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I am fascinated by the music of Blaze Foley, and he often paints an incredible picture of life in the country.

Last year I was able - after research - to determine the meaning of his lyrics "Feed the pigeons some clay" (pigeons do eat clay!) but the meaning of this lyric in "Big Cheeseburgers And Good French Fries" has eluded me:

I got an angel of woman with big blue eyes,

Friends in the country, old neckties ,

Big cheeseburgers and good French fries ,

Could go fishing but the fish draw flies.

Does anyone know what he's referring to here?

  • In english, to draw can also mean "to attract", so it means he doesn't want to be annoyed by flies around him if he catches fish. – Bebs Oct 29 at 10:51
  • Hmmm, I hadn't considered that he was talking about what the fish might attract after he caught them. I was thinking it was more of a "fly fishing" reference. You might be right. – mayersdesign Oct 29 at 11:14
  • I've got to know, what does "Feed the pigeons some clay" mean? – Derek Gusoff Nov 5 at 2:11
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    @Derek Gusoff - Oh haha. Literally that. Pigeons will naturally eat clay from "clay licks" at the side of rivers, to protect against stomach infections and to get certain minerals. Pigeon keepers will, if reason permits, actually feed pigeons small clay balls, so I assume this is literally what Blaze was fond of doing to pass the time. – mayersdesign Nov 5 at 11:12
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    I'm thinking @Bebs and OP are both right here - there's maybe a pun on fly-fishing as well as the excuse for not going fishing. – Angst Nov 23 at 15:53

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