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Thread #24771   Message #1497142
Posted By: GUEST
01-Jun-05 - 12:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Jackson (Jerry Leiber & Billy Edd Wheeler
Subject: 'Jackson' (Cash/Carter) lyrics
In the song "Jackson" as sung by Johnny Cash and June Carter, there's a line I'm trying to pin down. It's sung by June, and is usually rendered as "I'll be waiting (there) in Jackson, behind my Japan fan [pronounced JAY-pan fan]." I don't think that's right.

Presumably, "JAY-pan fan" is country-speak for "Japanese fan." This has always bothered me for two reasons. First, nowhere else have I heard of Japanese fans. Chinese fans, yes, and often. Japanese fans, no. Second, nowhere else have I heard JAY-pan spoken to mean Japan or Japanese. Even poorly educated people pronounce "Japan" and "Japanese" correctly, or perhaps say "Jap." JAY-pan just doesn't ring true.

I have carefully listened to my copy of this song, and it very clearly sounds like she's saying "jay pan plan." There's no way that last word is "fan" -- there may be some doubt that it's exactly "plan," but there's no doubt it certainly isn't "fan."

Of course, "jay pan plan" is meaningless to me, and I haven't been able to figure out what it should be that I might be mishearing a bit. Anyone know, or have a good guess, what she's saying and what it means?
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-Joe Offer-