#42 The Mighty Quinn

#42 The Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann

So in case you don’t know: the Quinn in question is none other than Anthony (he of dancing greek fame) and the savage innocents in question are, of course, a bunch of eskimos.

Manfred Mann took the song from Dylan’s basement to the UK no. 1 on Valentine’s day 1968 (a time when anonymous cards arrived still-born on the doormat …), before being deposed by Esther & Abi Ofarim (… and arabs just bored you to death).

The Beatles version is not bad either.

Lyrics

Everybody’s building the big ships and boats
Som are building monuments, others jotting down notes
Everybody’s in despair, every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here everybody’s gonna jump for joy
Oh come all without, come all within
You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn
Come all without, come all within
You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.

Oh you know I like to do just like the rest
You know I like my sugar sweet but guarding fumes and making haste
You know it ain’t my cup of meat
Everybody’s out the trees, feeding pigeons all under the limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here the pigeons gonna run to him
Oh come all without, come all within
You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn
Come all without, come all within
You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.

A cat’s meow and a cow’s moo to you know I, I could recite them all
Just tell me where it hurts you, honey, and I’ll tell you who to call
Nobody can get asleep, there’s someone on everybody’s toes
When Quinn the Eskimo gets here everybody’s gonna want to doze
Oh come all without, come all within
You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn
Come all without, come all within
You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.

by R. Zimmerman

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