My friend Cindy Hastings told me a story the other day that I have to share. The Kentucky Headhunters band has a song called “Dumas Walker, ”and that’s where the story begins.  Cindy says:

I understood the song to be:

Let’s all go, down to Dumas Walker.

We’ll get a slaw, burger, fries and a bottle of ‘skey (short for whiskey)

Bring it on out to my baby and me.


The actual lyrics are:

We’ll get a slaw burger, fries, and a bottle of Ski (a soft drink very similar to Mt. Dew)

Bring it on out to my baby and me.


Being from Kansas, I’m not familiar with slaw burgers (burgers with slaw between the meat and bun) or Ski soda, but anyone from the South knows exactly what they are. The meaning of the song isn’t entirely changed, but it is changed nonetheless, even if it’s just a couple drinking Mt. Dew instead of a bottle of whiskey.

This reinforces to me how important it is to realize who the intended audience was for the scripture writers or for Jesus, and that I will inevitably interpret what I read from my white, mid-western 2019 perspective and might miss the original meaning.