Posted by David FG on April 30, 2006
In Reply to: Up against the wall posted by ESC on April 30, 2006
: : : What is the origin of the phrase "first up against the wall, come the revolution"
: : It is a reference to execution by firing squad, in which the condemned person is stood against a wall and shot.
: : The phrase is suggesting that 'come the (desired) revolution whoever is being mentioned will be the first to be executed.'
: : It is not generally to be taken literally.
: : DFG
: I feel a song coming on (and just in time for Mother's Day):
: Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother
: He was born in Oklahoma
: His wife's name is Betty Jo Thelma Liz.
: He's not responsible for what he's doing;
: His mother made him what he is.
: And it's up against the wall redneck mother
: Mother who has raised her son so well.
: He's thirty-four and drinking in them honky-tonks
: Just kicking all them hippies' a**es and raising h*ll...
Mothers' Day was weeks ago this side of the Atlantic (I think: I could be in trouble if I have got that wrong.)