Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hard Luck, Hard Workin' Man


Back to work already? Man, I was just settling into weekend mode when Sunday night rolled around.

That old alarm clock is set for 4:30am, but I don’t believe I’ve ever heard it. I’ve been getting up at the same time for so many years that I wake up a few minutes before the alarm and shut it off before it has a chance to sound.

Shuffle out to the kitchen to start a pot of coffee and climb into a hot shower to get the blood flowing again. It’s the same routine every morning. I used to enjoy doing what I do for a living, but, lately I seem to be making a living more than living one.

Knoblick Upper 10,000 - Hard Luck Man.mp3

Carolina Tarheels - There Ain't No Use Me Working So Hard.mp3

Del McCoury - Loggin' Man.mp3
For our friend Mr. Beer N. Hockey, hoping the strike is settled and and he's back at the mill.

Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons.mp3

9 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

Ed, I was surprised to see TN Ernie's 'old faithful' on here ... I remember first hearing this one when I was about 9 or 10 (I guess) ... Always liked it, and never heard anyone cover it and do it justice ... Thanks for putting it up ...

I know what you mean about the clock and 'making a living more than living one' ... After Katrina hit, I found out, when I applied to my company's TN locations, that they'd outsourced my position to some company in INDIA ... I guess Haji's livin' large on the $2/hr they pay him ... anyhow, I had enough time in grade built up to say 'screw it', so I resigned (what else, right?) and filed for retirement ... I hope you can do the same real soon - once you do, all the days magically become as one: Friday ...

November 11, 2007 11:05 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Richard, For folks in our age group, TN Ernie Fords’ “Sixteen Tons” is the definitive work song. You are right about never hearing a cover that did justice to the song, until recently.

Ned Beatty (yes, the actor) does one of the most moving renditions of “Sixteen Tons” I’ve ever heard. The only one I that could hold a candle to TN Ernie Ford’s original. His moving version was recorded for the powerful 2 CD set Music of Coal.

Congratulations on leaving the workforce! I’ve come to long for the day when I can toss the alarm clock, but with two kids in college and the third starting next year, I’m afraid it’s a moving goal I’ll not reach anytime soon.

November 12, 2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger rootsminer said...

Nice selections Ed. Your Carolina Tar Heels track sounds about 10 mph slower than the one I recorded from an LP issue. Gwen Foster sounds almost human! OK OK, back to work.

November 12, 2007 9:35 AM  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Oh Ed ! I laughed so hard I cried when listening to the Tar Heels. Very good. All the cuts were a great response to the Monday morning revelie.

I remember T. E Fords's television show. Sixteen Tons is a landmark tune. I really listened this time and it's true he has a good voice. If you have time to download the Beatty version sometime ?

In the meantime ask Mrs ED to go dancing just to change ideas before Monday morning rolls around again. Considering your record library you won't have to go very far.

all thoughts fly... k.

November 12, 2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Rootsminer, If I remeber correctly, this version of the Tar Heels track was ripped from a 78. The speed difference may have been my have been my turntable, although it is pretty damned accurate. More likely it was one too many beers.

November 12, 2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Looks like I will be used to working again the day my next vacation begins. Great song, there are not nearly the number of songs about working in the woods as there might be.

November 13, 2007 9:50 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Welcome back to the workforce, Beer. I’m sure you nearly perfected the fine art of loafing during the strike. I was getting jealous.

November 14, 2007 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Ed,
I know nothing about Knoblick, but they sure remind me of the Kingston Trio, and that's a very good thing. Nice one! By the way, where the heck do they get their name?

November 15, 2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi Dan, the Knoblick Upper 10,000 were a folk/bluegrass band formed in 1962. Erik Jacobsen, Dwain Story and Pete Childs were known as the Plum Creek Boys, playing the coffeehouses of New York. They changed their name to the Knoblick Upper 10,000 when they started playing at The Bitter End. They were one of the first bluegrass bands to play at Carnegie Hall.

Erik Jacobsen went on to produce John Sebastian and the Lovin' Spoonful.

I didn't know anything about their curious name. Anyone else have any info?

November 15, 2007 9:26 PM  

<< Home