[Ads-l] Above the freight

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 24 04:54:56 UTC 2015

I know "Proud Mary" only from the song "Rolling on the River":

Big wheel keep on turnin',
Proud Mary keep on burnin'.
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

At first I mondegreened it to "primary", but once past that I still figured
it referred to the engine. What do you mean by it?

Mark Mandel

On Dec 23, 2015 11:33 AM, "Dan Goncharoff" <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
> You kid, but Proud Mary was important in the early days of steamships...
> DanG
> On Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 11:14 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> > And the real reason the crew had to wear wellies on the poop deck. (From
> > the French <la poupe>, naturellement. The men resented this ordure from
> > capitain, who said, "Eh bien, your SHIT don't stink, do it?") Ya didn't
> > know that, I betcha. Well, neither did I.

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