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(Buzzfeed)   "A Boy Named Sue," immortalized by Johnny Cash, was written by... C) Shel Silverstein   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 221
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2012-11-26 08:19:08 PM  

Old Man Winter: Yeah, I kinda wondered if this was meant as news for Shel's fans, or Cash's fans. Either way they already knew.
Here a fun one; Cash, in the 70's would not change or wash his farking clothing for weeks at a time. When using public transport people would demand to be moved far away from him and his hangers-on (who similarly were opposed to basic hygiene. (True? No idea. But was told this from my uncle who worked concerts for Cash AND years later by a gf's mom, who apparently was a drug-addled groupie who was convinced he just pee'd himself to piss other people off - and since that amuses me, I Believe.)


Wrong connection, puppet.

I am not, nor have ever been a sexual predator of any kind, not even pedophile. I am an honest man.
 
2012-11-26 08:19:10 PM  

brap: FUNFACT!
 
Bruce Villanch did NOT write Strange Fruit!
 
 
 
 
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I heard on NPR a while ago that Strange Fruit was written by a Communist Jewish Teacher from NY. He later went on to adopt and raise the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. And now you know...the rest of the story.
 
2012-11-26 08:19:47 PM  

vudukungfu: Indubitably: I know

new england transcendentalist poets are lost upon the new idiocracy.
I've been reading the great fap-writer guy de maupassant's works just to sleep at night, even.

Gotta have your pulp fiction, too.


*bow*
 
2012-11-26 08:20:01 PM  
And Will Smith didn't write the beats for gettin' jiggy wit it
 
2012-11-26 08:21:05 PM  

dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP


He also did Snowblind Friend and the No-No Song made famous by Ringo. He was also the voice of the "Head For the Mountains" Busch beer commercials for years.
/Buuuuuusch....
 
2012-11-26 08:22:08 PM  

brap: FUNFACT!
 
Bruce Villanch did NOT write Strange Fruit!
 
 
 
 
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Bruce Villanch did write My Humps. It's a fact!
 
2012-11-26 08:22:09 PM  

Indubitably: "Where The Sidewalk Ends": buy it now, you ignorant twats. ;)


Its one of the first things we bought for our son, now 22 months.
 
2012-11-26 08:22:11 PM  
I didn't know that. I grew up with "Where the Sidewalk Ends" always close by.
 
2012-11-26 08:22:53 PM  

marius2: Shadow Blasko: marius2: EVEN TRENT REZNOR KNEW THAT BUT HE TOTALLY DIDN'T CARE CAUSE TRENT TOTALLY COVERED HURT. i LIKE THE ORIGINAL, REZNOR'S COVER SUCKS.

You know... you could have gotten a few bites if you would have toned it down a little.

I know. I think I was actually terrified of someone actually believing I believed that. I wanted to give them hope.


Sadly I know someone who said something along those lines. They were so adamant that they had heard the cash version even back when they were a kid. It's one of those times you just turn around and walk away.
 
2012-11-26 08:23:34 PM  

Mad Mark: dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP

He also did Snowblind Friend and the No-No Song made famous by Ringo. He was also the voice of the "Head For the Mountains" Busch beer commercials for years.
/Buuuuuusch....


and never been spain and green back dollar. and bought his kid a gremlin. hoyt was a man among men...or just a silly fat guy with a substance abuse problem.
 
2012-11-26 08:26:03 PM  

downstairs: RaceDTruck: Randy Newman wrote "Momma Told Me Not To Come "


Wow.  I thought you were just joking.  Glad I actually looked it up.  Newman's version is pretty good too... you can find it on YouTube.


I can totally hear him singing it in my mind, and it works perfectly...
 
2012-11-26 08:27:23 PM  
Thank you, Google:

DON'T GIVE A DOSE TO THE ONE YOU LOVE MOST
(Written by Shel Silvertsein)
Shel Silverstein


Don't give a dose to the one you love most.
Give her some marmalade...give her some toast.
You can give her the willies or give her the blues.
But the dose that you give her will get back to youse.

I once had a lady as sweet as a song.
She was my darlin', and she was my dear.
But she had a dose, and she passed it along.
Now she's gone, but the dose is still there...

skip a few lines...

So if you've got an itchin'...if you've got a drip,
Don't sit there wishin' for it to go 'way.
If there's a thing on the tip of your thing or your lip,
Run down to the clinic today, and say...

