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Padeye
03-28-2003, 02:42 PM
While burning a custom CD for TTL's and my wedding reception tomorrow I added a John Lee Hooker song and realized I may have been laboring under a misheard lyric for years. Mind you John Lee was never easy to understand even live but this has me vexed. I always his signature song was Boogie Chillun as "children" but I realize the CD software identifies it as Boogie Chillin which I take to mean "chilling." So how do the boogie chillun of SDMB vote?

FWIW I'm trying to make it a very eclectic mix. Lots of good schmaltzy love songs and every genre from Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys to Steely Dan

Ogre
03-28-2003, 02:52 PM
Chillun. Children.

As in an imperative statement, "Boogie, children."

And congratulations!

Padeye
03-28-2003, 03:48 PM
Oh great, I thought boogie in boogie chillun was an adjective not a verb. <sigh> I must not have the blues in my soul.

troub
03-28-2003, 04:00 PM
I had that album a while ago, and it was indeed Chillun. I always took it to mean children, also.

John Carter of Mars
03-28-2003, 05:27 PM
Yeah, it's: Boogie, Chillun, as in children. I never heard the term "chillin" as in temperature, until years after JLH's song was released.

"I don't care what Mama don't allow
I'll boogie anyhow"

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