Wish I'd Said It

Weeds are flowers too - once you get to know them.

- A. A. Milne

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

With a WHAT On His Horse? (#225)

No doubt most of you sharp-eyed folks have noticed a couple of minor additions to my blog. Up there near the top is a favourite quote from noted philosopher, Yogi Berra. Even if (according to the great man himself) he never said most of the things he said, what he DID say offered plenty of grist for the meditative mill. Godbless him. And to boot, he was a damn fine baseball player -- one of the best of his era.

The second addition is another quote, this time below the header. I titled it Wish I'd Said It. As a writer, I appreciate a well-turned phrase. I like to think that over the decades, I've turned two or three myself. By accident, sure. But they all count.

The quote, for those of you who didn't notice and abhor scrolling up, is: "'Cause beauty's religion and it's christened me with wonder" from a song called And If Venice Is Sinking by a terrrific Canadian band called Spirit of the West. The lyrics were written by John Mann and the song is about his honeymoon in Venice. It's a difficult song to categorize musically but the melody is darn catchy and the lyrics...those lyrics....Did he really say "...Marini's little man, with an erection on a horse?"

Yes, yes he did.

Every once in a while, I'll probably change the quote to something else I wish I'd said. But I'll leave this one here for a while.

Here's the original video of the early 90s song.

For those of you who have hung in to the bitter end, here's a bonus track from the same band. It's a rollicking drinking tune that shows pub crawlers in Newfoundland, Dublin, Glasgow and points in-between that a group from western Canada can kick major Celtic butt.

Here's Home For A Rest.

Hope you enjoyed. (I'm off to the cottage now for a few days. Will reply to your spiffy comments when I return. Thanks for visiting.)


Ubiquitous said...

Ahhh I've been a fan of the song Home for a Rest for years and years. Great song. Canadians know how to do celtic rock. :)

If you haven't heard them before, give Mumford & Sons a listen too. A London band:




Tabor said...

They are new to me. I had forgotten how happy drinking tunes are.

Hilary said...

Two favourites which you sent me a few years back. What you didn't tell folks is how you snicker like a ten-year old every time they get to that "point" of the song. ;) I like your new quotes. I'll have to watch for changes from now on.

Barbara Martin said...

I hadn't heard this band before so it was a real treat to hear them.

Bruce Robinson said...

So that talk about an "election" was just a tease for the political junkies that, like most politicians, was there to tease us before failing to our disappointment.

Reb said...

Thanks Frank! I've never heard of them before... yes, I've been hiding under a rock for the last few years, musically at least. Like the quotes.

Leah J. Utas said...

I had no clue.

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Skunkfeathers said...

I can see where they wouldn't have turned the phrase "erection on a cow". There ARE such things as cattle prods.

I try to save my best phrase turning (just as accidental as you claim yours to be) for responses to email scammers. Which, I reckon, is a waste, 'cuz half the time, they don't get what I'm saying, turned or not ;)

Frank Baron said...

I'll check out those links, Ubi. Thanks. :)

Hope you enjoyed them, Tabor. Thanks for stopping by. :)

I knew you'd like them, Hil. Yeah, keep your eyes open. Never know when I'll mix things up a little. ;)

Barbara, I'm glad you liked them. They're a fine band.

Bruce, maybe we need elections on horses. Or something....

Thanks Reb. Glad you enjoyed. :)

Leah, I'm going to assume the rest of that thought was: (I had no clue) you were such a fine writer and Spirit of the West was such a terrific band. ;)

You're right Skunky. They don't read. Pretty sure most can't. At least English. Thanks for the visit. :)

Damon Black said...

I know this thread is old, but I had to comment. This song has been favorite of mine for a long time, but I never took the time to figure out what "Marini's little man with an erection on a horse" was all about.

Anyway, I just returned from a vacation in Italy with my girlfriend. While we were in Venice we visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of modern art. In the back, alongside the Grand Canal sits a statue, of a little man on a horse with, yes, you guessed it, a quite prominent erection.

The funny thing is, I immediately remembered the song - which I hadn't yet even connected with Venice in my head. Funny culture sneaks up on you.