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the Earl of Whirl

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sad news-Mary Travers died (of Peter, Paul and Mary)
« on: September 17, 2009, 11:55:42 AM »

So many of their songs were a key part of my youth and my guitar learning years.  In connection to this forum is the song "The Marvelous Toy".  I don't think it is supposed to be in reference to any particular toy but I always thought it had top spinning connections.  Tell me what you think.  Here are the lyrics.

When I was just a wee little lad,
Full of health and joy,
My father homeward came one night
And gave to me a toy.
A wonder to behold it was
With many colors bright
And the moment I laid eyes on it,
It became my hearts delight.

Refrain:
It went zip when it moved and pop when it stopped,
Whirrr when it stood still
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

The first time that I picked it up
I had a big surprise
Cause right on the bottom were two big buttons
That looked like big green eyes
I first pushed one and then the other,
Then I twisted its lid
And when I set it down again, here is what it did:

(refrain)

It first marched left, and then marched right
And then marched under a chair
And when I looked where it had gone
It wasnt even there
I started to cry, but my daddy laughed
cause he knew that I would find,
When I turned around my marvelous toy
Would be chugging from behind.

(refrain)

The years have gone by too quickly it seems,
I have my own little boy
And yesterday I gave to him
My marvelous little toy:
His eyes nearly popped right out of his head
And he gave a squeal of glee!
Neither one of us knows just what it is
But he loves it just like me!

It still goes... (refrain)
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Happiness runs in a circular motion!!!

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Re: sad news-Mary Travers died (of Peter, Paul and Mary)
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 08:50:04 PM »

I guess I had never connected that song to any of my toy making efforts over the years, but thanks!  I've been very moved over the past couple of days hearing all those Peter, Paul, and Mary songs on the radio and TV!  The songs of my youth, and now I guess of my later years too! :o
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Re: sad news-Mary Travers died (of Peter, Paul and Mary)
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2009, 10:11:38 PM »

After doing some research about the "Marvelous Toy" I found that they are also an Indie/Folk band based out of Los Angeles!!!
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