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What's a Norton?
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Les...fortunate    Posted 02-22-2004 at 12:58:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, not Ralph Kramden's buddy.
I just happened to hear this song today and don't understand the last verse. I thought they were singing "organ" until I looked up the words.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2004 at 02:57:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

But as it is the only thing they 'came upon' that starts with a capital letter, I would have to say it is a person or place...

~    Posted 02-23-2004 at 07:38:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you came upon a Harley..... that is capitalized, too. I think it was an English bike/vehicle.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2004 at 08:23:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Read my response to someone else...

Jessie    Posted 02-22-2004 at 20:19:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Considering that the song spoke of an Irishman, a Scot, and a Welshman I think it would refer to a village in the north.

jdemaris    Posted 02-22-2004 at 19:54:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think the song is English, and "norton" is an old english word for "northerner." So is "norris." Can't say for sure what it means in the song, but I'm sure the lyrics predate my Norton Commando motorcyle.

Bob/Ont    Posted 02-22-2004 at 18:47:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It could be a motorcycle or a grinding wheel Les.
Later Bob

toolman    Posted 02-22-2004 at 19:19:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
or it could of been norton on the honeymooners,ralph,s buddy.

deadcarp    Posted 02-22-2004 at 18:12:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
i'll ask rosie - she's irish :)

bob ny    Posted 02-22-2004 at 14:38:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
was an english motorcycle when i was younger

Les...Okay    Posted 02-22-2004 at 18:32:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
But why would coming upon a Norton make the Welshman proclaim it's the end of the world and they should go back the other way?
No, Ron, I ain't no deadhead. This is a cute little song and I love Dave Grisman's mandolin playing.

~Lenore    Posted 02-22-2004 at 19:07:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do the Welsh feel about English vehicles? Maybe .....

toolman    Posted 02-22-2004 at 19:21:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
maybe you should ask my buddy Mic the welshman how he feels about the English period, on second thought maybe not.

ron,ar    Posted 02-22-2004 at 16:46:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya got that right, when did Les switch to hard rock? Dead-head Les?

toolman    Posted 02-22-2004 at 15:19:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
a very good motorcycle too bob.

TO35    Posted 02-22-2004 at 14:01:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tried looking it up in encarta....thats lots of nortons....only one seemed fitting to the song...Norton.....body of water jutting into a penisula....
maybe...jeeze i don't know


BOSS    Posted 02-22-2004 at 13:57:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know about in this song, but sometimes it is refered to as a womans boob.

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