I'm a mixture of water and bone Not a clone or a stepping...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NK29, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. NK29 New Member

    English - US
    Hello. I'm sure this isn't important to many of you, but it's urgent, and I do need help. I'm getting a tattoo next week, and the tattoo is lyrics from a song. Normally, I'm fine with punctuation, but I can't be too sure when it comes to something that I'll have on my body forever. The lyrics are as follows: "I'm a mixture of water and bone Not a clone or a stepping stone." Is there supposed to be a comma after 'not'? I feel like it goes there, but again, I need to be sure.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    The two thoughts are on two lines in the song:

    I'm a mixture of water and bone
    Not a clone or a stepping stone

    if you want it on a single line, you may consider this:

    I'm a mixture of water and bone, not a clone or a stepping stone.
     
  3. Beryl from Northallerton Senior Member

    British English
    Hello. I'm not a reader of tattoos, so I can't say that I've ever noticed a comma tattoo.

    As a piece of prose, I'd expect to see a comma there, if only to mark a pause: "I'm a mixture of water and bone, not a clone or a stepping stone."
    (And no capital 'n').

    As verse, I'd expect a line break:
    I'm a mixture of water and bone
    Not a clone or a stepping stone.


    As a tattoo ... ? I suppose it might depend on the part of your body to which you're having it applied. Not knuckles, I presume. :) (Cross-posted)
     

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