Posted by Bob on October 31, 1999
In Reply to: Re: Mad dogs posted by Bob on October 31, 1999
: : : I know about the band, but where did the phrase come from,a poem? Thanks for any help.
: : In "Familiar Quotations" by John Bartlett, it is attributed to Noel Coward (1899-1973) from "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." The full quote is "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun." I don't know if the phrase is original with Mr. Coward. I thought it was a comment by the natives, who knew how to sensibly deal with the heat.
: The full title to the song is "Only Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Mid-day Sun."
I was mis-remembering the lyrics from my youth. The title of the
clever little patter song actually IS "Mad Dogs and Englishmen."
I found a website where you can hear Noel Coward singing it in his
it takes a while to upload, but it's a lot of fun.