davidandrewsimpson wrote:I guess all it takes now is for someone who owns the right issues of Bunty to compare song with script. Any volunteers?
Responding to David's request for a volunteer, and as it is more than eight years since I posted the summary above, I have carefully reread 37 episodes of the 38-instalment story Melody-Lee - A Dancer She'll Be
, paying particular attention to the speech bubbles. I have been forced to conclude that Captain Sensible's memory, as far as his recollection quoted by David is concerned, and when taking into account the lyrics posted by japandroid, was defective. At no point in the serial do any of the lyrics appear in that form. If on the other hand we look at words and phrases separately, some do resonate, but we would then need to reconsider his comment All the lyrics came straight from the speech bubble in the cartoon strip
As they aren't from one bubble, perhaps he has taken some word-pairings piecemeal from several bubbles, and cobbled a song together from a hint here and a suggestion there. Some though are either completely wrong or don't relate in any way to the story. For example, Melody-Lee never suffered from a broken mind. There was always a singlemindedness of purpose about her. She knew that she was destined to be a ballet dancer from a very young age, and therefore found an inner strength to overcome the name-calling, the cruelty of her various foster parents, unfair or unfeeling treatment, and all the disappointments and reverses along the way. For the same reason she never had a change of heart. She did need a burst of speed from time to time when running away from an authority figure, and there were occasions when she had a broken dream, principally when she thought her mother was claiming her, only to find that it was her aunt, the one who had stolen her and dumped her in the first place. She did need a mirror to set her free, that being the big one in the ballet school, but the idea of cheating would never occur to her. But a couplet like Forget your heart, you need not stay / A second longer than today
makes no real sense in terms of the story, and the more I think about this, the smaller the link between the serial and the lyrics becomes.