Coming By It Honestly


Okay, another chapter of "True Confessions"...

...about my wasted, redneck youth.


This morning, the reading of an article from the Washington Post prompted some ranting and personal reminiscing on my teacher union website, CAT Tracks.

In that posting, I get in touch with what is oft referred to as "my feminine side"...which, Dear Reader, you have most likely already borne witness on previous visits.

However, if I recall correctly (and I sure ain't puttin' no money on it), I haven't really delved into this aspect of my "redemption".

Without this story,well..."Yes, Virginia..." there would have been a Julie, albeit Jones or Whatever.

But...

There would NOT have been a "Ron and Julie"...

'Twould be like Shakespeare without "Romeo and Juliet"!


CAT Tracks..."Coming By It Honestly"


POSTSCRIPT:

On a totally unrelated matter...except that its origin was the 1970 CHS Yearbook.

I had scanned a few pictures of people from that era and forwarded them to a friend...

Well, she wrote me back, commenting on the pictures, but adding that "...the copy is depressing."

Well, I didn't have a clue as to what she was talking about...having scanned the pictures, but not taking the time to read "the fine print".

Immediately below is "the copy" to which she objected. It was an introductory paragraph preceding the "Senior Pictures", what could be termed the "epitaph" of the 1970 Senior Class...

Well...

Yeah, I guess, out of context, folks might view that passage as a bit of a downer.

However, in light of what I related in my CAT Tracks posting, the final paragraph held a special resonance for me...


FOOTNOTE:

Okay, okay...this was supposed to be a happy post.

How 'bout a song to lift the spirits...

...you know me, a song for all occasions!

In fact, a very appropriate song came to mind...a song about leaving behind redneck ways. The song is even more fitting because it was by Julie's favorite singer, Elton John. And, to top it off, the year of its release and popularity was 1972...our big "dating year"!

Without further digression...

Honky Cat
(Available on the album Honky Château)

Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin

(Click here for a YouTube live performance video.)
(Click here for a YouTube album version audio.)


When I look back, boy I must have been green
Bopping in the country, fishing in a stream
Looking for an answer, trying to find a sign
Until I saw your city lights, honey I was blind

Chorus

They said get back honky cat
Better get back to the woods
Well I quit those days and my redneck ways
And oh the change is gonna do me good

You better get back honky cat
Living in the city ain't where it's at
It's like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It's like trying to drink whiskey from a bottle of wine

Well I read some books and I read some magazines
About those high class ladies down in New Orleans
And all the folks back home well, said I was a fool
They said oh, believe in the Lord is the golden rule

[Repeat Chorus]

[Repeat Chorus]

They said stay at home boy, you gotta tend the farm
Living in the city boy, is going to break your heart
But how can you stay, when your heart says no
How can you stop when your feet say go

You better get back honky cat
Better get back to the woods
Well I quit those days and my redneck ways
And oh the change is gonna do me good

You better get back honky cat
Living in the city ain't where it's at
It's like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It's like trying to drink whiskey from a bottle of wine

Get back honky cat, get back honky cat, get back...