#12 - When I Get Angry, I Get Country

I only had the chance to play this song twice on stage, before the quarantine hit.  It's a song I'd been threatening to write since I published For the Ride, on For Real (2018).  It's become apparent to me, at least in my much of my music and likely in my personal life, that when I get angry, I get country. 

Apologies for the lack of a Stetson on hand. Instead I posted a photo far below of me with my first "real" hat, like the kind that merits a plastic rain cover, on my birthday.  Might have been for my 11th birthday? 12th? Maybe my Mom will remember..

When I Get Angry, I Get Country

Once in a while, someone like you makes me really mad,
And like a radio dial, the twang on my tongue starts coming back.

And I'm bending notes like the braids in Willie Nelson's hair.
My legs get bowed, and I swagger around, my eyes in a piercing stare.

I like tofu, I don't eat meat, but your bull brings the cowboy out in me.

You'd better proceed cautiously, 'cause when I get angry, I get country.

There comes a time when I gotta deal with the likes of you.
You just cross the line, and I feel my roots start poking through,

And I'm ripping off my Patagonia fleece, putting on my Stetson
And I'm all selling my Prius C, buying me a Chevy, two-ton

It's been years since I herded cows, but we'll skip that topic for now

We can try this peacefully, but when I get angry, I get country.

I got Buck Owens at my side, whispering "act naturally,"
The Man in Black, he's got my back, and he hears a train a'comin

So if you don't get outta here fast, Loretta Lynn is gonna kick your ass!

You should say you're sorry, 'cause when I get angry, I get country

I just don't know what comes over me, but when I get angry, I get country.


 

 

5 comments

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    The intersections in this song, touches upon something I see where I live. I quit work last year, arthritis in my scanning hand. But prior to that, did mobile service in John Day and Burns. There are the old hard-working ranchers, salt of the earth, as literally true cowboys as is possible in this modern world. They endure with no complaints. And then there is the overlap with the Redoubters, the occupiers. They literally intersected at Malheur, and the person from our clinic doing remote service that day almost got stuck in town when it was sealed off. The history of the west was always a mixed bag, it is even more mixed now. I still have such admiration for the good parts. I think there is confusion among many of those of their number, though, who live in a conception of that world that misses parts of the current and past reality. Sorry to be so long-winded.

    The intersections in this song, touches upon something I see where I live. I quit work last year, arthritis in my scanning hand. But prior to that, did mobile service in John Day and Burns. There are the old hard-working ranchers, salt of the earth, as literally true cowboys as is possible in this modern world. They endure with no complaints. And then there is the overlap with the Redoubters, the occupiers. They literally intersected at Malheur, and the person from our clinic doing remote service that day almost got stuck in town when it was sealed off. The history of the west was always a mixed bag, it is even more mixed now. I still have such admiration for the good parts. I think there is confusion among many of those of their number, though, who live in a conception of that world that misses parts of the current and past reality. Sorry to be so long-winded.

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    Oh yeah, I got to go to Loretta's restaurant, near her ranch in Tennessee, between Nashville and Memphis. It was great, just like you'd expect, mason jar glasses, red and white checkered tablecloth kind of feel. Real basic fixins. I don't think she had a vegan selection, though. One of the Judds did in Nashville though. :0)

    Oh yeah, I got to go to Loretta's restaurant, near her ranch in Tennessee, between Nashville and Memphis. It was great, just like you'd expect, mason jar glasses, red and white checkered tablecloth kind of feel. Real basic fixins. I don't think she had a vegan selection, though. One of the Judds did in Nashville though. :0)

  • Sh*t Howdy, Rita...another corker!

    Sh*t Howdy, Rita...another corker!

  • Rita Hosking
    Rita Hosking
    Bill, thanks for the stories from that area -- it's an interesting place, my parents now live not too far from there. Loretta's restaurant? Wow! That sounds fun. I can be omnivorous by the way, if anyone wants to take me to Loretta's. :-) Jill, you bet, giddyup!

    Bill, thanks for the stories from that area -- it's an interesting place, my parents now live not too far from there. Loretta's restaurant? Wow! That sounds fun. I can be omnivorous by the way, if anyone wants to take me to Loretta's. :-)

    Jill, you bet, giddyup!

  • Bill Apgood
    Bill Apgood
    Guess I remembered wrong about the checkered table cloths. It's been nearly twenty five years since I was there. And uh-oh people on Yelp have been saying it's gone downhill. Lots of one star reviews and warnings. It'd still be a good place to drop in for some ice tea on a hot day and take in the trappings - you can't mess up ice tea too much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7bKJWH8IQA

    Guess I remembered wrong about the checkered table cloths. It's been nearly twenty five years since I was there. And uh-oh people on Yelp have been saying it's gone downhill. Lots of one star reviews and warnings. It'd still be a good place to drop in for some ice tea on a hot day and take in the trappings - you can't mess up ice tea too much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7bKJWH8IQA

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