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
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
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."
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Mon 13 Feb 06 21:36
Or is he talking about Charlie Manson????
David Gans (tnf) Mon 20 Feb 06 13:15
Isn't Mr. Charlie black slang for Whitey?
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
searchlight casting (jstrahl) Tue 21 Feb 06 09:47
In my memory (growing up in New York), Mr Charlie was around well before Whitey.
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."
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.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Mon 27 Feb 06 09:08
Make that Charlie
Christian Crumlish (xian) Wed 1 Mar 06 07:08
right, i mean "the man," not "da man."
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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