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Thread #104387   Message #2137370
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
31-Aug-07 - 12:24 AM
Thread Name: the gay and the grinding
Subject: RE: the gay and the grinding
I forget where I learned it, but when a river meanders, the pieces of land bordered by the meanders are the bows. So a song set in the Bows of London involves a river. I interpret "the gay and grinding" to be a reference to the river, which can be gay (flowers, fields, butterflies, colorful ducks) but also has work to do - to run the mills which grind things.

It's a good song and I like to sing it.