BL: flop, flip-flop
Posted: 07 September 2013 05:24 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I was going to skip this one, but then thought better of it.

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Posted: 08 September 2013 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Maybeso, but the “flop” in Big Joe Turner’s 1952’s song FLIP, FLOP, and FLY makes more sense
otherwise…

Here comes my baby, flashin’ her new gold tooth
Here comes my baby, flashin’ her new gold tooth
Well she’s so small, she can mambo in a pay phone booth

Now flip, flop and fly, I don’t care if I die
Now flip, flop and fly, I don’t care if I die
Ah, don’t ever leave me, don’t ever say goodbye

I’m like a Mississippi bullfrog, sittin’ on a hollow stump
I’m like a Mississippi bullfrog, sittin’ on a hollow stump
I got so many women, I don’t know which way to jump

Now, don’t ever leave me, don’t ever say goodbye
Oh my!

Is Big Joe flip-flopping or does he as a rule “flip” then “Flop” and then “Fly’?
If the latter is the case what is it that Big Joe does when he is flopping?

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Posted: 09 September 2013 04:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Not sure what the issue is. It’s not an antedating, nor would the actions be different, only the way one categorizes them.

“Flip, flop, and fly” comprises three separate actions, “flip-flop and fly” only two. But the same things happen in either case.

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Posted: 09 September 2013 09:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Dave Wilton - 09 September 2013 04:15 AM

Not sure what the issue is. It’s not an antedating, nor would the actions be different, only the way one categorizes them.

“Flip, flop, and fly” comprises three separate actions, “flip-flop and fly” only two. But the same things happen in either case.

No Dave, your post was the key to my understanding…

1) FLIP: Does not a frog “flip” from one female to another?
2) Flop: To “bed” the female frog to which you’ve jumped.
3) Fly: To leave the female frog you’ve flopped.

See? There are three independent actions going on here.
Otherwise the song is incoherent.

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