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Martin Said to His Man

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WHO'S THE FOOL NOW or MARTIN SAID TO HIS MAN


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Lanfranc 24 Apr 04 - 07:42 AM
GUEST,Charley Noble 24 Apr 04 - 07:39 AM
GUEST,MCP 24 Apr 04 - 05:48 AM
The Borchester Echo 24 Apr 04 - 05:47 AM
Kevin Sheils 24 Apr 04 - 05:37 AM
Les in Chorlton 24 Apr 04 - 05:17 AM
Morticia 24 Apr 04 - 05:13 AM
The Borchester Echo 24 Apr 04 - 04:42 AM
Les in Chorlton 24 Apr 04 - 04:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: Lanfranc
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 07:42 AM

I learned it originally from Martin Winsor and Redd Sullivan, but, coincidentally, I also used to sing it with Dom Bonito when we ran Saffron Walden FC together back in the 80s and early 90s.

Haven't heard it sung for ages - perhaps I'll essay a revival!

Never bothered to analyse it, just regarded it as a fun singalong.

Alan


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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: GUEST,Charley Noble
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 07:39 AM

And there are more revelations to come that we should endeavor to put into verse.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 05:48 AM

See also Wha's Fu' in Digitrad, that (=who's had enough to drink) being a possible origin for who's the fool.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 05:47 AM

Ah yes. Must have been where I first heard it, upstairs in the Enterprise, Chalk Farm.


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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 05:37 AM

I used to sing it years ago with Don Bonito. Didn't worry about deep significance, just treated it as a standard drinking chorus song that was handy to get the audience joining in.

It's just a list of impossible things you might imagine you'd see when you've had a few.


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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 05:17 AM

All good stuff. Is it dead old and full of strange meaning:

I saw thw man in the moon
clouting off St Peter's shoon

or is it just Victorian ramblings?


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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: Morticia
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 05:13 AM

Kendall here. I believe it's a drunken lie contest among a group of soldiers. A sort of, "Can you top this"


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Subject: RE: Martin said to his man
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 04:42 AM

Fill thou the cup and I the can

Seems to be a blokish thing about who gets to drink the most.


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Subject: Martin said to his man
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Apr 04 - 04:38 AM

Fye, man fye
Martin said to his man
Who's the fool now?

What's that all about then?


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