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Thread #95428   Message #2885355
Posted By: Art Thieme
13-Apr-10 - 02:51 AM
Thread Name: What is smokestack lightnin'?
Subject: RE: What is smokestack lightnin'?
Well, folks what I was saying was what Walter Vinson of the Mississippi Sheiks told me, in Chicago, in 1964, at Bill Pierson's apartment, Sixty-First St. and Michigan Avenue that it was "Shines like lightnin' and it rings like gold" and had something to do with a spike driver swinging a sledge to punch the spike into the tie.

That made a shiny spark like lightning ---and it also rang out like gold being hit.

But Mr. Vinson was drunk. Probably wrong. ;-)