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Old 26 July 2010, 07:44 PM
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In reference to the Gershwin's "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", someone on another forum related this bit that set my rusty old UL senses a'tingling:

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I don't know if this is true but I heard that the sheet music to that song reached England before a recording and so there are some very rare recordings of an English singer going, "You say po-tah-to and I say po-tah-to ..."
Smells of an urban legend to me...
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Old 26 July 2010, 08:32 PM
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Especially since the lyric sheet spells out "po-tay-to" and "po-tah-to" so that the singer knows which comes first.

ETA: I'm going from memory and that may not be exactly how they're spelled, but a difference is plainly marked.
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Old 26 July 2010, 08:34 PM
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On the other hand, there is a regional hillbilly version down here that has the lines, "You say 'tater, / I say spud / Go fer yer shotgun / I want to see blood."
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Old 26 July 2010, 11:06 PM
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There's a John Bird/John Fortune sketch from the mid-70s which uses the same idea:

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Old 28 July 2010, 04:42 AM
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There was also a Christopher Walken monologue on SNL where he sang "I say potato, you say potato..."

I thought that's what inspired this.
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Old 28 July 2010, 01:07 PM
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"Potato"? I thought "Tomato" was the word that was pronounced differently, and that "potato" was pronounced "potayto" in both sides of the Atlantic.
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Old 28 July 2010, 01:45 PM
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The song isn't exactly a US vs. British difference; it's a US middle class vs. US upper class distinction.
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Old 28 July 2010, 03:08 PM
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"Potato"? I thought "Tomato" was the word that was pronounced differently, and that "potato" was pronounced "potayto" in both sides of the Atlantic.
They use both Potato and Tomato in the song.
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