Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Story Songs: Small Town Saturday Night

I enjoy songs that take me back to my teen years. One of my favorites is "Small Town Saturday Night," recorded by Hal Ketchum.

The song,  written by Pat Alger and Hank DeVito, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Country Chart in 1991.

I lived in Campbellsville, Ky., a small town back in the 1950s and '60s,  and could identify with the scenes depicted in the song, such as seeing an Elvis movie several times or putting a dollar's worth of gas in a car and driving around most of the evening doing nothing. (Gas was about 29 cents a gallon back then.)

Sometimes we'd get a six-pack of beer (if we could find someone to buy it for us), and sometimes we'd run into someone who had drank one beer too many:

"Got a six-pack of beer and a bottle of wine.
Gotta be bad just to have a good time."

One of the funniest lines is about folks leaving town and never coming back:

"Bobby told Lucy,  'The world ain't round,
'Drops off sharp at the edge of town.
'Lucy, you know the world must be flat.
'cause when people leave town, they never come back."

That reminds me of many small communities where kids go off to college or leave to find better paying jobs in cities, and never return to settle in their hometowns. That's probably still the case for many small towns.

The video released with the song was cute as well as it had clips from a western -- probably 
"The Terror of Tiny Town" --  that featured "small" people. I've included the video as well as a live performance by Ketchum. 

"Small Town Saturday Night" lyrics

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