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.