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January 2, 2003 - Palindromes - 2002-12-28

AA: I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER -- a look backward!

RS: As we do each New Year, we're going to play one of our favorite recordings. It's a skit about a cowboy with an unusual speaking habit.

AA: The piece is called "The Ballad of Palindrome." It's by Riders in The Sky, and it's from their album "A Great Big Western HOWDY!" The vocalists in the group are Ranger Doug, Too Slim and Woody Paul.

RS: Here's what the liner notes say: "Back in the 1950s Johnny Western co-wrote and sang the theme song for a popular television show about a gunfighter named Paladin. Too Slim changed the action from gun play to word play and wrote new lyrics to the theme. The result is the clever and funny 'Palindrome.' Johnny Western himself joins Riders in The Sky to sing this new version. Those big thick Hollywood twangs pouring out of your speakers come from a rootin' tootin' Danelectro guitar."

AA: So now sit back and enjoy...

("The Ballad of Palindrome/Palindrome: The Scene with Johnny Western")

RS: ... Riders in The Sky, from their album "A Great Big Western HOWDY!" Like all good cowboys, you'll find them on the Web at ridersinthesky (all one word) dot com.

AA: You know, numbers can also be palindromes -- like 2002. In fact, we won't have another palindromic year till twenty-one-twelve. So mark your calendars!

RS: And that's Wordmaster. Wishing all our listeners around the world a happy New Year, with Avi Arditti, I'm Rosanne Skirble.