Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Another Blast from the Past

This time, it's a tune penned by Mel Tillis, and it's been covered by many.

I first heard "Mental Revenge" on an old Linda Ronstadt album, and then I heard it again, while listening to a "Best of Linda" CD compilation.

When I was trying to find a video with Linda singing it on YouTube, I found this classic video of Waylon Jennings taking a turn at it.

I love it, and I think my faithful readers will love this one too. I think he's probably on one of the old country TV shows like "Town and Country," or another.

It's from 1966. Check out the Fender Telecaster. I love this one. I love it because I can actually see his fingering on the guitar, and I can replicate that on mine. Sometimes, I get together with a friend of mine who can really sing, and we pick out old tunes like this.

This was a golden age in classic country, when folks like Waylon and Johnny Cash were establishing themselves.

Here are the lyrics, and I hope you enjoy the video as well. I think the lyrics really speak to me, and I am sure, others.

Mental Revenge
written by Mel Tillis


Well I hope that the friend that you've thrown yourself on
Gets drunk and loses her job
And every road that you travel on
Is dusty rocky and hard

I couldn't make you love me
You only made me blue
So all in all if the curtain should fall
Then I hope that it falls on you

And I will have sweet
Sweet sweet mental revenge
I will have sweet
Sweet sweet mental revenge

Well I hope that the train from Caribou, Maine
Runs over your new love affair
You'll walk the floor from dawn to dawn
And you'll tear out your peroxide hair

I never was your woman
Cause you were never true
So all in all if the curtain should fall
Then I hope that it falls on you

And I will have sweet
Sweet sweet mental revenge
I will have sweet
Sweet sweet mental revenge
I will have sweet
Sweet sweet mental revenge
I will have sweet
Sweet sweet mental revenge

1 comment:

Colleen and Lenore said...

Oh, we have GOT to learn that one for our next road trip!!!!! We'll be "pickin' and grinnin'" all the way.

We are looking forward to going away with you and Susan!!!

Love ya'll,
Correen