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Spike Milligan - Girl on a Pony

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In 1972, Spike Milligan wrote a song which was unmistakably 'Spike', but also very different in tone to much of his other work. This song was 'Girl on a Pony' which, as he explains in this video, was written for his pony-obsessed daughter, Laura. In the video he refers to the song as 'The Girl on the White Pony'. I can only guess that between filming and the release of the single, he decided to make the title 'snappier'. The song, produced by George Martin and arranged by Lew Warburton, was released as a single on the 12th of January 1973. It is that single which provides the audio source for this video. In a very cheeky circumvention of the BBC's rules on advertising, Spike inserted what was essentially a promo for the song, albeit truncated, into his 'Milligan in...Winter' Christmas show, broadcast on BBC2 at 9.30pm on Christmas Eve 1972. A timecoded, and not brilliant copy of this show, provided me with the footage, which I edited to create the video you are now watching. As soon as I heard it, I wanted to share it with the world. I couldn't believe I had never heard it before. I feel it is a lost classic and, as those who know me from my reVival of 'Sir Henry at Rawlinson End' will know, I do like to bring these gems to a wider audience. I hope Spike would like it. Ironically however, as this video has taken me far longer than it should have to edit, I now no longer care if I never hear this song ever again, my fault. I wanted it to be just right! So, that is more than enough background, I'll just conclude by saying I hope you enjoy it! PS Apols for the black block throughout, it is placed there to blot out the timecode.