Groovy Man, Sistah Girl, All Is Good. I’m A Straight Shootin’ Son of A Gun

Phrases often meant something different years ago than today. For example, I quoted The Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” in a book set in the 1960’s to the early 70’s. It would be out of place to apply today’s meanings of these phrases to the book.

“I’m a high life flyer and a rainbow rider
A straight shootin’ son-of-a-gun.”

And the receiver of the advanced reader copy asked me about the meaning of the Pharase. Saying it doesn’t fit the character.

Yes, it does, considering the book can not be judged by today’s definition of these pharases. The book is about a young woman making the transition from the old world laden with racial discrimination into a new world she’s hoping things will improve. We are living her future.

Back then, a high life flyer had nothing to do with being rich, or their spending a lot of money. A high life flyer is a person who likes the high life, drinking, carousing, chasing the ladies/men depending on the person’s gender and their proclivities.

A rainbow rider had nothing to do with homosexuality. It meant someone who follows a path of fun, good, happy times, times that are colorful. Someone who tells you things in a straight fashion, an honest way. It also meant someone who is a dreamer. Doesn’t live in the real world.

Straight shooting son-of-a-gun. Means a person who keep things real. Don’t ask them anything if you don’t want to hear their opinion.


Despite how they sounded, no one can deny they changed the world.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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34 Responses to Groovy Man, Sistah Girl, All Is Good. I’m A Straight Shootin’ Son of A Gun

  1. By the way, a bullfrog was a loud person who talked a lot of nonsense.

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  2. Brill. Interesting how word meanings can change.

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  4. Good point! Language changes and evolves, being bent by each new generation!

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  5. You know, it is so interesting that you mentioned the meaning of certain phrases we used back in the day, and what people interpret them as being now. I just started reading a coming of age book where the protagonist talks about his father being uncomfortable with his Aryan looks. The word Aryan used to mean noble. It’s an old Sanskrit word, but of course it means something totally different now and is associated with Neo-Nazism. 😫

    Loved Three Dog Night by the way, and Joy to the World was one of my favorite songs! 🎢 I was in my last year of elementary school when that song came out. πŸ₯°πŸŒΊπŸ˜˜ Good memories!

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  6. Cameron says:

    Some people try to make everything out to be about being gay. I’m sick of it. Not everything is about being gay. Gee! This is what tick some straight people off. Everything doesn’t have a sexual overture to it, but By Gosh gay people will make it all about gay sexuality.

    I love this song. It’s a song about make love not war.

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  7. Cameron says:

    Thanks, now the lyrics makes sense. I know a frog couldn’t have had any kind of wine. Unless he’s Kermit. πŸ™‚

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  8. Hadley says:

    At least back then, people were sincerely interested in social changes and were to what they believed. Unlike today.

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  9. Brendan says:

    Hippies are still the same. Although in their seventies, most are still straight shooting son of a gun. I can deal much better with their open honesty than today’s fake politeness.

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