Wednesday, October 06, 2010

This Morning, Merle Haggard's "Momma Cried" Came on My iPod . . .

. . . and I thought of a regular male barfly at a bar I used to go to every few weekends called Carol's Pub in the far North side of Chicago, an all night country bar, which at the time, had live country music with no cover. We used to go there if we had struck out with the ladies at the 2AM establishments.

It was great back then because you could sit down at a table, order up a pitcher of Busch light (we had iron clad stomachs back then) and dance with mostly sub par but sometimes diamond in the rough girls. The beauty of it is, you really didn't have to know how to dance! I mean, if you did, that's a plus, but mostly if you just twirl them around a few times, and show them a good time, sometimes you could twirl them right out the door! I know, that sounds sleazy, but I'm getting back into single Dr. Ken phase here . . .

So there was this guy who would always go there alone, always had on a stocking hat, was of an age around thirty, I'd say, with a trustworthy face, and there was a time that he was telling myself an Heterosexual Life Partner (HLP) how he wanted to hear "Momma Cried" by Merle Haggard because it was one of the only songs that would make him cry. I believe he would be brought to tears because he seemed like a bit of a loser, so I'm sure he could relate to a song about disappointing his mother, but I will say he was a lovable loser. HLP and I often like to recall the time that he was dancing out there by his lonesome and said to the two of us, "Are you gonna' come out here and waggle with me?" When do you hear the word waggle outside of calling plays on John Madden Football on your Sega Genesis game system?



How about you, seven readers? Do you have a favorite bar fly? If not, which song makes you cry?

12 comments:

Heff said...

HEY ! Don't be messin' with my Busch Light !!!

Elvis Presley - My Way.

radioactive girl said...

I can't think of a song that makes me cry but I do know certain songs really make me feel things. Almost like the song IS whatever was going on at a certain point in my life. There are a few songs that when they come on they make me feel like I was punched in the stomach because they just make me feel something out of nowhere that I wasn't expecting. Others just make me feel so inexplicably happy that it makes no sense to me until I really think about what memory I am associating the song with.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Heff: I wouldn't dream of hating on Busch Light. Busch Heavy? That's a rough one . . .

Radio: Yeah. For sure. Anything off "Appetite" by G n' R or anything off of Pear Jam's first 3 records takes me right back.

JerseySjov said...

There was a time in my life [back in highschool] that I couldn't listen to Blink-182 "Adam's Song" because it made me cry.
Then for a few weeks in college, "No Children" by The Mountain Goats would do it to me.
When the wasp dumped me, Shakira "Did It Again" was the first song I listened to when I tried to go to sleep that night and even now it makes me a little uncomfortable.

Andrew said...

Song that makes me cry? "Dust In The Wind." But really it depends on my mood. There are certain songs that I avoid though just because they have the amazing ability to knock my mood down.

Having worked at Applebee's, there are quite a few barfly's that I know. Probably my favorite was this guy named Bruce. He came in every single day & was just a very nice person. I never talked to him much though.

There was this one guy who was a complete creepass though. He started a lot of rumors about my friend (also a server there) & tried to break up her engagement. He ended up getting banned.

b.burjan said...

when i lived in flagstaff, i'd usually hang out at the bar next to the restaurant i worked at. well, there was this one lady who was always there, probably in her mid-forties at the time. she was a good egg, but not someone i'd go home with even if i was blackout drunk. she always used to hit on me. one night she was trying to get me to go home with her, and she used the line "but my son has a sony playstation at the house."

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Jov: Well, going from sad to uncomfortable is a step in the right direction. At least, I think so. Shakira makes me uncomfortable because I have to shift my boner around in my pants.

Andrew:
1. Dust in The Wind by Will Ferrel?
2. Bruce sounds like quality.
3. When you're banned from Applebee's, you're officially a big old loser.

Burjan: Long story short, you slept with her and played Playstation all night, right?

Mr. Shife said...

Busch Light in bottles is something I always look forward to when I head back to the Midwest to visit the family. And the first bar I ever got in to when I was under age was a country bar. My favorite bar fly is a dude called Francis or Frank, and he was just a grumpy old man who just got wasted day in and day out at the bar we went to a lot in college, The Corner Club. By the time we were wasted we were all take turns trying to engage Frank in friendly conversation and see who go the longest before they called a cock sucker by Mr. Personality. Good times.

Heff said...

Yes. The Wil Ferrell version of Dust In The Wind.

Is there any other ??

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Shife: That sounds like a fun game, the see how long you can talk to Francis before he calls you a c-sucker. Love it!

Heff: Haha. Yeah. That's the definitive version.

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Mr. Shife said...

Our favorite hangout in college was called The Corner Club, and there was a local drunk named Francis. He was a grumpy son of a bitch, and we spent most of the year trying to get him to say something to us other than "Fuck Off." Good times. Have a good weekend, buddy.