This is my favorite episode so far in this kinda weak season. But the mid-credits scene confused me: is there some significance to the husband having a taxidermy beaver and the wife complaining about the pine deck? Is this supposed to be a clue about winning/losing the final bet?
I was surprised to find out how old that song was, myself. A very rhythmically interesting song it is, too. Try listening while counting 1 2 3 4 and you’ll find that its phrasing is really quite odd. But listen again, this time clapping along with the recorded handclaps, and you find that they remain quite steady and unchanging underneath the shifting rhythmic phrases. This is the kind of thing I dork out about.
Anyway, check out Norma Tanega’s Wikipedia entry. She led an extremely cool and interesting life!
Agreed–it was part of his Ascension Day celebration. (Though the task of translating it, let alone recording it, must have been onerous—whereas there might be a modern Farsi version of Tanega’s song already in existence.)