The Tenth Day Of Mellowmas: Croach!

Hang on, folks, we’ve only got a couple more days of Mellowmas ahead, and these last few – ESPECIALLY DAY TWELVE – are going to rock.  (By "rock," I mean…well, you know what I mean.)  Today we’re listening to a song that was recommended by not one, but TWO readers, which means it must really be mellow.  And away we go!

Jim Croce – It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way (download)
From Life and Times, but more easily purchased through The Definitive Collection

Jeff: So much separation!

Jason: Who names a Christmas song "It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way?"  That’s an awful choice for a title. 

Jeff:
A musical genius.

Jason
: I need to give props to two readers – woofpop and J.A. Bartlett of The Hits Just Keep On Comin’ – who both suggested this song.  Separately.  That’s both awesome and a little sad.

Jeff
: The Christmas carols sound like blues, but the choir is not to blame.

Jason
: You know who’s to blame?  Fogelberg.

Jeff: He’ll be dropping by today, because they could get it together tonight.  Croce was fucking smooth.

Jason
: No, that’s an awkward lyric.  I disagree with you. 

Jeff:
He’s telling her to get ready for some rough ridin’.

Jason:  Ha!  "It doesn’t have to be that way. I could give it to you all night."

Jeff: He’s the Smoove B of Mellow Gold.

Jason:
Wow.  I hope SOMEBODY else gets that reference.


Jason: Croce sounds wimpy…but not necessarily mellow.  There aren’t any backing vocals, which is a shame.
  Still, this is vintage Croce.

Jeff: Who needs backing vocals when you’ve got Croce?  Backing vocals would ruin the purity of the Croach.

Jason:  The Croach?

Jeff: This should have been titled "I Will Slip You My Yuletide Sting." 

Jason
: Oh shit, the song is over!  It’s over before it’s begun!

Jeff
: He’s got more important things to do.

Jason:
Like schtupping.

Jeff:
He was unbuckling his pants during the solo.

Jason: I thought I heard that!

Jeff: Unrolling the bearskin rug.

Jason:  Waxing his moustache.  If you know what I mean.

Jeff:
Warming up "Little Jim"

Jason:
You don’t mess around with Little Jim.

Jeff:
No, you sure don’t.

Jason:
Turns out that "Leroy Brown" was just his codename for anal sex.

Jeff: She’s going to be walking funny the day after Christmas.  But, of course, it didn’t have to be that way.

Jason: Ha!

  • …And the funny keeps coming!  This one had me rolling.

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  • FiestaGrl

    Of course someone will get the Smoove B reference! I am but the first. Jeff, you are absolutely right.

    The Twelve Days of Mellowmas has been one of the highlights of my holiday season…which is also both awesome and a little sad. Anxiously awaiting days 11 and 12. Thanks!

  • Baby, I will coat your ears with silky sounds of love.  I will anoint your eardrums, caress your hammer and stirrup, and fill your eustachian tubes with sweet nectar, metaphorically.  There will also be strings.

  • I give Croce a lot of slack for writing "Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)", which has a beautiful extended set of changes in the multi-part chorus (from "isn’t that the way they say it goes" to "that’s not the way it feels".

  • Jason edited a fair amount of my pro-Croce ranting out of our final post, but don’t let me be misunderstood: Jim Croce was one badass motherfucker. I had to be talked into keeping this one on the list.

  • Great song. Croce was awesome.

  • Steve

    As a former San Diego guy, I need to stick up for my man The Croach.  He was smmmoooth.
    Anyway, you two are absolutely hilarious.  The second coming of Abbott and Costello.
    Thanks for keeping a smile on my face all week!

  • Thanks, Steve! Keep an eye out next year for our sitcom, Everybody Loves Jason, debuting fall ’07 on the Oxygen Network.

  • DMed

    For the record, Jason, at least one person got the Smoove B reference. And he laughed his ass off. Now I need to go back and check out the ones I haven’t seen yet. God, can it get any better than Fogelfuck?