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Old 09-10-2022, 07:19 AM
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Although there are many lines in it that I would never utter in public, I’m generally my entire audience and I’m not easily offended, so I’ll occasionally play Kinky Friedman’s “They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore”. I thought this song was hilarious when I first heard it as a high school kid and I still do. And being Jew-ish (emphasis on ish) myself, I believe I have license to sing it. Although I have been accused of being an anti-dentite…

I also enjoy Randy Newman’s “Political Science” - they all hate us anyhow, so let’s drop the big one now! I’ve even played that one for friends and family on occasion…

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Old 09-10-2022, 07:47 AM
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I've included Richard Thompson's "Was she a woman or a man?" in sets before, and it's always been well received.

It's one of RT's simpler pieces and really works as a story song that can simply be strummed as opposed to doing the complex guitar work he is known for.



One of the problems associated with humorous songs is that they will often have some that take offense at the material. "Was she a woman or a man?" is one of those songs that can be done in front of anyone without much danger of that.

I compose my own stuff fairly often and do play topical material that often needs to be played as "Strike while the iron is hot" material. I used to include my "Bernie Made Off With The Money Blues" a bunch after the big bank fraud expose. I don't include it as often now, and in a few more years no one will understand the references and I'll have to permanently retire it. I don't worry, there's always something new going on that I can comment on.

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Found this one from a Google search, “You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd” by Roger Miller.


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Old 09-10-2022, 02:31 PM
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“Put another log on the fire”.....TomPaul, the Glazer Brothers....
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Old 09-10-2022, 06:15 PM
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If you could remember all the lyrics, Bob Dylan's 115th Dream. Even the original recording, and I remember this as a kid hearing it, was funny because he started playing, stopped, cracked up and laughed, then started again. "I was riding on the Mayflower when I thought I spied some land ..."

I'd love to do this one but, again, the lyrics.

I have the Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook, a massive thing that makes as good at paperweight as I've ever seen, and in there are 11 lengthy verses (eleven!). The Pope is in there, Columbus, Captain Kid, even a Guernsey Cow, it's just epic.


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Old 09-11-2022, 07:46 AM
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If you could remember all the lyrics, Bob Dylan's 115th Dream. Even the original recording, and I remember this as a kid hearing it, was funny because he started playing, stopped, cracked up and laughed, then started again. "I was riding on the Mayflower when I thought I spied some land ..."

I'd love to do this one but, again, the lyrics.

I have the Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook, a massive thing that makes as good at paperweight as I've ever seen, and in there are 11 lengthy verses (eleven!). The Pope is in there, Columbus, Captain Kid, even a Guernsey Cow, it's just epic.


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I'm doing good to remember three verses and a chorus for anything these days.

Coincidentally, I was playing music with my partner yesterday and I pulled up "Lilly, Rosemary, and The Jack Of Hearts". It's the only thing in my lyrics binder that takes up THREE pages!

If you're a Dylan fan (or even if you're not...) I recommend pulling up the Youtube for "Murder Most Foul". There's no way any human being could recite that from memory!

Bob has admitted that he does occasionally use lyric sheets or Teleprompter now, though. Age eventually plays into the ability for any of us to recall copious amounts of lyrics at will.
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Old 09-11-2022, 08:54 AM
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Singer/songwriter Paul Thorn has written several songs I do on occasion.
  • 800 Pound Jesus
  • Viagra
  • I Guess I’ll Just Stay Married
  • It’s a Great Day (To Whoop Somebody’s A**)

Certainly worth a look on YouTube. He’s a funny guy who has also written some very fine, touching songs. Check out Where Was I

Generally speaking, I shy away from playing “funny” songs at gigs primarily because folks aren’t listening. They do work at Open Mics.
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Old 09-11-2022, 05:37 PM
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I'm doing good to remember three verses and a chorus for anything these days.

Coincidentally, I was playing music with my partner yesterday and I pulled up "Lilly, Rosemary, and The Jack Of Hearts". It's the only thing in my lyrics binder that takes up THREE pages!

If you're a Dylan fan (or even if you're not...) I recommend pulling up the Youtube for "Murder Most Foul". There's no way any human being could recite that from memory!

Bob has admitted that he does occasionally use lyric sheets or Teleprompter now, though. Age eventually plays into the ability for any of us to recall copious amounts of lyrics at will.


And, then, when he feels like it, Dylan changes all the words. I've seen probably four or five entirely different versions of his song, "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere." That's the "Oooh eeee, ride me high, tomorrow's the day that my Bride's a gonna come" song. That part usually stays the same but the verses are all over the place. The one in the big book actually has the line, "Strap yourself to the tree with roots." (wth does that mean???).

He sold his song list recently for a whoppingly huge amount and I think he got so much money because he SOLD IT BY THE WORD.



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Old 09-12-2022, 10:05 AM
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I've played and co-wrote with a keyboardist for over 40 years, Dave Moore. He'll write and sing his own comic songs himself, and sometimes I'll write the music or even sing them.

Here's one I wrote music for and performed solo:

They're Not the Grateful Dead
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Old 09-12-2022, 08:30 PM
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I can play whole sets of humorous songs. Favorites include:

Pat and Mike's Fight (which I wrote)
Mississippi Squirrel
The Scotsman
Ah Woe, Ah Me
Why Paddy's Not at Work Today
I'm My Own Grandpa
The Fatal Glass of Beer
It Does Not Pay to Be Hip
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Old 09-13-2022, 06:09 AM
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"It's a great day" by Paul Thorn
"She left me for Jesus" by Hayes Carll
"Dead Skunk in the middle of the Road" by Loudon Wainwright

And as mentioned, not everyone has the same sense of humor.
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Old 09-13-2022, 06:45 AM
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I'm surprised nobody does "You Done Stomped On My Heart". Here's John Denver doing a cheesy version, 1 minute into this video:

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Old 09-14-2022, 01:16 PM
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My funniest song is probably this one. But some people don't think the last verse is even slightly amusing. You've been warned.

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Old 09-14-2022, 04:17 PM
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John Gorka's "People my Age"
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Old 09-17-2022, 04:54 PM
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A verse from a song I wrote called "It's All About Me." It came to me as I was sitting on the bathroom floor in a hotel in Bangkok in the middle of the night. Ain't no knowing when lightning will strike:

I REMEMBER WHAT YOU TOLD ME ON OUR FIRST DATE,
WHILE YOU WERE LAPPING UP THE CRUMBS I LEFT ON MY DESSERT PLATE,
‘THAT I WOULD HAVE TO LOVE YOU ‘TILL JESUS WALKED THE EARTH ONCE MORE.
WHEN MY EYES ROLLED BACK TO THEIR PROPER PLACE.
I SAW THAT YOU WERE SATAN DRESSED IN SATIN AND LACE,
I SAID THREE HAIL MARY’S, CROSSED MY SELF AND MADE A BEE-LINE FOR THE DOOR.

It gets worse.

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