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Just to get this out of my head and into someone else's:

This year's Honda commercial starts with a lively tune and someone singing 'A holiday, a holiday, and the first one of the year...'

That's the first line of Matty Groves, one of the Child ballads:

A holiday, a holiday, and the the first one of the year,
Lord Arnold's wife went into church, the Gospel for to hear

And when the meeting it was done, she cast her eyes about,
And there she spied little Matty Groves, walking in the crowd.

"Come home with me, little Matty Groves, come home with me tonight.
Come home with me, little Matty Groves, and sleep with me till light."


If does not go well for them once Lord Arnold gets the word:

"Oh, how do you like my feather bed, and how do you like my sheets?
How do you like my lady gay, who lies in your arms asleep?"

"Oh, it's well I like your feather bed, and well I like your sheets,
But better I like your lady gay, who lies in my arms asleep."

"Get up, get up." Lord Arnold cried, "Get up as quick as you can!
It'll never be said in fair England that I killed a naked man!"


Or Lady Arnold

And then up spoke his own dear wife, never heard to speak so free,
"I'd rather a kiss from dead Matty's lips than you or your finery!"

Lord Arnold he stood up, and loudly he did bawl,
He struck his wife right through the heart and pinned her against the wall.

"A grave, a grave!" Lord Arnold cried, "to put these lovers in,
But bury my lady at the top, for she was of noble kin.":


And this is being used to sell cars at Christmas?  That's like using The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald to promote Great Lakes tourism!

Side note:  I know a variant of that last verse that goes:

"A grave, a grave! " Lord Arnold cried, "To lay these two to rest,
But bury my lady at the top, 'cause she liked that way best.
"



Good.  That's over with,  BTW, HNY!

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deckardcanine
Jan. 2nd, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
"Sixteen Tons" was once used in a coal ad, I believe....
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