Want a cure for "daylight saving" blues? When it's dark and cold at 4:30 in the afternoon, watch any one – or all – of these songs by some of the wittiest composers I know. Some of these songs are old, some are new; but they always pick me up with a laugh.
I had tickets for Ray Wylie Hubbard at McCabe's in Santa Monica a few weeks ago, but I gave them up to watch the Dodgers' game on TV. I hope he comes back to the West Coast soon. Start off with two beauties from this great Texas songwriter.
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD – "Snake Farm"
RAY WYLIE HUBBARD – "Screw You, We're From Texas" – "The problem with irony is not everyone gets it."
-- and four versions of Hayes Carll's new classic "She Left Me For Jesus." (Just because I like it so much.)
HAYES CARLL – "She Left Me For Jesus" – from his "Trouble In Mind" CD
HAYES CARLL – "She Left Me For Jesus" – official video
HAYES CARLL – "She Left Me For Jesus" – solo, in a radio station
HAYES CARLL -- "She Left Me For Jesus" – live at Schuba's in Chicago in 2008
JOHNNY CASH – "A Boy Named Sue" – Shel Silverstein's classic – live at San Quentin
RANDY NEWMAN – "Political Science" -- live with the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1979
RANDY NEWMAN – "Sail Away" – live with the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1979
BOB DYLAN – "Dignity" – always a first-class wit, and this song is Bob at the top of his game, written in 1989 – from a 1994 live "MTV Unplugged"
-- with Zimmy's gravely voice, it's a good idea to follow along with the lyrics
"COMEDY TONIGHT" – from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM – a shakey video from the Nathan Lane revival – gotta have a Sondheim when I should have seven
TOM LEHRER – "Poisoning Pigeons In the Park" – old laughs
TOM LEHRER – "The Elements" – which some people, not I, have memorized
and (can't leave out my Huckleberry friend JOHNNY MERCER – "Go out and try your luck / You might be Donald Duck / Hooray for Hollywood!")
"HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD" – the deliriously wacky opening sequence from "Hollywood Hotel" – directed by Busby Berkeley in 1933
And the last laughs are on me because I didn't include any John Prine or Roger Miller or Guy Clark or Frank Loesser or "Yip" Harburg or Tim Minchin or Robbie Fulks or Todd Snider or Amy Rigby.