Saturday, October 3, 2009

Off Beat - Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother

Ronald Clyde Crosby was born in 1942 in Oneonta, New York. However, he's better known for where he took up residence in the 70s - Austin, Texas - and by his stage name - Jerry Jeff Walker.

Walker calls his style of music "cowjazz" and is usually associated with the country-rock outlaw genre popularized by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.
His best known and most often covered song is Mr. Bojangles. But one of my Jerry Jeff Walker favourites is the Ray Wylie Hubbard-penned classic Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother.




He was born in Oklahoma,
His wife's name's Betty Lou Thelma Liz
And he's not responsible for what he's doing
Cause his mother made him what he is.

And it's up against the wall Redneck Mother,
Mother, who has raised her son so well.
He's thirty-four and drinking in a honky tonk.
Just kicking hippies asses and raising hell.

Sure does like his Falstaff beer,
Likes to chase it down with that Wild Turkey liquor;
Drives a fifty-seven GMC pickup truck;
He's got a gun rack; "Goat ropers need love, too" sticker

And it's up against the wall Redneck Mother,
Mother, who has raised her son so well.
He's thirty-four and drinking in a honky tonk.
Just kicking hippies asses and raising hell.

Well,
M is for the mudflaps you give me for my pickup truck
O is for the Oil I put on my hair
T is for T-bird
H is for Haggard
E is for eggs, and
R is for REDNECK.

Up against the wall Redneck Mother,
Mother, who has raised her son so well.
He's thirty-four and drinking in a honky tonk.
Kicking hippies asses and raising hell.

He's up against the wall Redneck Mother,
Mother, who has raised her son so well.
He's thirty-four and drinking in a honky tonk.
Just kicking hippies asses and raising hell.

2 comments:

  1. I love the people in the audience, conservatively dressed, clapping along. Classic.

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  2. UR: Hell, they wouldn't let any Rednecks in there! The song's a classic. I love it.

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