Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer [pseud. of Francois-Marie Arouet]
(Misattributed)

Actually, Pierre de Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville (1775), I.ii, "Aujourd'hui ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'être dit, on le chante" ["Nowadays what isn't worth saying is sung"]. Also, Joseph Addison, The Spectator (21 Mar 1711), who spoke of "an establish'd Rule, which is receiv'd as such to this Day, That nothing is capable of being well set to Musick, that is not Nonsense."
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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