The mysterious Kansas parrot fetish post left most of you on the edges of your chairs most likely in hopes I’d follow it up with clarifications, and maybe more music explaining just what the hell that parrot is doing to get itself venerated by Kansans.
I’ve seen a lot of these in a wide range of contexts since I posted the ‘mysterious Kansas Parrot fetish’ post. I wish I could report to you with confidence it isn’t just a robin walkin’ walkin’ walkin’ to Missouri, but I can’t.
I think there’s still a strong case to be made that it’s a cryptic protest about the absurdly higher gasoline prices on the Kansas City, KS, side of the state line than on the Kansas City, MO, side of the boundary.
Fact is the whole thing was a lot nearer the public consciousness in verbal terms during the late 1940s and early 1950s than it is today. Nowadays it’s just out there as flags and whatnot.
I wash my hands of the whole matter.
Thanks for the music. Especially enjoyed Sammie Kaye’s rendition. It is the one I remember. Blessings, M.
I like that Kaye rendition best, too. You recall how they wore that record out on KENM 1450 on your radio dial? J