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23 April 2010
7.25am
prestopresto
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8In 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?

 

Thanks!

 

23 April 2010
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McLerristarr
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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.

23 April 2010
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24 April 2010
3.25am
prestopresto
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Ah.  that makes sense but it still sounds very strange to me.  I guess "Not Arf" or 'Not Alf" is dialect for "Not Half" which is probaby short for "Not Half Bad".

This forum is great.  These questions have bothered me for years and you guys answer them in one day.

 

Thanks!

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