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Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics, Cast of 'Oklahoma'

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Oklahoma! (1980 London Revival Cast) album at
Cast of 'Oklahoma''s, "Many A New Day"
The Lyrics:
Why should a woman who is healthy and strong
Blubber like a baby if her man goes away,
A-weapin' and a-wailin' how he's done her wrong?
That's one thing you'll never hear me say.
The pronoun "That" in the last line cited above needs an antecedent. And since it says "That's one thing you'll never hear me say", that antecedent needs to be an actual quote of what one will never hear her say, or at least something that pretty nearly implies a quote of something specific that she's saying one will never hear her say. But the nearest thing to an atecedent is "A-weapin' and a-wailin' how he's done her wrong", and that is rather too vague to provide an explicit or implied quote to serve as the needed antecedent.
Submitted by: Regina Haniger

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