Witty Songs

ŠTed Schaar 2011

9.  "Thank God And Greyhound."

Many of the songs covered in this article are humorous, and this one, recorded by Roy Clark in 1970 and written by Larry Kingston and Ed Nix, fits the category perfectly, though perhaps not intentionally. 

The lyrics are fairly straightforward in their description of a woman's poor treatment of the protagonist.  It only gets funny when his thanks are directed toward God and Greyhound.  The ethereal and mundane working together to close a bad relationship. 

It was recorded when TV's Hee Haw,37  an amazingly corny Laugh-In38  imitator that looked like a Li'l Abner39  cartoon, co-hosted by Clark and Buck Owens, was only a year old.  The pair were both major C&W stars when the television show launched in 1969.

Compared to the slackstick humor of Hee Haw, "Thank God and Greyhound..." is downright subtle.  It was written after The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" which uses an outlandish self-assessment--"Feelin' two-foot small"--that is similar to the concluding and even more outlandish observation of the second line "...till I feel about one-inch tall."  (Visit YouTube [Clark] for the song).

Lyrics

I've made a small fortune and you've squandered it all
You shamed me till I feel about one inch tall
But I thought I loved you, and I hoped you would change
So I gritted my teeth and didn't complain
Now you come to me; with a simple good-bye
You tell me you're leavin' but you don't tell me why
Now we're here at the station and you're getting on
And all I can think of...is...
Thank God and Greyhound, you're gone

Thank God and Greyhound, you're gone
I didn't know how much longer I could go on
Watchin' you take the respect out of me
Watchin' you make a total wreck out of me
That big diesel motor is a-playin' my song
Thank God and Greyhound, you're gone.

Thank God and Greyhound, you're gone
That load on my mind got lighter when you got on
That shiny old bus is a beautiful sight
With the black smoke a-rollin' up around the tail lights
It may sound kinda cruel but I've been silent too long
Thank God and Greyhound, you're gone
Thank God and Greyhound, you're gone


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