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    Hey OdnamNool!...ol' buddy - Yes - shut up.., pop-a-top, an' let's PICK!(an' if yer'in tune...,yer' fired!) - Regards, Moose.

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    Hitting that note pretty much defines the key for folks I've sung this with. Very pleasing how the parts move in and out. Not as "barbershop" as some other older gospel call and response songs, with the falsetto responses.

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    "Fist of Death" --- obscure reference to Dilbert character who manages frustration by whispering "must...control....fist ..of ..death!" whenever her boss says something really stupid.
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    Let's have a sing along.

    Everybody I met(echo) everybody I met. Seemed to be a rank stranger(echo) seemed to be a rank stranger. I love that song.

    Ok I'll shut up too. Just a girl having a little fun.
    I wandered again to my home in the mountains....

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    I once looked up the word Rank in an older dictionary.One of the meanings was "complete".Bear in mind that the song was written in the 30's,and the word has fallen into disuse,or worse yet misuse.
    What the song is saying is,if you're home is in heaven,you'll find lots of friends when you get there.
    It's a Brumley tune,is it not?
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    Now..., somebody.., get that real high part! - "Ev'er body I met..., -

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    Rank Stranger definition.....

    This was copied from Definitions.com. - it seems to indicate that a "rank stranger" has basically the same meaning as "a complete stranger". In other words, someone that you absolutely don't know. I tried to convince my wife that it meant a stranger that stinks, but she wouldn't buy it, since it is a spiritual or a religious type song.

    (9. adj) absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)
    complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity")

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    Danny Boy - you beat me to it !. The word 'Rank' in the context of this song does mean a 'complete' or 'real' stranger. Somebody totally unknown to the narrator / singer. It is a superb song & one of the first that i ever hears the Stanley Brothers perform. Another song in the same vein, "The Fields Have Turned Brown" is also a very moving song,
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    rank 2 (rngk)
    adj. rank·er, rank·est
    1. Growing profusely or with excessive vigor: rank vegetation in the jungle.
    2. Yielding a profuse, often excessive crop; highly fertile: rank earth.
    3. Strong and offensive in odor or flavor.
    4. Conspicuously offensive: rank treachery. See Synonyms at flagrant.
    5. Absolute; complete: a rank amateur; a rank stranger.
    [Middle English ranc, from Old English, strong, overbearing; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]


    this is a old term for a person as the dictionary says .. a complete stranger ... rank stranger .... or a absolute stranger.... maybe one should look things up if one does not know ???.....I'm just saying !!!!!!

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    When a writer chooses a word, he or she is usually aware of all of its possible meanings and implications, they may aim for ambiguity or court the possibility of multiple interpretations. Or they might not. You know, depends how they feel.

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    After a three-year repose, the thread arises from the archive…

    How would you "rank" this thread, in terms of longevity…?
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    I'd rank it stranger than fiction.

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    That's pretty rank of you, Old Sausage, and I figured Old sausage would be rank enough on it's own. I've seen 3 or 4 of these revived threads this week. Must certainly be a record, you reckon?
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    Rank: adj. (esp. of something bad or deficient) complete and utter (used for emphasis): rank stupidity | rank amateurs | a rank outsider.
    So chi sono.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg_tsam View Post
    That's pretty rank of you, Old Sausage, and I figured Old sausage would be rank enough on it's own. I've seen 3 or 4 of these revived threads this week. Must certainly be a record, you reckon?
    Google seems to favor this section of Mandolin Cafe. The ones I've been responsible for reviving were because I was posting tab and when you Google for tab for the song, those are the threads you get. I have a certain fondness for zombie threads, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnjrpkr View Post
    It's a Brumley tune,is it not?
    As long as we're picking up the old scent on this rank thread, here's a little response to bnjrpkr's query from nine years ago.

    Albert Brumley did indeed pen the song in question, along with "I'll Fly Away," "Turn Your Radio On," and a bunch of other gospel songs that have become bluegrass standards.

    http://www.oldstatehouse.com/exhibit....asp?a=201&g=2
    Just one guy's opinion

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