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Lyr Req: 'Under the Viaduct' Floating Verse?

GUEST,underatl 14 Jan 14 - 02:33 AM
GUEST,Guest 14 Jan 14 - 08:07 PM
maeve 15 Jan 14 - 07:56 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: 'Under the Viaduct' Floating Verse?
From: GUEST,underatl
Date: 14 Jan 14 - 02:33 AM

Hi All,

I've run into this lyric a few times, in Bessie Smith's 'Preaching the Blues' and a song from Junior Tamplin called 'Under the Viaduct,' and seen it mentioned in some historical writing.

Down in Atlanta GA, under the viaduct every day
Drinkin wine and corn liquor, hollerin' hooray

I'm trying to track down maybe a source or the line's use by others.
I've exhausted all the lyrics-based searches I could think of, so I thought I'd ask if anyone here can remember hearing this or similar Atlanta viaduct-related verses...

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Under the Viaduct' Floating Verse?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 14 Jan 14 - 08:07 PM

Sounds like a difficult thing to do!

Would have thought it was easier to float on the viaduct!

Or am I being simplistic?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Under the Viaduct' Floating Verse?
From: maeve
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 07:56 AM

A brief possible definition for the phrase "under the viaduct" is offered in the book, "Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound ..." By Melanie E. Bratcher found here: http://books.google.com/books?id=EAR4HFatIWQC&lpg=PA98&ots=9-muxNpr-R&dq=%22under%20the%20viaduct%22%20song&pg=PA98#v=onepage&q=%22under%20the%20viaduct%22%20song&f=false
        
Guest, Guest- When you realize that a viaduct is the bridge structure containing several spans, it will suddenly make sense that activity takes place under, rather than in, the viaduct. Make sense? :)


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