Wednesday, August 9, 2017

KLEM FM

Overheard:
ndspinelli said...
I'm headed to Crow Wing County, MN this morning to work on a case. The County seat is Brainerd and I'm going to "investigate some malfeasance." I was up there in May working on this file and interviewed the Brainerd Police Chief [nice guy]. I refrained from a Margy reference since I am certain he is tired of them.
August 9, 2017 at 8:32 AM

Full lyrics after the jump:

Saturday night I was downtown
Working for the FBI
Sittin' in a nest of bad men
Whiskey bottles piling high

Bootlegging boozer on the west side
Full of people who are doing wrong
Just about to call up the DA man
When I heard this woman sing a song

A pair of 45's made me open my eyes
My temperature started to rise
She was a long cool woman in a black dress
Just-a 5'9, beautiful, tall
With just one look I was a bad mess
'Cause that long cool woman had it all

[Instrumental Interlude]

I saw her heading to the table
Like a tall walking big black cat
When Charlie said I hope that you're able boy
'Cause I'm telling you she knows where it's at
Then suddenly we heard the sirens
And everybody started to run
A-jumping out of doors and tables
When I heard somebody shootin' a gun
Well the DA was pumping my left hand

And a-she was a-holding my right
Well I told her don't get scared
'Cause you're gonna be spared
I've gotta be forgivin' if I wanna spend my living
With a long cool woman in a black dress
Just a 5'9 beautiful tall
Yeah, with just one look I was a bad mess
'Cause that long cool woman had it all
Had it all
Had it all

21 comments:

rcommal said...

FWIW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6q2hsdXenQ

rcommal said...

I am so sad to see that Glen has died, I do so know a bit about what he was battling on the way to his death, and I do want, in tribute to him, to acknowledge his music and his character.

rcommal said...

Also, this:

xhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GAgz5hKJs

rcommal said...

Correction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GAgz5hKJs

rcommal said...

And: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0rZEi_lT-o

[This is the sort from long ago that makes whatever has happened over the past 7 years worth it.]

AllenS said...

At the start of the singing, his lips do not match the voice. Sorry, to interrupt.

rcommal said...

[not to mention this]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0htGpveHQ

rcommal said...

AllenS:

You are not interrupting.

Also, your observation is right.

rcommal said...

I'm not axe-grinding here. Seriously, I am not.

I just want Glen Campbell to be remembered for more than "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."

I'm not saying that you guys don't remember him for more. No doubt many do.

I am saying that I am marking his passing because I am grateful for all the skill and fun and music over decades, and--also--it sucks how he ended up dying (though I do note that he put out a last album, acknowledging the reality: strong and admirable, that man).

Anyhoo, perhaps I have not expressed all of that well.

So it goes. *shrug*

chickelit said...

@rcommal: My parents adored Glen Campbell and I grew up around all his music and TV stuff. When I left home, I left much of that behind.

I recall one night, years ago, when you linked "Gentle On My Mind." It sort of blew me away and I went out and bought some of his stuff. So, thanks for that.

ndspinelli said...

Campbell was a proud member of the Wrecking Crew and hired many members of that superb crew to work on his albums. Carol Kaye wrote and played the opening to Wichita Lineman.

Dad Bones said...

"I'm headed to Crow Wing County, MN this morning to work on a case"

I like that, nd. Sounds like it's out of a hard boiled detective story. From a photo of screaming crows to Crow Wing County it also hints to the possibility of a murder. And you recently extended an invitation to Detective Grit....

I'm getting carried away. Time to grab my brush and slap some paint on a house.

ndspinelli said...

Dad, I don't envy you painting a house. I did my share of painting, but once I was able to hire someone I much preferred writing a check to a pro. That said, I know some people who like painting. My old man liked painting house exteriors. He also loved to barter. He got us a house right on the CT shore for 2 weeks, something he could never afford, w/ his agreeing to paint the house. We all had to do scraping and some painting[4 kids]. But, it was a great house that we all remembered.

Amartel said...

Happy sleuthing.

Sixty Grit said...

I bought a brick house. No painting, no pressure washing, no nothing. I hate painting.

A friend of mine vacations on the Connecticut shore - when she showed me pictures of the house her step-mother owns I was impressed - definitely some money there. Then she showed me closeup pictures of how it is falling apart - that is an extreme environment and it really takes a toll. At this point, without intervention, it is fast becoming a tear down.

A brick house far away from the ocean may not be anything to crow about, but I have feathered my nest nicely, thank you. This year with primary feathers the crows molted in my back yard. The Birds is coming.

chickelit said...

Then she showed me closeup pictures of how it is falling apart - that is an extreme environment and it really takes a toll. At this point, without intervention, it is fast becoming a tear down.

A big bad hurricane could huff and puff and hoe her blouse down.

Sixty Grit said...

That never occurred to me, but now it won't un-occur. Thanks...

ndspinelli said...

Sixty, Ocean properties are tough to maintain no matter where they are. But the CT shore has this persistent dampness that makes everything smell musty if you don't constantly maintain it. I like to talk w/ tradesman. I saw some painters working on a house on Mission Beach a few years ago. It really needed painting. I asked the guy when the house was last painted and he said, "3 years ago."

You are a wise man w/ a brick house. All the old dagos in the northeast would build their houses or have a fellow dago build it out of stone or brick. The first house my bride and I bought in KC in the 70's was a modest, 2 BR, fieldstone house. We had 2 lesbos who lived next door. Being a city, there was just the width of a driveway between the houses. When the windows were open we could hear LOUD, "OH GOD, OH GOD, FUCK..FUCK, OH GOD!" It was funny except for when it woke us up.

Sixty Grit said...

Which raises the question - what do atheists yell at the height of passion?

ndspinelli said...

They probably yell, "Oh God" just like believers.

rcommal said...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxFrpDKareA