Put Another Log on the Fire

Put another log on the fire
Cook me up some bacon and some beans
Go out to the car and change the tire
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans
Baby, fill my pipe and then go fetch my slippers
Boil me up another pot of tea
Put another log on the fire, girl, and
Come and tell me why you’re leaving me

Don’t I let you wash the car on Sunday?
Don’t I warn you when you’re getting fat?
Ain’t I gonna take you fishing some day?
Well, a man can’t love a woman more than that.

Ain’t I always nice to your kid sister?
Don’t I take her driving every night?
So sit here at my feet because I like you when you’re sweet
And you know that it ain’t feminine to fight

Put another log on the fire
Cook me up some bacon and some beans
Go out to the car and change the tire
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans
Baby, fill my pipe and then go fetch my slippers
Boil me up another pot of tea
Put another log on the fire, girl, and
Come and tell me why you’re leaving me
Yeah, come and tell me why you’re leaving me

Lyric by Kinky Friedman

This is my poetry blog, but once in a while I’m gonna post something by somebody that’s mightily inspiring and boy do I love them Texas songwriters in their western floral coats, mother-of-pearl buttons, never-seen-dirt embroidered high-stack-heel boots, big ole spurs, and 40-gallon Stetson hats! Lyle Lovett is my all-time, number-one muse, and just finding out that Kinky is from Texas, well I know he influenced Lyle ’cause Lyle sang at least one song of Kinky’s and writes lyrics like this: “…that’s right you’re not from Texas, that’s right you’re not from Texas, that’s right you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway!”

If you don’t know anything about Kinky, here he is in a nutshell:

Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman (born October 31 or November 1, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly who styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the five-person race.—last.fm

According to google, Kinky’s most famous song was his cover of Nick “Chinga” Chavin’s Asshole from El Paso, a parody of Merle Haggard‘s Okie From Muskogee. El Paso, el smasho, my favorite will always be Put Another Log on the Fire. A close second is

Get your biscuits in the oven
and your buns in the bed
that’s what I to my baby said
woman’s liberation is goin’ to your head
get your biscuits in the oven
and your buns in the bed

I couldn’t find Kinky singing Put Another Log on the Fire on iTunes, but I did find a decent version by the Geezinslaws on their Electric Horseman album. Campaign photo of Kinky courtesy Daily News.

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