The songs in this article show humans at their imaginative best.
All happen to be American in origin, but I'm certain many, similarly
astute, wry, and witty musical observations have been written in
other languages and recorded in other nations.
Wit is wonderful because almost without fail it makes us smile, even if
its context is tragic as in "I'm The Only Hell Mama Ever Raised."
Also, other than the practically slapstick "You're The Reason Our Kids
Are Ugly" and "She Got The Goldmine, I Got The Shaft," these songs don't judge or preach.
They are not
mean-spirited, snooty, or sanctimonious and they don't portray
existence, events, or decisions as black or white, right or wrong; they
are familiar with and
understanding of the human condition, our frailties and foibles, our
hopes and dreams, our strengths and shortcomings.
My certainty about Jesus' backing The Pack in the astronomically unlikely event he exists--and is a
football fan--is exceeded by my conviction that great witty songs that
should have been covered never came to my
attention, despite my best efforts to find them.
Should you know of one (or more) that is truly a song--not just a
title--and that was recorded by a mainstream act or at least one attempting to find an audience and make a
buck, please e-mail the title and artist to email@example.com.
I'd like to expand the list.