A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 05, 2011
“What were the Aggie’s last words?” / “Hey y’all, watch this!"(joke)

A common joke has it that a Southerner/Redneck/Aggie/Texan utters these famous last words:"Hey y’all, watch this!” (Or, “Hold my beer and watch this!")The implication is that the none-too-bright show-off does something stupid that costs his or her life.

The joke has been cited in print since at least 1995 and has been told frequently by redneck comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Texas author Kinky Friedman has also frequently use the joke, and the joke often is told about a Texan or a Texas A&M Aggie.


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The Last Words Of Every Redneck… Hey Y’all Watch This!
You know the deeds, heck you might even know the words. Whether it’s strapping a v8 on go-cart, or a hitching a rocket to a motorcycle. The words that follow are always the last words of every redneck… “Hey y’all watch this!!”

18 May 1995, Washington (DC) Post, “The Candidate Reconnoiters; Dole Casts Shadow On Gramm Limelight” by Lloyd Grove, pg. C1:
Meanwhile, Spectator editor in chief R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. entertained his audience of 450 with a rendition of “famous last words of a redneck.” To wit: “Hey y’all, watch this!”

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No Shirt. No Shoes....No Problem!
By Jeff Foxworthy
New York, NY: Hyperion
1996
Pg. ?:
Y’all Watch This!
What are a Redneck’s famous last words?
Simple.
“Y’all watch this!”

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A common beer chuggin’ Aggie.  You realize of course a PHD from Texas A&M allows you to bypass freshman remedial math and english courses at Stanford?

Say, you engineered any really stable log structures lately?

Last words of an AGGIE “Hey y’all watch this!”

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June 2002, Popular Science, pg. 33, col. 2:
Pilots cruelly joke that the last words on such flights are usually, “Watch this!”

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Kinky Friedman’s Guide to Texas Etiquette:
Or How to Get to Heaven Or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth

By Kinky Friedman
New York, NY: Perennial
2003
Pg. 36:
If you should hear a redneck exclaim: “Hey, y’all, watch this!” stay out of his way. These are likely the last words he will ever say.

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Thieves in High Places:
They’ve Stolen Our Country and It’s Time to Take It Back

By Jim Hightower
New York, NY: Plume
2004
Pg. 147:
But the researchers were surprised to find that in the vast majority of pickup crashes in Texas, the last words were: “Hey, y’all hold my beer and watch this!”

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The Darwin Awards III:
Survival of the fittest

By Wendy Northcutt
New York, NY: Penguin
2004
Pg. ?:
Famous Last Words: Watch this!

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The Tao of Willie:
A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart

By Willie Nelson with Turk Pipkin
New York, NY: Gotham
2007
Pg. ?:
Question for you: What were the redneck’s last words?
“Hey! Watch this!”

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Cowboy Logic:
The Wit and Wisdom of Kinky Friedman (and Some of His Friends)

By Kinky Friedman
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin
2007
Pg. 149:
If you hear a Texan exclaim, “Hey, y’all, watch this!”, stay out of his way. These are likely the last words he will ever say.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, September 05, 2011 • Permalink