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Happy Jack turns 53!
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: December 02, 2019 04:15PM
Happy Birthday to 'Happy Jack'
Released: 3 December 1966 (UK)
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Happy Jack wasn't old, but he was a man
He lived in the sand at the Isle of Man.
The kids would all sing, he would take the wrong key
So they rode on his head in their furry donkey

The kids couldn't hurt Jack
They tried, tried, tried
They dropped things on his back
They lied, lied, lied, lied, lied

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn't prevent Jack from being happy

But they couldn't stop Jack, or the waters lapping
And they couldn't prevent Jack from feeling happy

- Pete Townshend



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Re: Happy Jack turns 53!
Posted by: jonny
Date: December 02, 2019 07:07PM
"So they rode on his head in their furry donkey"??
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Re: Happy Jack turns 53!
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: December 02, 2019 09:42PM
Some possible explanations here.

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Emul -
I know that everyone thinks the lyric is "furry donkey" (on ALL of the lyrics sites), but that makes as much sense as the Jimi Hendrix lyric "scuze me while I kiss this guy." Just listen to it and you'll hear a lyric that makes perfect sense: "They rode on ahead in a hurry on Quay." Note the Quay is pronounced "Key" and it is the main road along the beach on the East side of he Isle of Man. It is quite clear that this is the correct lyric. --- I also wonder about the line "They couldn't stop Jack or the water's lapping", as it makes more sense as "They couldn't stop Jack or thwart his laughing." The latter line makes perfect sense in light of the song's theme. However it does sound more like "lapping" but that could be due to the liquor or pot in Roger's system when he was singing it.

Or... Children enjoy donkey rides on the beach at Douglas Isle of Man. ??



N39° 39.7234', W075° 33.9788'
...word salad is not a disorder, it is a symptom...

“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
-Albert Einstein

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Re: Happy Jack turns 53!
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: December 03, 2019 07:40AM
lol.

I always thought it was:

Happy Jack wasn't tall, but he wasn't fat
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