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I have a 45 minute commute to work each day. That’s 45 in and 45 out. I’m saved by the fact that 2/3 of that commute is through rural areas with few cross streets and almost no traffic lights. And country music on the car radio (no Dixie Chicks please!). So I enjoyed MT Owens piece on the genre in NRO today.

My latest fave is from Tim McGraw.

Back When

Don’t you remember
The fizz in a pepper
Peanuts in a bottle
At ten, two and four
A fried Bologna sandwich
With mayo and tomato
Sittin’ round the table
Don’t happen much anymore

We got too complicated
It’s all way over-rated
I like the old and out-dated
Way of life

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well, it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

I love my records
Black, shiny vinyl
Clicks and pops
And white noise
Man they sounded fine
I had my favorite stations
The ones that played them all
Country, soul and rock-and-roll
What happened to those times?

I’m readin’ Street Slang For Dummies
Cause they put pop in my country
I want more for my money
The way it was back then

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well, it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

Give me a flat top for strumming
I want the whole world to be humming
Just keep it coming
The way it was back then

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well, it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

I love this: “We got too complicated, It’s all way over-rated, I like the old and out-dated, Way of life.”

I’m not nostalgic for a golden age as much as I am certain that simple is best and simple is seldom as simple as it appears. We are inundated with people who have a vested interest in getting us to try their product, whether that’s an i-pod or “social justice.” And I find peace in simply doing my best to ignore it all. Y’all get back to me when it actually does something useful. Take your RSS feeds for example. Somebody said they found it useful so I created one for NWW. Now with Firefox I can see what it does. What I fail to see is how it benefits me in any way over my standard browser. Blogrolling tells me who has updates already. To me it looks like an engineering solution in search of a problem.

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Written by Curt

November 15, 2004 at 8:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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