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Lyr Req: I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles) (19) RE: I Want To Hold Your Hand 14 Jan 00


Born in 67? I'd a thought you were older from the wisdom of your posts Clare S.

The original lyric, if written by Lennon, was probably, 'I want to lift your loin cloth.'

No, Kendall, Dickens never said that. it's been attributed to P.T. Barnam, and others I believe.

Dickens in one of his many levitatious moments wrote:

By and by the beadle comes out, once more intensifying the sensation, which has rather languished in the interval. He is understood to be in want of witnesses for the inquest to-morrow who can tell the coroner and jury anything whatever respecting the deceased. Is immediately referred to innumerable people who can tell nothing whatever. Is made more imbecile by being constantly informed that Mrs. Green's son "was a law-writer his-self and knowed him better than anybody," which son of Mrs. Green's appears, on inquiry, to be at the present time aboard a vessel bound for China, three months out, but considered accessible by telegraph on application to the Lords of the Admiralty. Beadle goes into various shops and parlours, examining the inhabitants, always shutting the door first, and by exclusion, delay, and general idiotcy exasperating the public. Policeman seen to smile to potboy. Public loses interest and undergoes reaction. Taunts the beadle in shrill youthful voices with having boiled a boy, choruses fragments of a popular song to that effect and importing that the boy was made into soup for the workhouse. Policeman at last finds it necessary to support the law and seize a vocalist, who is released upon the flight of the rest on condition of his getting out of this then, come, and cutting it--a condition he immediately observes. So the sensation dies off for the time; and the unmoved policeman (to whom a little opium, more or less, is nothing), with his shining hat, stiff stock, inflexible great-coat, stout belt and bracelet, and all things fitting, pursues his lounging way with a heavy tread, beating the palms of his white gloves one against the other and stopping now and then at a street-corner to look casually about for anything between a lost child and a murder.

He wrote whole books like that, Dickens did, on and on and on and on and on. Orwell said that the outstanding characteristic of Dicken's writing was the unnecessary detail. After Dickens, the British needed the Beatles more than dull old Ed Sullivan did.


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