It occurred to me today, one of those memories from what the hell was that, that when I was a small child I was sure that SELDOM was the discouraging word in Home On the Range.

My West Virginia grandma played ukulele and sang that song when I was a itty bitty baby, with a truly mournful feel, or that was my take. She was 36 when I was born, drove a red Mustang convertible, her and the spoiled curly baby boy, me. Everyone thought she was me mum. We were a hillbilly family of sorts, and the music of the hills is dutifully mournful I guess. 

I realized, much later than I quit believing in Santa Claus, that HOtR was supposed to be a happy song; in fact was. There were deer and antelope playing for fuck's sake, but to my young mind it always went back to seldom. 

Sure the skies are not cloudy all day I thought. Good on you for making the best of it, you and the sky, since you seldom got to eat.

Seldom was there a year with no plagues of locusts, or chigger infestations indescribably heinous.

Seldom did daddy not beat your ass, and seldom he wasn't drunk, speaking of daddy.

Seldom, indeed, a discouraging word, was heard.

"Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours,
The curlew I love to hear scream"

Flowers aplenty isn't there, once again accentuating the positive. But why, I say WHY, is the curlew screaming??? The curlew is in pain, out there on the range. Seldomly not. And that's discouraging. Especially that you take pleasure in the poor curlew's sadness, you prairie beast.

THIS: I just learned. "In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt claimed it to be his favorite song. Since then the song has been used in countless movies and shows, being sung by everyone from Willie Nelson to Porky Pig."

Whole lot of seldom isn't it.


Also, it's the state song of Kansas where seldom do they take education seriously, therefore more sadness. 


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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 2, 2017 at 3:49pm

People from Kansas should consider themselves luck.

I still remember being forced to memories every, last, fuck verse of "Illinois" in grade school, which beyond a doubt is the most boring, inane ass song ever written.  I still cringe when I think of "flowing/growing", "breeze/tree", "founding/unbounding" rhyme schemes.  The scares from that is prolly why I've sucked at poetry my whole life.


P.S.  THANKS A LOT, ASSHOLE!  Now I've got that damn song stuck in my head!   AAAAARRRRGGGGHHH!

Comment by tr ig on February 2, 2017 at 4:07pm

Amy, click on the link, again, put away your knives, and listen

You made me remember further that we too were lined up and made to sing the song from Kindergarten on ... seldom did I not want to get the fuck out of there

Comment by tr ig on February 2, 2017 at 4:14pm

Here's an even better one ---with more verses, hopefully including the suicidal curlew, but holy shit, there's a verse about evicting the natives

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 2, 2017 at 4:16pm

Uh, yeah....  ::hides knife behind back::

Make sure you listen to all of this link then...  PFUDOR is going to be Trump's new national anthem I hear.

Comment by tr ig on February 2, 2017 at 4:34pm

LOL! pink fucking unicorns dancing on rainbows ... saw you at the end, which was hard to get to, but I did. Seldom will I not be singing this, for a few days.

Comment by tr ig on February 2, 2017 at 5:13pm

Amy .. not to harsh the positive vibe I have going here, but I was wondering if you could clarify that comment last night, at Nanatehay's, about Pence, directed at Marilyn. Particularly that her religion comes into play, or something.

Comment by tr ig on February 2, 2017 at 6:02pm

"a childhood that was not draped with Matel Toy distractions but instead honed a man of imagination and wit from a boy compelled to find wonder in weathered lyrics" 

Wow, what a gem of a comment. It's true, I was all that, OR that is what I became, because, Susan. Thank you, and now I'm off to search for the freaking Porky Pig version, with antelopes that are cantaloupes!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 2, 2017 at 6:09pm

Damn Susan Creamer Joy is back!!  Woo Hoo!

Comment by tr ig on February 2, 2017 at 6:44pm

OMFG Porky

Et tu Monkey? A Jewish child from Queens, singing sweet harmony to a damned depressing prairie song? Fabulous! It's like an alt but not alt right national anthem or something. The history which I found fascinating is at my THIS: link. I was absolutely a lucky boy, and still am, until the end. Now each day I try to imagine, what if it's my last, and that helps imbue the feeling of magic that is life. We are only here but a moment, depressing as that might seem. Isn't it. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 2, 2017 at 7:08pm

You mean this one?

"Marilyn, you said all of that EXACTLY like the straight, Jewish (which Pence has no problems with because the Bible tells him so!), secure in your nuclear family person you are.  The rest of us (well the rest of us who aren't centrist…"



She posted that she would greatly prefer to have a President Pence.  

My point was that might be true for a straight, Jewish, conventionally married person like her, but it far from the truth for one hell of a lot of us.

If you are LGBT that is FAAAAAAR from the truth.  If you are anything other than Christian or Jewish that is FAAAAAAR from the truth.  If you have anything other than a Xian approved, conventional marriage that is FAAAAAAAR from the truth. 

If you are trying to get at what I think you are, I give a rats ass that she is Jewish.  If she were a Christian the same would apply and she would be just as wrong.

Now, why did you ask?


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