"I won't give a dose to the one I love most.
I'll give her some marmalade...give her some toast."
Give her the willies or give her the blues,
But the dose that you give her will get back to you.
 
2012-11-26 08:27:35 PM  
My Dad told me the Hoyt writing Pusher thing years ago, as we had the Steppenwolf album on vinyl (and I still do....Mom n Dad's records are heirlooms to me) but what I remember Hoyt for was his appearance in some god-awful horror/thriller I can't quite remember, involving cattle mutilations, and his guts falling open.
 
2012-11-26 08:27:45 PM  
I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?
 
2012-11-26 08:28:53 PM  

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?

To hate

 
2012-11-26 08:29:48 PM  
In other news, subby is young.

/grew up singing "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball" and reading The Giving Tree
 
2012-11-26 08:29:50 PM  

StarDoc: Shel also wrote many of the songs for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, including their best known "The Cover of the Rolling Stone."


and "Silvia's Mother."
 
2012-11-26 08:32:00 PM  
I wish that I could erase the knowledge that Nasir Jones, one of hip hop's best wordsmiths, penned the lyrics to one of the worst rap songs ever. :(
 
2012-11-26 08:33:03 PM  
FUNFACT!

Bruce Villanch did NOT write Strange Fruit!


Bruce Villanch is actually the subject of Strange Fruit. He's hung.
 
2012-11-26 08:33:50 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.


No. I'm just an old guitar rhythm player of no particular note who remembers lyrics and lyricists and respects the craft of a well turned phrase in both song and story. It benefits me nothing to appreciate who turned the phrase or when it was done. Suffice it to say that I appreciate that it was done by a better man/woman than I and I hope that whatever few lyrics I have managed to contribute have furthered the human condition.

/One of the few moments of lyrical joy
//Lorena, Lorena
///Baby, won't you lay your Ginsu down?
 
2012-11-26 08:34:07 PM  
Thought this was common knowledge.

Lawn. Off.
 
2012-11-26 08:34:49 PM  

timharrod: In other news, subby is young.

/grew up singing "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball" and reading The Giving Tree


That book still can make me cry...

Wanna see a large, hirsute male cry?

Make me read that book to a grieving child...
 
2012-11-26 08:36:29 PM  

MayoBoy:
And Casey Kasem was a Lebanese guy who was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo


And William Conrad "Cannon" "Jake and the Fat Man" was the Rocky & Bullwinkle narrator.

Incredible NSFW live session recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUDzuGECfdQ
 
2012-11-26 08:37:19 PM  

23FPB23: but what I remember Hoyt for was his appearance in some god-awful horror/thriller I can't quite remember, involving cattle mutilations, and his guts falling open


Don't forget WKRP
 
2012-11-26 08:37:28 PM  
Mel Torme and his partner wrong "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...) on hot day in July.
 
2012-11-26 08:38:13 PM  
Gene Autry wrote "Here's Comes Santa Claus" and should have been shot for it.
 
2012-11-26 08:39:06 PM  

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


Hoyt Axton also wrote "The Pusher."

That alone gets him as many 'points' as is necessary.
 
2012-11-26 08:39:37 PM  

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.
 
2012-11-26 08:40:50 PM  
Many people aren't aware that Arthur Digby Sellers wrote 156 episodes of the TV show Branded.
 
2012-11-26 08:41:45 PM  
yes, the giving tree is about the only thing that makes me cry. what of it?

hey, here's shel narrating the movie

get your kleenexes, cry babies

:(
 
2012-11-26 08:42:18 PM  

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?


To inspire this guy's wardrobe:

i162.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-26 08:44:34 PM  
knew that. Also, Lionel Messi was named after Lionel Richie.
 
2012-11-26 08:47:20 PM  
Johnny Cash's real name is actually Jerome Herschel Monoscowitz, and he had to "unlearn" his Long Island accent when he moved to Nashville to become a country star.
 
2012-11-26 08:48:13 PM  

dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP


Beat me to it, person who gets off from work before me.
 
2012-11-26 08:48:54 PM  

23FPB23: My Dad told me the Hoyt writing Pusher thing years ago, as we had the Steppenwolf album on vinyl (and I still do....Mom n Dad's records are heirlooms to me) but what I remember Hoyt for was his appearance in some god-awful horror/thriller I can't quite remember, involving cattle mutilations, and his guts falling open.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-26 08:52:08 PM  

Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man


John Prine's first album contains some of the finest lyrics of the later 20th century.
/Hello In There
//Donald & Lydia
///Illegal Smile
~ I could go go on.
 
