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Is that a verb and rough hands

You know it’s going to be a good day when even the blog title doesn’t make sense.

So the short kid and I love Rascal Flatts. Our Jeep music consists of the two alternating CDs (Me and My Gang; Feels Like Today—I haven’t heard the older two) and we know all the words…or most of them. There was some confusion in the chorus of “Me and My Gang”, so I consulted the CD cover booklet.

Me and my gang, jump on that train
Grab hold of them reins
We’re gonna rock this thang
Cock this thang
Me and my gang, yeah—me and my gang

Holy hell, what does that mean? I’ve written erotic romance, so the word cock and I have a passing acquaintance, but as a verb? My six-year-old belts this song out in a funky southern twang at any opportune moment. (And some inopportune ones, as well.) This is a band with very strong Christian tones, so I can’t imagine it being too obscene. But somebody please tell me what that means in this context. I assume it’s along the lines of ‘knock it out of the park’, but if I need to muzzle my kid, I need to know.

In other news, I was pondering blue collar heroes this morning. How they always seem to touch the heroines with a gentleness she’d never dreamed possible.

My husband’s a master electrician & HVAC guy, and…it ain’t possible. His hands are like coarse-grit sandpaper. Seriously, if his hand passes over the same spot more than three times in the same minute, I start losing layers of skin. It’s like “FREE Microdermabrasion while you…”

Anyway. You just never see callous-burn or nightstand bottles of Cornhuskers in romances.

6 comments to “Is that a verb and rough hands”

  1. Charlene
      · September 21st, 2007 at 10:53 am · Link

    What, like cocking a pistol? That’s a verb. Although it doesn’t make a lot of sense in the context. Then again, song lyrics. How often do they really make sense?

    Giggling at the blue collar hero conundrum. Reality, it’s so unromantic.

  2. Bryan
      · September 21st, 2007 at 12:02 pm · Link

    I would guess cock as in cocking a pistol also… is the song about a train robbery?

    Who knows?

    And your blue-collar hero… I could definitely see some Shannon Stacey humor in that book. I dare you to write it. :devil:

  3. Shannon
      · September 21st, 2007 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Oooh, a dare. :groucho: Stay tuned.

    And I could see that. Get it primed and ready to blow? Maybe. Just an odd word to have come out of my kid’s mouth.

    Of course, he also thinks “God” is a bad word, so he sings “Beep bless the broken road”. (In order to not use God in a blasphemous way that might upset Grammy, he considers it off-limits totally).

    So I have child who will sing “cock” but not “God”. :crazy:

  4. Melani Blazer
      · September 21st, 2007 at 8:42 pm · Link

    Lol @ what he’ll say. My daughter’s nearly 16 and I can’t get her to say damn, even in Beaver dam. Or Hell in any context.

    I’d vote for cock this gun. Or a like in the phrase “cold-cocked”… like Charlene said. Song lyrics, who could guess?

  5. Jewell
      · September 24th, 2007 at 11:38 am · Link

    Um. this is a Christian band? Really?

    I’m asking, because as it reads, it highly suggests one woman and a WHOLE lot of guys. Train…grabbing the reins…

    In that instance, the word in question would definitely be a verb.

  6. Shannon
      · September 26th, 2007 at 9:14 am · Link

    Well, they’re not packaged as a Christian band. But if you listen to their CDs and read their personal acknowledgments in the CD cover, they have very strong faith.

    But thanks for that visual. :noevil:

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