Travelin’ home with Dr. Hook and his Medicine Show

Well, Stanley McChrystal didn’t actually make the cover of Rolling Stone this week, surrendering that high honor to one Lady Gaga. But back in 1972, when this song hit the charts, McChrystal was 18 and by all accounts a party animal. So I’d say that the odds are pretty good that at one point or another, he had roared out its familiar refrain.

Little did he know the twists that life would take.

The song — a classic of the genre mocking the rock-star life — was written by the amazingly versatile Shel Silverstein, who also wrote this and this and this as well as classic children’s books such as this and this (one of my own kids’ favorites.)

And no, there’s nothing political in the title of that last one.

146 comments Add your comment

Lewis

June 25th, 2010
3:49 pm

Shel Silverstein is great.

ME, Me, me

June 25th, 2010
3:49 pm

It’s always political to some folks.

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
3:51 pm

I guess that mocking the life genre lives on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmeUuoxyt_E

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
3:54 pm

Maybe we could also take to mocking politicians. Like the Democrat County Supervisor from Milwaukee that wants to boycott Arizona. She could understand the law, she says, if Arizona was a border state.

http://michaelscomments.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/spirited-debate-in-wisconsin-about-illegal-immigration/

HG3

June 25th, 2010
3:59 pm

Great choice, JB…didn’t know that Shel Silverstein penned that one.

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
3:59 pm

Disgusted

June 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

Shel was also a marvellous cartoonist. What an immense talent!

Matti

June 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

Wow! Flashing back to being a little kid in the car with my Daddy, singing along to the AM radio… Daddy dug the part about the little blue-eyed cuties. Silverstein’s cartoons in Playboy were hilarious! (Daddy always had a big stack.)

jt

June 25th, 2010
4:10 pm

I here tell that Bill Ayers is going to take the place of General Patreus.

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 25th, 2010
4:11 pm

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

RW

The video in your 3:54 has been removed, but I can imagine what she said based on your comments. That moment had to be priceless!! :lol:

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

Shel wrote this too. Lots of people have done it but this is the original recording. It’s been a hit several times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X59GhrbUsOE

jt

June 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Southern Comfort

I hit you downstairs sir.

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

sumpin’ happen last week…there’s a fool down on the corner givin’ dollar bills away???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9zcLAUp5E0

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

This is one of my favorite songs from Shel’s pen. There’s an important lesson in this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRWlnv0_svU

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
4:19 pm

SoCo,

I should have known that they would figure out an excuse to rabbit hole the video.

There was an odd moment during the debate when Supervisor Peggy West stood up and seemed to be confused about her geography. “If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border,” West said during debate

Later on she tried to weasel out by saying she meant Texas had a longer border, but that doesn’t really square with saying Arizona is “a ways removed” from the border.

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 25th, 2010
4:24 pm

Arizona is a ways from the border, it’s just a mighty short ways. :lol:

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
4:26 pm

Hillbilly
@ 4:11

A truly amazing songwriter, he, but I did not know he wrote that one…always been a favorite

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 25th, 2010
4:26 pm

Another one from Shel. This could go on all night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpZzehuWdM4&feature=related

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
4:27 pm

jt

Got you and responded in kind. :)

RW

I wish I could have been there. I would have given her a map before I left the building. I may have to see about sending her one now. hehehehe!!!

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
4:30 pm

SoCo,

I’m not sure it’s true but I heard that Senator Kyl mailed her a map.

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
4:30 pm

Bobby Bare! Country lyrics at their finest…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsWg0bt9kp4

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
4:36 pm

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
4:36 pm

Hillbilly

If you’re in New Orleans (and haven’t yet) visit the Marie LaVeau Museum…there’s the Marie of the myth and legend and the real woman…the museum is in the house given her by the Mayor when she saved the city from a fever epidemic…her tomb is also interesting…but as we say down home, “beware of voudou for the tourists!”

