Mother Popcorn

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 11 01:45:09 UTC 2009

Well, the "popcorn" was a popular dance amongst the colored, when the
side was new. I was still young enough to be partying back, at the
time that the 45 dropped. However, it was never my impression that
"*Mother* Popcorn" had any special meaning, except, possibly, to JB
himself. At the time, I vaguely wondered only whether the popularity
of the popcorn had inspired JB to write the song or whether the
popularity of the song had inspired JB or someone else to devise a
dance to go along with it, a la the "twist."

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

On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 9:25 PM, Scot LaFaive <slafaive at> wrote:
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> Can anyone illuminate me on what James Brown means by "(mother) popcorn" in
> his song "Mother Popcorn?" I can only assume it isn't Orville Redenbacher.
> Scot
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