21 April 2010
In the song The Shiek of Araby:
“At night when your asleep
Into your tent I’ll creep” NUMAH!
What is that strange vocalization after the word creep? Is it supposed to be a camel? Is it a word that I’m just not hearing correctly? Does it sound as weird and out of place to you as it does to me? It happens twice in the song.
Who is saying it and why?
Why has no one ever mentioned it when writing about this song? It’s just plain bizarre to me. I am a bit hard of hearing. Does it make sense to good ears?
13 November 2009
They’re saying “Not ‘arf!” (‘arf meaning half). It’s English slang. If someone said, “Was it any good?” and someone replied, “Not ‘arf!”, it would mean it was very good.
It tells you what they’re saying in the Anthology 1 album booklet. It’s John and Paul saying it, I think.
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21 April 2010
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18 October 2013
I’d reckon the boys had grown up like I did with the popular alternative schoolboy lyrics……
‘I’m the sheik of the lavat’ry
All your pennies belong to me
Just drop one in the slot
And then you drop your lot….”
..I won’t go on.
Must have been a fun song for them……
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