Billie Holliday: Let’s call the whole thing off- BE vs AE

I was listening to this song and I remembered that we’re going to see some differences between American and British English.

Billie Holliday, the great jazz singer, sings a song about differences, playing precisely with differences in the pronunciation between AE and BE. Here you have the song and the lyrics. Listen to it and see if you notice!

One more question, what does the title mean to you?

Billie Holiday Let’s Call the Whole Thing off
George and Ira Gershwin

You say either
And I say either
You say neither
And I say neither
Either, either, neither, neither
Let’s call the whole thing off

You like potatoes
And I like potatoes
You like tomatoes
And I like tomatoes
Potatoes, potatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes
Let’s call the whole thing off

But oh, if we call the whole thing off
Then we must part
And oh, if we ever part
Then that might break my heart

So it you like pajarnas
and I like pajamas
I’ll wear pajamas and give up pajamas
For we know we need each other
So we’d better call the calling off, off
Let’s call the whole thing off

So if you go for oysters
And I go for oysters
I’ll order oysters and
cancel the oysters
For we know we need each other
So we’d better call the calling off, off
Let’s call the whole thing off

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3 Responses to Billie Holliday: Let’s call the whole thing off- BE vs AE

  1. Mar says:

    The articulation difference is abysmal!!
    And the song is a good method to recognize and differentiate BE to AE.
    I don’t understand the title…

  2. Alicia says:

    I couldn’t hear the song because I’m in college and I have nothing to listen to music here. But when I can hear the song, I will give my opinion about it.

    I don’t understand the question that you make us.

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