April 10 Birthday: Brian Setzer

brianThis Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof

Well, this cat’s on a hot tin roof
Drinkin’ that whiskey, 96 proof
Don’t need no doctor, don’t feel no pain
My legs are just two steps ahead of my brain

This cat’s on a hot tin roof
This cat’s gonna shake it loose
This cat don’t get the blues
‘Cause this cat’s shakin’ on a hot tin roof

Well, this cat’s been out on the town
I’m the cat’s meow, I’m the king with a crown
My head is spinnin’, I got the shakes
Can’t stop now ’cause I got no brakes

This cat’s on a hot tin roof
This cat’s gonna shake it loose
This cat don’t get the blues
This cat’s shakin’ on a hot tin roof

Well, there ain’t no point in holdin’ me down
I’ll kick and I’ll scratch and I’ll howl
Hey, hound dog, get outta my way
‘Cause this cat is on the prowl

Oh, this cat’s on a hot tin roof
Jumpin’ up and down like a long neck goose
Shimmy and shake, baby, you can’t fail
Rockin’ so hard that it’s off of the scale

This cat’s on a hot tin roof
This cat is gonna shake it loose
This cat don’t get the blues
‘Cause this cat’s shakin’ on a hot tin roof

This cat’s on a hot tin roof
This cat gonna shake it loose
This cat don’t get the blues
Well, this cat’s shakin’ on a hot tin roof

–Brian Setzer

NOTE: In honor of National Poetry Month, each day a person’s birthday will be celebrated with a poem about or by him/her. The poems come from all over the place.

Harness Up The Day

The door at the Woody Guthrie Center
At the Woody Guthrie Center

Oklahoma has created some stellar poets, to name a few–John Berryman, Joy Harjo, N. Scott Momaday, and Kevin Welch.  Our fly-over state has also produced some first-rate songwriters who have the musical poet strong inside them: Garth Brooks, Roy Clark, Wanda Jackson, Reba McEntire, Leon Russell, Dwight Twilley, Bob Wills, and Kevin Welch again, among them. But our greatest poet has to be Woody Guthrie. And yes, he was a poet. Just read the lyrics to “Harness Up The Day”: Continue reading “Harness Up The Day”