He's been roundin' off bolts since the age of fourteen Was that a five eighths or a nine sixteenths? He's got a metric socket that don't quite fit Well it'll wiggle just a little but it ain't quite stripped The safety guard's gone from his grinding machine He got a stiff paint brush he only sorta got clean He's the hired man, my neighbor and a cousin in law He's a jerry riggin' fool, he got the tool for the job
Well it's vise grips for pliers, and pliers for a wrench A wrench for a hammer, hammers everything else It just don't seem to make much difference I sure do like him but he's hard on equipment I sure like you son, but you're hard on equipment
His corners ain't square and his floor ain't level And he's had a little trouble with the old tape measure His doors don't close `cause the jamb ain't plumb And he's a ******* menace with an air nail gun They love to see him comin' at the lumber-yard store Fixed the leak in his roof with a two-by-four Drilled holes in his boards with the wrong kinda bit And when they don't line up he blames the government
He got the whole front yard full of fix `em up cars Three don't run and the rest won't start Everything's fine with his rebuilt motor Except of course for the couple spare washers left over Baler twine tie downs goin' down the road On two bald tires and an oversize load He ain't never read a manual `cause that's like cheatin' He don't mind the grease on his hands while he's eatin'
He's got busted up knuckles, his thumb got bruised Jesus Christ was a carpenter, too
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Singer Kitty Wells, whose hits such as "Making Believe" and "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" made her the first female superstar of country music, died Monday. She was 92.
The singer's family said she died peacefully at home after complications from a stroke.
Her solo recording career lasted from 1952 to the late 1970s and she made concert tours from the late 1930s until 2000. That year, she announced she was quitting the road, although she performed occasionally in Nashville and elsewhere afterward.
Her "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" in 1952 was the first No. 1 hit by a woman soloist on the country music charts and dashed the notion that women couldn't be headliners. Billboard magazine had been charting country singles for about eight years at that time.
She recorded approximately 50 albums, had 25 Top 10 country hits and went around the world several times. From 1953 to 1968, various polls listed Wells as the No. 1 female country singer. Tammy Wynette finally dethroned her.
In 1976, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and 10 years later received the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music. In 1991 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - the group that presents the Grammy Awards.
Her 1955 hit "Making Believe" was on the movie soundtrack of "Mississippi Burning" that was released 33 years later. Among her other hits were "The Things I Might Have Been," ''Release Me," ''Amigo's Guitar," ''Heartbreak USA," ''Left to Right" and a version of "I Can't Stop Loving You."
In 1989, Wells collaborated with Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn and k.d. lang on the record "The Honky Tonk Angels Medley."
"I never really thought about being a pioneer," she said in an Associated Press interview in 2008. "I loved doing what I was doing."
Her songs tended to treasure devotion and home life, with titles like "Searching (For Someone Like You)" and "Three Ways (To Love You)." But her "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" gave the woman's point of view about the wild side of life.
The song was written by J.D. Miller as a retort to Hank Thompson's 1952 hit, "The Wild Side of Life."
The chorus to Thompson's record was:
"I didn't know God made honky-tonk angels
"I might have known you'd never make a wife -
"But you gave up the only one that ever loved you
"And went back to the wild side of life."
In his response, Miller wrote:
"It wasn't God who made honky-tonk angels,
"As you said in the words of your song,
"Too many times married men think they're still single,
"That has caused many a good girl to go wrong.
"It's a shame that all blame is on us women ...."
The song opened the way for women to present their view of life and love in country music. It also encouraged Nashville songwriters to begin writing from a woman's perspective.
The song was controversial enough that the Grand Ole Opry asked Wells not to perform it, and some radio stations were reluctant to play it.
"They get away with a lot more today," Wells told the AP in 1986. "They're more (sexually) suggestive today."
In 2008, the Library of Congress announced that Wells' record had been added to its National Recording Registry of works of unusual historic merit.
Also that year, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum honored her with an exhibit about her career.
Her second hit, "Paying for That Back Street Affair," in 1953, was also written as an answer to a previous hit, Webb Pierce's "Back Street Affair."
She was known as a gracious, elegant and family-oriented person.
"What I've done has been satisfying," she said in the 1986 AP interview. "I wouldn't change a thing."
About her many years of touring, she said, "I like going to different places and seeing the scenery and meeting the people. I've always enjoyed traveling. It's as good a way as any to spend your time."
She was born Ellen Muriel Deason in Nashville, the daughter of a railroad brakeman.
She began playing the guitar at age 14 and soon was performing at dances in the Nashville area.
Wells married Johnny Wright, half of a duo called Johnny and Jack, in 1938 when she was not yet 20, and soon began touring with the duo. She took her stage name from an old folk song, "Sweet Kitty Wells." Johnny Wright died Sept. 27, 2011.
By the late '40s, they were appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. He performed with her throughout her career and their long marriage.
Son Bobby Wright, one of her three children, played a countrified sailor on the TV show "McHale's Navy" from 1962 to 1966.
Carlos Saragosa left his home in Casas Grandes when the moon was full He had no money in his pocket, just a locket of his sister framed in Gold He headed for el Sueco, stole a rooster named Gallo Del Cielo Then he crossed the Rio Grande with that roosted nestled deep within his arm
Galllo del Cielo was a warrior born in heaven so the legends say His wings they had been broken, he had one eye rollin crazy in his head He'd fought a hundred fights and the legends say that one night near El Sueco He fought Cielo seven times, seven times he left brave roosters dead
Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in San Antonio I have 27 dollars and the good luck of your good luck of your picture framed in gold Tonight I'll put it all on the fighting spurs of Gallo Del Cielo Then I'll return to buy the land Pancho Villa stole from father long ago
Outside of San Diego in the Onion fields of Paco Monte Verde The Pride of San Diego lay sleeping on a fancy bed of silk Adn they laughed when Saragosa pulled the one-eyed Del Cielo from beneath his shirt But they cried when Saragosa waked away with a thousand dollar bill
Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in Santa Barbara I have 27 dollars and the good luck of your good luck of your picture framed in gold Tonight I'll put it all on the fighting spurs of Gallo Del Cielo Then I'll return to buy the land Pancho Villa stole from father long ago
Now the moon has gone to hiding and the lantern light spills shadows on the fighting sand A wicked black named Zorro faces Del Cielo in the sand And Carlos Saragosa fears the tiny crack that runs across his roosters beak And he fears that he has lost the 50,000 dollars riding on the fight
Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in Santa Clara The money's on the table, I'm holding now your good luck framed in gold Everything we dream of is riding on the spurs of Del Cielo Then I'll return to buy the land Pancho Villa stole from father long ago
The signal it was given and the roosters rose together far above the sand Gallo Del Cielo sunk a gaff into Zorro's shiny breast They were separated quickly but they rose and fought each other time and time again And the legends all agreed that Gallo Del Cielo fought the best
But then the screams of Saragosa filled the night outside the town of Santa Clara As the beak of Del Cielo lay broken like a shell within his hand And they say that Saragosa screamed a curse upon the bones of Pancho Villa As Zorro rose up one more time and drove Del Cielo in the sand
Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in San Francisco I have no money in my pocket I no longer have your good luck framed in gold I buried it last evening with the bones of my beloved Del Cielo I will not return to buy the land that Villa stole long ago
Do the rivers still run muddy outside of my beloved Casas Grandes? Does the scar upon my brother's face turn red when he hears mention of my name? And do the people of El Sueco still curse the theft of Gallo Del Cielo? Tell my family not to worry, I will not return to cause them shame.
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