In Reply to: Elgin movement posted by ESC on October 20, 2008 at 10:07:
: : Can someone please enlighten me as to the origin of 'elgin movement'? Blues artist Robert Johnson makes reference to 'elgin movement' in his song Walkin' Blues.
: Elgin is a watch. Maybe that is the origin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_Watch_Company
Here's an article on "Elgin Movement," tying blues lyrics to the watch company. The example from Blind Blake seems to be the clincher: "She got Elgin movements / They're twenty-years guaranteed," which refers to the company's twenty year guarantee.