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Stone-cold

Posted by Henry on July 06, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Dog or doll? posted by ESC on July 06, 2004

: : : : : : What is the meaning of Stone Free? It's a title of a song, but have no idea, what this means.

: : : : : I am familiar with the song as sung by Mr. Jimi.

: : : : : Meaning No. 2 (from Merriam-Webster). Completely free.

: : : : : Main Entry: 4 stone
: : : : : Function: adjective
: : : : : 1 : of, relating to, or made of stone
: : : : : 2 : ABSOLUTE, UTTER Pure stone craziness -- Edwin Shrake.

: : : : (Recorded by Jimi Hendrix.)

: : : : Every day in the week I'm in a different city
: : : : If I stay too long people try to pull me down
: : : : They talk about me like a dog
: : : : Talkin' about the clothes I wear
: : : : But they don't realise they're the ones who's square
: : : : Hey!
: : : : And that's why
: : : : You can't hold me down
: : : : I don't want to be down
: : : : I gotta move
: : : : Hey

: : : : Stone free - do what I please
: : : : Stone free - to ride the breeze
: : : : Stone free - I can't stay
: : : : I got to got to got to get away

: : : If my memory serves me well, I thought it was "talk about me, like a DOLL, talk about the clothes I wear" which makes better sense.

: : : Anybody know which it is?

: : I'll give my CD a listen and report back.

: In one of life's little coincidences, I had Jimi Hendrix's "Smash Hits" on my CD player. I listened as close as I could a couple of times and I can't tell if it's doll or dog. He drops the last letter.

It sounds a very modern usage. Is it derived from stone-cold, as in stone-cold sober, I wonder?

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
Stone´-cold` a. 1. Cold as a stone. Stone-cold without, within burnt with love's flame. Fairfax.

WordNet Dictionary
Adj. 1. stone-cold - completely cold; "by the time he got back to his coffee it was stone-cold"