"Rotundas small but cute!"
    Speaking of the poor Sabine women, as we were, ever seen those crazy lyrics from the 1954 MGM musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ? The main character, a woodsman named Adam, encourages his six younger brothers to kidnap the women they love. He cites the ancient story of the Sabine women. As they prepare to abduct their future wives, they sing this absolutely crazy song - "Sobbin' Women" (Not "Sabine," "Sobbin'")

    If you're mortally offended by sexism, read no further.

    "Sobbin' Women"

    ADAM
    Tell ya 'bout them sobbin' women
    Who lived in the Roman days.
    It seems that they all went swimmin'
    While their men was off to graze.
    Well, a Roman troop was ridin' by
    And saw them in their "me oh my",
    So they took 'em all back home to dry.
    Least that's what Plutarch says.
    Oh yes!
    Them a woman was sobbin', sobbin', sobbin'
    Fit to be tied.
    Ev'ry muscle was throbbin', throbbin'
    From that riotous ride.
    Oh they cried and kissed and kissed and cried
    All over that Roman countryside
    So don't forget that when you're takin' a bride.
    Sobbin' fit to be tied
    From that riotous ride!
    They never did return their plunder
    The victor gets all the loot.
    They carried them home, by thunder,
    To rotundas small but cute.
    And you've never seens so,
    They tell me, such downright domesticity.
    With a Roman baby on each knee
    Named "Claudius" and "Brute"

    SIX BROTHERS
    Oh yes!
    Them a women was sobbin', sobbin', passin' them nights.

    ADAM
    While the Romans was goin' out hobbin', nobbin'
    Startin' up fights.
    They kept occupied by sewin' lots of little old togas
    For them tots and sayin' "someday women folk'll have rights."

    GIDEON
    Passin' all o' them nights.

    ADAM
    Just sewin'!
    While the Romans had fights.

    CALEB
    "Hey listen to this"
    Now when their men folk went to fetch 'em
    Them women would not be fetched.
    It seems them Romans ketch 'em
    That their lady friends stay ketched.

    ADAM
    Now let this be because it's true,
    A lesson to the likes of you,
    Treat 'em rough like them there Romans do
    Or else they'll think you're tetched.

    SIX BROTHERS
    Oh yes!
    Them a women was sobbin', sobbin',
    Sobbin' buckets of tears
    On account o' old dobbin',
    Dobbin' really rattled their ears.
    Oh they acted angry and annoyed

    GIDEON
    But secretly they was overjoyed

    ADAM
    You must recall that when corralin' your streets

    BROTHERS
    Oh, oh, oh, oh them poe little dears.

    SIX BROTHERS ADAM
    Oh yes
    Them a women was sobbin', sobbin', sobbin' Oh yeah
    Weepin' a ton Then sobbin' women
    Just remember what Robin, Robin, Robin Oh yeah
    Hood woulda done. Them sobbin women.
    We'll be just like them three merry men
    And make 'em all merry once again.

    ADAM
    And though they'll be a sobbin' for a while

    ALL
    Oh yes!
    We're gonna make them sobbin' women smile!

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    Sheesh,

    -Edward

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