Junker/Junko/Junco Partner

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Fri Nov 21 00:54:18 UTC 2008

I daresay I'm missing some clue here, but I'd have thought, just going by
the lyrics supplied by Wilson & not having heard this or any version of this
song that I remember, that " I jes' shah tup a Cajun's hotban' "  referred
to a musical band & that "shah tup"  might be either shot up or shut up.
on 1/20/08 2:06 AM, Wilson Gray at hwgray at GMAIL.COM wrote:

> I was surprised to come across mention of this song in Linguist List.
> Since this is pretty much a folk song, it has a wide variety of words.
> So, FTHOI, I thought that I'd just throw some others into the pot. The
> words below are the oldest that I know of, as I was able to understand
> them from a lo-fi, ca.1949, 78rpm recording by Vic Damone, back in the
> day. It was the B-side of "Vagabond Shoes."
> -Wilson
> Down the road
> Comin' a junko potnuh
> Fo' he was low-did as can be
> He wuh knocked-out
> Knocked-out low-did
> And he was sangin' this song to me
> Soive' six munts
> Ain't no sinnunce
> What I did ain' no crime
> I jes' shah tup
> A Cajun's hotban'
> He was in it
> Ah the verih time
> Well, when I had
> Plin-tee of muh-nih
> I thought I had-a minnih frins
> All ovuh town
> Now, I ain't got no mo' munnay
> An' my bes' frins
> Have put me down
> Had to pawn my watch and pih-stole
> An' I shoulda pawned my key an' chain
> Would have pawned my Ee-zo-bell-lah (Isabela?)
> But the po' gal wouldn' sign her name
> Well, if I had
> One milly-own dah-lahs
> Jest-a one milly-own
> To call my own
> I would buy me a lanky(?!) trak-toe
> An' I would raise me a tobacco fome
> Well, give me watuh, watuh
> When I'm thois-tee
> Give whiskih when I'm dry
> Give me kine-niss when I'm sicklih
> An' heh-vah-ah-on when I die
> Down the road
> Come a junko potnuh
> An' he was a-low-did
> As can be
> He wuh knocked-out
> Knocked-out low-did
> An' he was kuh-vud
> In mih-zuh-ree
> Down the road
> come a junko potnuh, potnuh, potnuh
> --
> 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.
> -----
> -Sam'l Clemens
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