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Inappropriate Lyrics, The Kingston Trio

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The Kingston Trio's, "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
One night she caught King Henry, he was in the canteen bar.
Said he, 'Are you Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn , or Cath'rine Parr?
How the sweet san fairy Ann, do I know who you are
With your head tucked underneath your arm?'
Why They're Inappropriate:
Historic accuracy is often absent from this otherwise charming little ditty about Anne Boleyn's ghost haunting the Tower Of London. These closing lines are perhaps the bext example of that lack of historic accuracy. Besides Anne Boleyn {Henry's second wife), the only other wife that he had behaeded was his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. So she was the only other one who would make much sense to make sense in the context of these final lines, where Henry wonders which one of his wifes is haunting him with her head tucked underneath her arm. Jane Seymour was his thrid wife, who died in childbirth, giving Henry his only male heir. By all accounts, Henry was genuinely mournful over her passing. So her reference in this context hardly fits. But even less fitting is the reference to Catherine Paar. She was Henry's sixth and last wife, who outlived him.
Submitted by: Kirsten Abercrombie
The Kingston Trio's, "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
The sentries think that it's a football that she carries in
And when they've had a few, they shout, 'Is Army going to win?'
They think that it's Red Grange instead of poor old Ann Boleyn
With her head tucked underneath her arm.
Why They're Inappropriate:
This delightful little whimsical ditty, about Anne Boleyn's ghost haunting the Tower of London, while Henry VIII was still King, is long on charm but short on historical accuracy. Even if some kind of 'poetic license' allows us to overlook the anachronism of members of the court of King Henry VIII having knowledge of American football, the reference to Army is still rather out of place. Red Grange played for the University of Illinois and for the Chicago Bears, never for Army.
Submitted by: Kirsten Abercrombie

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