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Molokai Tide October 20, 2019

Posted by skinbad in Music.

So yesterday, I was sitting in a parking lot in the family truckster waiting for the Mrs. to return from stimulating the local economy. The radio was dialed in to an easy-listening/oldies-ish station and a song came on that I’d never heard. My thought process went something like this:

  • That’s a really pretty song
  • That sounds like The Beatles
  • No. It’s more like a folk song
  • What the hell is he saying?
  • Molokai Tide?
  • That’s a weird Hawaiian song
  • Bagpipes? Whaaa?

Then I found some paper and scribbled down some lyrics so I could look it up. So it’s “Mull of Kintyre” written by Paul McCartney (with Wings) in 1977 and is about the area in Scotland where he has had a home since the 60s. It’s one of the best selling singles of all time in the UK. You can read about it if you care. Anyway, the bagpipes make a lot more sense for Scotland than Hawaii. Mystery solved. Once in a while I’m reminded that those Beatles lads were a talented bunch.


1. Cathy - October 21, 2019

Scotland kicks butt.

2. Blue Jump Face Hot Links | Tacky Raccoons - October 27, 2019

[…] Mull of Kintyre was a No. 1 hit in the U.K. in 1977, and you’ve probably never heard of it [via]. […]

3. SOME RANDO - November 2, 2019

There’s a smartphone app called Shazam that you can use to identify songs and their artists. Sometimes it’s stumped (especially with live tracks and obscurities), but for songs that had been singles and/or receive(d) actual airplay (such as you generally hear on the radio) it’s really nice.

Especially if you can’t make out enough lyrics to Google.

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