Music: Hot Shot and Hut-Sut

Hot Shot Dawson on a river boat,

With his brawlin', sprawlin' sweetie. . . .

Hot Shot is an Irish pug,

The river boat is the Queen,

His brawlin' lass is Bridget Cass

And Hot Shot is her dream.

That snatch of a song had a college professor, a U.S. poet, numerous song collectors and Mississippi river folk scratching their heads last week. The lines had been sent to Bill Henry, columnist in the Los Angeles Times, by a friend who remembered hearing them many years ago in "Hell's Half Acre" in St. Louis. Henry printed the...

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