I knew a man, Bojangles, and he danced for you, in worn out shoes
Silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants, the ‘old soft shoe’
He jumped so high, jumped so high, then he’d lightly touch down
I met him in a cell in New Orleans, I was, down and out
He looked to me to be the ‘eyes of age’ as he spoke right out
He talked of life, he talked of life, he laughed and clicked his heels…
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1970)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) created and published this hit song in 1970 on their Cosmo’s Factory album. The reason I bring this up is because this song was sung at my brother-in-law’s funeral recently. You would have to know Gene to appreciate the significance, but suffice it to say that he would have wholeheartedly approved. Another brother-in-law played it on his guitar and sang it-along with everyone in the pews. His funeral was more of a celebration than a sad event. I dedicate this post to Gene who is finally free from suffering. I loved him.
The photograph reflects my pup looking out our back door. The quality is poor, but I like it anyway. This image seemed to fit this blog. I shot Carson while I was on our deck and he was in this viewing posture, looking out our back door which brings me to the point of this post.
Ever since this song was played I can’t get it out of my head. It is a fun song, seemingly full of subtle references to the drug culture, but most of all a whimsical look at life from not-so-serious eyes. John Fogerty, the bands’ leader and song writer stated that he actually wrote it for his then three year old son, and that the characters he introduces were inspired by Dr. Suess and not the drug scene in California. This explanation makes this song even more enjoyable due to the innocent nature of the lyrics.
I encourage you to look up the lyrics, or better yet, watch a video of CCR playing this song. It will put a smile on your face. There are many verses which are simply enjoyable to read, but one in particular catches my attention every time I sing it. The verse goes like this, “Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrow. Doo doo doo, lookin’ out my back door”.
With that thought stated, I wish all who read this post no sorrow…at least not for today. Life can be so exciting and yet so difficult at times, so set aside anything that bothers you and start singing. Doo doo doo !