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Posted By: GUEST,Noreen
28-Apr-05 - 09:58 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
Subject: RE: Obit: Cyril Tawney-RIP (21 April 2005)
Affectionate obituary, though with an unfortunate mondegreen-

Ken Hunt says
In "The Ballad of Sammy's Bar" (1958), an encounter set in Malta, the sailor asks Marina how sand got in her hair, to be told that he is past history: the love-rival is "a better man by far / As he drives a Yankee car".

I imagine Ken heard it as:
And Marina she was there

instead of

And my real love she was there
(she had sand all in her hair)

Funny, calling her Marina changes the whole song for me!