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To: oh8eleven
Meet me on South Street
OH YEAA
Hurry on down
O Ba By
Meet me on South Street
The hippest street in town
37 posted on 03/21/2010 7:40:37 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: McBuff; oh8eleven
> Where do all the hippist meet?
> The hippist street in town
> The hippest street in town

Having grown up around Philly in those days (1963 or so) I always thought the line was "the hippest street in town".

But the official (record company) rendering of the first line is "hippies", meaning "those who are 'hip'" in the jazz lexicon. The song came out years before San Francisco-style hippies were known to the East Coast. The song refers to "hipsters", that is, cool R&B/soul/jazz-oriented folks.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippie_(etymology)#Hip.2C_hipster_and_hippie, third paragraph.

38 posted on 03/21/2010 8:33:48 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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