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Thread #130575 Message #3569944
Posted By: GUEST,Elliot Kennel
25-Oct-13 - 08:28 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add/Origin: Can't Lose Me, Charlie
Subject: RE: Lyr Add/Origin: Can't Lose Me, Charlie
One thing that bugs me about the Leadbelly version is that to my ear he is not singing "you can't lose me Charlie" but something like "you can't (h)urdle me Charlie" or maybe "you can't ever do me Charlie." Perhaps this has something to do with a woman rejecting courtship or something like that. I really don't understand the slang from back in the day.