March 21, 2020

Vodka, Cherry Coke, and an SKS Rifle

All the worries these days. So here is James McMurtry's "Choctaw Bingo." You know who his daddy is, right?

I mainly like this song because aside from being drenched in Southern Plains au-then-ti-ci-ty, it is the only song that I know of that name-checks my mother's birthplace, Baxter Springs, Kansas. And bois d'arc/bowdark trees.

Of course, she was one of the good girls, and her grand-daddy was the postmaster, as long as there was a Democrat in the White House. She would be horrified.

The lyrics, if you need them, are here.  The Russian navy still uses SKS rifles for some parade units, without steel-cased Tula ammunition.


Peculiar said...

He got inspired a while back to add an extra verse:

She lives over in Missouri off of I-44
Next to that great big ’ol billboard of that little bitty baby
Wantin’ to know “Who’s My Daddy?” sellin’ that DNA testing
And she just done six months down at that Red River Rehab
Had a little pain pill problem, but she’s okay now, you know she’s okay now.

Chas S. Clifton said...

It's an anthem, I tell you.

Darrell said...

My father was born and raised in Bois D'Arc, MO in 1910. They were poor, to put it mildly. He told of how he wanted a bicycle when he was a kid, somebody gave him one. He literally rode the tires off it. His family was too poor to buy him new tires, so he tied ropes around the rims. He said it actually worked rather well, but every time the knots in the ropes came around it kicked him in the butt, reminding him how poor he was.

Bois D'arc, aka osage orange, is very tough, strong wood. "Wood of the bow", the natives made their bows from it.