Muskrat Love, Friends in Low Places and Carrie: Monday’s Music Moves Me

You’d think Monday’s would make me crave M&M’s – you know, because it’s Monday’s Music Moves Me, and …. Mmmmmmm…  Anyone have M&M’s to share?  Hubby inhales them so fast they never stick around here.

This week we’ve been asked to song a song from our youth.  I wasn’t sure how far back ‘youth’ meant.  Thinking back, aside from songs from J.P. Patches or Sesame Street, I don’t remember a lot of songs from my younger youth – unless you count the endless hours my dad would play Elvis Presley songs he would sing along with – off-key.

Then I remembered a song that I heard and loved during my early teen years – when I was a rebel and hid an AM radio under my pillow through one of those funky bulky ear thingies, listening to music my parents said we weren’t allowed to listen to.  Good thing my parents don’t read my blog.  I’m just sayin’.

It took a while to find a semi-decent video on YouTube, but it works.  Enjoy!


Lyrics
(Willis Alan Ramsey)

Muskrat, Muskrat, candle light
Doin’ the town and doin’ it right in the evenin’
It’s pretty pleasin’
Muskrat Suzie, Muskrat Sam
Do the jitterbug at a Muskrat Land
And they shimmy, Sam is so skinny

And they whirl and they twirl and they tango
Singin’ and jinglin’ a jangle
Float like the heavens above
Looks like Muskrat Love

Nibblin’ on bacon
Chewin’ on cheese
Sam says to Suzie
Honey, would you please be my Mrs
Suzie says, yes, with her kisses
Now, he’s ticklin’ her fancy
Rubbin’ her toes
Muzzle to muzzle
Now anything goes as they wriggle
Sue starts to giggle

And they whirled and they twirled and they tango
Singin’ and jinglin’ a jangle
Floatin’ like the heavens above
Looks like muskrat love

I couldn’t resist adding another song that I enjoyed when my best friend introduced me to Contemporary Country in the early 90’s – I wasn’t a Country Music fan then, but New country or Contemporary Country was much better than what I had heard in the past, and I became a convert.  Any time this song comes on the radio, I always have to crank it up and fondly remember the times she and I would sing along to it:

Lyrics

Blame it all on my roots
I showed up in boots
And ruined your black tie affair
The last one to know
The last one to show
I was the last one
You thought you’d see there
And I saw the surprise
And the fear in his eyes
When I took his glass of champagne
And I toasted you
Said, honey, we may be through
But you’ll never hear me complain

‘Cause I’ve got friends in low places

Where the whiskey drowns
And the beer chases my blues away
And I’ll be okay
I’m not big on social graces
Think I’ll slip on down to the oasis
Oh, I’ve got friends in low places

Well, I guess I was wrong
I just don’t belong
But then, I’ve been there before
Everything’s all right
I’ll just say goodnight
And I’ll show myself to the door
Hey, I didn’t mean
To cause a big scene
Just give me an hour and then
Well, I’ll be as high
As that ivory tower
That you’re livin’ in

‘Cause I’ve got friends in low places

Where the whiskey drowns
And the beer chases my blues away
And I’ll be okay
I’m not big on social graces
Think I’ll slip on down to the oasis
Oh, I’ve got friends in low places

To make this a Trifecta, I have to add another one.  While it’s not from any part of my youth, it is from Princess Nagger’s.  She loves this song, and when it first came out and would come on the radio, she’d tell me to be quiet and let her sing it.

Jesus, Take the Wheel Lyrics

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat
Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline
It’d been a long hard year
She had a lot on her mind and she didn’t pay attention
she was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass
She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn’t even have time to cry
She was sooo scared
She threw her hands up in the air


Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on
Jesus take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock
And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said I’m sorry for the way
I’ve been living my life
I know I’ve got to change
So from now on tonight

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on

Ooh, Jesus take the wheel
Ooh, I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on
From this road I’m on
Jesus take the wheel
Ooh, take it, take it from me
Ooh ooh wah ah ooh ooh ooh

Enjoy your Monday!


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23 thoughts on “Muskrat Love, Friends in Low Places and Carrie: Monday’s Music Moves Me

  1. What fun songs…and Princess Naggers’ choice is excellent! I think that she tells you to quiet down so she can sing it!! Love it!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  2. Oh No! I remember Muskrat Love. I have to tell you it wasn’t one of my favorites but then not much from the late 70s, early 80s was.

  3. I hadn’t thought of Muskrat Love in YEARS – it makes me laugh as hard today as it did then.

    *sigh* I don’t miss much from the old diet, but I do miss M&Ms.

  4. Muskat Love brought back oh so many memories!! I also love the Garth song… although my ex-husband and his band thought it was there drinkin theme song at the time. LOL… I guess that’s a memory too! 🙂

    Carrie’s song was the most moving one for me at the time. So much had happened in my life that year and needed it everytime it came on the radio!! Thank you, Stacy, for sharing these!!!!!!

    Have a Great week!!!
    HUGS,
    Coreen xoxoxo

  5. I loved Captain and Tennille when I was a kid. I used to sing all their songs. I think my mom has a recording of it somewhere.

    That Garth songs remind me of my college days and long hauls to FSU to visit my sister.

  6. Stacy;

    I love all of your picks. In fact I need to put them on my Ipod.
    One of my favorite Carrie songs, “Jesus take the Wheel”
    Wow, Love it.
    Have a wonderful Monday Stacy!

  7. I haven’t heard Muskrat Love in million years. Bring back memories.

    I love that Carrie’s song. Is one of my favorites from her.

  8. I gave the kids the last of the M&Ms yesterday 🙂

    I’ve seen you shared that Muskrat love before I think. You must love it. It’s pretty cool.

    Gosh and the other two are on my fave lists! and ipod!

    Glad you are dancing along with us today!

    Have a great week! 🙂

  9. Ahhh, the Captain. I always wondered what he was captain of?

    I loved Eddie Rabbit’s “I Love a Rainy Night” as a kid. Not sure why, though.

  10. Garth Brooks made me love country music too, lol. And Carrie Underwood is just the queen of country right now. I really love her!

    I’m now following you. Thanks for posting on my page 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh! We use to do that song Garth Brooks sang when we had Perfect Chaos going. It was in the 3rd set because by that time everyone had enough to drink and sang along. LOL I loved every single one of those & Garth Brooks what an awesome video, and who doesn’t love the ever beautiful Mrs. Carrie Underwood. You tell PN she’s got very good taste in music! Thanks for being a fan of our little 4M – hope you can bring a friend next week. Oh hell, bring lots of friends!~ lol Have a great week my friend. I hope it’s all upbeat for ya!

  12. Awww, I love the story about the radio under your pillow xD That’s seriously one of those memories that you’ll pass onto your kids.

    Music is always so memory inspiring among many other things! Great picks for today 🙂

    Have a musical week!

  13. Isnt Garth Brooks gorgeous! Loled on rebel teen days. I miss those times too. Muskrat Love is such a lovely song. The singer is very pretty.

  14. Your choices and your reasons behind them are sweet!
    What’s with kids not letting us sing? Mine once requested, “Can you just hum that please?” What little boogers. :o)

  15. I used to love Captain & Tenille and I haven’t heard any of their songs in ages… but I never really got this one, were they really singing about rats? Oh, well it’s a pretty love song.
    I LOVE the live version of Garth’s song Friend’s in Low Places – I’ve seen him in concert and everyone goes CRAZY when he does it with the extra verse, it is such a fun song.
    Princess Nager has such great taste in music, like her mommy. I have never heard this song before, but it is beautiful… it brought me to tears.
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful music and for playing along always.
    HUGS!!