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Thread #95428   Message #1855481
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
10-Oct-06 - 09:51 PM
Thread Name: What is smokestack lightnin'?
Subject: RE: What is smokestack lightnin'?
The singer heard the words wrong, learned them wrong, sang and recorded them wrong, and the next singer learned it the wrong way too.

Walter Vinson with the Mississippi Shieks sang it wrong in the 1930s. So did Howling Wolf in the 1950s and '60s.

The line ought to be: "Smokes like lightning, shines like gold."