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Song of my Youth and Name: Stand Down Margaret by The English Beat

I woke up in the night with the tune “Stand Down Margaret” by The English Beat in my head. I remember checking out one of their records from the Southgate Mall Branch of the Edmonton Public Library, in 1984.  There was a cautionary mobile dangling above my head composed of melted vinyl albums, casualties of being left in the car on a hot day.  Being able to check this record out and take it home(via the bus, not a car), was a wonderful thing.

I didn’t know what the title of the song referred to, or who the Margaret was, just that it was unusual to hear my name in a song.  I looked it up today, and it’s former Prime Minister of the United Kingdowm, Margaret Thatcher, and The English Beat are asking her to please stand down, because all they see in their country in the early 1980’s  is sorrow.

More at my Margarets Pinterest Board.

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