Insensitive lyrics regrettably sung by authentic old timers of a less enlightened era

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Insensitive lyrics regrettably sung by authentic old timers of a less enlightened era

Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:01 pm

Dave Snaker Ray, while he was still alive, blogged about the hate mail he received for singing the blues:

I've taken some hits to the working musician body for including on my latest CD, Snake Eyes, and on the Blackburn-Beach CD, a Mercy Dee Walton tune entitled "One Room Country Shack" that includes the original lyric:

"I'm going to leave here early in the morning,

I'm about to go out of my mind [repeat]

I've got to find some kind of companion,

Even if she's deaf, dumb, crippled and blind."

Objections included, but were not limited to, the sexist nature of this lyric--the 'any port in a storm' mentality it conveys, and to the use of the unenlightened terms in the last line.

Just because this tune was written in a time that predates the ADA and just because it's been covered by Mose Allison, Lowell Fulson and about twenty other artists and just because I've always paid considerable attention to authenticity when I cover tunes, in no way excuses my inclusion of this lyric when it may be found objectionable by some listeners.

Because I'm a Nineties type of guy and I really try at all times to be as politically correct as possible, I'm taking this opportunity to apologize to all who were offended by my utterance of this verse. Of course, I can't undo the discs that are already pressed and distributed, but I want you all to know I've recast this lyric in a new rhyme I hope conveys the best part of the original message while being more in tune with our sensitive times.

Here's the replacement verse you'll hear me sing when next you see me in performance:

"I'm going to leave here early in the morning,

I'm about to become mentally unstable [repeat]

I've got to find some kind of companion,

Even if she's differently-abled."

Depending on circumstances, I may be told by the politically correct handlers at a given performance that my replacement verse contains vocabulary too erudite for the product of current educational efforts. In this case, I have prepared a simpler verse:

"I'm going to leave here early in the morning,

I'm about to get depressed. [repeat]

I've got to find some kind of companion,

Even if she can't get dressed."

I'm sure Mercy Dee would understand my changes to his lyrics if he were called upon to perform in today's more positive world.


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Post  eddie on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:47 am

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Excellent!

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:13 am

While not homophobic, Josh White's choice of words in the 4th verse here is unfortunate (as is the mental image evoked):


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Post  felix on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:51 am

John Lee Hooker's St-st-stuttering Blues:

http://www.jukebo.com/john-lee-hooker/music-clip,stuttering-blues,qukfpl.html

(In fairness, it should be recalled that old Johnny did have something of a stutterin' impediment)

(Knowing that track from the Don't Turn Me From Your Door lp, I expected to hear the upbeat Wobblin' Baby (Pouring Down Rain) immediately after No Suspect - ah, here it is: http://www.myspace.com/johnleehooker/music/songs/pouring-down-rain-lp-version-30066588)

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:16 pm

Possibly the worst lyrics of all are those that treat men as mere objects, dismiss their deeper feelings, and trample on their sense of self worth Neutral

Well you can give me all your love
And anything else you got too
But don’t pay it any mind
If it seems like I’m acting cool

Well you can dress me in your mirror
Give me kisses forever and a day yeah
But there’s just one thing
You don’t have to say

You don’t have to say you love me
And you don’t have to say any prayers
No you don’t have to say you love me
Baby it’s alright

Cos honey I don’t care
Oh baby I don’t care
Oh honey I don’t care
Oh honey I don’t care

Well you can turns the lights down low
Somethings are better that way
And you can tell me all your stories
But please spare me the plays

Cos you don’t have to say you love me
And you don’t have to shed any tears
No you don’t have to say you love me
Baby it’s alright

Cos honey I don’t care
Oh honey I don’t care
Oh baby I don’t care
Oh honey I don’t care
Cos honey I don’t care
Oh when I tell you baby
I don’t care

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:45 am

I understand that the author and singer of this song was escorted to a mental institution to be shown the plight of the actual residents, which resulted in his issuing an apology for releasing the record.

He probably kept the money he made though, because the song was a major hit:


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:42 pm

Cousin Brucie's got a lot of nerve to say he's Napoleon XIX's pal.  When Nap was freaking, Brucie just stood there hawking outdated grout.



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Post  pinhedz on Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:43 am

An inadvertent slur against Native Americans that was part of an early anti-smoking campaign.

Think on this when you smoke tobacco:  


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:29 am

now our discount mechanic Chickenfoot Gord Nelson is even saying the term "Native Amrican" is offensive. He sez just say what tribe you're talking about and don't make a lot of dumb generalizations. Chickenfoot Gord Nelson says that really his Miwok ancestors have not much in common with goober Seminoles, for instance. Anyways, that's just Chickenfoot Gord Nelson's perspective.


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:19 pm

Nutritionists now call them the "paleo peoples," because of their instinctive adherence to the wholesome "paleo diet."

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:28 pm

eh now they are saying the land bridge theory is rubbish, and really the Natives came over on little boats from the Greater Orient and only the pluckiest survived.

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:04 am

I believe this song was Randy Newman's only top-40 hit (who'd have guessed that the public would lend so much support to a performer that denigrated people of diminutive stature  ):


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:01 am

Let's take a break from political incorrectness and listen to some good advice. Smile


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