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Thread #66116   Message #1715179
Posted By: GUEST,Jim
11-Apr-06 - 10:56 AM
Thread Name: origins: The Dutchman (Michael Smith): meanings?
Subject: RE: The Dutchman (M. Smith): meanings?
I asked Micael Smith about this song many(18?) years ago and he said that his sister, Margaret, was dating a Dutchman at the time he wrote the song. The Dutchman did not have dementia and his sister wasn't looking after him, but he used them in the song. Maybe he was extrapolating.
I'm familiar with the Spoon River Anthology and cannot find any reference to riverboat gamblers or Mary Perkins in the book.
I've heard, from a source with absolutely no authority, that the quote,"20 years in law enforcement and I've never been so scared" came from a newspaper artical and inspired the song Panther In Michegan. Anyone else heard this?