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Artist: The Buoys
Album: The Buoys
Trapped in a mine that had caved in
And everyone knows the only ones left
Were Joe and me and Tim
When they broke through to pull us free
The only ones left to tell the tale
Were Joe and me
Where on earth did you go?
God, why don't I know?
Hungry as hell, no food to eat
And Joe said that he would sell his soul
For just a piece of meat
Water enough to drink for two
And Joe said to me, "I'll have a swig
And then there's some for you"
Joe was looking at you
God, what did we do?
I must have blacked out just around then
'Cause the very next thing that I could see
Was the light of the day again
My stomach was full as it could be
And nobody ever got around
To finding Timothy
Writer(s): Rupert Holmes, Henry Nicola Mancini
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Wikipedia has the story on how this song came together but Patrick gives a pretty good synopsis. I remember "Timothy" from when I was a kid and it sounded like a lot of other songs in the early 70's...until you actually listened to the lyrics and thought about what they DIDN'T say.
The song was written with the idea of it being banned because the Buoys were signed to a one-song deal with no promotion by the record label. Before it was banned it had enough play for word to get out and then as soon as it was banned from radio the record sales took off.
Being offended by this is stupid. There are enough real problems in the world to be worried about.
The song is based on a combination of "Sixteen Tons" and The Tennessee Williams play "Suddenly, Last Summer" which suggested cannibalism. It was not based on any real life event.
I found myself awake in the middle of the night with this song going through my head. My older sister had the 33 single play and all I can remember is that people thought Timothy was a donkey. Which really makes no sense because why would anyone end up looking for a donkey if a mine caved in? Does anyone no who Timothy was? Was this a story about men eating another man? Was the man that was eaten black? Any thoughts would be welcome.
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