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Wed Jun 29, 2005 6:59 pm

Here is another definition which is similar to Trevell's.

"""""Easy rider is an arcane United States slang expression whose meaning has varied with time.

In the early 20th century African American communities it meant someone who was comfortable to have sexual intercourse with, or someone skilled at sex. The term appears in numerous blues lyrics of the 1920s. In 192A famous early folk-blues tune takes its title from a variant of the expression, rendered as "See see rider" or "C.C. rider". One derivation of this term says it from the recreational ground fixture known as a seesaw is usually noted in conjunction with the term "see see rider", the act of mutual intercourse being compared to the lever mechanism of the seesaw itself. An alternative explanation says that what sounds like "see see" was just a folk variation on the term "easy". Other early uses of the term include the 1924 jazz recording by Johnny Bayersdorffer's Jazzola Novelty Orchestra entitled "I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Riding Now"."""

I have yet to find a source that confirms the Doc's County Circuit Preacher definition. Perhaps you could help out here, Doc?.

Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:32 pm

CILLA CILLA RIDER?

Wed Jun 29, 2005 11:19 pm

KiwiAlan wrote:I have yet to find a source that confirms the Doc's County Circuit Preacher definition. Perhaps you could help out here, Doc?.


Kiwialan -
I've read the county (or country) circuit preacher definition somewhere, but unfortunately I don't remember where.

In any event it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. The woman in Elvis' rendition is still a shameless hussy!

Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:10 am

It makes sense to me that "Easy" evolved into "C.C." and "See See".

As to why it turned out that way I have no idea.

I'm sure the version that Ledbelly sings goes back further than Ma Rainy's 1925 version.

Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:17 am

Easy Rider (C.C.Rider)

Easy rider, see what you done done, Lawd, Lawd,
Easy rider, see what you done done,
Easy rider, see what you done done,
Hey, hey, hey, hey.

Made me love you, now yo' man done come, Lawd, Lawd,
Made me love you, now yo'man done come,
Made me love you, now yo'man done come,
Hey, hey, hey, hey.

When you see me comin', h'ist yo' windows high, Lawd, Lawd,
When you see me comin', h'ist yo' windows high,
When you see me comin', h'ist yo' windows high,
Hey, hey, hey, hey.

When you see me leavin', hang yo' head an' cry, Lawd, Lawd,
When you see me leavin', hang yo' head an' cry,
When you see me leavin', hang yo' head an' cry,
Hey, hey, hey, hey.

If I was a headlight on some western train, Lawd, Lawd,
I'd shine my light on cool Colorado Springs,
I'd shine my light on cool Colorado Springs,
Hey, hey, hey, hey.

I'm goin' to the nation and the territo', Lawd, Lawd,
Tryin' to fin' a honey gal I know,
Tryin' to fin' a honey gal I know,
Hey, hey, hey, hey.

If I was a catfish swimmin' in the deep blue sea, Lawd, Lawd,
I'd keep those women from fussin' over me,
I'd keep those women From fussin' over me,
Hey, hey, hey, hey.

Note: Often sung with two repeated lines, followed by a rhyming third
line (2 lines from verse 1, tag line from verse 2). "Hey hey
etc." sometimes omitted. One can insert "floater" verses from
just about any standard blues (i.e. Don' like my peaches, don'
shake my tree etc.)
From Folk Song USA, Lomax
RG