Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Songs Of Thanks

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We pick one day per year to say “thank you.” How screwed up is that? Maybe we should flip that equation. Perhaps we’d be better off if we committed 364 days to being grateful and one to being selfish jackasses. We’d need an origin story Jackass Day, the holiday formerly known as Thanksgiving, of course. In this version maybe the pilgrims show up empty handed at the big meal and talk about how the Amish are moving in and driving down home values. Miles Standish insists on picking chunks off the undercooked turkey and; well, let’s just say he pollutes the privy and blames it on somebody else.

Standish’s uncle, Todd,  arrives late and drunk, and he parks his wagon on top of somebody’s tent, which is where we get the tradition of linen tablecloths and centerpieces.

That first Thanksgiving-Now-Jackass-Day was such a disaster that the pilgrim women all vowed “not to polish thy hat buckles for a fortnight if you know what I mean,” but by the next day all was forgiven and everyone was back to demonstrating their gratitude regularly.

And that’s the true meaning of Jackass Day, Charlie Brown. Anyway, thank you songs:

“I Thank You,” Sam and Dave.

“Thank the Lord for the Night Time,” Neil Diamond.

“Thanks for the Night,” The Damned.

“Thank You Darling” (German Version), The Supremes.

“Thank You for the Love,” Mother’s Finest.

“Thank You Friends,” Big Star.

“Thank You, Lord, for Sending Me the F Train,” Mike Doughty.

“Thank You for Sending Me an Angel,” Talking Heads.

So there you go: eight songs of thanks. What did I miss? I’m listening.


5 replies »

  1. “Thank You Girl” – The Beatles
    “Thank You” – Led Zeppelin
    “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” – John Denver
    “Gratitude” – Paul McCartney
    “Thank God and Greyhound You’re Gone” – Roy Clark
    “I’ve Got You To Thank For That” – Don Williams
    “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” – Sly and the Family Stone
    “Thanking the Good Lord” – Merle Haggard
    “Thank God I’ve Got You” – The Statler Brothers
    “Thank You For Being a Friend” – Andrew Gold


  2. Thanksgiving has always been JackAss Day, I am eternally grateful to you for blasting this fact out on the interwebs!

    Now if only part two, the other 364 “be nice and thankful and share-your-food” days would become the norm. (Without having to spend every single one with your family, though.)


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