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Clarence Carter - "Patches"

At a certain point Clarence Carter decided that he would only sing about the extent of his skill in love making (c.f. the subtly titled ?Strokin?,? ?I Like To Screw,? ?Sixty Minute Man,? ?I?m Not Just Good, I?m The Best,? and (my favourite) ?Who?s Making Love To Your Old Lady?? (I assume the answer is you, Clarence)). Luckily, before he made that choice, he recorded his hit single, ?Patches:? a southern soul classic whose subject matter could not be further from that of his later, hornier work.

?Patches? is the story of a thirteen year old boy who is forced to take responsibility for his family when his father passes away early in the song. He manages to till the fields, tend the chickens and attend school every day. I?m not going to lie to you, readers: things were not always easy for Patches.

It seems that if this song is at all autobiographical, Carter earned the salacious lifestyle he was so fond of bragging about in his later work.


My Morning Jacket - "Lowdown"

If Jim James (My Morning Jacket?s singer) didn?t have such a wussy voice, I could imagine the protagonist of this song being played by Tom Berenger or Sam Elliot. A real cowboy with dirt on his face and plaid on his back, seeing a girl and awkwardly professing his feelings for her.

?Hurtin, Beatin, ain?t no need for repeatin... you never gotta bleed for me/ chance, glance, sho? nuff mood for romancin... you only gotta dance with me.?

It?s sort of not the most romantic thing I?ve ever heard. And also, it?s kind of the most romantic thing I?ve ever heard.

Between verse and chorus, James sings like the long tones of a trumpet, blending seamlessly with the tightly interwoven guitars, the dumb grin of the drums. Everything?s soaked in reverb; a half-forgotten memory made hazier by the intense heat (from the sunny melody) and dryness (from the sandy bass (like an unplugged electric)).

(Consider that metaphor mixed).

Posted by Jordan at December 16, 2004 3:48 AM

Poor, poor Patches.

I think if I were asked what song would probably never be posted by an mp3 blog, I'd have said "Patches." You win, Jordan. Said the Gramaphone is my new favorite blog.

Posted by Hweeble at December 16, 2004 4:07 AM

In case you don't know it, you should check the cover of Patches made by The Chairmen of the board. It's greaaaaaaat. I'll post it very soon on my mp3 blog...

Posted by Chryde at December 16, 2004 7:15 PM

wow, patches is a really great song. thanks.

Posted by Debby at December 16, 2004 9:23 PM

PATCHES?! what? ar u kidding? that song was hokey when it was on am radio in the 70's, jeesus!
free music... check it.

Posted by jo jo joy at December 16, 2004 9:55 PM

I love 'Patches' and I don't care who knows it.

I think Chairman of The Board's version is the original, they wrote it anyway.

Posted by LondonLee at December 17, 2004 9:42 AM

Yes, the 1970 version by Chairmen of the Board (Invictus 9079) is the original.

Posted by Johnny at December 17, 2004 12:19 PM

something about this song reminds me of if neil young and sonic youth had a child and named him patches.. :) i loved it.

Posted by jessi at December 23, 2004 6:00 AM

something about this song reminds me of if neil young and sonic youth had a child and named him patches.. :) i loved it.

Posted by jessi at December 23, 2004 6:00 AM

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