From the song "The Ballad of the Shape of Things to Come" (lyrics link):

Triangular is the piece of pie I eat to ease my sorrow
Triangular is the hatchet blade I plan to hide tomorrow
Triangular the relationship which now has ceased to be
And triangular is the garment thin
That fastens on with a safety pin
To a prize I had no wish to win
It's a lasting memory
That my true love gave to me

I'm a non-native speaker, and the meaning is unclear to me. What could be this "garmet thin" of triangular shape? And what is the "prize I had no wish to win"?

I feel that the two might be related so I clumped them into a single question.

P.S. Who is the author of the ballad? I haven't found the author. The Kingston Trio?

  • Your link goes to a song that doesn't contain the lyrics you quote.
    – Robusto
    Sep 24, 2020 at 2:53
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    BTW, I think the garment is a diaper, and the prize "I had no wish to win" is a baby.
    – Robusto
    Sep 24, 2020 at 2:54
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    @Robusto - thank you! You might post this as an answer! Sep 24, 2020 at 3:09

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Converting Robusto's comment to an answer:

The garment is a diaper, and the prize "I had no wish to win" is a baby.

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