The gavel slam, I’m a free man, try not to eat ham
Double entendre! The final verdict has left him off non-guilty, or as a free man. Being a free man could also refer to someone who is trying to stay kosher, meaning not eating food that isn’t in accordance with the Jewish dietary law including ham.
Ham = pork = pig = police, which fits with the language of “gavel slam” and “free man” (which imply eluding charges/the law/police.) So in other words he’s out of trouble and he’s trying to stay out of it which completely fits the theme of 1 Train as a song which seems to be about elevating yourself (“Anything is better than that 1 Train.”)
Also, seeing as Action Bronson is a former chef and knows a lot about food, this line could be taken literally. Many people don’t recommend eating pork because
1.) It’s often high in fat and linked to heart issues.
2.) Pigs are thought to be intelligent animals and some people think it’s inhumane to eat them.
3.) The bible says not to.
Bronson also uses the line “The gavel slam” in “The Don’s Cheek”.
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