Monday, April 20, 2015

Up the hill

Every time I cycle I hear some old tune. Apparently Movin' on Up from the Jeffersons.

Well we're movin on up, to the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up to the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
Beans don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin' just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby
There ain't nothin wrong with that.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Togetherness and seprateness

and he walks with me and talks with me
and tells me I am his own.
the joy we shared as we lingered there
no other has ever known.

funny how biblical religious tunes are indistinguishable except by context from monogamy love tunes. Merle Haggard and Anne Murray each sang In the Garden

found a note on that old guitar
and she believed I could be a star,
told me that she wanted to be fair,
I won't hold you down, boy
you're star bound and we can't share
a world of different dreams

Dixie. LA nights burn like hell once you know, you left heaven down a dixie road.

Country music is different because loss is the common denominator. Inevitable loneliness not because of existential state of being separate but someone is always leaving, gone.

In Christian tunes a brutal killing is the source of hope. No wonder emotions are so inversed with this seed to children.

All the music I ever internalized came before age 10.  Sunk deep and useless as teeth drifting away from their skull in the mud.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

caught up in your sway

but i wish you could have turned 
my head and left my heart alone.
ever since i met you baby,
you have done me wrong

first time i laid my eyes on you
i got caught up in your sway.
thought i didn't have a chance
but then you looked my way.
from longing to loving, girl,
we made it all the way

oh, that was The Oak Ridge Boys

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

walk the floor

Ernest Tubb's Your Cheating Heart
you'll walk the floor
the whole night thru
your cheating heart
will tell on you

or close. that's the problem with perfect rhymes, interchangeable.

the lyrics
Your cheatin' heart will make you weep you'll cry and cry and try to sleep
But sleep won't come the whole night through your cheatin' heart will tell on you

man, wish you bitter pain sort of song. what terrible food to feed a child. but to croon, perchance to swoon.

Kitty: It wasn't God who mande Honky Tonk Angels

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

country with all its fixings needed

The Coward of the County

The story of the boy, what his dad said to him and how he was forced into going against his word because his girlfriend was gang-raped and this was about him being incited. She's incidental. The real story is him losing his temper going ballistic and what, killing them all? Punching them all out like Jackie Chan on speed? She's a plot device in his life and never given a blithering word of script.

And Lucille

At least she speaks, even if it related thru him. Somehow in Lucille the story is really about the man who would take her home and the man she left. Lucille is title but footnote. He's there for a good time. But so is she. Does he condemn himself as well as her? He concludes she's still a lady and whether by him not tarnishing her or her being untarnishable by sex is ambiguous.

Let's see, random poll of 1982

Someone could Lose a Heart Tonight. Who is the you? "All this heavy breathing. I'm falling under the spell you're weaving. Baby, if you don't stop, someone could lose a heart"? Could be a male second person. The onus is on the other for pushing. Deflecting one's own responsibility. Or saying point of no return is imminent.

There can be more of a sense of two people, as where she told me,

"I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home, so you'll feel more at ease here, and you won't need to roam. I'll take out the dining table, put sawdust on the floor, cook homegrown eggs and..." Country spar and spur humour.

She Got the Goldmine, I got the Shaft. "The judge split it right down the middle and then he gives her the better half. Well it all sounds kinda funny but it hurts too much to laugh..."

War is Hell on the Homefront too. That's kinda Mrs. Robinson of trying to woo the boy who comes to come delivery groceries. Because apparently woman can't masturbate. "Lord only knows what a woman goes thru when she still needs what a man that's gone can't do. I can't fight this fire alone. Stay with me until it's gone"

It Ain't Easy Being Easy by Fricke. As in making that il-advised call to the one you already got away from with good sense "No, it ain't easy when you're needing someone/And it ain't easy being under the gun/ And I'll surrender even though I should run/ And it ain't easy being easy

52 weeks, all-male bands or male duets, or male singer except for 6 female singers plus one duet of Just You and I.

1984 was slightly more balanced with 11 females, female duets or group with a female out of 52.

I'm not listening anymore but what happened last year? 2013 things stay on the charts longer. Wow, only 2 weeks of bands also have females. No soloists in the charts. One male and female duet. What do females sing in the backup to?

They are what to acquire along with the truck.

girls 'round here yep, they still love me
Yeah, the girls 'round here, they all deserve a whistle
Shakin' that sugar, sweet as Dixie crystal
They like that y'all and southern drawl
And just can't help it cause they just keep fallin'
For boys 'round here.

Read more at Boys 'Round Here

Maybe I'd be better off in no lyrics classic but that's a rattletrap of drama too.