Where’s Your Husband’s At

There are a number of other songs with the title ‘On the Road Again’ and the most famous is probably the Willie Nelson song, but that is not what I am writing about today.  The song that I am writing about is a traditional song and most recordings credit Will Shade, of the Memphis Jug Band, as the writer of the song.  The Lovin’ Spoonful version of this song which was the flipside of ‘Do You Believe In Magic’ is credited to John Sebastian, but it is based on the Memphis Jug Band song.  Jug band music began as street-corner busking, where performers soon learned that the novelty of blowing on a ceramic jug, kazoo or harmonica grew larger crowds than the more sophisticated picking on banjos, mandolins and acoustic guitars by their more dignified blues colleagues.

The Grateful Dead played this song in 1966 (and before that when they were called Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions), then it was dropped until it was reintroduced for a spell in the early 1980s, primarily in acoustic sets.  It was sung by Garcia in the 60’s and Weir in the 80’s.  They next performed the song in acoustic sets in the last few months of 1980 and, mainly in electric sets, during the 1981 to 1984 period.  It was then dropped from the repertoire and in total, it was performed about 40 times.

The singer of this song tells you why he married a bad girl and it is basically because they are more fun, but they probably won’t do any cooking.  The thing about a bad girl is that you can’t trust them.  They are natural born easy, but they like to be on the road, so they could take off at any time.  When one of your so-called friends stops by and you are not home, they may inquire where her husband is at, and then she will take off with them.  When you do get back home there is a good chance that you might find her in bed with someone else.

Why I married me a bad girl, tell you the reason why
Bad girls will even do things on the sly
Look for your supper to be good and hot
She never even put a stew bone in the pot

Chorus
She’s on the road again, sure as you’re born
Natural born easy on the road again
She’s on the road again, sure as you’re born

Friend comes by, says he’s looking for his hat
Wants to know where’s your husband’s at
Say I don’t know, he’s on the way to the pen
Come on pretty momma let’s get on the road again

[chorus]

Went to my house the front door was locked
Went ‘round to my window, but my window was locked
Jumped right back, shook my head,
Big old rounder in my folding bed
Jumped into the window, broke the glass
Never seen that little rounder run so fast

[chorus]

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife.

Spouse in the House

A fiancé refers to a man who is engaged to be married, and the term fiancée is used for a woman who is engaged to be married.  A lover is a partner that is involved in a sexual or romantic relationship outside of marriage.  A spouse is the gender-neutral term for a significant other in a marriage, civil union, or common-law marriage, where the male spouse is known as the husband and a female spouse is a wife.  I am not going to get into a plural number of husbands and wives, as polygamy or polyandry can get very confusing.  Marriage is a commitment that people in love make to spend their lives together, but others say why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.

Last week we had Stop the Nonsense and I went on a rant about the boloney about the election results, but I eventually got to the point of the prompts being Begin/End/Finish/Start.  We have the of prompts Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife this week.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the Traditional song ‘On The Road Again’.  Next week I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘China Cat Sunflower’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
November 29, 2020 – Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet
December 6, 2020 – Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle
December 13, 2020 – Apple/Banana/Cherry/Olive/Orange/Strawberry
December 20, 2020 – Circle/Polygon/Square/Triangle

In the Fridge

I had a dream that I was swimming in a lake of ketchup.  When I woke up this morning and I had loving on my mind.  I called out for Lucille, but she was nowhere in sight.  I asked my friends about her, but all their lips were closed tight.  I felt around for my shoes and headed to the kitchen to whip up some breakfast.  I poured myself some coffee, started yawning and stretching out, till I finally came to life.  I knew it was Saturday, so this means the full breakfast today, a lot more than just toast and coffee.  I started frying up some sausage patties and I made a ham and cheese omelette.

Since I retired the days have a tendency to blend together as I can stay up as late as I want and also sleep as late as I like.  When I worked, I always looked forward to a big breakfast on the weekends, because those were the only days that I had time for that.  After retiring I kept up the big breakfast on weekends tradition and it helps me to keep better track on what day is it anyway.  I look forward to weekends.

