Originally posted on American Blues Scene
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Saltwater is slang for alcohol. It shows up in the Charlie Patton song “Revenue Man Blues”:
My doney loves saltwater, she always wants a drink
If they see you with a bottle, they’ll almost break your neck
The “they” to which Charlie Patton was referring were the “Revenue Men” — feared Treasury Department agents known for their brutality who hunted down moonshiners during Prohibition.
“Revenue Man Blues”- Charlie Patton
Charlie Patton – “Revenue Man Blues”