Song Lyric Sunday – Gloom, Misery, Agony


Song Lyric Sunday – Gloom, Misery, Agony


Today’s SLS prompt words are:ย  agony, hurt, pain, suffer. Sounds pretty depressing, doesn’t it. But, that’s what we are looking for today. Thanks, Jim. To join in this fun weekly challenge, you can find Jim’s blog, “A Unique Title For Me”, at the above link. See other entries, too. You never know what interesting music will be posted. ๐Ÿ™‚


There’s lots of sad songs out there, but the first one I thought about today is pretty funny.

Did you ever watch the TV show called, “Hee Haw”, which ran from 1969 to 1992? They had good music, funny jokes, and several skit segments each week. This one was always my favorite part. Old timer guys sitting around on a porch, drinking moonshine, and singing about their misery. Actually I liked the bloodhound dog the most. haha ๐Ÿ™‚

This song has been recorded by several well known artists, such as Buck Owens, and every lyric notation I found said different things. The chorus was always the same, but the in between stuff was all kinds of different funny parts.

I believe it was written by Bernie Brillstein, Frank Peppiatt, and John Aylesworth.


Here’s what Wiki says about this:

From the Wiki article:

  • “Gloom, Despair, and Agony On Me”โ€”Another popular sketch usually performed by four male cast members (originallyโ€”and usuallyโ€”Roy Clark; Gordie Tapp; Grandpa Jones and Archie Campbell) sitting around in hillbilly garb surrounded by moonshine jugs and looking overtly miserable. The song began with the chorus, which all of them sang with each one alternating (in lip-synch) a mournful howl after each of the first three lines. The chorus went:

Gloom, despair, and agony on me-e!
Deep dark depression, excessive misery-y!
If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all!
Gloom, despair, and agony on me-e-e!

The quartet began by singing the chorus together, followed by each quartet member reciting some humorous reason for his misery in spoken form, then (in the first several seasons) the quartet would reprise the chorus and end with all four sobbing in typical overstated manner.



From the TV Show "Hee-Haw" (1969 -1992)

Buck Owens & Roy Clark

Gloom, despair, and agony on me
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me

We figured she was rich, loaded to the hilt
And we figured she had class like the Vanderbilts
'Cause we had heard for years how she was so well reared
How was we to know they meant the way she was built

Gloom, despair, and agony on me
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me

Thanks for visiting! Peace โ˜ฎ๏ธ
ยฉ 2019 BS

25 responses »

    • Thanks, Felicia! I won the SLS!? hee hee … or maybe I should say Hee Haw! This was such a corny and fun show back in the day, and we laughed along with it every week. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • hahaha I know!!! He’d lean out of that window he was pretending to wash! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, weren’t the girls dressed like Daisy Mae called the Hee Haw Honeys? Oh, my word!

    • Thanks, John! The show did have some great songs on there every week, and the skits…so corny, but we laughed right along with them. I still remember (I think, Grampa Jones and his regular “What’s for dinner” segment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks so much! It was a really funny show, with a lot of country type humor. There were always several skits, and gave us laughs. You’re right, a sense of humor is essential in my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I never saw this show as I was born in 1989. But, probably my parents have. I found this song to be so funny and it is great to have this song in the theme’s lineup.

    • Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed this one. The show was pretty funny, and they had several regular skits about country life. All in fun, of course. Also had some good music showcased on there. I should try to find some episodes on here to watch again, since it’s been so long that I’ve seen it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Barbara, my first thought when I saw the prompt was this song, which I love so much, especially watching them sing it. Hee Haw was a great show with so much good music amongst the corny jokes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Li! Very cool you thought of this one, too. There were so many memorable regular skits that they did. Corny – yes! Entertaining – very much so! I actually go around singing this song quite often, mostly to the cat, but I think she likes it, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • There’s a wealth of talent and entertainment on that show. I think it used to be on Saturday nights, back when we only had 3 channels. Roy Clark and Buck Owens are my favorites. I’ve also sang this song a time or two.

      • Oh I remember the days of 3 channels only! There used to be a lot of those type of shows, country or otherwise variety shows. We watched a lot of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Mel! They had some really funny jokes and skits on that show, along with some good music. We enjoyed the entertainment for many years.
      Happy to have found a lighthearted song about this topic of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Jim! Glad you liked it. It was a fun show to watch back then, with corny jokes and good old fashioned music. Interesting topic for today. ๐Ÿ™‚

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