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Thread #104496   Message #2140787
Posted By: gnomad
04-Sep-07 - 03:15 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Nobby Hall (Cyril Tawney)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobby Hall (C. Tawney)
Notes from Cyril's record sleeve (Navy Cuts, 2001):

"Though intending it as a refill for fire extinguishers, the Navy turned a blind eye to the unofficial use of carbon tetrachloride (CTC) as a cleaning fluid, while taking good care to warn of the hazzards. A po-faced instructor's cautionary anecdote later launched me into this piece of fancy."

I think the words may have developed a little with the passage of time, in the version I have verse 2 has your lines 3&4 swap places with your lines 5&6, and the friend is described as being poisoned rather than murdered. It works either way.