2012-11-26 08:52:19 PM  

netringer: MayoBoy:
And Casey Kasem was a Lebanese guy who was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo

And William Conrad "Cannon" "Jake and the Fat Man" was the Rocky & Bullwinkle narrator.

Incredible NSFW live session recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUDzuGECfdQ


Conrad was also Matt Dillon on Gusmoke for 9 years.

Casey Kasem's NSFW outtakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK75u5EDdEc
 
2012-11-26 08:53:52 PM  
Blair's retarded cousin from Facts of Life wrote the theme song to Charles in Charge.
 
2012-11-26 08:54:07 PM  

Midnight Rambler: "Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson was written by Neil Young.


Nicolette Larson was the sexiest woman EVAR!
 
2012-11-26 08:54:58 PM  

Derwood: DID YOU KNOW?

All of Bob Dylan's songs were written by this guy Robert Zimmerman!

Greatest living songwriter my ass! The guy is an outright thief


No wonder he shot Trayvon Martin. He obviously can't trust people whose last name is a first name after that!
 
2012-11-26 08:55:25 PM  

brap: I knew that.  Probably because it was...
 
D) trivial and worthless knowledge to retain.


While I've known this for years, it is neither trivial nor worthless. It is actually an interesting story, and says a lot about both Johnny Cash and Shelby Silverstein. Hell, he even wrote it specifically with Cash in mind.
 
2012-11-26 08:55:40 PM  

Magorn: The next day, live on stage, Johnny pulls that poem out of his pocket, tells his band to give him a rock-a-billy riff, and then just launches into the iconic performance of that song-which he did as a cold read improv


and THAT's why Johnny is considered a legend, even by his peers


And that very first performance exists on film and it is a treat to see the fun Mr. Cash had with that song.

He wanted to record it with a slightly different version but the producer made him stay with the same version he did in San Quentin.
 
2012-11-26 08:56:04 PM  

timharrod: In other news, subby is young.

/grew up singing "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball" and reading The Giving Tree


THIS.

Uncle Shelby also wrote Father of A Boy named Sue, which is an awesome followup to 'A Boy Named Sue'.
 
2012-11-26 08:57:45 PM  

CptnSpldng: dereksmalls: Hoyt also wrote the Pusher, covered by Steppenwolf
and his most famous hit, other than Joy, was the big mac song. CHOMP

Beat me to it, person who gets off from work before me.

To work a timeline

 
2012-11-26 08:57:51 PM  

CptnSpldng: Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man

John Prine's first album contains some of the finest lyrics of the later 20th century.
/Hello In There
//Donald & Lydia
///Illegal Smile
~ I could go go on.


angel from montgomery...your flag decal won't get you into heaven....etc. etc.
 
2012-11-26 09:00:53 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Blair's retarded cousin from Facts of Life wrote the theme song to Charles in Charge.


Elliot's retarded brother from Just Shoot Me! invented the tofutti break.
 
2012-11-26 09:02:40 PM  

CptnSpldng: Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man

John Prine's first album contains some of the finest lyrics of the later 20th century.
/Hello In There
//Donald & Lydia
///Illegal Smile
~ I could go go on.


Damnit I Will go on.
/Sam Stone
//Paradise

excuse me while I go off to visit You Tube
 
gja [TotalFark]
2012-11-26 09:02:49 PM  
Shel's book, "The Giving Tree" is the first hardcover book I gave to my daughter.
She is 7 now, and I know our divorce hurts her at times. It took a few shots of whiskey for me to not cry bawl uncontrollably before reading it to her.
I love that book. I wish there were more like it.

CSB time:
I have known a man named Suh (pronounced Sue) for years.
He moved here from Korea.
He is 6'3".
He can give me a hell of a time sparring (Tae Kwon Do) and hits too damned hard. And his reach gives me the fits.
If you wise off to him I wish you luck and hope you have a good list of doctors to call. You will be sore for years.
Master Lee used to laugh at us both when we sparred because he knew how bad we would be hurting later (bastard!).
END-CSB
 
2012-11-26 09:04:16 PM  
Carole King wrote everything.....
 
2012-11-26 09:04:27 PM  
A little more "Sue" trivia. The first time Johnny played the song in public was at the Folsom Prison concert. Silverstein had only given him the piece a few days before he left for California.
 
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