joning (was Deep Down in the Jungle redux) hpst at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue May 23 17:28:21 UTC 2006

I can't believe that the lyrics from Blind Blake of Nassau fame -- not the
US blues singer -- have anything to do with the idea of jonesing but here
they are anyway as I remember them.

Jones, of Jones
Has anyone seen old Jones?
I believe that child gone wrong.
Jones, oh Jones
You'd better bring my woman back home.

I've got a four foot daniel? with me
I've got a gatling gun
I'm gonna find your Jones
You know it ain't no use to run
I've got an ambulance driver with me,
An undertaker too,
And a student doctor
Offering me money for you.
I'm gonna keep you for myself
I'm gonna to kill you dead and bury you
I'm gonna stop and let the buzzards
Pick the meat off your bones.
If I find you it will be,
Jones, oh Jones.

If anyone on this list is able to find better lyics to this song or to
discover any connection between the terms I would be interested.

Page Stephens.

> [Original Message]
> From: Matthew Gordon <gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU>
> Date: 5/22/2006 2:43:45 PM
> Subject: Re: joning  (was Deep Down in the Jungle redux)
> ---------------------- Information from the mail header
> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Matthew Gordon <gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: joning  (was Deep Down in the Jungle redux)
> Last year I had a student (young African American from Chicago, I think)
> did a project investigating this program on BET where contestants rap
> insults at each other. She described them as "jonesing on" each other. I
> remember she said "jonesing" and not "joning" b/c I had only heard the
> former in the more common sense of "longing for," etc., and I'd never
> of 'joning' until now. Wilson's and Sean's comments have shed some light
> this use of "jonesing" which seems to have developed from "joning."
> On 5/22/06 12:01 AM, "Seán Fitzpatrick" <grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET> wrote:
> > << In Saint Louis, "sounding" was just another way of saying "joning" (I
> > once read somewhere that this latter term is also used in DC). -- Wilson
> > Gray, Sunday, 21 May, 2006 00:27>>
> >
> > And out into the D.C. suburbs circa 1960.  Although I¹m not sure
whether I
> > heard ³jone² in parochial school or after I started high school at N.
> > Capitol & Eye Streets in D.C., it doesn¹t matter.  Most of the students
> > from the suburbs.
> >
> >
> >
> > Seán Fitzpatrick
> >   Time flies like an arrow.
> >     Fruit flies like a banana.
> >       Chuck Yeager flies, like, airplanes.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society -
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list