I took out a package of four sausages and fried them up in a pan.  I sliced my asiago cheese bagel and put it in the toaster.  I got the spatula out, ripped off a section of aluminum foil to cover the pan and took out the extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese.  I took three slices of Boars Head honey ham and sliced them up and put them in the pan after my sausages were done.  I put two of the sausages in a container and they went into the refrigerator for tomorrows breakfast.  I stirred the ham and buttered my bagel.  I usually use jumbo eggs that need to be beaten for the omelette, but today I had liquid eggs, which saves a lot of steps.  I poured my liquid eggs over the ham and then I sprinkled on the cheese and covered the pan.

It may have been a bit more than a sprinkle, as my motto is that you can never have too much cheese on anything, the same goes with bacon, but I was passing on that this morning, since I already had sausage and ham.  As the cooking time expired, my omelette was ready and I scooped it on to my plate.  I usually like to have some of those cherry tomatoes in my omelette, but I had forgot to buy them, so I put some ketchup on top and went to watch TV and enjoy my meal.

Everything tasted yummy, but on the news, there was a report about all of these people who were suffering from tough times because of the pandemic and they were in a parking lot waiting for free food for their Thanksgiving dinner.  This made me feel guilty for eating such a big breakfast and there are always problems, so I finished my breakfast.  I was supposed to write about the last thing that I put back in the fridge and that was the ketchup.  I made up that part about Lucille, because I didn’t think that anyone wanted to read about my boring breakfast.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “the last thing that you put in the fridge.”

The Last Sith

Dominic bowed his head to hide his face.  He knew that the Jedi could feel his presence and there was a good chance that Chewbacca could smell the fear on him.  Dominic trained under his uncle, The Emperor Sheev Palpatine who was the master of Darth Vader and is also known by his Sith identity Darth Sidious.  He was a widely recognized symbol of evil with piercing yellow eyes and he was able to rejuvenate himself using the dark side after he was thrown down a shaft of The Death Star.  When Palpatine was finally defeated and destroyed Dominic was the last remaining Sith taking on the Sith Lord name of Darth Maul.

Dominic or Darth Maul was trained in the ways of the Force, and he became a formidable warrior who was strong with the dark side and he possessed deadly skills in lightsaber combat.  He was a scheming mastermind and he wanted to build his own empire by controlling the criminal underworld.  Darth Maul heard about a Jedi prophecy, which foretold that the Chosen One would restore balance to the Force by destroying the Sith and he was sneaking into the palace to kill the Chosen One, so that this prophecy would not take place.  You will all have to come back tomorrow when I reveal if the dark side takes over the universe or if the force remains with the Chosen One.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

An Instrumental Instrumental

‘Raunchy’ was an instrumental song composed by Bill Justis and Sid Manker in 1957 and produced by Sam Phillips.  This wild, primitive instrumental was originally titled ‘Backwoods’, but Phillips renamed the tune ‘Raunchy’, teenage slang for dirty or messy.  In 1998, the single by Bill Justis And His Orchestra was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in the Rock & Roll genre.  ‘Raunchy’ is one of the first rock songs to use the “twangy” lead guitar effect, which was later developed by others and became common for several years following this song.  In the mid-50s, great guitar innovators like Duane Eddy known as the Sultan of Twang started playing lead riffs drenched in tremolo and echo in the lower registers of the guitar, creating the bass-y sound that since then has become synonymous with “twang”.  Duane Eddy used his vibrato bar while plucking his open bottom string to get this twang sound.

Harrison knew McCartney for about a year, even though he was a few weeks shy of his 15th birthday.  The two were students at the Liverpool Institute and they frequently took the same bus to and from school and a friendship blossomed, and they began jamming together.  The Quarry Men were named after the Quarry Bank High School where the band was formed three years earlier and when they were looking to bring in a third guitarist, McCartney suggested his friend.  In 1958, George Harrison performed ‘Raunchy’ for John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the top deck of a bus in Liverpool, and it was so note-perfect that Lennon decided, despite earlier reservations about Harrison’s age, to let him into his band the Quarrymen, which later became the Beatles

In 1959, the Garcia family moved to Cazadero, a tiny town in the redwoods eighty miles north of San Francisco and Jerry Garcia started attending Analy High School in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California.  Analy had a band called the Chords, which Jerry joined and their material was largely 1940s big-band tunes and they played at youth canteens, and high school dances.  In 1959, he showed an ability to play convincing rock and roll on the Chords’ occasional contemporary tunes.  The band even won a contest and got to record the song ‘Raunchy’.

