“Salty Dog”

Alternate titles: “A New Salty Dog”
Author: Probably Charlie Jackson
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Papa Charlie Jackson)
Keywords: sex bawdy nonballad floatingverses
Found in: US(SE,Ap)

Description

Floating verses linked by the words "Honey, let me be your salty dog," e.g. "Pulled the trigger and the gun said go/Shot rung over in Mexico"; "Two old maids lyin' in the bed/One turned over to the other and said/You ain't nothin' but my salty dog."

Notes

A "salty dog" was a sexual partner. - PJS

In bluegrass circles, this is credited to the Morris Brothers, but the Jackson recording seems to eliminate this possibility. - RBW

Several labels independently credit Jackson as the author. - PJS

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 184-185, "Salty Dog Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 79, "Salty Dog" (1 text)
  3. DT, SALTDOG
  4. Roud #11661
  5. BI, CSW184