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Thread #48976 Message #738630
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
27-Jun-02 - 10:16 PM
Thread Name: 'Bully of the Town' - mystery word
Subject: RE: 'Bully of the Town' - mystery word
Put -cairo- in the DT and Forum Search, and you will find the song "Rolling Down to Cairo Town." Coonjine appears in the last verse of the Bustin version.
There was discussion in a recent thread, but Art and Les B are correct in their definition. The word was used by the levee and roustabout workers on the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio Rivers; Cairo in "Little Egypt," Shawneetown and others were important loading sites.
"Bully on the Town," versions sung by Negroes, are found in several collections of Negro songs.