America's First Rap Song

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 17 13:17:18 UTC 2006

"Fly" = smart; shrewd; clever; wide awake.

  HDAS takes it back to the early 18th C.  .


David Bowie <db.list at PMPKN.NET> wrote:
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> _He's_ fly enough to shut up every boozing ken;

Okay, i know how i would read this nowadays, were it a modern rhyme.
What'd "fly" mean back then, though?

David, who also probably wildly misread "mounting my prad"
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