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"Straw Hat and Dirty Old Hank" is a song written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson and released by Barenaked Ladies on their 1996 album Born On A Pirate Ship.

Lyrics Edit

The song is written from the point of view of a farmer who stalks a famous musician, believing that they are meant to be together. It was inspired by the true story of Robert Kieling, a Saskatchewan wheat farmer who became obsessed with popular Canadian singer Anne Murray in the mid-1970s and made repeated attempts to meet her, resulting in a restraining order and around 30 court appearances between 1980 and 1981.[1] Kieling died in 2002, having never gotten over his obsession. [2] Kieling was also the inspiration for a musical play titled I Love You, Anne Murray, written by Paul Ledoux and David Young.

The lyrics of "Straw Hat" directly reference the lyrics of two Anne Murray songs in the second verse; "I cried a tear, you wiped it dry/I put you up, up, on a pedestal so high" is based on Murray's song "You Needed Me", while "spread my tiny wings and fly away" is based on the chorus of her hit "Snowbird".

Trivia Edit

  • The fiddle riff of the song was played by Jim on a violin held in an upright position, much like the double bass he normally plays.

References Edit

  1. https://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/12/31/A-love-sick-farmer-who-has-pursued-singer-Anne-Murray/8301378622800/
  2. https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2011/07/07/doctors_obsession_with_shania_twain_harkens_back_to_farmer_who_stalked_anne_murray.html
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