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A song to drive to. I don't drive, and most of the drivers I'm frequently a passenger with don't listen to music while they're driving, or just listen to the radio rather than deliberately chosen stuff. What I most associate with driving is that when we were children we used to go on long drives to go on holiday, usually to Wales, sometimes to the north of France by ferry, and that was the only time we were allowed music in the car. We only had a few tapes, so what I most associate with driving is several Flanders and Swann albums. Probably my favourite is Misalliance:

Particularly because it manages to find some really brilliant rhymes for honeysuckle: We'd better start saving - many a mickle mak's a muckle / and run away for a honeymoon, and hope that our luck'll / take a turn for the better, said the bindweed to the honeysuckle.

Also because it works as a straight love story about anthromorphized plants, and also as a joke about political polarization which feels surprisingly current for a song written in the 1950s: Deprived of that freedom for which we must fight / to veer to the left or to veer to the right. A lot of F&S stuff has been thoroughly suck-fairied, because a key part of their humour is about men hilariously tricking women into surprise!sex, but I always liked the stuff that was dated because it referred to celebrities from well before I was born, because my Dad would carefully explain the obscure references to us.

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Date: 2017-06-15 12:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naath
I think that for me only one has been suck fairied out of being able to listen to it (Tonga), I do like misalliance (there's a Scottish dance sort of based on it, which is cute but really hard) but I think the Hippopotamus is my all time favourite (especially for singing in bad weather), although I like all the animal songs.

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Date: 2017-06-15 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I like Madeira so I make excuses for it and listen... the reprise of the Hippo is indeed rather less good.

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Date: 2017-06-15 01:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naath
oops, me.

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Date: 2017-06-15 03:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodpijn.livejournal.com
Madeira is better if you finish it early, when she runs away, rather than when she wakes up next to him after all. The last verse doesn't add much of the fun wordplay anyway.

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Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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