Friday, April 27, 2012

Pennies on a track

This was the only video of this song that was remotely tolerable: most of them matched each line with Readers Digest/Ideals Magazine exactitude. "I love little baby ducks" (show the little baby ducks!), "old pickup trucks" (show the old pickup trucks!), etc. etc. to the point of agony.

I think this version maybe dicks around with the lyrics a little - Tom T. Hall, incredibly, was not allowed to say he loved grass on certain Southern radio stations, though he could love hay with impugnity. Make sense to you? So he changed it to "old TV shows, and snow." Ye gods.

Anyway, not to go line-by-line because I can't take it, I've scared up a few images that
"I. . . love. . .", and which seem to suit.

I Love

I love little baby ducks, old pick-up trucks, slow-moving trains, and rain
I love little country streams, sleep without dreams, Sunday school in May,
And hay
And I love you too

I love leaves in the wind, pictures of my friends, birds of the world, and squirrels
I love coffee in a cup, little fuzzy pups, bourbon in a glass, and grass
And I love you too

I love honest open smiles, kisses from a child, tomatoes on the vine, and onions
I love winners when they cry, losers when they try, music when it’s good, and life
And I love you too   

I love. . .little water babies when they swim like ducks

'n little boys 'n trucks. . .

 (And this truck too, it's cool.)

I love pennies on a track

and trains movin' slow when
 you have noplace to go.

I love guys laughing in bars, looking up at the stars

(. . . but I wish a squirrel'd do this to me.)

I love chickens when they squawk, people when they walk

(like this?)

and toke up and laugh and talk.

I love. . . bears in a stream

weird owls

and anything green.

I love gigantic black pups. Paper Starbucks cups.

Grimm's fairy tales

And life.







  1. I've always liked that song, and now I have a new chicken picture, too!

  2. I think it's the simple unpretentious way he sings it, the way he pronounces "hay". It's really a great idea for a song because we all have our "list".