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 25th, 2010
4:37 pm

Tom T Hall wrote this one and this guy can sure play a 12-string slide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxzhzRh7hp8&feature=related

Thundering up here in the Hills; maybe we’ll get some rain. We need it.

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
4:40 pm

a good read on the dr hook/shel silverstein thingie…

http://www.salon.com/people/feature/1999/05/27/shel

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
4:46 pm

josef @ 4:30

I thought Finn was bad yesterday with the link that referenced “Touchdown Jesus”, but that one you posted I haven’t heard before. I’m not so sure Jesus would dropkick anyone, but as the good book says, “Ask and ye shall receive”!!

Jefferson

June 25th, 2010
4:48 pm

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
4:51 pm

SoCo

I always liked it myself. It sort of speaks to the spiritualism of the rowdy lot to me…

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
5:02 pm

josef

That would kinda scare the beejeezus out of me. The guy that he’s asking to get dropkicked by raised a man from the dead, fed thousands with 2 fish and some bread, and stopped what was probably a hurricane just by saying “Peace, be still”. That, to me, is a bold request for a dropkick. I think I’d rather ask Chuck Norris for a dropkick before Jesus, but that’s just me.

Normal

June 25th, 2010
5:09 pm

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
5:09 pm

Time to spend some quality family time, so I guess I’ll drop off a piece for the thread.

After reading many of the posts this week, I think this is where some are making their drive home to. Either that, or Jay could make this the blog theme. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WElvEZj0Ltw

TaxPayer

June 25th, 2010
5:13 pm

Normal

June 25th, 2010
5:16 pm

SoCo, actually I think that all of us on Jay’s blog are united…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zue6riLNps

@@

June 25th, 2010
5:43 pm

Shel Silverstein, eh? I’ve always thought of Shel as a political animal (subtly so) but political just the same.

The Little Blue Engine
by Shel Silverstein

The little blue engine looked up at the hill.
His light was weak, his whistle was shrill.
He was tired and small, and the hill was tall,
And his face blushed red as he softly said,
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

So he started up with a chug and a strain,
And he puffed and pulled with might and main.
And slowly he climbed, a foot at a time,
And his engine coughed as he whispered soft,
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

With a squeak and a creak and a toot and a sigh,
With an extra hope and an extra try,
He would not stop — now he neared the top —
And strong and proud he cried out loud,
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”

He was almost there, when — CRASH! SMASH! BASH!
He slid down and mashed into engine hash
On the rocks below… which goes to show
If the track is tough and the hill is rough,
THINKING you can just ain’t enough!

Blue engine?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

June 25th, 2010
5:49 pm

850 Rabbis ‘Take No Pride’ in Kagan Nomination: ‘Flame Throwing Radical’ Would Speed US ‘Into Sodom and Gommorah’…

We already are Sodom and Gommorah, just sayin…

Any comments, yosef?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

June 25th, 2010
5:50 pm

Well, I tried to watch the soccer games everybody talks about but every time I turn on the TV to watch a bunch of bees starts buzzing and I can’t find them nowhere. I guess I got hornets someplace but I can’t find them.

Anyhow, I never heard of this Shel Silverstein. Sounds like he might could be a Jew. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not my thing. It’s a catchy tune though.

Enjoy your beer and you’re welcome. I’m headed to Billy Bob’s for a spell but I’ll check in later to see what people are fussing about this time.

AmVet

June 25th, 2010
5:51 pm

Howdy gang,

A sweet one from Mark, Don & Mel to start off the weekend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW5IuZPtZBo

Scout

June 25th, 2010
5:53 pm

“OFF TOPIC #1″

josef:

Hummmm …………… and these guys aren’t even Southern Baptist !!

(CNSNews.com) – “Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is “not kosher”–meaning she is not fit to serve on the court–according to more than 850 Orthodox members of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.”

