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Song Lyric Sunday – Gloom, Misery, Agony

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Song Lyric Sunday – Gloom, Misery, Agony

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Today’s SLS prompt words are:  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. 🙂

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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 🙂

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.

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Here’s what Wiki says about this:

From the Wiki article:

  • “Gloom, Despair, and Agony On Me”—Another popular sketch usually performed by four male cast members (originally—and usually—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.

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GLOOM, DESPAIR AND AGONY ON ME
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

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