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Grandma Sandi wrote at 2006-09-24 07:02:11
"Twine Time" was also a dance during the same era of  the "Jerk".  

steven wrote at 2006-12-26 19:49:51
The shotgun was a dance. I remember it well and it was a varation of the twine.

janice wrote at 2008-01-09 22:53:49
Whenever I listen to Jr. Walker’s Shotgun, I imagine the song's lyrics portray life as an African/Black American slave in the south.  The song was written in the 60's and the wounds of their oppressive experience/life were very deep & fresh.  I think music (especially the Blues) enabled people to vent their anger, buried in songs their oppressors would have not listened too or heard.

Chain gang and farm workers were usually patrolled by “white” men using shotguns.  I think the reference to “Do the jerk” is a reference to the body’s reaction to being shot with a shot gun.

ChuckE wrote at 2008-06-14 21:46:36
'TWINE time' is correct . This was another named dance,  just like

the Jerk, Shin-a-ling, Mashed potatoes, Monkey, etc.

Walker refers to the dance once again in 'Shake and Fingerpoppin'

"...Doin' the Baracuda, the Jerk, and the Twine."  

ChuckE wrote at 2008-06-14 22:47:12
'Twine Time' by Alvin Cash and the Crawlers was a mostly instrumental 'dance craze' single that  in 1965 reached #1

on the Cash Box R&B chart, and #14 in Billboard's pop

category. Big horn section, reminiscent of Booker T and the MG's.

Alvin Cash also gave us 'Alvin's Boogaloo' and the 'Baracuda'

with all three dances mentioned in Jr. Walker's 'Shake and


The original 'Twine Time' is available for download at iTunes.

Omegaman wrote at 2008-09-14 03:23:57
In the liner notes to the CD set Nuthin But Soul, Jr. says kids at "The Grotto" were doing a dance, he asked them what it was and they said it was "the shotgun" and he should write a song about it, so he did.

Jay Rogers wrote at 2008-11-23 23:39:05
I am a musician who has been blown away by Junior Walker. I thought it was a reference to slavery times or extreme southern racist violence. Some rednecks attacking a black man and not even giving him a chance to run away.

Jr Walkers Allstar Band wrote at 2010-08-24 19:41:38
Hi Jeremy How are you this is Acklee King from Jr Walkers Allstar Band from Motown Records please feel free to give me a call and ill be more than Glad to fill you in on our song shot gun Thank you Acklee King 231-629-1298

d.b. wrote at 2011-05-06 01:11:26
"Twine time" referred to a popular song and dance by a friend of Jr. Walker, Alvin Cash . (Alvin Cash & The Crawlers "Twine Time", 1965.)

bobbylast wrote at 2011-10-26 18:53:54
do the jerk refers to shooting the man in question. like the italians say do the guy, shoot him' kill him, do the jerk baby. she puts on her red dress to hide the blood splatter, breaking down is a reference to opening the action on a double barrel. load it up and shoot him well that's self explanatory. the rest of the song after this refers to her old man being out of the picture and now she can go out and have some fun with a man that wont be a jerk to her.  

Ef wrote at 2012-09-12 21:17:06
I have no facts to back this up... BUT, given the previous respondent's answer, I feel that it could be about getting married, "shotgun" style. As in, the couple is expecting and now they will have a shotgun wedding before the baby is born.  

Ef wrote at 2012-09-12 21:17:10
I have no facts to back this up... BUT, given the previous respondent's answer, I feel that it could be about getting married, "shotgun" style. As in, the couple is expecting and now they will have a shotgun wedding before the baby is born.  

Jerrythebigdog wrote at 2016-05-28 21:10:49
Shotgun refers to a outfit to wear to go out and shoot em means to knock people out with the way you look. They are talking about going to a dance. Try to think about the era and the slang African Americans spoke in 1965. Remember it's a blues song.  

Jerrybigdog wrote at 2016-05-28 21:18:49
Shotgun refers to buying an outfit and wearing it to a dance. The shooting Em Up Park referred to knocking people out with your look and doing the various dances at that time. Remember the era of 1965 and the slang that African-American spoke at that time or the slang in general buy Young America.


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I don`t know it all, but I do know quite a bit. I know a lot more about older blues (Blind Willie Johnson thru Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Hendrix) than I do about Stevie Ray Vaughan - but you can try me about Stevie too! I do know some about English Blues. I can answer questions about lyrics, music (rhythm, chords, melody), language, history and geography of the blues. Sixties rock, especially "Underground" and San Francisco Sound, is a sub-specialty of mine.


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