[Ads-l] Heard: _ratchet_ "pistol"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 26 23:05:20 EST 2016


on the Justice Network reality show, Drugs, Inc., also seen as an
explanatory subtitle, spoken by a black American connection. Green's, 2000.

I and millions of others first heard _ratchet_ so used in the song, Johnny
Too Bad by The Slickers, in the sound-track of the 1972 movie, The Harder
They Come:

Walking down the road
With a pistol in your waist
Johnny you're too bad
Walking down the road
With a _ratchet_ in your waist
Johnny you're too bad

The jam was apparently originally released in 1970 as

Johnny (Too) Bad by The Slicker [sic] on the Panther label

http://www.jah-lyrics.com/song/slickers-johnny-too-bad

-- 
-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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