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Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.

Jack (who is called Jack) 09 Sep 99 - 11:01 AM
alison 09 Sep 99 - 11:07 AM
MMario 09 Sep 99 - 11:48 AM
katlaughing 09 Sep 99 - 12:52 PM
Bert 09 Sep 99 - 02:04 PM
Barbara 09 Sep 99 - 02:07 PM
Barbara 09 Sep 99 - 02:10 PM
MMario 09 Sep 99 - 02:14 PM
Bert 09 Sep 99 - 02:19 PM
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Subject: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: Jack (who is called Jack)
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 11:01 AM

In 'Silver Jack' one of the protagonists cries out

Stack yer duds and cut your capers, there aint no flies on me.

after being challenged to a fistfight.

I gather that duds are clothes, or at least overclothes that might inhibit movement.

But what are capers, and what do flies have to do with anything?

From the context of the song of course you can easily see that the gist of the comment is 'Bring it on if you think you got something chump, I aint going anywhere'.

Best regards.

Jack (not silver)


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: alison
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 11:07 AM

"cut your capers" I take to be "quit mucking around" or "cut that out" type of thing......

"there ain't no flies on me" = "I'm not stupid"

duds I agree would be clothes

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: MMario
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 11:48 AM

"to caper" would be to dance around foolishly, as a small monkey, or a court jester would. "cut your capers" would be to stop fooling around, get serious...

MMario


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 12:52 PM

I agree, capers would be like "antics", silliness

the no flies could also mean, he's not standing still, he's on the move and ready to fight

kat


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: Bert
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 02:04 PM

To me "Duds" are defined as "Every third chord that I try for"

and aren't "Capers" those little sticks that you hit a Bodhran with?

Bert ;-)


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 02:07 PM

While I agree that "cut your capers" has to do with dancing about, I think he means, "I dare you to come at me with your fancy footwork, [there ain't no flies on me] you won't be able to catch me with a blow - I move too fast." And "stack your duds" -- you're sure it's not "stash" as in 'store out of the way'? -- just means strip for a fight. Men often removed most of their clothing before fighting to protect it from damage; because it was warm work, unavailable as a thing for the opponent to grip, and because it's macho to fight bare chested.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 02:10 PM

Bert, I thought this might be a thread on movie candy, you know, Milk Duds and Chocolate Capers.

And as to the Bodhran sticks, no, those are tiples.


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: MMario
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 02:14 PM

BlessingsB - I think you are right about "cut your capers" - I had thought about that...

"Ain't no flies on me" is frequently used to mean alert or attentive....

MMario


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Subject: RE: Question: Duds & Capers, what are they.
From: Bert
Date: 09 Sep 99 - 02:19 PM

Whooee, don't mention tiples around here, you'll get DonMeixner and 'Spaw all worked up.


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