View Full Version : Wooly Bully lyrics - what's "L-seven"?

01-22-2005, 09:30 AM
In Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs' great masterpiece, Wooly Bully,

"Hatty told Matty, 'Let's don't take no chance.
Let's not be L-seven, come and learn to dance.'"

What's L-seven? Google was fruitless; it's time for the big guns.


01-22-2005, 09:35 AM
Real simple explanation, based in Fifties/Early Sixties slang:

If you were "hopelessly out of it," you were a square, which of course nobody wanted to be. Contemplate what L7 draws graphically, and you see the connection.

01-22-2005, 09:35 AM
L7 =square, man

Form an "L" with the first finger and thumb of your left hand, then complete the "square with a "7" formed by the first finger and thumb of your right hand, like so:


Now that you're hip to the jive, get out there and dance, daddy-o.

01-22-2005, 09:38 AM
If you draw an L and a 7, joined at the tips (and using a straight downstroke on the 7 instead of a diagonal), you have a square.

(Kids used to jokingly do this with their hands, as well, using their thumbs and forefingers to make the L and 7 and joining them to produce a square.

"Let's not be square"

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For further commentary, I'm going to shift this over to Cafe Society.

01-22-2005, 10:09 AM
I've been told that if you make an "L" with your left hand and a "7" with your right, and put them together, you get a square...

01-22-2005, 10:17 AM
I've heard the opposite is C-moon. A Capital C and a crescent moon make a circle, the opposite of square. C-moon is hip.

01-22-2005, 11:16 AM
Man, you cats must have some deformed thumbs.

Ike Witt
01-22-2005, 12:26 PM
I get a rectangle and not a square. Maybe my thumbs are too short.

Exapno Mapcase
01-22-2005, 12:39 PM
Rick James' second album was titled Bustin' Out of L Seven and there was also a punkish girl group in the 80s and 90s called L7.

Nobody wants to be a square. Only the Lonely.

01-22-2005, 12:58 PM
Thanks -- you are a bunch of C-moon cats and kitties. I hope to someday overcome the heartbreak of L7 myself. Then everything will be, um, copacetic.

Decidely less panicky...

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