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Monday, 2000 July 31 : Volume 3, Number 27

Taking The Fifth

Mea culpa. That's Latin for "my bad". You were probably expecting to read Part 7 of the Convoy journal, and it ain't here and it's all my fault. Y'see, I started out the weekend by cleaning out the office and rearranging the furniture, and since I wasn't needing the computer to do that, I decided to back up the drive and repartition it. Which would have been a great idea, if two of the backup tapes hadn't gone bad — maybe I should by some new ones — and I finally had to finish the backup onto CD-Rs, a much more labor intensive procedure.

Skipping ahead, I'd finished the restoration of the drive only an hour ago, and the time is now 20:51 (or 8:51 P.M. CDT, take your pick). That doesn't leave me much time to get Part 7 together, unfortunately, so you'll need to wait until next week. Sorry about that.

But I do have a couple of items to mention, and as a bonus there are two Songs A' Th' Week.


Surfin' With The Rubber Duck

The Duck hasn't been web-foot surfing lately because he's been pretty busy with the day job. But he did find three useful C.W. links this week.


Songs A' Th' Week

We've got two songs this week, and with that we've reached a milestone: every song that's been sung by C.W. McCall — at least, the songs of which we know — has now appeared as a Song A’ Th’ Week. Starting next week we'll put all of the slips of paper back in the hat and begin picking 'em out all over again. If you have a suggestion for a Song A’ Th’ Week, drop a line to ed@cw-mccall.com.

Outlaws And Lone Star Beer
(Bob Duncan, Jeff Durrill)
From the album C.W. McCall & Co.

Well, they're rompin' down in Austin
And they call it "Western Swing"
They even wrote a song that says
"Bob Wills is still the king"
Well that I can agree with
But this much I declare
There's more to country music
Than outlaws and Lone Star beer

From Tennessee to Texas,
They say it's all the same
Well, there's no "T" in Nashville,
But we've got our claim to fame
It's called The House That Hank Built
And it's sacred, Lord, I swear
There's more to country music
Than outlaws and Lone Star beer

Well, there's more to country music
Than the hurtin' side a' life
Like takin' pride in fam'ly
And a good, warm, lovin' wife
There's more to country music
Than to leave somebody cryin'
And the cheatin'
And the lyin'

Now brothers, understand me
I don't put nobody down
'Cause we all know with what you do
Well you're the best around
But as I stand to cheer you
I'll make my feelin's clear:
There's more to country music
Than outlaws and Lone Star beer
Yeah, there's more to country music
Than outlaws and Lone Star beer

Wilderness
(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
From the album Wilderness

Come along and sing
A song you knew before
Come along and sing
Once more

Come along and live
A life you knew before
Come along and live
Once more

[C.W. and backup singers]
Wake with me and feel the misty blue dawn
Come hear the wild bird sing her mornin' song
See the sun that only wilderness sees
Then walk with me and let your heart run free

Come on along and chase the wind once more
Come on along and try one more time
Come on along and find the trail once more
Come on along and live again

[C.W. and backup singers]
Come with me and see the ridge run wild
Come hear the canyon call her wanderin' child
Breathe the air that only wilderness breathes
Then walk with me and let your heart run free

[Musical interlude. Slow banjo pickin' and violins.]

Come on along and climb the mountain once more
Come on along and try one more time
Come on along and cross the river with me
Come on along and live again

[C.W. and backup singers]
Come with me and hear the night bird cry
And see the starlight fill the wonderous sky
Feel the joy that only wilderness feels
Come on along along and we'll be free

Fly with me and find the end of time
Run with me and feel the wilderness high
Come on along and live forever with me
Come on along along and we'll be free