the boa lies in wait

the boa lies in wait

Mbube, the South African hit by Evening Bird, was the precursor to The Token’s American hit, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and was itself precursed by a much lesser-known native song, The Boa Lies in Wait. A bawdy song, it describes the seduction of wives whose men are away at battle, the cuckolds carrying their prizes off to orgiastic parties in the sweet green grasses of the Highveld. Who knew?

April 9, 2010. druid labs pnw.


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