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APED: "let me do it again"

March 31st, 2009 (05:29 pm)

We interrupt this regularly scheduled request line to bring you delusions of Shel Silverstein country song.

Folks got a whole lotta notions:
what happens when we reach the end?
Some say there's heaven,
some say a new world,
some say nothin', don't try to pretend.
But buddy, I know when it's my time to go
what I want to have at the end:
hey, there, Whoever, up in the Big Never:
Let me just do it over again.

Just let me do it again.
I'll fix all the things that went wrong.
No need for hopin', or wishin', or mopin',
I'll go through the world on a song.
I'll know what to do, when and how, and with who,
and I'll never once let down a friend.
or be a regretter -- I'll do so much better,
If you just let me do it again.

Once round just ain't enough time to get right
everything that can ever go wrong.
What seems wrong as hell can still work out all right,
What seems right can sometimes go wrong.
This and that, them and we, him and her, you and me -- all of us muddle along.
it seems like a clumsy and cruel way to be. And that's why I'm singin' this song.

So if you can hear me, Whoever,
and you're waitin' for us at the end,
I'd sure be obliged if you'd just let me try
this whole carny ride once again.
I could still get it right,
yesterday and tonight --
they say that tomorrow comes then --
If you just let me do it,
then I could pull through it,
so let me go do it, oh please, let me do it,
won't you please let me do it again.

Comments

Posted by: Swamp Adder (swamp_adder)
Posted at: April 1st, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)

Oh, this is great. ; )

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: Maire (mkcs)
Posted at: April 1st, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)

I can almost hear the tune. And Hoyt Axton, singing. This is good, because I'm fond of listening to Hoyt Axton.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: April 3rd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)

Oh, god, me too. "It's been rainin' in the mountains and the river's on the rise / you cannot hardly reach the other side."

(Also very fond of "Della and the Dealer," though I always thought it should've ended with the Dealer running off with Randy Boone.)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 3rd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)

I sing the "rainin' in the mountains' song to my daughter in the car frequently.

She loves it almost as much as I do.

I really need to buy a whole heap more of his albums. Wonderful voice.

Della's motivation seems rather confused to me. The couple seem so happy-go-lucky and keen on each other, but if they are, she's oddly prone to looking at other options. I like the small word change from 'the dealer' to 'her lover', though.

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