The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

People Who Died #26
Great Philosophers of the 20th Century #17:
Faron Young

If you got a Cadillac boy and a forty room shack boy,
A bucket full of money and a tree full of honey.
But if you got no huggin', no smoochin' or muggin'
Well if you ain't lovin' then you ain't livin'

If you're ridin' on the gravy train, 'stead of walkin' down lovers' lane
You can't make hay boy you're goin' the wrong way boy
You gotta get a little honey it's better than money
Well if you ain't lovin' then you ain't livin'

If they call you a big man cause you got a lot of bottom land
If you're kin to the President and if you help run the government
But if you get no attention you better off on a pension
For if you ain't lovin' then you ain't livin'

If you got a string of long cars and you're smoking them four-bit cigars
You ain't so well to do unless you get a little choochy coo
It takes a little of smackin' or your life is a lackin'
Well if you ain't lovin' well brother then you ain't livin'

1 comment :

tslittlefield said...

Ahh- The Singin' Sheriff or drunken child molester Take your pick. But he made some wonderful hit records with songs written by Wilie Nelson like "Hello Walls" and "Mr. Record Man"