Song of the Day: Andy Gullahorn

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Once upon a time I was riding in a car full of working men (funny how that has a totally different connotation with girls) and the subject of what to listen to on the radio was being hotly debated. It quickly became clear that the majority of the car preferred music of the country variety to which I replied, “Oh, I’ve got one for you. Check out this song by Andy Gullahorn. It’s all about country music.”

So I plugged in my iPod, played the song and waited for the laughter. It never came. Each of them sat and listened with suspicious and curious expressions until the song was over. “It’s funny, see? Don’t you get it?” I said. They all looked at each other and shrugged and frowned at me as if I were the one on the outside of the joke. As if to offer me some comfort, the guy sitting beside me said, “I don’t know, man, but I sure like that part about the workin’ man.”

True story. I swear.

“Workin’ Man” by Andy Gullahorn

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he’s the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


33 Comments

  1. Laurel

    That’s a hoot of a story. I enjoy country music greatly, but I guess I should be thankful I can still see the humor in that song. Thanks for the chuckles!

  2. Jen

    I laugh every time I hear this. (“Find some guys to help you sing” gets me every time.) And I can’t stand most pop country music for all the reasons mentioned in this song. =)

    I second what Duane said. This story = gold.

  3. Chad Ethridge

    I tried the same thing with a friend in my car because she is way overboard on the country side of the musical spectrum. Her response:

    “I liked the slide guitar when it finally kicked in.”

  4. LauraP

    “hold out your notes and prepare to modulate” — as my friend Teri used to say, “Oh my heck!”

  5. Peter B

    Two things I must confess.

    First and most grievous: that I own not a single Gully album.

    Second and only slightly embarrassing: when Andy played this in Cleburne last year, I actually choked up a little when he got to the porch scene. Then again, I have two daughters, so maybe I get a pass there.

    Play on, Jam Master G.

  6. LauraP

    Peter B – I can’t believe you don’t own “Law of Gravity”! Seems like a perfect fit for your sensibilities. Andy G. is hilarious, but his songs are the furthest thing from frivolous. Though I will grant you that “Workin’ Man” might not be the deepest in his catalog, I still think it’s brilliant.

  7. Leanore

    Wow. If Andy had stuck with the wussy piano instead of taking up guitar, the world would never have had this. Loved it!

  8. Lynx

    Pete, your story reminds me of the Far Side where a safari explorer tries to show a rhinoceros a card trick and his friend warns him of the danger he’s in because the rhino doesn’t have a sense of humor.
    🙂

  9. Lynx

    Dear proprietor and/or RR webmaster,
    can you please do something about the funky emoticon placement?
    Thanks!

  10. Ruble

    Andy Gullahorn is a brilliant songwriter.

    On one side he is hilarious…on the other he can articulate the struggles of the 30 something family man better than anyone else…

    My wife and I played “”Any other way” at church on Sunday after sharing our story….which is a great story of forgiveness and restoration…it was like he followed us around for the better part of 10 years and wrote the song for us.

    Thanks Andy…

    Chris

  11. Brian

    To me the song is so self-evidently funny that I was kind of shocked to watch a friend’s non-reaction when listening to the song.

  12. Ron Block

    @ronblock

    Brian: Many people don’t listen to lyrics – even many musicians. It is ironic that the very thing which the musicians, singers, and the music itself are there to deliver is ignored. But it happens a lot – a sad fact, and maybe an equally sad commentary on the dropping value of words due to a world increasingly overpopulated by information. Familiarity breeds ignore-ance.

  13. Trey Ward

    That was incredible! It reminds me of all those people in the publising business who never wrote a song but are given a check list of what a hit song should look like (verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus) repeat hook in last line of each verse, minor chords in the bridge…etc..It can be about an island vacation or a girl’s ass, as long as it meets the check list and it’s not in 3/4 time. Formula rules over genius in today’s music industry.

  14. Dan K

    I already have the Andy G catalog and it is frequently on the playlist for my background noise while drafting parts & assemblies. So much of AG’s songs blend the humor, irony & truth of life.

    Also check AP’s “Further Proof” on Appendix M.
    The song formula turned inside out for a standard ballad instead of a country song.

  15. Pracades

    That’s hilarious! I even enjoy some country music and every time I hear this song it cracks me up! I first heard it “in the round” during a Behold the Lamb of God concert. I have been looking for the single ever since. So glad its on an album, Andy!

    Thanks for making me laugh out loud, literally, Pete.

  16. Pracades

    Although, pooh…I just noticed this recording doesn’t have the lovely ending that the live performance had…I literally had tears in my eyes from laughter, Andy played several country songs with the same chords and similar choruses. it reminded me of the first time I realized Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Baa Baa Blacksheep and ABC are all the same song.

  17. James Witmer

    Oh, dear. Thanks, Laura. And now we know how easy it would be for the Square Pegs to achieve commercial success if that was their priority.

    Still VERY funny… but a bit sad, too.

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