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Thread #86906   Message #3038813
Posted By: GUEST,Songbob
23-Nov-10 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: Jingle Bells: What means 240 as his speed
Subject: RE: Jingle Bells: What means240 as his speed
My 9th-grade science teacher once put a question into a true-false test that most of the would-be jocks got wrong:

T/F: Dan Patch once ran a mile in 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

I got it right, and could even say, "Yes, and pulling a wagon at the time." Dan Patch was a famous trotting horse in the early 1900s (remember the reference in 'Music Man' about 'putting a saddle on Dan Patch').

So 2:40 is not world-record time, but a pretty good pace for a trotting horse, in any case.

I like the original tune for the song, by the way. I can't reproduce it here, but if you were playing it in the key of C, the 'Jingle all the way' line would be accompanied by a C chord ('Jingle'), an F chord (on 'all'), then an E chord (on 'way'). Then back to F as you finish in the more common tune.