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    Default idiom in a song

    Hello.

    I'm learning the american song "Kicking mule" that is said to have many meanings.
    Context of the song: the story takes place in a picnic, there is a kickin' mule, etc.

    Exerpt
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    Biscuits in the oven was a baking
    Was a beefsteak fryin' in the pan
    Pretty girl settin' in the parlor
    Lord God Amighty what a hand I stand!
    ...

    1- I don't understand what the pretty gril is doing. Nonsense ?
    2- I don't understand "What a hand I stand"

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    michel marcon (aka cmic) banjo player and ..singer

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    Default Re: idiom in a song

    1 She is sitting not setting according to this version, though it could simply be an alternative spelling of sitting. Kickin' Mule | Bluegrass Lyrics
    2 A hand is a set of cards- I think the person has a difficult hand (is in a difficult situation) because he has all these good things nearby, but he doesn't even have time too kiss the girl because of the trouble the mule is causing.

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    Default Re: idiom in a song

    Hello

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 She is sitting not setting according to this version, though it could simply be an alternative spelling of sitting. (cf link)

    OK I get it. May the this version (of Art Rosenbaum, an American banjoist) is bit distorted.

    2 A hand is a set of cards- I think the person has a difficult hand (is in a difficult situation) because he has all these good things nearby, but he doesn't even have time too kiss the girl because of the trouble the mule is causing.
    Whoa ! Great. Someone told me this song had a "double meaning". Your explanation comes in, and every thing is clear now. (I laugh)

    Thanks ever so much.
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    Default Re: idiom in a song

    Setting is used in some regions instead of sitting, so Art Rosenbaum could be right- these songs were written down later, and different people could transcribe things differently, but whatever the spelling, it means sitting.

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