‘Raunchy’ was the birth of the first Rock ‘n’ Roll instrumental song.  Combining a tenor sax with a lower-register guitar turned out to be a very successful idea.  In 1957, this blend gave Bill Justis a #2 record with ‘Raunchy’, featuring Sid Manker’s guitar along with Justis’ sax, but what made ‘Raunchy’ so unique was Manker’s guitar, as he forged the song’s distinctive riff not from the traditional middle strings but from the bass strings, creating a cavernous, resonant sound further buffered by studio echo.  The single proved Sun’s best-selling instrumental release ever, staying in the pop Top 40 for 14 weeks.  Justis and Manaker concocted the song in Justis’ home while making fun of Rock n’ Roll, convinced that they too could do it well if only they tried.  Bill Justis was older than most teenage Rock fans, and had little interested in Rock as a musical style.  However, he soon realized that Rock’s basic and simple sound was actually harder to achieve than he first thought.  The instrumental wave started with rock and roll and ended, in America, with The Beatles and the British Invasion.

Where Did These Questions Come From

  1. What is Kapok?
    That is the largest city on planet Ork where Mork came from.

2.   Where will you find a kernel?
Go to KFC and look inside of the bucket.

3.   If you didn’t know a door as a door, what would you call it?
An entrance and exit obstacle.

4.   What’s the difference between a yolk and a yoke?
A yoke is the center portion of an egg and a yolk is when two eggs are joined together.

5.   What does E R N I E do?
He hangs around with Bert most of the time.

6.   What is meant by sunny side up?
This is the act of pushing an invalid in their wheelchair up to the sunny side of the street.

7.   What could you wear on your head that would make people think you were awesome?
A woman’s panties.

8.   What is meant by cattywampus?
The best cat wins.

9.   What is an erf?
That is a mixed-up ref.

10. What is a mouse potato?
It is a couch potato with rodents.

Written for Di’s Fibbing Friday.

Stoner Psychobabble

Reena gave us three sentences to ponder today, those being, “His thought process was on so many levels that he gave himself a phobia of heights.”  “Random words in front of other random words create a random sentence” and “I come from a tribe of head-hunters, so I will never need a shrink.”  This made me think about a flexible record of Neal Cassady babbling on about who knows what that was included inside of a Grateful Dead album that I bought.  Neal was a fast-talking whirligig of a man who’d been the real-life inspiration for Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road book.  Neal was often shirtless and it seemed like he was always high on speed while he danced around to the music of the Grateful Dead.  I have no idea what happened to that record and I only listened to it a few times, as it was mostly stoner psychobabble, that was not particularly coherent.

I am pretty sure that the stuff Neal Cassady said, probably made sense to him inside of his own mind, but for anyone else it must have been hard to follow along.  I found a recording of Neal online, but I don’t think that it is the same one that I had.  This one was included in The Dead Book: A Social History Of The Grateful Dead published in 1973 by Hank Harrison where Neal was at the grand opening of the Straight Theater in September 1967.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #162 – three obscure sentences which Reena says that we can build our piece on.

All the Dogs Begin to Bark

Some dogs will chime in with a few barks when they hear another dog barking down the street or when they are in the park socializing with others.  All it takes is one dog to set it off and then they all start reacting to that barking dog.  This barking can be very contagious spreading from one dog to the next and this is why they say, “Let sleeping dogs lie”.  The beginnings of these group barking’s may initially start with one dog who is trying to say, “Hey I’ve been tied up out here too long, it is about time that you let me in”, and it develops slowly until the whole process of all the dogs barking at once is driving you mad.

