Monday, October 22, 2012

Today's Happy Hour Soundtrack

More Joni....

The Minus is loveless
He talks to the land
And the leaves fall
And the pond over-ices
She don't know the system Plus
She don't understand
She's got all the wrong fuses and splices
She's not going to fix it up
Too easy

The masking tape tangles

It's sticky and black
And the copper
Proud headed Queen Lizzie *
Conducts little charges
That don't get charged back
Well the technical manual's busy
She's not going to fix it up too easy
And she holds out her flashlight
And she shines it on me
She wants me to tell her
What the trouble might be
Well I'm learning
It's peaceful
With a good dog and some trees
Out of touch with the breakdown
Of this century
They're not going to fix it up
Too easy


We once loved together
And we floodlit that time
Input output electricity
But the lines overloaded
And the sparks started flying
And the loose wires
Were lashing out at me
Complete lyrics here.  I was still fixin' radar when "For the Roses" came out in 1972 and I was struck by how Ms. Mitchell got it SO right in her lyrics about electricity.  Add in the fact that The First Mrs. Pennington and I were playing out the end-game of our marriage at that time and you can see how the song had significant meaning for me... at the time.  Fast forward some 25 years or so and the song became pertinent once again but for entirely different reasons... and it turned out we weren't able to fix it up too easily.  Not at ALL, actually.



It sure doesn't feel much like Fall outdoors... witness:

Today's one of those days when we go directly from coffee to beer, taken on the verandah in our usual, customary, and reasonable fashion.  It's downright warm on the verandah today and the only sop at Fall Mother Nature is throwin' our way is the fact the sun is hangin' lower in the southern sky... putting 90% of the verandah in full sun.  It's pretty warm out there... almost freakin' hot... as we speak.  Pretty nice, tho... if you ask me.  Our windows and door are wide open, Joni's serenading me, the beer is cool, and the cigar is great.  Does it get any better than this?


  1. Feels like early spring here. We maxed at 54 degrees. There're pictures and a video at my place ...for what they're worth.

    1. We get that sorta WX this weekend... supposedly.

  2. It has been unusually warm here (posted about it) too. But the wind makes it not-so-fun. This weekend is suppose to be cooler.

    The Jonie is always good. Years ago, I was taking some art students to OKC for the day. On the drive up, they pulled out my Joni CD. They liked her until they got to some song about killing her lover. I thought their reaction was sort of funny. Well, it was an odd song.

    1. We're getting much cooler this weekend, too. And... I don't know anyone who doesn't like Joni.

  3. I really liked this song and I confess I've never heard it before. I've always enjoyed reading poems or hearing lyrics that involve extended comparisons like this one. It's a real challenge to the writer because it can quickly seem heavy handed. But not here. This is a great lyric. Thanks for this.

    1. Joni was in her prime in every sense of the word when she wrote this, Dan. There are other gems on this album, as well. Thanks for listening.


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