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Re: Sweet Jelly Roll

Posted by R. Berg on July 18, 2001

In Reply to: Sweet Jelly Roll posted by Clare on July 18, 2001

: I have come across this line in many blues songs. What does it mean and where does it come from?

: 'I make the best jelly roll in town baby'

: 'Sweet jelly roll'

It refers to female sexuality. The "jelly roll" metaphor goes back before 1900, according to the Dictionary of American Slang.