Thursday, July 10, 2008
Good morning, young master, it's 1882
And your mother is hungry, what will you do?
There is bread in the kitchen of the big house upstairs
But I warn you, don't take it from them
You'll be tarred, you'll be feathered, you'll be hung like a ham
And I warn you, don't do it, young man
Your mother is calling, she wants you by the bed
So get ready, young master, well, go shake your sleepy head
"Darling son, I am dying and I leave it to you
As I'm leaving, tell me what did I do?"
"I'm dying, tell me what did I do?"
Well, boy steals the bread, now that's enough, heads for the door
Man sees you coming, said "Boy, you won't be running no more"
Boy gets arrested and the case it gets tested that day
Judge finds him guilty and the jailer takes him away
Good morning, young master, it's twenty-five to nine
They'll be coming to get you, well, in twenty minutes time
You'll be drawn, you'll be quartered, you'll be hung like a ham
But I warn you, get ready, young man
Said the boy, "I am dying and I leave it to you
As I'm leaving, tell me what did I do?
As I'm dying, tell me what did I do?"
This unusual song has never been officially released although it was performed by Paul McCartney and Wings in concert several times. Several versions have appeared on bootlegs over the years, but as far as I can tell, the version that has served as the soundtrack in a couple Iamaphoney alias channels is unique. I suspect it is an Iamaphoneyized version, but it is arguably the most musically satisfying to my ears.
The lyrical content of the song is quite unusual. Some would fault McCartney's lyrics because of the way he separates common expressions in order to fit the melody, but there is every reason to believe that this was intentional. Saying "You'll be tarred, you'll be feathered" and "You'll be drawn, you'll be quartered" is like saying, "You'll be fine, you'll be dandy."
Unlike many McCartney songs, this one does have a cohesive story. McCartney sings about an impoverished boy and the consequences he faced for stealing a loaf of bread from the big house upstairs. Many impoverished boys flooded into London in 1882. Jewish refugees from Russia emigrated to London after the 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander II. The murder was linked to Jewish revolutionaries and resulted in horrible atrocities against Jews in Russia, who had fled Poland for the same reason. The influx, which resulted in increasing poverty in the Whitechapel district of London, included a fatherless Jewish boy in his late teens named Aaron Kosminski. In 1888, the Whitechapel area of London was terrorized by a series of murders. The killer, who was never caught, was believed to have been behind several disturbing letters that were sent to Scotland Yard and media outlets. One postcard was responsible for the killer being dubbed Jack the Ripper. Studies of the troubled life and bizarre behavior of Aaron Kosminski has led many to believe that he was the infamous serial killer.
I don't know what the song is really about, but I'll bet if they ever had caught that Jack the Ripper guy, they would have had him tarred and feathered, drawn and quartered, and hung like a ham.
Here is the latest from grandfatheraleister - Paul is Dead - 28 - Yesterday's Dead Man
UPDATE: Fireman from sonofwhom