“It is clear from Ms. Kagan’s record on issues such as abortion-on-demand, partial-birth-abortion, the radical homosexual and lesbian agenda, the ’supremacy’ of the anti-family panoply over religious liberties of biblical adherents, et. al., that she will function as a flame-throwing radical, hastening society’s already steep decline into Sodom and Gomorrah,” the rabbis said in the statement.”

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/68444

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

June 25th, 2010
5:57 pm

PRINCETON, NJ — Conservatives have maintained their leading position among U.S. ideological groups in the first half of 2010. Gallup finds 42% of Americans describing themselves as either very conservative or conservative. This is up slightly from the 40% seen for all of 2009 and contrasts with the 20% calling themselves liberal or very liberal.

Just before an election, the number will go up to 55-60% with all the dummycrat kkkandidates promising to cut taxes, reduce spending and not be surrender monkeys, just sayin…

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

June 25th, 2010
6:03 pm

A military source close to Gen. David Petraeus told Fox News that one of the first things the general will do when he takes over in Afghanistan is to modify the rules of engagement to make it easier for U.S. troops to engage in combat with the enemy

Look at raghead run.

See raghead cross the border.

Watch raghead get rid of his burkha.

Run, raghead, run.

See America win, just sayin…

Oopps, bad word, can’t “win” around a pinko, mmm, mmmm, mmmmm…

Normal

June 25th, 2010
6:05 pm

It’s gettin’ dark outside …you don’t suppose it’s…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1ZV4Mx7tw8&feature=related

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

June 25th, 2010
6:06 pm

Ned from the BTLS show has a nice song for BP.

Be careful – EXPLICIT but funny !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRrRDcsfkyM

Normal

June 25th, 2010
6:06 pm

I guess Budweiser’s stock has gone up again…just sayin’

Finn McCool

June 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

I Report, we can always count on you for some name calling (ragheads) on a Friday and in the front row at church on Sunday.

Christians…you gotta love ‘em: Always “doing unto others”..and turning the “other cheek”..

Finn McCool

June 25th, 2010
6:13 pm

By the way, did any of you non-liberals see the movie Religulous? Bill Maher totally slams Islam – especially the part where it’s defenders say its “really a non-violent” religion. He says “Yeah, let me have some of what you’re smoking”

Good movie…you expect him to get a physical beat-down during most of the movie.

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

June 25th, 2010
6:14 pm

Gallup Poll :

Ideological Orientation

Conservative – 42%

Moderate – 35%

Liberal – 20%

AmVet

June 25th, 2010
6:16 pm

Put a Friday night sock in it, you sockpuppets.

Some more very fine Rundgren produced Grand Funk…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZSy8swyuY&feature=related

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

June 25th, 2010
6:17 pm

Non-Liberals don’t watch Religulous And Capitalism; A Love Story

Conservatives hate Marxism.

Dear Mr. McCool,

Isn’t it time for bath and beddy bye?

You can watch one more hour of Cartoon Network and then that’s it…..

Normal

June 25th, 2010
6:19 pm

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
6:20 pm

Talk about blatant hypocrisy. First libbats say they are opposed to torture and then they want people to watch Bill Mahr.

AmVet

June 25th, 2010
6:22 pm

Normie, love how that Walsh guitar intro slides across the channels. Righteous.

You just gotta love Rick Derringer. (I’d suggest checking out just how much volume those speakers can take…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wiYdUe36_Q

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
6:29 pm

If anybody’s interested here’s a copy of that Milwaukee Democrat

Somebody should do a mashup with that poor beauty queen and her some US Americans don’t have maps and this lady.

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
6:30 pm

….err video

geez

@@

June 25th, 2010
6:34 pm

I was sitting across the table from my minister when I noticed the shirt he was wearing. The guys a longtime rocker.

I looked at him and said (jokingly) “I’m gonna have to change churches.”

Shocked, he says, “Over my dead body, and I’m as healthy as a horse….not planning on dying anytime soon.”

