Two whoops and a holler

Heard a screech owl this morning, to the south and west of our house. That’s twice in one week!

Lyrics from a song I heard yesterday on the local independent radio station KDHX. I got a huge kick out of this one, especially the last stanza about women ruling the world and  men walking around on their knees- funny image, that. No doubt there are movies about female Amazons with similar imagery. This was written in 1953- there’s nothin’ new under the sun, except when Joe Franklin wrote this he didn’t know about the likes of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.

The show was Memphis to Manchester. The song is “Two Whoops and a Holler”, sung by Jean Shepard. Written by Joe Franklin in 1953.

How come a man can fight and cuss and smoke and drink and chew
Step out on their wives and do the things they shouldn’t do
But it’s all right in the public’s eye they say he’s just a man
But if a woman does one little thing she’s not worth a

Two whoops and a holler she’s lower than a hound
If she drinks or smokes or tells a joke she’s the lowest thing in town

A woman has to dress the kids and send them off to school
And do her best in every way to live the golden rule
The responsibility she has is much more than a man
But if she does one little thing she’s not worth a

Two whoops and a holler she’s lower than a hound
If she drinks or smokes or tells a joke she’s the lowest thing in town

If all the gals would stick by me we’d change the world around
We’d make the men walk on their knees and sleep out on the ground
What I’m really tryin’ to say and I know you’ll understand
The women ought to rule the world cause the men ain’t worth a

Two whoops and a holler they’re lower than a hound
I hope they croak it ain’t no joke they’re the lowest thing in town
They’re the lowest thing in town

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