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Published on Nov 1, 2007
This is a song I wrote and recorded back in the spring of 1984. I played the instruments myself, using a four-track recorder and an antique rhythm machine. The sneezing was spontaneously recorded on a separate track whenever my nose started to itch.
As for the importance of this song in regard to hay fever as a major topic in pop songs such as "Keep on Running" by the Spencer Davis Group, Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind", etc, go to my youtube video "Keep on Running: Hay Fever in Pop Songs": http://youtube.com/watch?v=gjK1M_kKug4
NOTE: In contrast to what some self-appointed sociolinguists want us to believe, "Thar she blows!" is not a whaling expression. Actually, it was coined by Bjoern Weizenkeim, a retired German rock musician and hay fever victim from Brochterbeck, during a severe sneezing fit. His English was somewhat limited, which is why he used the word "she" - in German a nose is actually a female noun ("die" Nase). . . Copyright 2008 by Bernd Wahlbrinck . LYRICS
Springtime is coming My nose starts to itch Springtime is coming The sonuvabitch Hayfever's got me My nose on the run Said hayfever's got me This sure ain't no fun
Won't somebody help me Somebody please er - sorry, folks, I - I guess I just have to sneeze.
Hundreds of hankies Day after day Hundreds of hankies Insurance won't pay I'm blowing my nose off I can't find no peace I'm blowing my nose off This disease just won't cease.
Billions of pollen Are filling the air Billions of pollen Allergic? Beware! There's no way to dodge them There's no way to run Hayfever's lurking The sonuvagun.