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Old 05-09-2019, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Schnitte View Post
I wonder, though, what the "for the benefit of Mr. Kite" phrase in both song and poster is supposed to mean. It sounds like the advertised event is a charity performance, with proceeds going to the named Mr. Kite. But the general tone is that Mr. Kite is a skilled performer, not somebody dependent on others' charity. Anyone with an idea? It's been bugging me since I first heard the song.
In England at least, in the sport of cricket, it used to be that, instead of getting any sort of pension when you retire, when a player had played for 10 years, his team would designate one match as a "benefit match" where pretty much all of the proceeds would to go him as his retirement fund. I assume that circus performers didn't make that much money "back in the day," and they did something similar for them.