Date: Thu, 9 Mar 1995 22:26:59 LCL From: Michael Elkins Subject: Re: Salty dog? On 3/9/95 Wayles Brown wrote: >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. From my college days in central Texas, I remember a cocktail called a Status: R salty dog--a derivative of another cocktail called a greyhound (vodka and grapefruit juice, I believe). A salty dog was a greyhound served in a glass with a salted rim. Since I love my margaritas served in a salted glass so that I can lick off the salt as I drink, I can imagine a salty-dog drinker doing the same. The lyrics could be a metaphor for sexual licking. (And I don't feel obscene.) Michael W. Elkins Managing Editor The Advocate