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Offline framus12

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Get my ashes hauled ?
« on: July 26, 2006, 07:14:25 AM »
What does this mean..."to get my ashes hauled"?
I take it for granted it's a reference to sex.
I just wanted some one to put it into context so I can understand it better.            Does it mean cheating on ones spouse or what?
I know you guys can help. Thanks Weenies!

Offline Slack

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Re: Get my ashes hauled ?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2006, 08:02:44 AM »
Hi Framus,

Get My Ashes Hauled = Get Layed (regardless of marital status)

The metaphor (in my mind anyway, maybe Bunker Hill has a better take) is that of a fireplace chimney which in those days had an Ash shoot on the back (or outside) end in which to empty (or haul) the accumulated ash. So, on occasion, the "chimney" needs its accumulated "ash" emptied or hauled.

I'm not sure I can make it any clearer.  :P

« Last Edit: July 26, 2006, 08:10:51 AM by Slack »

Offline waxwing

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Re: Get my ashes hauled ?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 01:12:48 PM »
I think there's more to it than that.

(Posting from No Slack McCracks 'puter, BTW)

If a woman was working as a maid in a white folks house. a lover might come and call on her under the guise of making a delivery or picking up the garbage or ashes. When someone would ask were she was, the other help might answer, "Oh she's down in the basement having her ashes hauled."

PT is beautiful!

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Offline Slack

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Re: Get my ashes hauled ?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 02:46:30 PM »
Ah, I like that better than my too literal translation.  Thanks Wax.

Great to hear -- I'm ready for some cool weather!

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Re: Get my ashes hauled ?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2006, 01:09:34 AM »
My Dad, who grew up in Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri during the 1910's and 20's used this expression often to me when I was a kid in the 60's. I thought it terribly antiquated and didn't know the origins, though what it meant. Great to have an explanation! Fun to hear lots of old blues songs using it, especially the likes of Bo Carter.

Bert in Sweden


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