Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996 13:41:10 -0500
From: Mark Mandel Mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DRAGONSYS.COM
Subject: Re: Katie bar the door -Reply
Grant Barrett gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JERRYNET.COM 0930.0539
I remember a poem or verse about it. It is a rural, older couple arguing
about who's going to get up and bar the door. I seem to remember the
main refrain is the man saying to the woman, "Katie, bar the door!"
While interesting, I don't think this is relevant to the primary use of the
expression. I'm not knowledgeable about country music, but I get the
sense that there's a long tradition of country songs that take a familiar
phrase and give it a twist, setting up a situation in which the phrase
either has a different interpretation from the ordinary one or is modified in
a weird way.
The only such song I can think of offhand is one I just heard mentioned,
though I haven't heard it. The conceit and key phrase is "I'm only half a
man [since you walked out the door]", and it's full of lines like "I drove my
nine-wheeler down the road to the Motel Three and bought a three-pack
of beer" (halving all the numbers). Anyway, this "Katie bar the door"
song seems to be something similar.
Mark A. Mandel : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]dragonsys.com
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