[Histonet] My bit of trivia for today - True Blue

Tony Henwood (SCHN) AnthonyH <@t> chw.edu.au
Mon Nov 7 16:56:34 CST 2011

In Australia, "True Blue" has other meanings

>From the website: http://www.malleeboy.com/music/true_blue_21.html

An Australian country & western singer named John Williamson wrote a song entitled "True Blue"

Definition of "True Blue": "Steadfast loyal Australian who displays the Aussie ideals of a fair go for all, mateship, having a go, and solving problems." (maybe a bit over the top).

The lyrics (& you can listen to part of the song on the above website) are:

Hey True Blue, don't say you've gone
Say you've knocked off for a smoko
And you'll be back later on
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue 

Give it to me straight
Face to face
Are you really disappearing,
Just another dying race,
Hey True Blue. 

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...
Hey True Blue, can you bear the load?
Will you tie it up with wire,
Just to keep the show on the road?
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue, now be Fair Dinkum

Is your heart still there?
If they sell us out like sponge cake
Do you really care?
Hey True Blue.

If you would like further translation please ask!!

Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC), FFSc(RCPA) 
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That's pretty cool!!!  I never knew...


On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM, Morken, Timothy < Timothy.Morken <@t> ucsfmedctr.org> wrote:

> I was listening to the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me radio show this weekend 
> and they had to come up with the derivation of "True Blue" as a 
> saying. Turns out it had to do with blue dye colorfastness. Later they 
> would call it Fast Blue - but that does not convey the later meaning of the phrase..
> 'True blue' is supposed to derive from the blue cloth that was made at 
> Coventry, England in the late middle ages. The town's dyers had a 
> reputation for producing material that didn't fade with washing, i.e. 
> it remained 'fast' or 'true'. The phrase 'as true as Coventry blue' 
> originated then and is still used (in Coventry at least). The town's 
> standing was recorded in 1670 by John Ray in the first edition of A 
> Compleat Collection of English Proverbs:
> "Coventry had formerly the reputation for dying of blues; insomuch 
> that true blue became a Proverb to signifie one that was always the 
> same and like himself."
> Tim Morken
> Supervisor, Histology, IPOX
> UC San Francisco Medical Center
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