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John Etherington
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Amen

Post by John Etherington » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:04 am

A lady friend of mine has just pointed out that Amen spelt backwards is Nema!
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Re: Amen

Post by drsing » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:52 am

Really ? ;-)
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Re: Amen

Post by tomsakic » Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:06 pm

Yeah... But it is not NEeMA, isn't it?:)
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Re: Amen

Post by seadove » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:54 am

Everybody (here) knows what's the point in this thread or is it only me not knowing? :-(
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Re: Amen

Post by drsing » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:26 am

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1985 Rotterdam
1988 Amsterdam
1993 The Hague
2008 Manchester, Brussels (2x), Rotterdam
2009 Lisboa
2010 Dortmund
2012 Ghent 2012 (2x), Amsterdam 2012 (2x)
2013 Antwerp, Oberhausen, Brussels, Rotterdam, Amsterdam
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Re: Amen

Post by seadove » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:40 pm

That tells a lot.
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Re: Amen

Post by John Etherington » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:59 pm

We're only talking about the upper case part of NEeMA's name (and name is of course an anagram of amen)! :)
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Re: Amen

Post by holydove » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:36 pm

The Talmud teaches that "Amen" is an acronym for a Hebrew name of God, "El Melekh Ne'eman", which means "the faithful King"; (Melekh means King, & ne'eman means faithful).
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Re: Amen

Post by John Etherington » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:32 am

Thanks, Holydove! It's interesting to hear Hebrew meanings for these words. I had previously only known Amen to mean "So be it", as at the end of a prayer.

Since there is a strong musical similarity between "I'm Your Man" and "Amen" Leonard seems to be using wordplay with (Your) Man/(A)men. Interestingly the only other song to my knowledge where this has occurred is "I Am the Lord" by Felicity Buirski on her very Cohenesque album "Repairs and Alterations" (1988). The album has an acknowledgement to Leonard on the cover, and was apparently an album that he favoured. The song "I Am the Lord" is about God splitting into two to become Lover/Beloved. The closing words were originally going to be something like "Ah ha...Ah ha...Ah..Man! However Felicity suddenly realised that what she was really trying to say was "Amen", and made this the final word, instead.

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Re: Amen

Post by Tony Crosbie » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:17 am

Oh God.
and the Johnny Walker wisdom running high
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