30 Day Song Challenge – Day 25

30 day song challenge

Today’s prompt: A song you like by an artist no longer living

Oh, man! That’s tough. I’m a child of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, there are just so many great artists that didn’t make it. Musicians that I idolized like the rest of my generation. Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Freddy Mercury, Ritchie Valens, Jim Morrison, John Denver, and of course the late great Jim Croce. I’ve always thought of Jim Croce as one of the greats.  I remember when it happened. I was sitting in my car in the high school parking lot in southern California, the radio announced the news, I sat and cried through the next 5 songs (all Croce’s), I skipped class and drove out to the local reservoir, staring at the water and the mountains wondering how the hell life could be so unpredictable. Ahhh, the lessons of youth. On a brighter note, one of the classics he left behind.

Working at the Car Wash Blues

Well I had just got out of the county prison
Doin’ ninety days for non-support
Tried to find me an executive position
But no matter how smooth I talked
They wouldn’t listen to the fact that I was genius
The man said, “we got all that we can use”

Now I got them steadily depressin’, low down mind messin’
Working at the car wash blues

Well, I should be sittin’ in an air conditioned office
In a swivel chair
Talkin’ some trash to the secretaries
Sayin’ “hey now mama, come on over here”
Instead,I’m stuck here rubbin’ these fenders with a rag
And walkin’ home in soggy old shoes

With them steadily depressin’, low down mind messin’
Workin’ at the car wash blues

You know a man of my ability
He should be smokin’ on a big cigar
But ’til I get myself straight I guess I’ll just have to wait
In my rubber suit rubbin’ these cars

Well, all I can do is to shake my head
You might not believe that it’s true
But workin’ at this end of Niagara Falls
Is an undiscovered Howard Hughes
So baby, don’t expect to see me
With no double martini in any high brow society news

‘Cause I got them steadily depressin’, low down mind messin’
Workin’ at the car wash blues

So baby, don’t expect to see me
With no double martini in any high brow society news
‘Cause I got them steadily depressin’, low down mind messin’
Workin’ at the car wash blues
Songwriters: Jim Croce

~ all lyrics are the product of my memory. Any discrepancies or divergences from actual fact should not be viewed as errors but as all natural variations proving that I did, in fact, live through the 60’s.

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

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