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Thread #95097   Message #3287982
Posted By: Vic Smith
10-Jan-12 - 07:14 AM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl's trousers
Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl's trousers
We heard on the recent radio programme that Ewan MacColl told the members of the Critics Group one week to go away and write a song about Vietnam "by next week". What the programme did not add was that in order for the delivery of the song to be considered authentic they would have to wear the proper Viet Cong black pyjama trousers and that Ewan was prepared to supply these at a reasonable rate.
The programme also does not mention that Tom Paxton was a member of the Critics group at the time and he was one person who took up Ewan's suggestion. He even remembered MacColl's reference to the appropriate trousers for in one verse, he wrote:-

Every night the local gentry
Slip out past the sleeping sentry
They go to join the old V C
In their nightly little dramas
They put on their black pajamas
And come lobbing mortar shells at me.


Tom Paxton was living in Penge at the time, though funnily enough, he never joined The Rolling Stones.

I can vouch that every word in this posting is 100% true because I read all the facts on Mudcat.

As a bit of reflected glory, I can state honestly that for over 20 years I have been playing the same band as a bassist who once gained 3rd place on the Worst Trousers section of the Folk Roots Readers' Poll