I, then said “I’ve got no choice ’cause my minister wears a shirt that displays scantily clad women straddling Fender guitars.” He laughs and responds with…

“There’s women on this shirt? All I saw was the Fenders”

“So the headlights escaped your attention” I said.

‘Ya just never know about us church goers. We’re not as stuffy as you think.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

June 25th, 2010
6:36 pm

If you don’t want to be called a raghead then take rag off your head, McFool.

md

June 25th, 2010
6:52 pm

One never knows about those “far removed” States – she may be referring to the other 7 that are so far removed we can’t find them.

Normal

June 25th, 2010
7:20 pm

Sorry for the in and out, but my wife is having a “Girls Night” and I’m catering. Here is my all time favorite Liberal song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR0sFhgzXIQ

Scout

June 25th, 2010
7:36 pm

Would someone opine as to why we are funding a U.S. Border Patrol ?

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
7:38 pm

Would someone opine as to why we are funding a U.S. Border Patrol ?

To pass out bottled water at the turnstiles?

md

June 25th, 2010
7:38 pm

“Sorry for the in and out, but my wife is having a “Girls Night” and I’m catering.”

Another of your “crisco” parties?? You sly dog you.

stands for decibels

June 25th, 2010
7:55 pm

written by the amazingly versatile Shel Silverstein

my first reaction: You’re s–ting me!

Soothsayer

June 25th, 2010
7:59 pm

[...] Travelin’ home with Dr. Hook and his Medicine Show There was an odd moment during the debate when Supervisor Peggy West stood up and seemed to be confused about her geography. “If this was Texas, … Read more… [...]

Normal

June 25th, 2010
8:03 pm

Southern Comfort (works border security)

June 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

Would someone opine as to why we are funding a U.S. Border Patrol ?

The same reason we fund the U.S. Marines. It’s for defense of this great country of ours. Any more questions. :)

RW

That woman needs to visit Nogales. At the port of entry, all CBP officers know not to park their cars along the fence when going to work. You’ll end up driving home with a caved in roof or hood and footprints all along your car.

Normal

June 25th, 2010
8:06 pm

Soothsayer

June 25th, 2010
8:12 pm

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
8:14 pm

Wanted to post another song, but I couldn’t choose between the two of these. Both are getting heavy airtime on my mp3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CWJFmspYog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FDk7pGQAKo&feature=related

Normal

June 25th, 2010
8:18 pm

Normal

June 25th, 2010
8:21 pm

SoCo…and every man who has daughters…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmC3rJR7E98

Soothsayer

June 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

Normal: That’s a great song @ 8:03. At first I thought it might be mockery but I was pleasantly surprised.

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
8:25 pm

Soothsayer

June 25th, 2010
8:35 pm

Normal @ 8:21: That’s a great song Butterfly Kisses

SoCo @ 8:25 love that funk.

Southern Comfort

June 25th, 2010
8:48 pm

One more post for the night since Normal’s 8:06 had me laughing and thinking at the same time. If I were polled to come up with a theme song for the Democratic and Republican parties today, these would be my choices. ENJOY!!!

The Democratic Party Theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmsLQFqdiQE&feature=related

The Republican Party Theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otuCPqrGd0Q

I think there’s a couple of different messages conveyed there. Other than the obvious lyrics and messages, I think the energy and tempo describes the moods of the two parties as well.

See y’all later. Gotta prepare for that 3am alarm.

Midori

June 25th, 2010
8:50 pm

Dick Cheney has just been admitted to the hospital.

Normal

June 25th, 2010
9:01 pm

SoCo,
I thought the Republican theme was this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOErZuzZpS8

Scout

June 25th, 2010
9:02 pm

RW-(the original) @ 7:38: “To pass out bottled water at the turnstiles?”

Thanks! I knew there must be a reason.

Southern Comfort (works border security) @ 8:06:

RW’s answer sounds more plausible because they are certainly not being allowed to defend this country.

