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Question about Proud Mary lyrics

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The lyrics in question to CCR's Proud Mary are as follows...

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis

Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans

Ike and Tina's version is listed as...

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis

Pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans

Experts, which is it...pain or tane? And if it's tane, may I assume that means octane like gas, and not what my vulgar mind thinks it is?

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Ike and Tina's version was the original- the words are about the crummy jobs they( theoretically ) went through. In New Orleans pumping tane wouldn't necessarily mean a gas station- it's a big center for the petroleum and gasoline industry. At least that sounds reasonable! :D

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CCR - 1969

Ike & Tina - 1971

I think it is safe to assume that the word tane should correctly be written as 'tane and is short for octane.

The reference is to performing menial tasks such as washing dishes and pumping gas.

Cheers.....Mel :thumbsup:

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I always heard it as "pumped a lot of plain" meaning regular gas as opposed to premium gasoline. That made some sort of sense to me. I guess I'm suggesting still another possiblity and adding fuel to the confusion.

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