English as a Second Language/idiom

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Hi!
What does "reelin' an' rockin'" mean?
An example from Fats Domino:
She left me reelin' and rockin'
Walkin' the floor
She left a note last night
She won't be back no more

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Hi Anders,

thank you for your question

Reelin' and rockin' comes obviously from reeling and rocking

To reel means to stagger, dazed from a blow. Here, though, it is figurative - the person in the song is dazed because their friend (I assume) left him.

To rock, here means to cause great shock or distress to (someone or something).

So to sum this up - her leaving caused a great deal of pain and distress to the person in question.

I hope this helps.

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