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Today’s post is about a song entitled Strokin’ by Clarence Carter.  For many people, this is his best-known song only because it is played in clubs that normally don’t play this genre of music, or maybe you have seen the Strokin line dance video.  In fact, people who don’t know any better may think that Clarence Carter is a one-hit wonder when nothing could be further from the truth.  Among his other tunes are “Slip Away” and “Back Door Santa.”

Strokin’ by Clarence Carter…What MOST People Think it’s About

Give the video below a good viewing.  After you watch it once or twice, you may think “strokin'” refers to something of a sexual nature, a double-entendre, if you will.  This is the mistake that MOST people make, so don’t feel bad if you do the same.

Do you still think Strokin’ is sexual in nature?  Well if you do, you are ever so wrong!



What Clarence Carter REALLY wrote Strokin’ about

Most people are completely unaware of this, but not only is Clarence Carter an accomplished blues musician, he is also a FAN of a wide variety of music styles.  As a blind man, he does not take music for granted like some people might.  One of his favorite songs is “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.  That song is so awesome, WHO COULDN’T LOVE IT?  Certainly not Clarence Carter, there’s no doubt about that at all.  If you are not familiar with this song, it is the song that Eminem based the song “Berzerk” on.  Here are some lyrics in Clarence’s song to maybe help illustrate my point a bit:

Clarence Carter Strokin

Clarence Carter was so moved by this song, he recorded a song to tell the world how much HE stroked! A true fan indeed!

 

I stroke it to the north
I stroke it to the south
I stroke it everywhere
I even stroke it with my, WHOOO!

When one starts stroking things with their WHOOO! you know that they’ve reached a zen-like state.

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Today’s post is about “My Head’s in Mississippi” from ZZ Top.  This song was released in 1990 and comes from their Recycler album.

Throughout the song, the band discusses being in various places known for the blues such as Memphis as well as “shuffling through the Texas sand” but Billy Gibbons, the vocalist for ZZ Top, keeps saying that “My Head’s in Mississippi” as seen in the ZZ Top YouTube video below:

My Head’s in Mississippi…what is ZZ Top singing about?

At first glance, it appears that this is a typical ZZ Top tune…heavy on the blues based on both the sound and the lyrics.  After all, Mississippi is known for the blues as are some of the locations mentioned in the song.  Certainly, the mention of Memphis would be strong evidence to support this.  Memphis has a rich history of blues music with artists such as BB King, Elvis Presley and John Lee Hooker either coming from or working out of the Memphis area.



What ZZ Top is REALLY singing about in “My Head’s in Mississippi”

As with most other music acts, the guys in ZZ Top have interests that go far beyond the music they play.  Some musicians may write books or poetry.  Some like to cook.  Bruce Dickinson, the vocalist for Iron Maiden, is a fully licensed airline pilot.  But what does all of this have to do with ZZ Top?  It’s actually pretty simple.  The guys in ZZ Top love to play tennis and “My Head’s in Mississippi” is about Billy Gibbons leaving his tennis racket behind somewhere in the Magnolia State. The line

But I was stumblin’ through the parking lot

Of an invisible 7-Eleven

suggests that he thinks he may have left it at the convenience store but when he went back there to look for it, nothing was there.

 

ZZ Top My Head's in Mississippi

Have you seen this? Billy Gibbons wants it back.

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