Flanders and Swann

Sunday 8 September 2002

After posting the meat quote, I looked into it a bit more, and found that it actually originated in a Flanders and Swann song.

Flanders and Swann were a comic duo who specialized in clever and witty humorous songs, somewhat along the same lines as Tom Lehrer. The quote itself is from a song called The Reluctant Cannibal, about a cannibal who doesn’t want to eat people. His father says,

If the Jou-Jou had meant us not to eat people,
He wouldn’t have made us of meat.

I’ve only heard a Flanders and Swann song accidentally (A Song of Patriotic Prejudice as part of a web-cast of Napa 29 Community Radio). Long live the variety of community radio stations and the availability of them over the web.


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