Sunday, March 19, 2017

Take the train from Casablanca going south


That photo was taken by me a few days ago and shows the Marrakesh Express pulling in to Meknes. The train was immortalised in a track on Crosby, Stills & Nash's 1969 debut album which tells how on the journey "Ducks and pigs and chickens call". In a Rolling Stone interview Graham Nash explained that on the 1960s Marrakesh Express "Just like the song says, there were ducks and pigs and chickens all over the place and people lighting fires". As pigs are notably scarce in Muslim Morocco we must surmise that the lyric's reference to "Blowing smoke rings from the corners of my my, my, my, my mouth" describes something more potent than Marlboros.

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3 comments:

Pliable said...

However......... http://www.ummah.com/forum/showthread.php?169560-Pig-farms-bloom-in-Morocco-thanks-to-tourism

Graeme said...

Greetings! It's good to see you back blogging. I had started to wonder whether something had gone wrong on your perilous journey. But re pigs in Morocco, did you ever wonder how the prodigal son got so closely acquainted with swine? And why casting your pearls before swine is there in the rather Jewish Bible?

Pliable said...

Graeme, thanks for that and for your kind thought.

Yes, I am safe and back in the UK for a while. Despite flying back from Morocco a few days ago with a laptop in my carry-on bag.