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Thread #66116   Message #1096300
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
19-Jan-04 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: origins: The Dutchman (Michael Smith): meanings?
Subject: RE: The Dutchman (M. Smith): meanings?
Agreed, Joe - "The Dutchman" seems very simple and direct and open. Of course we can imagine all kinds of stories around it, into which what we are shown could fit, but that's another matter.

It'd be interesting to have any background. It's always interesting to see how a song comes into being and I hope Mick gets something to share - but the song itself stands by itself, and doesn't need anything extra.

It may not apply here, but very often a poem and a song can have meanings that the person who writes it has never even thought of. And yet they are real meanings. That's part of the mystery. (So I don't really go along with Joe in saying "explanation limits imagination".)