You betcha those British are comin’!
Blog Guy, I’m surprised you didn’t get involved in the Sarah Palin thing a couple of days ago, when she told her goofy version of Paul Revere’s ride.
Exactly! This is a story that every school child learns from that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem. You know, “Listen my children and you shall hear, Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…”
Look, Palin has clearly done her research, and has chosen to go with Longfellow’s alternate, second version of the poem.
A second version? I didn’t know that! How does it go?
It goes something like this:
Listen my children and you shall hear,
Of the midnight ride of a guy called Revere
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five,
He got on his horsie and went for a drive
He said to his friend, “If the British come, Bub,
You mark my words, they will close down the pub!
Go fetch some big kegs, for just you and me,
One if by land, and two if by sea
He called from the saddle, he couldn’t get down
He sent out a message to all patriots,
Ringin’ those bells and sendin’ those shots
“The British are coming!” shouted Revere,
“We know,” said a Redcoat, “We’re already here!”
Revere, he had blown it, a mistake we would rue,
Telling the Brits what they already knew
“But in two hundred years, who’s gonna know?”
With that, he fell off, and returned to the bar,
‘Twas the end of the ride for Paul’s brother, Lamar!
Top: Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, takes part in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride to honour U.S. veterans, in Washington May 29, 2011. REUTERS/MollyRiley
Right: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton praises fifth and sixth grade students from the New School in Cambridge, Massachusetts after they recited the poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” at the Longfellow House in Cambridge, December 5, 1998. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Right: Palin greets supporters as she exits the Fox News headquarters in New York, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Right: Sarah Palin signs an autograph before taking part in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride to honour U.S. veterans in Washington May 29, 2011. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Bottom right: Palin gestures as she speaks during the LIA (Long Island Association) Annual Meeting & Luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton