Don’t you sometimes wish the world would slow down a little bit. The racing from activity to activity, the constant barrage of emails and texts, even the hourly news cycle can be exhausting. No wonder people seem to be speaking at a faster and faster rate. Or maybe it just seems that way because of my hearing loss. Lately, I find that my brain needs a little extra processing time to help me hear my best. I have added “Please repeat that more slowly,” to my list of “What?” replacements.
It got me thinking about one of my favorite songs, Simon & Garfunkel’s hit The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) and its opening line, “Slow down, you move too fast.” Here is my take on this classic with a hearing loss twist. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to suggest alternative lyrics in the comments.
The Communication Bridge Song (Please Talk Slowly)
Slow down, you talk too fast
You got to make the discourse last
Just enunciate every single word
Looking for clues to catch your meaning
Ba da da da da da da, catch your meaning.
Hello speaker, what cha saying?
I’d love to understand your phrasing
Ain’t cha got more time for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo, please talk slowly
Ba da da da da da da, please talk slowly.
Got my hearing aids in
The volume turned up
I’m lipreading and concentrating and ready to hear
Let each of your words fall gently onto my ear
Please speak slower
So I can hear you.
Readers, do you wish people would speak more slowly?