[Dixielandjazz] Stolen tunes

pat ladd pj.ladd at btinternet.com
Sat Dec 3 13:00:31 PST 2005

Stealing tunes is one thing but singing lyrics when you don`t understand 
them is another.
It happened that I was listening to a compliation CD today and Bing Crosby 
was singing `Bless `em all`.

There is a line which Crosby delivers as  ` ..a troopship just leaving 
Bombay bound for old BLIMEY shore.

In fact as any fule no it is `bound for old BLIGHTY shore`.

`Blighty`  meant England, mainly but not excusively, used in the First War. 
Copping a` Blighty one` meant being wounded badly enough to be sent back to 
England. `A consumation greatly to be wished` as Mr Shakespeare put it.

Any more clinkers like that ?


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