Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?

Yoked oxen Library of Congress photos 1860
Today most young people probably couldn’t describe a yoke if asked to. This image of two yoked oxen is from the US Library of Congress, 1860.

When I read the sad news that singer-songwriter David Olney had passed away, and I saw how he died, I resorted to an old ‘Southernism’ my grandmother used to say about someone who died while doing what he or she loved—He died in the yoke.

I hadn’t thought of that saying in quite some time. Continue reading “Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?”