"Take gas"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 30 05:43:15 UTC 2009

"Take gas" = "take the meat,"  "eat the green weenie," etc., are
expressions that I've heard only in the military, except for, perhaps,
"take gas," which seems to occur in Jan & Dean's Sidewalk Surfin':

You'll probably eat it
The first time you try to shoot the curb
_Takin' gas(?)_ in the bush
Takes a lot of nerve
Shout "Kawabunga!"
As you? / And you'll? shoot right on through
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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