"Pants on The Ground" redux

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 3 02:21:48 UTC 2010

I've finally gotten around to watching and listening to this song. And
I, as were many others all over America, touched by the moving
performance, a cappella, by "General" Larry Platt, of his own,
original folk-composition.

WRT his pronunciation, I was totally amazed by his
fingernails-on-a-slate-blackboard pronunciation of "ground" as
something like "grigh-own" by someone within a dekkid or so of my own
age. I knew that this pronunciation was sweeping the (young) South,
like that thing, the bacon fat (cf. iTunes for Bacon Fat, by Andre
Williams) among today's linguistically-lost youth of whatever race,
creed, etc. But, dad-blame, y'all, this man almost as old as I am!
That wasn't cool *one* pound! Now, I have to get up off of my
long-held belief that wouldn't any real soul-brother be talking like
that. I wanted to believe that he was humbugging, shucking and jiving,
maybe. But there it was. I couldn't deny the evidence of my own ears.
It's messing with my mind.

Oh, well. What can you do? At least it wasn't as shocking as hearing
an *older-than-I* black man from my own hometown say "Da[l@]s" (cf.
iTunes for Dallas Blues, by Floyd Dixon) instead of "Da[LI]s."

His speech was uninteresting, otherwise.

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

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