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Can’t Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

What with all the brouhaha concerning clowns in the news recently, I thought I’d dust off a song I wrote a few years ago and post it. I had run across a graphic showing a young boy crying, with the words, “Can’t sleep. Clowns will eat me.” It’s from a Simpsons episode, apparently, but I didn’t know that. I also started off with a blues joke, because it seems that most of the old-time blues songs start with, “I woke up this morning, and <something bad happened>.”

In any case, the following goes to the tune of “Heartbreak Hotel.”

Well, I didn’t wake up this morning,
‘Cause I never slept last night.
The clowns were coming to eat me
And you know that just ain’t right.

And I’m getting so tired, baby,
So frightened and tired.
I’m getting so tired, I could cry.

Well, they’ve got those big, red noses,
And they wear those floppy shoes,
And the way they paint their faces, Lord,
It just gives me the blues.


I saw that little car coming,
With twelve of them inside,
And when they started to pour out
Well, I tried to run and hide.


They had loaded up big with weapons –
Cream pies and squirting flowers.
The fighting was hot and heavy
And the cleanup just took hours.


So I’m watching for polka-dot jumpsuits,
Balloon animals, as well.
I want you people to know
These clowns are making my life hell.


9/11 – Remembering both of them

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Today is the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. Glenn Reynolds has his remembrance here, including a link to his original coverage of the events.

Esquire magazine has an article on the falling man, whose picture has been downplayed and hidden (to the extent that one can hide something on the internet). It’s not the only one. I remember seeing video of Palestinians dancing in the street and handing candy out to children in celebration. You can’t find that anymore. You can find denials that it ever happened, though.

It’s also the 4th anniversary of the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. All the more tragic because it was , and I doubt that we’ll ever have a better explanation for the U. S. government’s response than, “feckless Democrats.”

R.I.P. Gene Wilder

Monday, August 29th, 2016

I’m sorry to hear this. It’s time to watch his classic movie roles again.

He was a funny, funny man. I read this anecdote several years ago, and it points out his comic genius.

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Such a deal!

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Canadians now pay more in taxes than on food, clothing, and shelter combined.

Have they checked with Sandy Berger?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to Vince Foster’s suicide have disappeared from the National Archives.

I’d certainly have been disturbed

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Giles Hembrough just received a disturbing tax notice. He was told that he might be in arrears of a £14,301,369,864,489.03 amount.

I think we can all be relieved that his heart was able to withstand the shock.

RIP Ralph Stanley

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Dr. Ralph Stanley, one of the bluegrass pioneers and a hell of a banjo player, died yesterday at the age of 89. I had a few LPs of his music, but I don’t have them anymore, and the only music of his I have on CD is the song everyone is mentioning today: Oh, Death, from the Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

For comparison, the first performance of that song that I heard was performed by Doc Boggs.

Happy First Day of Spring

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

They never did this when I was his age

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

A 16-year-old Russian boy has won a contest. His prize is a month in a hotel with a porn star. She looks quite nice, but he doesn’t look 16 to me.

I’m reminded of the young man whose mother sent a stripper to wish him a happy birthday while he was in class.

The Day the Music Died

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

On this day in history, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash. Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on the flight, but had allowed Richardson to take his place.

Yid With A Lid has a good post on the topic.

Update: That’s what I get for not doing this post earlier – it’s 11pm here, but 12am according to the post time. I’ll have to look into the WordPress settings and see if that’s where time zone is kept.