Hotter than a two dollar pistol?


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WhiteKnight
August 19, 2005, 05:04 PM
I'm a little confused as to where the phrase George Jones uses in his song "Hotter Than a Two Dollar Pistol" originates?

I would assume it to be from the nature of an inexpensive (two dollar) pistol being one that would yield significantly higher chamber pressures (hotter) than a more expensive counterpart.

Any ideas?

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larry starling
August 19, 2005, 05:15 PM
Im thinking he is refering to a stolen pistol? :cool:

joey93turbo
August 19, 2005, 05:25 PM
+1

TexasRifleman
August 19, 2005, 05:25 PM
Yes I'm sure George Jones is discussing chamber pressures..... :evil:



Nope. "Hot" as in "stolen". 2 dollars as in fenced cheaply and quickly
to the nearest pawn shop.

TarpleyG
August 19, 2005, 08:18 PM
Ain't from around here, is he???

Greg

Jim K
August 19, 2005, 09:21 PM
Around a century ago (long before that song was written), cheap revolvers sold for $2 or less. They were often thin and poorly made, so firing them tended to make them heat up faster than a heavier gun with more metal in it.

So, the phrase "hot as a two-dollar pistol" came into use, often referring to, let us say, a level of emotion indicated by a certain physical reaction. Sort of related to Mae West's famous quote, "Is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"

Jim

RoyG
August 19, 2005, 09:41 PM
Hotter Then A Two Dollar Pistol

I stopped off at the Quick-sack
for some beer and cigarettes
the old man took my money
as he stared at my Corvette
He said I had one just like her son
in 1963
'Til a man down at the bank took her from me

Chorus:
Oh, she was hotter than a two dollar pistol
she was the fastest thing around
long and lean every young man's dream
she turned every head in town
she was built, and fun to handle son
I'm glad that you dropped in
she reminds me of the one I loved back then

So I handed him my keys and said here take her for a spin
the old man scratched his head, and then he looked at me and grinned
He said son, you just don't understand
it ain't the car I want
It's the brunette in your Vette that turns me on

Repeat Chorus

She reminds me of the one I loved back then

Standing Wolf
August 19, 2005, 10:05 PM
Jim Keenan has nailed it.

I've heard the phrase "hotter than a two-dollar pistol on Saturday night" a time or two.

JoeHatley
August 19, 2005, 10:14 PM
Stolen gun..

Joe

Hardtarget
August 20, 2005, 01:28 AM
...and a gentleman would respond to Ms West..." Ma'am, thats a Smith and Wesson, not a stiffened johnson"
hotter than a two dollar on Saturday night...shots fired into the air in celebration of...whatever. If you shoot enough they all get hot.
Mark.
...I used the Mae West response at the office Christmas party last year. She grinned like she understood...but I'm not sure she knows who Mae West is.

Jim K
August 20, 2005, 06:41 PM
Ms. West had another claim to fame. During WWII, the inflatable life vest used by Navy fliers was almost universally known as the "Mae West". Since it was distinguished by two large inflatable bags at the front, I don't think there is any doubt where the inspiration for the nickname came from.

Jim

GunGoBoom
August 21, 2005, 02:22 PM
Around a century ago (long before that song was written), cheap revolvers sold for $2 or less. They were often thin and poorly made, so firing them tended to make them heat up faster than a heavier gun with more metal in it.

That's what *I* thought it meant. Getting physically hot to touch, due to being thin/cheap metal. Not its status as being stolen. Certainly not having to do with cheap guns shooting hotter loads, because if anything they must shoot lighter loads, to not kill their user.

1911 guy
August 22, 2005, 10:04 AM
In this context, I'm fairly certain the word is being used to mean stolen. The slang has been around for a long time, "hot" merchandise. A pistol going for two dollars when that song was written would certainly be stolen and fenced for quick cash.

dfaugh
August 22, 2005, 10:41 AM
I've always used it to indicate something very hot to the touch....Have used the expression for years, bit have no idea where I first heard it.

Fred Fuller
August 22, 2005, 10:46 PM
Around home the expression was "Hot as a two- dollar pistol on the Fourth of July." In deepest Dixie the holiday is in the hottest part of the year, and is usually celebrated with lots of noise. In days gone by that included celestial salutes from whatever firearms were handy.

To me it has always meant hot as in heat, not stolen...

Reference to _Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable_, the 1898 edition of which is online at Bartleby.com, provided no illumination re. this particular phrase. Checking the library for a newer edition might provide some insight as to the origin of the phrase.

lpl/nc

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