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Thread #66116   Message #1996558
Posted By: Jim Lad
14-Mar-07 - 12:58 PM
Thread Name: origins: The Dutchman (Michael Smith): meanings?
Subject: RE: origins: The Dutchman (Michael Smith): meanings?
Thanks Joe: I can actually buy into the explanation cited above. Good songwriters have been known to use innocent parties as the vehicle for their message.
I remember watching a whole family disintegrate before my eyes while I was performing this song in a club, one time. They had just lost a family member to Alzheimer's.
I also remember a Dutch couple doubling up in laughter at the stereotyping, while I sang it at another venue.
Point to note re stereotyping. There are probably some UK folk here who could tell you that wooden shoes were, for a while, part of the attire in post WWII Britain.