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Re: Great tunes that reference historic times and events

Postby doppel » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:57 pm

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Re: Great tunes that reference historic times and events

Postby Igor » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:56 pm

scratch wrote:Also "Sink the Bismarck"-- though I've never understood how "shells as big as trees" could have been shot by "guns as big as steers" unless it was giant steers or tiny trees. Not to mention whether WWII had "just begun" when the Bismarck was active.


Well, the main guns were about 15 inches in diameter, so it would seem like the diameter of the shells were probably tree width. The guns were no doubt heavier and longer than a steer, but also narrower. Perhaps some sort of Dachssteer.

I don't know about "just begun" - it depends if you are only counting the European theater or not. It was still a good year and a half before the US participated in operation Torch. Even a month before Dolph decided that since he had no landing craft, he would invade Russia instead of Britain. Oops.
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Re: Great tunes that reference historic times and events

Postby chance » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:09 am

Bruce Hornsby's reference in "The Way It Is" to the passage of a piece of landmark legislation - the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

Well they passed a law in '64 / To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
Because the law don't change another's mind /When all it sees at the hiring time
Is the line on the color bar

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Re: Great tunes that reference historic times and events

Postby scratch » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:11 am

Igor wrote:I don't know about "just begun" - it depends if you are only counting the European theater or not. It was still a good year and a half before the US participated in operation Torch


That's like saying WWI began in 1917 when Wilson abruptly stopped keeping us out of war. The Bismarck business was three years after the occupation of the Sudetenland, longer than that after Japan took up arms against China, and four years before the end of the war. Three-sevenths of the way through the War doesn't seem like "just began" to me, but of course Johnny Horton was an artiste and capable of taking artistic license.

Igor wrote:Even a month before Dolph decided that since he had no landing craft, he would invade Russia instead of Britain. Oops.


You mock Der Fuehrer's complex plans for Operation Sea Lion? Good point.
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