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I Claim Cultural Asylum

weather: cloudy
outside: 11°C
mood: puzzled
Who the hell is "she"?

Why is she coming 'round the mountain?

And we care, because ... ?

What's with the six white horses and red pajamas?

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jenny_rambles
Apr. 9th, 2003 09:12 pm (UTC)
OK - now I want to know too....!
serennig
Apr. 9th, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC)
*digs through memories of the university class on music & pop culture*

There's this site, DigiTrad (Digital Tradition).... oh, here:

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7068
and subsquent links to similar threads.

Doesn't answer the question definitively, but gives some interesting answers. Nothing about the red pyjamas, but the general consensus (if you ignore the ones about the multiple orgasms) seem to be that the white horses are likely drawing a hearse. Though I don't exactly buy that either.

sertrel
Apr. 9th, 2003 09:46 pm (UTC)
IIRC...
I remember hearing this years ago in elementary school, and it might be completely wrong, but...

"She" refers to a train, visiting smaller communities in out-of-the-way locales. The train going by was apparently a Big Thing, since it meant mail, supplies for the stores, etc. "Six white horses" refers to the clouds of smoke from the locomotive.
bride
Apr. 9th, 2003 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: IIRC...
Yeah, I've since found out that it's a working song, sung by negro work groups while they were working on the railroad.

If it is a train though, what's the "red pajamas"? I thought that might be the red engine or caboose...

And then there's the last verse, "She'll have to sleep with Grandma when she comes".
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