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Thread #95428   Message #1855438
Posted By: GUEST,lox
10-Oct-06 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: What is smokestack lightnin'?
Subject: RE: What is smokestack lightnin'?
Possibly descriptive?

A big dark cloud could be described as a smokestack perhaps?

could it be that one is meant to feel the wrath of the big dark cloud, which spitting lightning, isn't looking very approachable?

Could the cloud be representative of a woman? in this case not in a very forgiving mood?

Here's the lyrics:

Whoa-oh, smokestack lightning
Shining just like gold
Why can't you hear me cryin'
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh

Whoa-oh, stop your train
Let a hobo ride
Why can't you hear me cryin'
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh

Whoa-oh, fare you well
I never see you no more
Why can't you hear me cryin'
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh

Whoa-oh, who bit your baby sister?
I been gone
A little bitty boy
Turn me on, ooh-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh

Whoa-oh, stop your train
Let a poor boy ride
Why can't you hear me callin'

Stop your train
Let a poor boy ride
[etc]

Whoa-oh, who bit your baby sister?
I been gone
A little bitty boy
Turn me on, ooh-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh

Whoa-oh, fare you well
I never see you no more
Why don't you hear me cryin'
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh

Don't you hear me cryin' one time
It hurts, yes it do
Ah-ooh
[etc]

Whoa-oh, fare you well
I never see you no more
Why don't you hear me cryin'
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
Ah-ooh
[etc]


I have to say I'm a little concerned about who exactly bit the baby sister and why the little bitty boy turns him on (Ah-oooh ... etc ..)

I'm sure it will all become clear in the fullness of time.