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For example, there's something flat-out cool about the scintillating guitar line of their song, "Drinking in the Daylight," the way it lacerates the fog of everything around it, drawing the listener's attention to this tight wrecking ball of a song.
After spending an operatic evening with Rosalind, the heroine of Shakespeare's ``As You Like It,'' I can conclude that Cupid's arrow doesn't simply hurt - it pierces, guts, lacerates, infects and disembowels.