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Thread #509 Message #3968140
Posted By: Steve Parkes
24-Dec-18 - 07:46 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Road to Mandalay (Kipling)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Road to Mandalay (Kipling)
Peter Dawson's recording, though something of an icon, is a travesty of Kipling's poem, reducing it to a sentimental, jingoistic Music Hall novelty number. Read the original words -- they won't fit onto the Dawson version. I sing it to the same tune as Waltzing Matilda (can't remember the name), with a change to the rhythm, and it works very well as a 'proper' love song.