Loser's Guide to Life
Bob Dylan's lyrics are really great.
Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killing done?” God says, “Out on Highway 61”.
But you can't go around muttering them aloud (tunelessly, unaccompanied) without people thinking you're nuts, in the supermarket or wherever.
Look out kid it's something you did, / God knows when but you're doing it again
They all sound kind of angry, and angry muttering just alarms people.
For that matter, happy muttering is no better. Try it. See what happens.
But it's okay to talk out loud if you're on your cellphone, because presumably there's someone else at the other end. People are standing at the check-out line, shepherding their purchases through, and suddenly they get an important call. It's always the same: “Where are you now?” “I'm in the grocery store,” they answer, “I'm just leaving.” Almost as if they're justifying themselves to an unseen accuser. But that's normal.