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  •   Funny, I've never thought of Brandy (5+ / 0-)

    as taking place in a US  port. I've never been able to place the nationality in my head,  though I've tried.

    We can't all be Paul Kersey.

    by furrfu on Sat May 25, 2013 at 07:25:11 AM PDT

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    •  Well, it doesn't have any specifically American (3+ / 0-)

      points of reference. It opens

      There's a port on a Western bay
      And it serves a hundred ships a day
      Lonely sailors pass the time away
      And talk about their homes

      And there's a girl in this harbor town . . .

      and later talks about "a braided chain made of finest silver from the North of Spain", and "gifts from far away".

      So the spell it casts is not US, it's simply harbor town, a bar that sailors pass through on their way to somewhere else. Which is central to the drifting sadness in the song.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:21:37 PM PDT

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