Today 09:03 AM

Lyric Question re Shotgun by Jr. Walker

As background: I grew up in Detroit in the Motown era, and I've seen many of the top acts live at various venues, including revue-type shows at the Michigan state fair.

Shotgun by Jr. Walker and the All Stars is one of my many favorite Motown songs, despite the questionable storyline. To me the song seems to be a slightly sanitized gritty bluesy song about a woman shooting someone, along the lines of traditional blues songs like Frankie and Johnny, Betty and Dupree, and others. The lyrics talk about going downtown, getting a shotgun, breaking it down, loading it up, etc.

BUT...here's the question (finally!): I swear he's singing "do the dirt, baby. Do the dirt now." Everybody says it's "do the jerk," referring to the dance that was in vogue at the time. That makes no sense whatsoever! Why would he suddenly start singing about a dance? "Do the dirt" is a phrase meaning "do the dirty deed." As a teen singing along to this, I sang the gritty version. I have seen Jr. Walker in concert and I could swear he sang "dirt."

Over the years I have called the Motown museum, written a letter to the song's credited co-writer, Lawrence Horn, when he was in prison (in Maryland, as I recall, for hiring a hitman to murder his ex-wife!) and tried to get in touch with Berry Gordy, the other credited co-writer. The people at the museum said they "thought" the lyric was "do the jerk." I never heard from Horn or Gordy.

Has anyone else ever heard this lyric as "do the dirt," or is it just me and my lower-class Detroit up upbringing? :( (I'm totally against gun violence, btw, I just like nitty gritty blues songs sometimes.)
Yesterday 11:53 PM

Songs That You Absolutely Hated.......and Still Do!

We talk a lot about songs we love, but what about the ones that just got on your @$%^^&& nerves and you hated them? Here are a few of mine:

Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright III

Today 08:20 AM

Lyric line(s) that make you go WOW!

I had to go for a drive this morning and I decided to burn a few cds to listen to on the way. One was Tempts vs Tops and the other was Supremes vs Marvelettes.

Today was one of those days where I listened more intently to the lyrics and was floored by some of them.

I'll Turn to Stone:
I would be like a statue in the park
Cold and alone like a man without a heart

Love Child:
Don't think that I don't need you
Don't think I don't want to please you
But no child of mine will be bearin'
The name of shame I been wearin."

Ask the Lonely:
The young and foolish laugh at love
So they run away
Confident and sure that fate
Will bring another love their way

My Whole World Ended:
How can I face tomorrow,
When yesterday is all I see?
I just don't wanna face tomorrow, if you're not sharing it with me.

Wow, some great stuff there.
What are some of your picks?
Today 09:33 AM

VA - Marvin Gaye Songbook (2019)

Download only?
01. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Creedence Clearwater Revival
02. Mercy Mercy Me (Album Version) - Michael McDonald
03. What's Going On? [feat. Valerie Simpson] - Quincy Jones
04. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
05. Sexual Healing (Live) - Ben Harper
06. Distant Lover (Album Version) - Brian McKnight
07. If This World Were Mine - The fantastic four
08. Trouble Man (Album Version) - Chico DeBarge
09. I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By [Explicit] (Puff Daddy Mix) [feat. Mary J. Blige] - Method Man
10. I Want You - Madonna & Massive Attack
11. Just To Keep You Satisfied (Original Single Mix) - The Originals
12. Ain't That Peculiar - Smokey Robinson & James Taylor
13. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Boyz II Men and Patti LaBelle
14. You're All I Need To Get By - Nancy Wilson
15. Baby Don't You Do It - Stevie Wonder
16. You Sure Love To Ball - Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s
17. I'll Be Doggone (Album Version) - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
18. Pride And Joy (Album Version) [feat. Michael Jackson] - Jackson 5
19. Can I Get A Witness (Single Version) - Barbara Randolph
20. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - The Isley Brothers
21. Come Get To This - Nancy Wilson
22. Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love (Extended Version) - The Temptations
23. What You Gave Me (Album Version) - David Ruffin
24. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide - Mary Wells
25. You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin' - The Marvelettes
26. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You - Four Tops and The Supremes
27. After The Dance (Album Version) - Michael McDonald
Today 07:26 AM

Windows Media Player

I'm still on Windows 7 and Microsoft have suddenly stopped supporting metadata in the Media Player. So no auto updates of tracks etc anymore. Don't really want windows 10 (and my pc crashed last time I tried to load it). So I need a suitable replacement.

I rip my CDs and store as mp3s on a personal cloud NAS dtive. So I'd still need to be able to do that. Then I can play back from any device

So what solution would others recommend? I need to be able to use my own album artwork where appropriate. Cheers.

Plex I've never been able to get to work either.
Yesterday 08:32 PM

Your 5 Favorite Songs by The Miracles

What are you 5 favorite songs by The Miracles? Mine are:

Bad Girl
Baby, Baby Don't Cry
Who's Gonna Take the Blame
Do It Baby
Track of My Tears


Ralph Terrana

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