Rather good

He also remained a prolific songwriter. Characteristically one of his final compositions was titled When I Die, Just Bury Me at Wal-Mart (So My Wife Will Come Visit Me).

Actually rather too much musical talent for a rather weak song.

Reminds me of Lewis Grizzard (and yes, if you haven’t, you want to read some of him). Where the game is to write a country song. Which is to write just the title, from which you now know everything about how the song is going to go.

6 thoughts on “Rather good”

  1. +1 for Lewis Grizzard. Also recorded some mildly amusing though dated comedy albums, which are best for his voice and thoughts on the (US) south and southerners.

  2. >Which is to write just the title, from which you now know everything about how the song is going to go.

    Applies to books and films too. My favourite is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre — no need whatever to go and see it. They also named a prison movie No Escape, thus saving every potential member of the audience the costs of getting to the cinema, a ticket, popcorn, etc.

  3. “Which is to write just the title, from which you now know everything about how the song is going to go.”

    Which gives us my favourite (spoof) country title: Don’t tell me you’re single, I’ve slept with your wife.

    That works in so many possible ways.

  4. It was the great Jasper Carrott who observed that all C&W songs are about (in no particular order): mothers, prison, farms, trucks and trains. So he wrote the Country song to end all Country songs:

    Since they took my momma off to prison
    Things down on the farm ain’t been the same.
    Now she’s gone and bust out of the jailhouse
    She drove her goddam truck into a train.

  5. Much the same verse and story is ascribed, more plausibly, to American singer Steve Goodman who also wrote “City of New Orleans.”

  6. Which leads us to the old joke:

    What happens when you play a Country song backwards?

    You get your dog back.
    You get your job back.
    You get your wife back.
    You get your truck back.

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