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Trial Balloon: June 21, 2009 Archive


Posted at 6:00 AM on June 21, 2009 by Dale Connelly (2 Comments)

Happy Father's Day!

Quite by accident, Radio Heartland spiraled into an extended father-song cycle last Friday morning, thanks to enthusiastic listeners who sent in suggestions for songs that deal, in one way or another, with Dear Old Dad.

I was surprised to discover how easy it was to fill three hours.

To add to the fun, there was a lyric scavenger hunt, which Linda in St. Paul (West Side) won hands down, by correctly identifying the source of each of these inside-the-song quotes. Congratulations, Linda!

  1. It wasted no time and it had one desire, at the end of each week to be wound. (My Grandfather's Clock)
  2. Now the music takes me back across the yellowed age to the summers with my dad and the tunes he played. (My Daddy Played the Banjo)
  3. I grew up quick and I grew up mean, my fists got hard and my wits got keen. (A Boy Named Sue)
  4. You never talk much in a fishing boat, 'cause it scares the fish away. You just give it time and watch your line. (My Father's Only Son)
  5. He always brought an extra pail of water from the well. And if you needed a confidant, he was the one who would never tell. (My Father Was a Quiet Man)
  6. He could look you in the eye and sell you a car. That's not an easy thing to do. (My Old Man)
  7. From the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen. Now there's a way, and I know that I have to go away. (Father & Son)
  8. And with a teardrop in his eye, as he went to say goodbye, said he, "My lad, that's too bad. I've some advice to give." (Always Leave 'Em Laughing When You Say Goodbye)
  9. Me, I'm a hick and I dance like one. I just kind of jump around and grin. (Billy From the Hills)
  10. Is it true what they say that papa never worked a day in his life? (Papa Was a Rollin' Stone)

This afternoon, for your listening pleasure and just because we could, Radio Heartland presents a re-broadcast of that Friday morning show. There are some funny tunes, here, and some lovely ones as well. Singer-songwriters seem to be quite eager to write beautiful, loving songs about how unable they are to say beautiful, loving things to their dads, and vice-versa.

Listen for the Dad-Love Cavalcade of Songs this afternoon from 1 to 4, on Radio Heartland.

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