“I got the song from old sideshow lore… people would create these false mermaids from fish parts and monkey parts and charge admission to see these oddities…. The british cockneys couldn’t pronounce the French town name where these came from (Genevieve, or something like this) so they called them “Jenny Hanivers…
“So in the song, Jenny Haniver is some person or time that doesn’t exist….. a name for what could’ve been, might’ve been….
“The song is full of images of loss….
… all according to songwriter Chris MillerThis item is no longer available. (id:460180578)