One in particular, was heard on cold, miserable, bone-chilling days like we are having today.
This was an ol' Walter Brennan song and a few of the lyrics from " Life Gets Tedious, Don't It." Dad said that Old Minnie Pearl on Hee Haw was one that used to recite it on the "Grand Ol Opry". He'd say, to bring it out right, it s h o u l d n' t be rushed too much, kinda slow and easy with a little extra hesitation before the last line of each verse.
Dad would say that there could have been another verse or two, but this was about all his recollector had recorded.
Life Gets Tedious, Don't It
The sun comes up and the sun goes down,
Hands on the clock keep goin' around,
I just get up, and it's time to lay down,
Life gets tee-jus, don't it?
Mouse a-chawin' on the pantry door,
He's been at it a month or more,
When he gets through he'll shore be sore.
Ain't a durn thing in there.
Cow went dry and the hen's don't lay,
Fish quit bitin' last Saturday,
Trouble's pilin' up day by day,
Now I'm gettin' dandruff.
Hounddog a howlin' so forlorn,
Laziest dog that ever was born,
He's a -howlin' cause he's sittin' on a thorn,
Just too tired to move over.
Tin roof leaks and the chimney leans,
Wore a hole in the seat of my old blue jeans,
And I et the last of the pork and beans,
Just can't depend on nuthin'.
Debts and taxes, grief and woe,
Pains and misery and so it goes,
I think I'm getting a co'd in my no'd,
Life gets tasteless, don't it?
There are several more verses to this little ditty, but these are the ones that Dad recalled. We sure got a kick out of it when he'd start to recite this out of the blue. The room would get quiet and everyone lent an ear. I wonder, now, was that his way to hush all of us noisy kids. There were a bunch of us. It must have crowded him on an 'inside' day.
Anyway, today has started out to be one of those miserable, cold days when there will be no going outside. The wind is howling and the chill is far below zero, like minus 30. You know, the kind that freezes your nostrils and throat, forms icicles on your nose.
I think I'll go bake something chocolate.
Have a warm day. I'm drawing the drapes up to let the sun shine in.