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Lyr Req: Blenkinsop Major

GUEST,Muircheartaigh 31 May 14 - 01:05 PM
Jim Dixon 14 Jun 14 - 12:07 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Blekinsop Major
From: GUEST,Muircheartaigh
Date: 31 May 14 - 01:05 PM

Hello All,

Many years ago I used to know a parody of Burlington Bertie (Itself a parody of an earlier song) entitled Blenkinsop Major. After much brain racking I've managed to piece together the first verse which goes:

I'm Blenkinsop Major, Debrett's has a page for
M' people and so does Who's Who.
I've a rich pater, an elegant mater,
M' blood's deepest blue through and through.
I've been to Eton, which secures me a seat on
The bench or the Woolsack,
I've something that fools lack
It's wealth, wealth, breeding and health,
They add up to something you know.
For the poor don't go boatin', Or have Latin to quote in
And it keeps them confoundedly low.

All I remember of the second verse (I don't think there were more) was the wonderful couplet:

Outside the pavilion there's many a million
Whom no one could possibly know.

That's all my memory can come up with. I've scoured the net without finding even a hint of it. Does anyone else know more?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blekinsop Major
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jun 14 - 12:07 AM

Sir Compton Mackenzie wrote a short story called "The Recruitment of Major Blenkinsop." It appears in an anthology called Great Spy Stories from Fiction edited by Allen Dulles (New York: Harper & Row, [1969])

Not that Allen Dulles, is it? Yes, I think it is.

Don't know if it's connected to the song in any way. Coincidence?

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