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Sunday, 25 September 2011

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Why wait until 2011 to review a song that was number 1 in 1963? Because I was only 2 years old then and since both my parents drank it was difficult for me to get my opposable thumbs working at the same time. Otherwise this would have been done much sooner! This song was written by two people, Bob Gibson and John D. Loudermilk, then recorded by George Hamilton IV.

First problem with this song is the title Abilene. Many think it is about Abilene, Texas, but the song writers claim it is Abilene, Kansas, the cattle town. Well what the hell do they know? Its what the people who listen to the song are actually thinking when they listen to it. For years I thought the lyrics to the George Harrison song While my Guitar Gently Weeps said, "I look at you walk, see the love there that's sleeping," come to find out it was, "I look at you all, see the love there that's sleeping." I think my line is better!! Beside George Harrison's diction wasn't the best.

I also have to tell you I've seen both Abilenes and neither is the Prettiest town I've ever seen. But, I guess rotgut whiskey makes any memories seem rose colored. The people I can't really speak to, except one of our fellow writers is from Abilene, Texas and if she is an example of Abilene, Texas folks then there may be hope for the rest.

Then there is the reason the song was written, the Hootnanny HootHootnanny Hoot trailer
What's a Hootnanny Hoot? Its a lost movie from the year 1963 and most of the movie appears to be spent asking what is a Hootnanny?

The song reached number one on the country music charts for four weeks, it was preceded by Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash and succeeded by Talk Back Trembling Lips!


Abilene, Abilene
Prettiest town I ever seen.
Folks down there don't treat you mean
In Abilene, my Abilene.

I sit alone most every night
Watch them trains roll out of sight
Wish that they were carryin' me
To Abilene, my Abilene.

Crowded city, ain't nothin' free
Nothin' in this town for me
Wish to God that I could be
In Abilene, my Abilene.

How I wish that train would come
Take me back where I come from.
Take me where I want to be
In Abilene, my Abilene.

Rotgut whiskey numbs the brain
If I stay here I'll go insane.
Think I need a change of scene
To Abilene, my Abilene.

Outside my window cold rain falls,
Sit here starin' at the walls;
If I was home, I'd be serene
In Abilene, my Abilene

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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