Pennsylvania Lament

from by Big Happy Crowd

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It was a Pennsylvania sunset
All choked with coal and gray
I came home, I found my father passed away that day
He put on his best suit and he put on a tie
He fed the cats, he fed the dogs
He hung himself and died

I sat in the kitchen while the cops drank all my beer
I said, Officer I barely knew the man who just died here.
Mamma passed in '69 he stopped talking that same day
Just sat and watched the Dumont and he let life slip away

There was a fat man in the funeral home
And he wore a bad toupee
He said it don't matter how he died, he deserves to have his day
So I went a planned a service just for me and my old man
But when I finally got there, there was barely room to stand

Crowds of people showed up, crowds of people spoke
Crowds of people talked about that man and what he wrote
They talked about his kindness, the joys he gave away
I never met I finer man than I met that day

They all told me
He once hitched across the states
Fought in World War II
He played fiddle with this midget band
And he had his butt tattooed
he nearly died from snakebite
He met my mom in the rain
That's good to know but much too late
Cause we won't meet again

So if you hear my singing, pay attention to these words
Do not let your father pass like a stranger from this earth
Take the time to meet him, he is more than some old man
Yeah my Dad was a king and then I got in the plan


from Folk & Feedback*, released September 6, 2016

Written by Rich Grula (Big Happy Tunes / BMI)




Big Happy Crowd Hoboken, New Jersey

Big Happy Crowd is a Hoboken-based band exploring a skewed version of "Americana," customized with touches of lo-fi, alt- country, antifolk, old-timey death ballads, folk-rock, drones, surf music and cranky Tin Pan Alley swing. Their catalog usually falls between the bookends of lust and discomfort. ... more

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