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Thread #90963   Message #3174459
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
22-Jun-11 - 08:42 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Fakenham Fair
Subject: RE: Origins: Fakenham Fair
The elaborate refrain too has a *very* modern ring, with its imperative (to no obvious person) to "swing around the merry-go-round." That combines with the "wheel of fortune" in a subtle suggestion of the runarounds and ups and downs of life and love - an allusive symbolic approach pretty typical of the singer-songwriters of the 1960s, and popularized by Bob Dylan.

MtheGM, I can't place the tune, which also sounds "recent" to me, but I'm not an expert.

Note: "recent" to the likes of us means "only forty to fifty years old." To a great many people, in other words, the song is "pretty damned old."