[Ads-l] Dialect clash

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 29 01:20:50 UTC 2017

_Texas Flood_, opening line of cover by Stevie Ray Vaughn, a white Texan:

“Well, _there’s_ floodin’, down in Texas”

_Texas Flood_, opening line of original by Larry Davis, a black Texan:

“Well, _it’s_ floodin’, down in Texas”

Maybe it’s just me, but _there_ strikes me as a bizarre hypercorrection,
like “correcting”

“_It’s raining_, down in Texas”


“_There’s raining_, down in Texas”

Different strokes for different folks.


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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