Get Out When They Blow

I don’t want to bring you back to High School English, but this song features lyrics that are structured in trochaic rhythm, which is a metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one, thus a trochee is the reverse of an iamb, which is the style that Shakespeare used so often in his plays.  Trochaic rhythm is faster than iambic and it works well for this lively song.  In this song paired verses consist of two lines of triameter (lines of three metrical feet), one of quadrameter (referring to 4 pairs of feet per line), and another of triameter, for a total of 13 strong feet per verse.  The verses’ rhyming pattern is A, B, C, [C], B; with the bracketed [C] being an optional internal rhyme: halls, walls; chains/change; and plush/flush.  There are seven verses, with the first six in pairs.  The final verse stands alone, carrying into the final chorus.  OK English lesson over, let’s get into this song.

This song may just be incoherent nonsense that throws a lot of names around, but it works out perfectly for the prompt.  In this song we have Jack the Ripper, Jack (of Jack and Jill), and Wolfman Jack, all of which are famous, although we don’t really know that much about the Mother Goose Jack and nobody knows for sure who Jack the Ripper even was.  Crazy Otto was a ragtime piano player named Johnny Maddox who recorded ‘The Crazy Otto Medley’.  Billy Sunday is listed in the Baseball Encyclopedia as William Ashley (The Evangelist) Sunday, and he was one of the founders of the American evangelistic movement.  Mary Shelly is the author who wrote Frankenstein, and this monster was chained to a table so Victor Frankenstein and his assistant Zuckel could work on him.  The monster is not happy so he clanks the chain and frees himself.

A Mojo Hand was a common term among rural blacks for a person with extraordinary or seemingly magical abilities, and it was also the name of a song recorded by Lightnin’ Hopkins.  The phrase shotgun could reference the Wild West riding up top next to the driver of a stage coach, or it could be a reference to taking a hit on a joint and washing it down with a beer like was done in the movie Caddy Shack.  The phrase “ragtime band” might conjure up an image of the Irving Berlin song, ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’.  Adding the line ‘New York City’ is an easy way to get fans to cheer during a song, and I have seen many deadheads do this.  You certainly don’t want to be in Jericho when those walls start tumbling down.  Is the grass greener on the other side, or does it just look that way and the only way to tell if the wine is sweeter is to taste it, so I will leave that to you while you enjoy this song.

Just like jack the ripper, just like mojo hand,
Just like Billy Sunday, in a shotgun ragtime band,
Just like New York city, just like Jericho,
Pace the halls and climb the walls and get out when they blow.

Did you say your name was ramblin’ rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on rose.

Just like Jack and Jill, mama told the jailer
One hear up, and one cool down, leave nothin’ for the tailor.
Just like Jack and Jill, papa told the jailer
One go up, and one go down, do yourself a favor.

Did you say your name was ramblin’ rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on rose.

I’m gonna to sing you a hundred verses in ragtime,
I know this song it ain’t never gonna end.
I’m gonna march you up and down along the county line,
Take you to the leader of a band.

Just like crazy Otto, just like Wolfman Jack,
Sittin’ plush with a royal flush, aces back to back.
Just like Mary Shelly, just like Frankenstein,
Clank your chains and count your change and try to walk the line.

Did you say your name was ramblin’ rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on rose.

I’m gonna to sing you a hundred verses in ragtime,
I know this song it ain’t never gonna end.
I’m gonna march you up and down along the county line,
Take you to the leader of a band.

Good-bye mama and papa
Good-bye Jack and Jill
The grass ain’t greener
The wine ain’t sweeter
Either side of the hill.

Did you say your name was ramblin’ rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on rose.

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is to find a song that includes somebody famous in it.

16 thoughts on “Get Out When They Blow

  1. I wonder what the band looks like while one is tripping. I imagine they all have golden auras. This song is familiar to me and one I like. That’s quite an assembled crowd! Song #3 listened all the way through….

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  2. I believe we covered tro-rhythm implicitly in English/Language Arts.

    [and probably even more implicitly in music].

    And also there is common time – I wondered if was connected with that?

    Love a good fast feeling and I really want to know about Mother Goose Jack.

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    1. Good point Adelaide, as there must be a lot more to the story than just hiking up a hill to get water. I am willing to bet that Jack was up to something with Jill and I should probably write a story about that one day.

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      1. Yes!

        When we’ve tried to find more in the nursery rhymes, I like to go to Opie [Iona and Jim]. And other folk sources.

        Watching Stranger Things 3 and seeing the teens get up to things on the hill further strokes my suspicions. Lucas and Dustin in particular – Mike and Will not quite so much [I stopped around episode 3].

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