• if I had a boat

    by  • August 22, 2006 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    My writing schedule is off this week because I’m working more at the Red Lion Inn. Robert, the head chef, had a chance to get away for a few days with his family and I’m filling in some of the shifts. He has been so generous in working with my schedule so I could go on our mission trip and to my in-laws’ fiftieth wedding anniversary party that I was more than happy to adjust how I would have spent these days.

    What I want to tell you about is seeing Lyle Lovett last Thursday night. My first date with Ginger was to see Lyle Lovett at Caravan of Dreams in Fort Worth, Texas, a wonderful little club. Since then, we’ve seen him every year. He never disappoints. I will get a chance to post about the whole evening, but for today I would like to leave you with my nomination for our new national anthem, “If I Had a Boat”:

    If I had a boat
    I’d go out on the ocean
    And if I had a pony
    I’d ride him on my boat
    And we could all together
    Go out on the ocean
    Me upon my pony on my boat

    If I were Roy Rogers
    I’d sure enough be single
    I couldn’t bring myself to marrying old Dale
    It’d just be me and trigger
    We’d go riding through them movies
    Then we’d buy a boat and on the sea we’d sail

    And if I had a boat
    I’d go out on the ocean
    And if I had a pony
    I’d ride him on my boat
    And we could all together
    Go out on the ocean
    Me upon my pony on my boat

    The mystery masked man was smart
    He got himself a Tonto
    ‘Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free
    But Tonto he was smarter
    And one day said kemo sabe
    Kiss my ass I bought a boat
    I’m going out to sea

    And if I had a boat
    I’d go out on the ocean
    And if I had a pony
    I’d ride him on my boat
    And we could all together
    Go out on the ocean
    Me upon my pony on my boat

    And if I were like lightning
    I wouldn’t need no sneakers
    I’d come and go wherever I would please
    And I’d scare ’em by the shade tree
    And I’d scare ’em by the light pole
    But I would not scare my pony on my boat out on the sea

    And if I had a boat
    I’d go out on the ocean
    And if I had a pony
    I’d ride him on my boat
    And we could all together
    Go out on the ocean
    Me upon my pony on my boat

    Peace,
    Milton

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    4 Responses to if I had a boat

    1. August 22, 2006 at 5:32 pm

      I never knew what on earth Lyle was smokin’ when this song came out.

      Later I heard him explain it as the point of view of an 8-year-old’s imaginative mind.

    2. August 22, 2006 at 10:35 pm

      I always thought he ended up writing the song because of the way the words pony and boat sound together. They don’t get used together that often.

      Peace,
      Milton

    3. August 23, 2006 at 2:36 am

      It makes perfect sense to me….

      One of my faves. Thanks, Milton.

    4. goose
      August 23, 2006 at 9:42 pm

      This brings back such warm memories — I taught what I could remember of this song to my niece years ago when I visited at Thanksgiving in Texas, we walked all around the farm singing it over and over again and never tired of it. But, “This Old Porch” might still be my favorite Lyle song.

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