I got a little red rooster
Too lazy to crow the day
I got a little red rooster
Too lazy to crow the day
Keeps everything in the barnyard
Upset in every way

Well if you see my little red rooster
Please drive him home
Well if you see my little red rooster
Please drive him home
Ain’t been no peace in the barnyard
Since my little red rooster’s been gone

Well all the dogs begin to bark
And all the hounds begin to howl
Well all the dogs begin to bark
And all the hounds begin to howl
Watch out strange kin people
Little red rooster’s on the prowl

Hey there, little red rooster
You ain’t shit to me
You think you’re a stud, boy
Well I doubt, I doubt you’ll ever be
While you’re away, I’m gonna fuck with your henhouse
I’m just being neighborly

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver – #301 hosted by Michael – where we are asked to write about the word beginnings.

It Don’t Matter That It’s Getting Late

‘Good Times’ is a song that was written and recorded by Sam Cooke, and released as single in 1964, but it is almost universally known as ‘Let The Good Times Roll’.  The Sam Cooke version of the song hit #1 on the Cash Box R&B chart and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.  This was one of the last songs Cooke wrote and recorded before he was killed on December 11, 1964.  It is one of Cooke’s lighter songs, being about enjoying oneself at a party.

‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is a 1924 song from songwriter Tom Delaney and ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is a 1946 blues song from Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five, but both of these are different songs.  The 1956 Shirley and Lee song written by Shirley Goodman (later Shirley Pixley) and Leonard Lee ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ is again a different song.  The 1978 Cars song written by Ric Ocasek ‘Good Times Roll’ is a totally different song.  The 1979 Molly Hatchet song written by Danny Joe Brown, David Lawrence Hlubek and Steven Jerome Holland ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ is also a different song.

The phrase “let the good times roll” means have fun, or be lively and let the party continue, because when things are going well, you shouldn’t mess with it.  This saying is similar to “eat, drink and be merry”, and it reminds me of the reason why Henry David Thoreau went to the woods because he wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life.  “Laissez les bons temps rouler” translated to “Let the good times roll” is a Cajun expression and the unofficial official slogan of Mardi Gras in New Orleans which became a popular from the 1940s -1960s.  “Good times roll round once more” was printed in the New-York (NY) Daily Tribune in 1875.  The last verse of the lyrics below is not in the Sam Cooke original song and it may have been written by the Grateful Dead.

Get in the groove and let the good times roll
We’re gonna stay here till we soothe our soul
If it takes all night long
Come on and let the good times roll
We’re gonna stay here till we soothe our soul
If it takes all night long

The evening sun is sinking low
The clock on the wall says it’s time to go
I got plans, and I got plans for you

I tell you exactly what we’re all gonna do

[chorus]

It might be twelve o’clock and it might be three
Time doesn’t mean that much to me
Ain’t felt this way since I don’t know when
Might not feel this way again

[chorus]

It might be six o’clock and it might be eight
It don’t matter that it’s getting late
We’re gonna make the band play one more song
Get in the groove if it takes all night long

[chorus]

All night (all night)
All night (all night)
If it takes all night (all night)
You know it might take all night long (all night)
All night long (all night)
All night long (all night)
[etc]

Get in the groove and let the good times roll
We’re gonna stay here till we soothe our soul
If it takes all night long

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 83 where this week’s theme is late from the 1982 Pat Benatar song ‘Little Too Late’.

Research Practices

Digging into something a mile wide and an inch deep means that you have only scratched the surface, concerning a particular area of expertise, although you have covered a lot of ground, which could be a good thing.  Researching a topic an inch wide and a mile deep suggests that you have gained specific knowledge and expertise, because you have specialized or stayed focused on a precise area, but perhaps your focus was not on the right area.  Six Sigma is an Analytical Methodology that focuses on reducing process variation by utilizing a set of techniques that strive to greatly reduce the rate of defects, maintains a surgical focus on the inch wide and a mile-deep strategy to effectively investigate and resolve problems.  Lean is another manufacturing systematic way of eliminating waste and creating flow in the production process that removes unnecessary steps of the production process that do not add value to the finished product, and Lean looks at a process an inch deep and a mile wide.

There is something called Lean Six Sigma which combines both of these methodologies together with Six Sigma being used to reduce variation, defects and errors in a process and Lean helping to make a product or service faster and more efficient by identifying and eliminating waste.  Fandango asked us today, “Do you think it’s better to have a broad knowledge base or a deep knowledge base?” and I feel that it is best to have a combination of the two, as that way you can cover a lot of ground and provide a concentrated focus on the problem.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #96.