R.I.P., Carl Smith!


Jan 19 2010, 4h46

Another old-timer is gone: '50s honky tonker Carl Smith. You can get one of his best albums at emusic.com: "Smith's the Name" from 1957.

One sentence in Last.FM's bio points out some of his major accomplishments ;-) : >> Known as “Mister Country”, Smith is the former husband of June Carter Cash and drinking buddy of Johnny Cash. Carl and June are the parents of singer Carlene Carter. <<

With June Carter, he recorded "Times A Wastin'" (full-length version at BLIP.fm).

With daughter Carlene, he later collaborated on the duet "Loose Talk" (full-length version at BLIP.fm).

Catching up with his songs, I found some great lines.

From 1967's "Life Turned Her That Way" (on the album "The Country Gentleman Sings His Favorites"):

"She's been walked on
And stepped on so many times
And I hate to admit it
But that last footprint's mine"
(by Harlan Howard)
"We live in two different worlds"

"We live in two different worlds dear
That's why we're so far apart
You made your world out of vows that are broken
I built a world in my heart"
(by Hank Williams)
"Time's A Wastin'""

"Male: Now I've got arms
Female: And I've got arms
Together: Let's get together and use those arms
Female: Let's go
Together: Time's a wastin'

M: I've got lips
F: And I've got lips
T: Lets get together and use those lips
F: Let's go
T: Time's a wastin'"

F: A cakes no good if you don't mix the batter and bake it
M: And loves just a bubble if you don't take the trouble to make it"
(by Boudleaux Bryant?)

Here are Carl & Carter as comedians:


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