"Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis
Pumped a lot of 'tane down in New Orleans
But I never saw the good side of the city
'Til I hitched a ride on a river boat queen"

(From "Rolling on the river" lyrics.)

What does "Pumped a lot of'tane down in New Orleans" mean in that lyrics?

'tane means gasoline (BE petrol). It is short for 'octane', as in 87 octane.

Rover_KE

'tane means gasoline (BE petrol). It is short for 'octane', as in 87 octane.

Thanks.