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"twenty beards"

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on April 26, 2006

In Reply to: "Twenty beards" posted by Stephen Hudecki on April 26, 2006

: My phrase comes from the song "Sitting on a Fence" by the Housemartins' album London 0 Hull 4
: What does, " stroking his twenty beards" mean.
: What is "twenty beards" ?

Well, there's a website, that seems like it's run by a fan. Maybe you can ask his opinion and as a fellow fan, he'll probably answer you. The full lyrics to the songs are there, too, and to me it looks like it's just a way of saying the man is indecisively "sitting on a fence", and he's just passively stroking his beard rather than acting. The Housemartins would rather see him taking a political stand.