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Chris Seymour What's a Walking Boss? (37) What's a Walking Boss? 15 Oct 99


Clarence Ashley sings a wonderful song, "Walkin' Boss," on his Folkways recording with Doc Watson. Anybody know what exactly a walking boss is/was? I seem to recall the phrase in the name of a longshore union local (as in Amalgamated Freight Handlers, Stevedores and Walking Bosses Local Union No. 2346), but that doesn't give me much clue.

While I'm at it, does anyone know what "ball the jack" means? (it's another phrase from the song that occurs in other folk songs, too.)


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