Friday, November 9, 2007

Country Comfort

In which Bernie opens up the Farmer's Almanac to give us a laundry list of the charms of the agrarian lifestyle, with lines such as these:

Now the old fat goose is flying cross the sticks
The hedgehog's done in clay between the bricks
And the rocking chair's creaking on the porch
Across the valley moves the herdsman with his torch


I remember hearing this as a teenager, and wondering who the hell would cook a hedgehog, and why, and how cooking him between bricks is possible. Perhaps "done" means sculpted or something, who knows. But I digress.

In keeping with the general vibe of the Tumbleweed album, the backing is purely Band-style rustic all the way, with Ian Duck's harmonica providing a lot of color.

Rod Stewart covered this song on his then-contemporary album Gasoline Alley; his version was very good but didn't surpass the original.

6 comments:

jmatt71 said...

Actually, Rod Stewart's version was recorded before Elton's and released in Sept. 1970, 'Tumbleweed', wasn't released until Oct 1970. 'Comfort' was originally recorded by Orange Bicycle and released on their self-titled debut. It's also been covered by country singer Juice Newton, and more recently by Keith Urban.

Johnny B said...

Not familiar with Orange Bicycle- I'll have to do a little research...

jabartlett said...

I've always loved that last verse, which isn't on Rod Stewart's version of the song. Beats me why.

El Pelon said...

The hedgehog's DUG in clay between the bricks...

Johnny B said...

Hm. I cut and pasted those from a lyrics site, so I don't know which is right. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense either way- is he gonna eat the poor hedgehog? Or does he need to get the critter out of his cooker before he can fix supper?

El Pelon said...

I took it to man that the hedgehog dug into the brick fence. They like to dig. People definitely don't eat them, even Cajuns! ;-)