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Thread #10886   Message #2987189
Posted By: mayomick
15-Sep-10 - 09:39 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Subject: RE: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Thanks Becky. It does make sense to me -leaving aside the diddle i bits.
The song messes around between the conditional and aspirational meanings of the words would, could and should .

Oh, that I was where I would be,
Then should I be where I am not:
Here I am where I must be,
Where I would be, I cannot.

I would thought that the sense is :

If only I could be where I would like to be
then I wouldn't be here
I am here where I must be
where I would like to be I cannot be