So I was falling asleep on the couch after dinner Saturday night as oldold man Finn watched The Lawrence Welk Show. An uncommon occurrence indeed. Somewhere ’round the end of “Huckabee” I woke up with a tune in my head.
I thought the tune was played on The Lawrence Welk Show, but then I remembered the show’s theme was Disney and that I couldn’t have fallen asleep faster to the alluring sounds of The Mickey Mouse Club Mambo.
What the hell?…
The tune in my head wouldn’t have fit the pattern. Merle Haggard would have set the set of the show on fire if his outlaw gem was in the same show as the Mickey Mouse Club Mambo.
No one could steer him right, but Mama Tried, Mama Tried…
If you check the playlist above, you’ll find some great renditions of the definitive outlaw song:
- Merle Haggard’s (studio cut)
- Johnny Cash
- Grateful Dead at Woodstock
- Everly Brothers on the Smothers Brothers Variety Show (What the F*CK?)
- David Allen Coe (and if that ain’t country, you can kiss his a**)
- Willie, Merle, and Toby
The oldold man & I tested out several of this classic as we headed back from the Ocean on our road trip.“Mama Tried” became our unofficial theme song of our road trip.
Yeah, I’m finding Grateful Dead covers he’ll hum along too. His repressed outlaw is coming out.
The more I research for Book of Blues Prequel and the farther along I go in Plan B, the more I can’t escape the bond between Country & Western Outlaws and Blues leaders. I didn’t place “Mama Tried” in the Book of Blues – nearly a shame but for the fact I can put it in the Prequel, and perhaps the Blues Book Sequel. I think I know how I’d do it to.
But getting back to that Saturday night, as I hummed the chorus:And I turned 21 in prison / doin’ life without parole No one could steer me right but mama tried, mama tried..
It dawned on me where I heard the song…
As I was in an out of consciousness before The Lawrence Welk Show, oldold man Finn was watching the Time Life Gold Age of Country infomercial.
F-in’ infomercials. Will I ever escape them?
It only shows that inspiration can come from damned places.
Speaking of oldold man Finn
He made it out to the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball game just fine last night. And he still made his bike ride, too. The old man is still leaving footprints.
And I’m breathing easier.
(photo credit: J.W. Doran [and MERLE!] via Flickr)