1. I received an email from Drew that the usual suspects from HS were planning a get together in early June.
2. I read that country music legend George Jones died today.
Put those together, and you get Hank William Jr's 1981 hit "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)".
We had a great time last year at Drew's wedding & bachelor party, although for the latter starting the festivities in the early afternoon made it a bit of challenge to stay out to last call @ 2am:
All my rowdy friends have settled downWe did manage it, but perhaps we should start later in the day this year (quitting before last call would just be shameful). Of course, that's the way of things -- what chance do we stand if the epic benders of George Jones and other friends of Bocephus come to an end:
And they seem to be more into laid back songs
Nobody wants to get drunk and get loud
Everybody just wants to go back home
And I think I know what my father meant when he sang about a lost highway
and old George Jones I'm glad to see he's finally getting straight,
and Waylon staying home and loving Jesse more these days,
and nobody wants to get drunk and get loud and all my rowdy friends have settled down.
Yeah I think I know what my father meant when he sang about his lost highway
and Johnny Cash don't act like he did back in '68
and Kris he is a movie star and he's moved off to L.A.
and nobody wants to get drunk and get loud and all my rowdy friends have settled down
"All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)": studio version, live version (ca. 1985?)
Obligatory George Jones song: "White Lightning"
P.S. Hank, I love your paens about the lovable, self-destructive man-child archetype, but when it comes to political commentary, please STFU.