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What is 'ose'?

A song that is "ose" is morose, very sad. Men dying in space, puppies being run over, lovers dying in each other's arms, world annihilations, that sort of thing.

It's generally not a good idea to have too many "ose" songs in a row, or people will start falling asleep (if it's very late at night) or slitting their wrists.

Whenever I hear the word "ose", I tend to think of two songs: Clif Flynt's Ian The Grim (quintessential "ose" song) and Paul Kwinn's Stop Singing Ose Or I'll Kill You (very funny song about ose songs).

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I put together an Ose FAQ for the Lady Mondegreen Website, you can see it at


April 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMerav
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