[Dixielandjazz] Thats Why The Call Me Shine
pj.ladd at btinternet.com
Wed Nov 3 04:07:40 PST 2004
We can speculate all we want about "pipe" meaning "look at" but that doesn't
make any sense at all given the actual wording >>
sorry, but I think it makes perfect sense. The previous words lead into it.
`they call me `chocolate,` sometimes `Hey! Rastus` and then these guys say
`Look at Sambo` or `Pipe the Shine`.
I too remember Leo Gorcey using the phrase `Pipe that broad`
It strikes me that given the propensity of the black race to dress flashily
it is a not difficult to accept that that a group would make such comment
on a passing person much as we might have said (in our younger days) `Hey,
Dig those gams`( for the benefit of the younger listmembers that means `Look
at those legs`)
Your comment that blacks had better things to do than protest about being
`looked at` reinforces my contention that it is not a `protest` song at all.
It is just what it presents itself as, a song about a bright, outgoing guy
that passersby recognise in a friendly way. It is all very well trying to
make a connection between someone who happened to be the companion of
someone who was beaten up but it is pretty tenuous There is no reference to
such a thing apart from the somewhat spurious connection of the name.
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