• Boston: Ducks, Squirrels, Fear and Uncommon Valour
  • Boston: Ducks, Squirrels, Fear and Uncommon Valour
    Written by moongirl
    Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:28 am
     


    I am known to have an irrational fear of rats and mice. It would also seem that I have very selective rodent phobia!

    "Badger, badger, badger,"....I have loved those Weebls from our very first encounter.
    I have perfected my "Badger Dance" while still remaining seated at the keyboard.
    Arms outstretched to the sides, bouncing up and down to the music on a gas-lift chair and
    singing...."Mushroom, mushroom. Ooooh it's a snaaaake!" PC aerobics. Keyboard kinetics.
    Not a mouse in sight. That's right! My computer mouse is in fact a cat (click and toggle). I am fearless!
    Well, uncommon valour can take a hit!

    Boston Un-Common....
    Squirrels have now been added to that phobia list. While dancing was involved, fearlessness was not!
    The "Squirrel Dance" performed on Boston Common, showed none of the choreography I'd
    honed over the the years of "Dancing With The Weebls" and of thinking I'd positively answered the question of whether or not I think I can dance.
    My shoulder didn't see that squirrel coming! What followed was done without finesse.
    "Manic!", I hear Nigel Lythgoe suggesting.
    No "Hot Tomale Train" for me then Mary Murphy?
    Did I mention I have a rodent phobia? Well yes of course I did!
    Now if you ever encounter someone with a squirrel or any other rodent like creature on their body
    and that person is screaming, "Get it off me! Get it off me!"....
    this Image is not, nor will it ever be, the appropriate response!

    Speaking of trains other than the "Hot Tomale"....
    The stored value card for public transport in Boston is The Charlie Card.
    Odd name, but it certainly does the job. For some reason I decided that it was named after the Mayor Of Boston and that his name would of course be Charlie!
    This deduction came about from a portrait I had seen in the subway. I didn't stop to read the inscription.
    I should have. As it transpires his name is Thomas.
    Charlie or Thomas? With 5 degrees of separation I can make any random thought process fit the Bill,Thomas or Charlie.
    No need to let fact get in the way of a perfectly good assumption.
    Unbelievably, sometime later in another country, a random radio station....
    my education regarding the Charlie Card came courtesy of The Kingston Trio singing M.T.A.
    Well I'll be! Life can be so weird!

    Boston Ducks....
    In other countries I have encountered Octopus and Oyster Cards for access to public transport,
    so a Duck Card would work. There is certainly a water connection in all three.
    Boston's love of ducks didn't come into play for the stored value card, but there are ducks. Many ducks.
    With too many duck encounters for coincidence, I knew that the question needed to be asked.
    Being in the "market" for answers... Faneuil Hall was the perfect place to go.
    It was a book that started it all. Boston's love of ducks started with Robert McCloskey's book, Make Way for Ducklings. First published in 1941 it has been a popular children's book ever since.

    Boston! Boston is so much more than a feeling! It leaves this little duck feelin' satisfied. Very satisfied!

    Artist: Boston
    Album: Boston (1976)
    Song: More Than A Feeling

    http://www.lyricsmx.com/lyrics.php?mode ... album=7655
    I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
    Turned on some music to start my day
    I lost myself in a familiar song
    I closed my eyes and I slipped away

    It's more than a feeling, when I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
    I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
    'till I see Marianne walk away
    I see my Marianne walkin' away

    So many people have come and gone
    Their faces fade as the years go by
    Yet I still recall as I wander on
    as clear as the sun in the summer sky

    It's more than a feeling, when I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
    I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
    'till I see Marianne walk away
    I see my Marianne walkin' away

    When I'm tired and thinking cold
    I hide in my music, forget the day
    and dream of a girl I used to know
    I closed my eyes and she slipped away
    She slipped awa y. She slipped away.

    It's more than a feeling, when I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling)
    I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
    'till I see Marianne walk away
    I see my Marianne walkin' away

    Artist: Boston
    Album: Don`t Look Back (1978)
    Song: Feelin' Satisfied

    http://www.lyricsmx.com/lyrics.php?mode ... album=7663
    Well come on
    All you people
    The time has come to get together
    You gotta have a little rock 'n' roll music
    To get you through the stormy weather
    And do whatever you feel
    when you let go
    Nothin's gonna help you more than rock 'n' roll

    So come on, put you hands together
    You know it's now or never
    Take a chance on rock 'n' roll

    Ooo are you feelin' satisfied
    Come on let us give your mind a ride
    Ooo are you ready tonight
    Come on let us give your mind a ride You can do what you like
    Come on let us give your mind a ride

    Oh that funky feelin'
    Is what you need to get you through
    You oughta know
    I'll tell you somethin'
    Don't let your troubles get to you
    'Cause win or lose it's alright
    Well take control
    And nothin's gonna help you more than rock 'n' roll

    So come on
    Put you hands together
    You know it's now or never
    Take a chance on rock 'n' roll

    Ooo are you feelin' satisfied
    Come on let us give your mind a ride
    Ooo are you ready tonight
    Come on let us give your mind a ride You can do what you like
    Come on let us give your mind a ride

    Artist: The Kingston Trio
    Album: At Large (1959)
    Song: M.T.A. / Charlie On The M.T.A.

    http://www.lyricsmx.com/lyrics.php?mode=song&song=7671
    Let me tell you the story
    Of a man named Charlie
    On a tragic and fateful day
    He put ten cents in his pocket,
    Kissed his wife and family
    Went to ride on the MTA

    Charlie handed in his dime
    At the Kendall Square Station
    And he changed for Jamaica Plain
    When he got there the conductor told him,
    "One more nickel."
    Charlie could not get off that train.

    Chorus:
    Did he ever return,
    No he never returned
    And his fate is still unlearn'd
    He may ride forever
    'neath the streets of Boston
    He's the man who never returned.

    Now all night long
    Charlie rides through the tunnels
    the station
    Saying, "What will become of me?
    Crying
    How can I afford to see
    My sister in Chelsea
    Or my cousin in Roxbury?"

    Charlie's wife goes down
    To the Scollay Square station
    Every day at quarter past two
    And through the open window
    She hands Charlie a sandwich
    As the train comes rumblin' through.

    As his train rolled on
    underneath Greater Boston
    Charlie looked around and sighed:
    "Well, I'm sore and disgusted
    And I'm absolutely busted;
    I guess this is my last long ride."
    {this entire verse was replaced by a banjo solo}

    Now you citizens of Boston,
    Don't you think it's a scandal
    That the people have to pay and pay
    Vote for Walter A. O'Brien
    Fight the fare increase!
    And fight the fare increase
    Vote for George O'Brien!
    Get poor Charlie off the MTA.

    Chorus:
    Or else he'll never return,
    No he'll never return
    And his fate will be unlearned
    He may ride forever
    'neath the streets of Boston
    He's the man (Who's the man)
    He's the man who never returned.
    He's the man (Oh, the man)
    He's the man who never returned.
    He's the man who never returned.

    *Words in italics indicate the changes made by The Kingston Trio in their later recording. Parentheses indicate backing vocals.
    The story behind the recording can be found at:
    http://www.mit.edu/~jdreed/t/charlie.html

    Badger, Badger, Badger
    http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/

    Robert McCloskey's - Make Way for Ducklings
    http://forums.cricketmx.com/viewtopic.p ... 96#p100096
    http://www.best-childrens-books.com/mak ... lings.html
     
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