deadsongs.vue.138 : Mister Charlie
permalink #0 of 11: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 08:48
    
Mister Charlie
w: Hunter m: Garcia
AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/charlie.html
LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/MISTERCH.HTM
  
deadsongs.vue.138 : Mister Charlie
permalink #1 of 11: Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 21:15
    
Mister Charlie 
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Ron McKernan

Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission.

I take a little powder
I take a little salt
I put it in my shotgun
And I go walking out

Chorus:
Chooba chooba (chooba chooba)
Woolly Bully (woolly bully)
Looking high (looking high)
Looking low (looking low)
Gonna scare you up and shoot ya
'Cause Mister Charlie told me so

I won't even take your life
Won't even take a limb
Just unload my shotgun
And take a little skin

[chorus]

Well you take a silver dollar
Take a silver dime
Mix it up together
In some alligator wine

I can hear the drums
Voodoo all night long
Mister Charlie telling me
I can't do nothing wrong

[chorus]

Mister Charlie told me
Wouldn't you like to know
Give you a little warning
Before I let you go

[chorus]
Gonna scare you up and shoot you
Mister Charlie told me, Mister Charlie told me so
  
deadsongs.vue.138 : Mister Charlie
permalink #2 of 11: Andrew Trott (druid) Mon 13 Feb 06 21:01
    
Credit for this idea should go to Jen Avian, not me, but an awful lot
of the lyrics of this song fit in with the premise that the narrator is
going out to score some heroin. In that context, "horse" was once
slang for heroin, and free association might link "Charlie" with
"horse."
  
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permalink #3 of 11: Tim Lynch (masonskids) Mon 13 Feb 06 21:36
    
Or is he talking about Charlie Manson????
  
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permalink #4 of 11: David Gans (tnf) Mon 20 Feb 06 13:15
    

Isn't Mr. Charlie black slang for Whitey?
  
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permalink #5 of 11: David Gans (tnf) Mon 20 Feb 06 13:16
    

> And now we have James Baldwin in "Blues for Mister Charlie," summoning the
> Negro to battle even as he grieves for "Mister Charlie," the white man, as
> the Negro calls him.


http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-
burden.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  
deadsongs.vue.138 : Mister Charlie
permalink #6 of 11: searchlight casting (jstrahl) Tue 21 Feb 06 09:47
    
In my memory (growing up in New York), Mr Charlie was around well
before Whitey.
  
deadsongs.vue.138 : Mister Charlie
permalink #7 of 11: Christian Crumlish (xian) Sun 26 Feb 06 14:57
    
I've also (I think) heard it as a reference to a cop - or, more
generally, as "the man."
  
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permalink #8 of 11: Robin Russell (rrussell8) Mon 27 Feb 06 09:07
    
Mr Charley, as I understand it, is white and non-benign. So The Man,
yes, but not in the "Right on, Earl, you['re] The Man" sense.
  
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permalink #9 of 11: Robin Russell (rrussell8) Mon 27 Feb 06 09:08
    
Make that Charlie
  
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permalink #10 of 11: Christian Crumlish (xian) Wed 1 Mar 06 07:08
    
right, i mean "the man," not "da man."
  
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permalink #11 of 11: John P. McAlpin (john-p-mcalpin) Mon 10 Apr 06 14:16
    
"Mister Charlie" has become the openly used knick-name for my office
boss. Charlie is his first name. 

About a year ago I mocked one of my co-workers, joking about his
wierd, malicious subservience to this boss and used the phrase "Yes,
sir, Mister Charlie..." saying that that he was acting like one of the
Manson Children around this boss. The co-worker, who claims to be an
intelligent bon vivant, completely misundersood and thought I was
making some plantation reference. 

So for over a year now this guy has been blurting out "Yes, sir, yes,
sir Mister Charlie" like his some cross between Rainman and Song of the
South. 

Makes me wish I never opened my mouth.
  



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