The origin of Messing About In Sailboats

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August 03, 2007


John C.

It's rumored that Lyle wrote this after hearing a small child at Christmastime asking a shopping mall Santa..."I want a pony, and a boat, and...."


I heard this song on the radio last night and thought "Song for Friday!" Then I thought you'd probably already used it, so I checked and here I am.

re "horses on boats what was he thinking" I give you the Doors' "Horse Latitudes":

When the still sea conspires an armor
And her sullen and aborted
Currents breed tiny monsters
True sailing is dead
Awkward instant
And the first animal is jettisoned
Legs furiously pumping
Their stiff green gallop
And heads bob up
In mute nostril agony
Carefully refined
And sealed over

That's a real pick-me up.

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