What does “Second verse, same as the first” mean?

Answer 1

It is a line from the old Herman’s Hermits song “Henry the VII” where it literally means that the second verse is the same as the first verse. It is also an expression of frustration or exasperation with someone who tells the same lie or story repeatedly.

Source(s): personal knowledge

Answer 2

Well, evidently, none of the people answering this so far are Southern Church-goers. This is something the Music Director would say when he wanted the congregation to repeat the first verse of the hymn. If the pastor or ushers needed a little longer before the next part of the service, it was a good way to extend the song to give them more time. It can also be used to emphasize a part of a hymn that directly relates to the message of the day.

I imagine this is where the band Herman’s Hermits got the saying to begin with.

My grandparents were fond of using the phrase when they wanted you to do something again, so the saying has to be much older than the song. When grandma would give me chores to keep me busy: Gma:”Clean that window, grandson.” Me:”But I’ve already done it!” Gma:”That was the inside. Go outside; second verse same as the first!”

Answer 3

In the COMPLETE JEWISH BIBLE it reads this way: “Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force” If you compare other versions with the KJV, you will find about 200 omissions (sometimes whole verses or chapters), or changes that usually have to do with Christ, His redeeming blood, His divine/human nature, etc… That’s why my mainstays are the KJV, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, and now I’ve added the COMLETE JEWISH BIBLE because it was translated by a Jewish scholar who knows what the different expressions mean in Hebrew and Greek as well as the Jewish perspective on traditions. Afterall, those are the original languages of the Scriptures. With all these new versions, it’s easy to see why there is so much confusion in the churches. Try having a Bible study with people using different versions and soon, if Satan has his way, snide remarks, offensive and defensive attitudes, can take over. Hurt feelings prevail where there should have been a blessing.

Answer 4

Same Song Second Verse

Answer 5

It’s said between verses of a song in which all the verses are the same.

Answer 6

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What does “Second verse, same as the first” mean?

Answer 7

It means the second verse has the same lyrics as the first verse.

Example:

I’m Henry the 8th I am,
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
I got married to the widow next door,
She’s been married 7 times before,
And every one was a Henry (Henry),
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her 8th old man I Henry,
Henry the 8th I am

Second verse same as the first
I’m Henry the 8th I am,
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
I got married to the widow next door,
She’s been married 7 times before,
And every one was a Henry (Henry),
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her 8th old man I Henry,
Henry the 8th I am
(shouts)

(guitar solo)

I’m Henry the 8th I am,
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
I got married to the widow next door,
She’s been married 7 times before,
And every one was a Henry (Henry),
She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I’m her 8th old man I Henry,
Henry the 8th I am

H-E-N-R-Y
Henry (Henry) Henry (Henry)
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
Henry the 8th I am.

Source(s): Herman’s Hermits

Answer 8

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No, in fact they seem to say the exact opposite. The KJV is affirming the deity of Christ while the NIV is casting doubt on the deity of Christ.

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