I love a good politically or culturally or racially motivated song. Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel is one of the best. However, here lies the issue. How many times in your life have you sat around and listened to a song and heard the lyrics and deciphered the words to find a hidden story? Personally I have always liked lyrics with a secret meaning. Yet, since first hearing the song Mrs Robinson, well maybe since listening to it as a teenager, one lyric has really bugged me. In a verse Paul Simon sings ‘where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.’ Joe DiMaggio was an all time great in the sport of baseball in the United States. However when he played, he was known as a bit of a hard doer. He was a champion, perhaps one of the best ever, but he had no flair, no personality and did very little for anyone else other than himself. Paul Simon is asking where people like Joe DiMaggio have gone in the Tipsy-Topsy world they now live in (the sixties). But DiMaggio played mostly in the 30s and 40s. Yes it was a time of war, but America certainly was not lost or certainly did not have ‘lonely eyes.’ I always wondered why Paul Simon did not use Micky Mantel in the song instead of DiMaggio. Mantel was the biggest baseball star of all time and he played during the 50s and 60s when America was going through huge racial, cultural and political upheaval. Mantel was a hero to all young people at the time, and it was a time when America had ‘lonely eyes.’ Yet Paul Simon did not mentioned Mantel but instead DiMaggio. Mantel would have made much more sense and would have added strength to the song considering the song is about political, cultural and racial upheaval. Remember this is a time (the sixties) which remains the most famous decade in-regards to cultural change in the history of the United States.
But as it turns out, Paul Simon was just using words that fit his melody. Words that had nothing to do with anything really and Joe – Di – Magg – i – o had enough syllables to fit the melody! It is all about the melody, so for the millions of kids like me who over the decades have sat around and tried to work out what the lyrics meant, they meant whatever you made of them. They were in a particular order as to suit the melody and nothing else. So there. How about that for a kick in the teeth! And it has happened hundreds of other times over the years also…
For years I wondered what John Lennon meant when he was singing ‘Dig a Pony.’ I mean, what the hell does dig a pony mean? Maybe he enjoys or ‘digs’ the horses? Maybe he hit a pony with his car and had to bury it? Nope…
So in an era now where people sing about shooting guns, slapping women, selling drugs and about being rich, it is still better to go back and listen to the old stuff. Some songs are actually about things, serious things and others are simple drug influenced masterpieces that keep you guessing. After-all; I am the number walrus, and its nothing to get hung about, so why don’t we do it in the road, because she’s so good looking she looks like a man!
On Friday nights, one free tip from Sydney and one from Melbourne (this week there will be two!) for the following Saturday will be posted on A Turf Fascination. However if you want tips for an entire meeting, it will now cost $10. A Turf Fascination will do the form for these two major meetings, but instead of giving up for free, I will hold it, and email it personally to those who decide to pay. It is $10 per meeting, and for your $10, you get 1st, 2nd, and 3rd selections, comments and confidence levels comments.
Please email email@example.com with a screen shot of your deposited $10 by 10am Saturday mornings, and ask what meeting you would like a printable pdf for.
So it is $10 per meeting, and the money needs to be deposited into…
When you deposit your $10, or $20 for two meetings, please put your name on the bank receipt, and deposit as early as possible on Friday’s. Once I have received your requesting email, with proof of payment, I will fire you through a pdf dedicated to whatever meeting you have decided you want the form on. PDF’s will be sent by 10am Saturday mornings’s after scratchings.
Does this make sense?
Please email all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
And the good news is… now that you are paying for the good form, if it is shithouse, you can complain!
But rest assured, the form will be done, and done efficiently and properly, and I feel you all will benefit greatly from this new system.
8.2. Dixie Blossoms
7.3. The Gold Trail
Good luck and stay tuned.