"Mighty Lak A Rose"

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Sun May 30 19:04:52 UTC 2010

Wilson, my late mother-in-law (b. 1908, Moultrie GA) and now you, are the
only ones I've ever known to sing/recite that little verse.

I wonder if anyoneoutside the southern US is familiar w/ it.

Bill P
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2010 2:44 PM
Subject: "Mighty Lak A Rose"

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> Some of the more readers may recall that popular "Negro-dialect" song
> from the '40's.  Personally, I found the song rather pleasant.
> Hooever, I was never able to make any sense out of the opening verse,
> refrain, or whatever it was:
> Sweetis' little feller
> Ev'rybody knows
> Don't know what t' call 'im
> But he's _mighty lak a rose_
> After dekkids of thought, I've conclded that the title/phrase in question
> means:
> "... very much resembles or is very similar to, in some unspecified
> sense, a rose."
> Analyzing it as "strong like a rose," which makes no kind of sense,
> had been driving me nuts.
> -Wilson
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> 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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