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When most people think of Porter Waggoner (if they ever do), they think of the Nudie suits, the TV show and the discovery of Dolly Parton.

But Porter wrote some weird and dark stuff.

Skid Row Joe

Skid Row Joe last night that’s who I found in the dirty part of town
Lost forgotten with no place to go
Tormented with a bitter taste outcast by the human race
A mask of torture was the face of Skid Row Joe
He walked up to where I stood on the street
Said pardon me Mister now don’t get me wrong I don’t want your money
Though heaven knows I could use it
But you see this is my home and you see the other bar down the street
Well that’s my home too
I noticed you starin’ at me a while ago you recognized me didn’t you
I said yeah Joe I know who you are
You was one time a real famous singing star one of my favorites
He said well I guess you heard they took my babies away from me
I said yeah Joe I read about it in the papers
Then he turned his head away and I saw the tears fall in the place
And he turned to me and he said you know Mister
This is the only place in the world that I’m not ashamed to show my face
But I’m gonna quit yes sir I’m gonna quit
And I’m gonna cut my hair and shave and get me a clean white shirt
Then I’m gonna walk up to her door
When she answers I’m gonna stand up real proud and tall
Then I’m gonna get on my knees
Then I’ll say sweetheart if you’ll take me back
I’ll spend the rest of my life makin’ up to you for what I’ve done
I’m so ashamed of myself and this I want you to know
Then I’m gonna take my two little babies and I’m gonna hold ’em so close to me
I ain’t gonna never let ’em go
I guess I should’ve told him then that she’d already remarried again
But after hearin’ what he’d said to me
Why there wasn’t no way I could add to his misery
So I said good luck my best to you Skid Row Joe

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The Cold Hard Facts of Life

I got back in town a day before I’d planned to
I smiled and said I’ll sure surprise my wife
I don’t think I’ll phone I’ll just head on home
For I didn’t know the cold hard facts of life

I passed a little winestore on the corner I pictured big champagne by candle light
I stopped the car right then got out and hurried in
My mind not on the cold hard facts of life
A stranger stood there laughing by the counter

He said I’ll take two bottles of your best
Her husband’s out of town and there’s a party
He winkled as if to say you know the rest
I left the store two steps behind the stranger

From there to my house his car stayed in sight
But it wasn’t till he turned into my drive that I learned
I was witnessing the cold hard facts of life

I drove around the block till I was dizzy each time the noise came ouder from within
And then I saw our bottle there beside me
And I drank a fifth of courage and walked in

Lord you should’ve seen their frantic faces
They screamed and cried please put away that knife
I guess I’ll go to hell or I’ll rot here in the cell
But who taught who the cold hard facts of life
Who taught who the cold hard facts of life

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