Scout

June 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

If this doesn’t make you angry at our lack of illegal immigrant enforcement nothing will:

Headline: “Widow of Houston Officer Killed by Illegal Immigrant ‘Shocked’ at ICE Appointment”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/25/widow-houston-officer-killed-illegal-immigrant-shocked-ice-appointment/

Normal

June 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Normal

June 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

Soothsayer

June 25th, 2010
9:15 pm

Del

June 25th, 2010
9:18 pm

Normal,

I think they were probably Navy and doggies playing drop the soap. Marines don’t live in such comfortable quarters.

Nothing is Free

June 25th, 2010
9:22 pm

Another midnight bill.

This one will cost the banks billions.

And some people think that will hurt the banks. Simple minded buffoons.

The banks will pass those charges on to us. Once again, the government gets more power and you and me pay the price.

There’s not many posts here tonight.

Another week of Obama’s take over of private companies. Another week of this administration openly going against the American People. Another week of watching our rights disappearing. Another week of watching more Americans killed in a war where liberals made the rules of war.

Another week with the great mistake in the White House.

Not much to celebrate with music.

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
9:23 pm

For you baseball fans the baseball channel is taking the D-Back/Rays game live when Tampa comes back up to bat.

Del

June 25th, 2010
9:26 pm

Navy recruits are now being asked as they come down the line if the would like their drawers panties opened in the front or the rear. They are now told that they aren’t being asked because now they’re able to tell.

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
9:28 pm

And compounding the idiocy that is major league baseball under Bud Selig the Toronto/Philly games that were supposed to be in Toronto this weekend are being played in Philly with Toronto calling itself the home team. Detroit’s ballpark is empty, Fenway is empty and Yankee stadium is empty, so why couldn’t they have at least played in an AL park with a semi-neutral crowd?

Del

June 25th, 2010
9:31 pm

Adm. Mike Mullen has now come out of the closet and has declared himself homosexual. He claims that Sec.Gates is even more of a flamer than himself.

Kamchak

June 25th, 2010
9:33 pm

Another post with name calling.

Another post with fear mongering.

popeye

June 25th, 2010
9:45 pm

Midori

June 25th, 2010
8:50 pm

Midori, Cheney was admitted for experiencing discomfort! Holy sh*t if I had to be admitted to the hospital everytime I experienced discomfort I would be admitted on a regular basis.

Probably needs an enema.

Midori

June 25th, 2010
9:50 pm

LOL, Popeye — perhaps he should eat more spinach? :)

Midori

June 25th, 2010
9:51 pm

that’s all they have, Kammie.

everyone have a good evening.

Time to put in a Columbo DVD.

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
9:57 pm

Edwin Jackson completes the no hitter.

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
9:58 pm

Normal….see you caught me at St. Elsewhere! :-)

This one comes to y’all from Younger Boy…he was just over and he was telling me about his latest recording sessions. We were talking about recent discoveries and, to our surprise, both said AT THE SAME TIME “somebody you’ve probably never heard of but…Gogol Bordello.” It was one of those magic moments since this is not a group hardly anybody would have heard of…we “discovered” them across generations and widely different music tastes…and, what would we choose to introduce those who may not know anything about gypsy punk…this was his, so,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7RJD-2V0b

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
10:02 pm

Still catching up…some good music…

Granny Godzilla

June 25th, 2010
10:12 pm

I just popped in to drop of my dish for the table.

Mary Chapin Carpenter
Stones in the Road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm2GSVIWls4

I hadn’t seen the news about the former VP. I hope for the best for the Cheney Family.

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
10:15 pm

Brian McCann gets his 100th home run and Billy Wags gets his 400th save. Nice night for rounding out the stats.

josef nix

June 25th, 2010
10:19 pm

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
10:21 pm

The song so nice he played it twice….

RW-(the original)

June 25th, 2010
10:22 pm

The song so nice he played it twice….