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Thread #95795   Message #3208525
Posted By: GUEST,WhyteLaydieToneRing
17-Aug-11 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Origin Req: Bay Rum Blues
Subject: RE: Lyr/Origin Req: Bay Rum Blues
I played and sang this song for quite a while (the Ashley & Foster version) using the words "railer's chain" . I always thought it had something to do with a chain gang working on the railroads or something.

A friend of mine actually went to Gastonia, and met up with 2 of Gwen Foster's relatives and they showed him around town and told him a bunch of really cool stories about Gwen. Apparently in the song they are actually saying "Rayless chain". Rayless was a department store, and had a good supply of Bay Rum I guess. I don't know if the Rayless Chain is still in business or not, but apparently it was a pretty popular chain in the South at one time.

It actually makes alot of sense now that I know what they're actually saying.

Anyhow, I thought it was interesting.