While we were waiting for the moving van to come last week (we waited 7 hours), Jo and I went a bit crazy, and in between reading and talking, I sang a bit. I had one song in particular stuck in my head - Muskrat Love, by America.
You know, America? They wrote 'Horse with No Name'. I have a best of album, and I just love the 70s jangly harmonies and multiple guitars..
Anyway so I'm singing this song about Muskrat Love and Jo is getting furious telling me to shut up. I started to ponder what the song was about, but by the time the van came I forgot completely about it.
Then, a couple of nights ago we were channel flicking, and we found this documentary called Muskrat Lovely, about a pagaent in Maryland, the National Outdoor Show. Everyone competes to be "Miss Outdoors" and there is a muskrat skinning competition.
I was pretty chuffed that the stars had lined up in such a way that the same week I had been driving jo crazy by singing this song, there had been a whole documentary about muskrat skinning on TV.
At the end of the doco, they played Muskrat Love the song. I wiki'd it and discovered it was originally by Willis Alan Ramsay, and has been covered by America and Captain & Tenille.
It also shed light on the song's meaning: "It is literally a song about muskrats in love." Wow. Deep huh?
Here's a lyrical sample:
"Nibbling on bacon, chewin on cheese
Sammy says to susie honey,
would you please be my missus?
And she say yes
With her kisses"