Date: Thu, 9 Mar 1995 10:08:10 +0500 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: Salty dog? >I also have a query about the words of a song. >What does "salty dog" mean in the following? > >Salty Dog Rag (1960's or earlier?) > >Salty dog, salty dog, >I wanna be your salty dog, >Honey, let me be your salty dog. > >If I can't be your salty dog >I won't be your man at all, >Honey, let me be your salty dog. > > >Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics I believe that I have this song on a recording by Charlie Poole in the early thirties, but I would have to do some serious closet digging to find it. Having performed this song on numerous occasions, I have always had a sense that I was singing something slightly obscene, especially in view of this verse: Two old maids sittin' in the sand, Each one wishin' that the other was a man, Honey, let me be your salty dog. The argument of this verse could get a suitor in some trouble, I'd say. I wonder if this dog is related to the dog of--is it--"Matchbox Blues"(?): Let me be your little dog, Till your big dog comes. Etc. Or-- You aint' nothing but a hound dog Etc. What about Snoop Doggy-dog--is that his name? There is a chopped truck in town with a front plate that says "Doggy Style"--why would anyone put that on the front of a truck and ride around town in it in public view? You could probably go crazy trying to figure out what song lyrics (and license plates) mean: "Someone left the cake out in the rain/I don't think that I can take it/Cause it took so long to bake it/And I'll never have that recipe again--Oh, no!" Yes, oh, no. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]