Mudcat Café message #3918805 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150308   Message #3918805
Posted By: GUEST,nick B guest
20-Apr-18 - 05:31 PM
Thread Name: Nine Pound Hammer
Subject: RE: Nine Pound Hammer
Roll on buddy! Don't you roll so slow.
How'm I gonna roll, when the wheels won't go.
Roll on buddy! Pull a load of coal
How'm I gonna pull, when the wheels won't roll.

What does it mean? I’m looking for this sort of explanation: English take on analysing American lyrics

Or rather, I can only come up with that sort of explanation: the coal wagon was invented before what we now know as the wheel, and the wheels they did have were square, so of course, they wouldn’t roll (buddy).

No, actually, what does it REALLY mean?