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rcarljohnson
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 6:26:34 PM
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Steven Hall wrote:
The Hutchinsons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring, don't be late
Messrs. K. and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz...




From Wikipedia

Quote:
Lennon was inspired to write the song by a 19th century circus poster for Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal, Rochdale, that he purchased in an antique shop on 31 January 1967, while filming the promotional video for "Strawberry Fields Forever" in Sevenoaks, Kent.[2] Lennon said that "Everything from the song is from that poster, except the horse wasn't called Henry."[3] (The poster identifies the horse as "Zanthus".) Mr. Kite is believed to be William Kite, who worked for Pablo Fanque from 1843 to 1845.


Pablo Fanque, the Victorian circus owner, who employed William Kite from 1843 to 1845.
The full text of the original Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal poster is:
PABLO FANQUE'S CIRCUS ROYAL
TOWN-MEADOWS, ROCHDALE
Grandest Night of the Season!
AND POSITIVELY THE
LAST NIGHT BUT THREE!
BEING FOR THE
BENEFIT OF MR. KITE,
(LATE OF WELLS'S CIRCUS) AND
MR. J. HENDERSON,
THE CELEBRATED SOMERSET THROWER!
WIRE DANCER, VAULTER, RIDER, etc.
On TUESDAY Evening, February 14, 1843.
Mssrs. KITE and HENDERSON, in announcing the following Entertainments ensure the Public that this Night's Production will be one of the most splendid ever produced in this Town, having been some days in preparation.
Mr. Kite will, for this night only,
introduce the
CELEBRATED
HORSE, ZANTHUS!
Well known to be one of the
best Broke Horses
IN THE WORLD!!!
Mr. HENDERSON will undertake the arduous Task of
THROWING TWENTY-ONE SOMERSETS,
ON THE SOLID GROUND.
Mr. KITE will appear, for the
first time this season,
On The Tight Rope,
When Two Gentlemen Amateurs
of this Town will
perform with him. Mr. HENDERSON will, for the first time
in Rochdale,
introduce his extraordinary
TRAMPOLINE LEAPS
AND
SOMERSETS!
Over Men & Horses, through Hoops,
over Garters and lastly through a
Hogshead of REAL FIRE!
In this branch of the profession Mr. H challenges THE WORLD!
For particulars see Bills of the day.
"Mr. J. Henderson" was John Henderson, a wire-walker, equestrian, trampoline artist, and clown. While the poster made no mention of "Hendersons" plural, as Lennon sings, John Henderson did perform with his wife Agnes, the daughter of circus owner Henry Hengler. The Hendersons performed throughout Europe and Russia during the 1840s and 1850s
timlarsson
Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 1:32:21 AM

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now there are two circus-y songs songs on the playlist :o Thumbs up for the beatles!
benedict
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 1:27:45 AM
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Steven Hall wrote:
The Hutchinsons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring, don't be late
Messrs. K. and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz...


In the song, they are The Hendersons, and not The Hutchinsons.

But why would you substitute a different name into the lyrics... are The Hutchinsons going to be in the new book?
MiaVRO
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 9:07:10 PM

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This is curious because Steven said that the book was going to either take place in 1854 or 2054. This is very 19th century, not 21st century.

(I hope I have my centuries right...)
benedict
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 9:33:53 PM
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But we still don't know why Steven used The Hutchinsons to replace The Hendersons in the lyrics...
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