can immediately see).
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:40 AM
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11. of course, the phrase is biblical...
...from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus referred to his disciples as the salt of the earth, meaning unpretentious and good.

I always associate the phrase with Godspell lyrics:

You are the light of the world!
You are the light of the world!
But if that light is under a bushel,
Brrr, it's lost something kind of crucial
You got to stay bright to be the light of the world
You are the salt of the earth
You are the salt of the earth
But if that salt has lost it's flavor
It ain't got much in its favor
You can't have that fault and be the salt of the earth!
(chorus):
So let your light so shine before men
Let your light so shine
So that they might know some kindness again
We all need help to feel fine (let's have some wine!)
You are the city of God
You are the city of God
But if that city's on a hill
It's kinda hard to hide it well
You've got to stay pretty in the city of God
(chorus)
You are the light of the world
You are the light of the world
But the tallest candlestick
Ain't much good without a wick
You've got to stay bright to be the light of the world (B'way)
You've got to live right to be the light of the world (film)
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:52 AM
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12. Um, why do *you* think I referred to it as "the original biblical phrase"?
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:01 AM
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16. why so touchy?
I was merely confirming what you wrote.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:20 AM
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18. You ask why I'm so touchy.
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neoblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:37 AM
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10. We're salt; our President and his Republi-cronies and...
all of their supporters, are: dioxin, pcb's, toxic hydrocarbons, pesticides, methyl-mercury and so on. We need alot more salt to counteract the toxins; and we need to clean up our country and our government (in more ways than one).
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:38 AM
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14. I wrote about that saying.
"salt of the earth"

Posted by SoCalDem in General Discussion
Wed Jul 19th 2006, 10:45 PM

When people refer to someone as "good people..salt of the earth", it's meant to be a positive comment about their character.

Warmongers have brought home to me, another meaning for "salt of the earth"..

How many buckets of blood, gallons of tears have been greedily slurped up by the soils of how many desolate places..battlefields. all of them?

No continent except Antarctica has been denied that "salt"..

The soil in which we plant our petunias, probably contains ancient "salt" residues from battles long ago..

Spilled blood, shed tears...from too many people to count..over too many years to know..

Collectively we may be gaining knowledge, but we sure don't get any smarter
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Rosemary2205 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:03 AM
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17. Well around here if that is said about you then
you are probably considered physically unattractive or are considered unintelligent. It's usually used

"She's the salt of the earth but...........
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