June 28, 2006

"So now, I'm going to make like a divorce and split."

Said Bob Dylan, at the end of his "Theme Time Radio Hour." After last week's marriage theme, this week's theme was divorce. If you guess that he played a lot of country songs, you are right. He certainly did, beginning with the first song you think of if you try to think of a divorce song. And speaking of country, to listen to the show, I got into my car with the satellite radio, and drove out into the country, out to the back roads somewhere near Cross Plains. It looked a little something like this:

Country road

Country road

UPDATE: The baseball episode of "Theme Time Radio Hour" has been added to the Baseball Hall of Fame Library archive.


Goesh said...

I wish a gopher could have been standing on the side of that road.

Ann Althouse said...

A gopher holding hands with a badger?

Blondie said...

nice pics.

sometimes I forget why I like living in Wisconsin. Than I just take a drive ...

Mark Kaplan said...

Have you ever actually seen either a badger or a gopher (the animals; not the athletes) other than in a zoo? I've lived virtually my whole life in the gopher state and never seen either one.

Truly said...

Shouldn't there be placid, black-and-white cows out in those fields, gawping at you with that fantastic bovine mix of curiosity and stupidity?

The photos are pretty, but cows are definitely called for.

Ricardo said...

My favorite divorce song title: "If you want to keep your beer real cold, put it next to my ex-wife's heart". Can't remember who sang it.

Goesh said...

I've never seen a gopher or a badger in a zoo because I've never been to a zoo - can't stand to see animals caged or tied - but growing up on a farm, I've seen hundreds of gophers and probably a dozen badgers. The latter likes to eat the former by the way, so if the critters were holding hands, it would be the badger getting ready to lift the gopher up to his mouth for a quick snack/protein boost.

Elizabeth said...

I've been to Wisconsin but once, in 1997. We took the City of New Orleans to Chicago, rented a car, and after finishing up some business in Madison, spent four days driving around aimlessly. We bought a map that included farm roads, and enjoyed days of scenery like that in these beautiful photos. Ok, there are lots of blue silos and dairy farms, but we didn't tire of them.

John said...

A little further up the road you get to a couple of my favorite named places:

Black Earth and Mazomanie.

A beautiful drive. A few years ago, you may have spotted some "Badgers" at the Shoe Box while driving through Black Earth!

Dave TN said...

Badgers? We ain't got no badgers. We don't need no badgers. I don't have to show you any stinking badgers.

paulfrommpls said...

Never been to a zoo? They're not all bad, meant both ways. And how else is a kid gonna develop empathy with a rhinoceros?

Buddy Larsen said...

...or believe a giraffe?

Marghlar said...

We just took a drive through Wisconsin (from Galena, Ill. where we were staying for the weekend) to Spring Green, to take a tour of Taliesin.

Pretty fantastic scenery. Pretty fantastic tour (although there was much we were not permitted to see, to my regret).

Marghlar said...

Given the topic, I should have worked a FLW divorce or mistress joke in there somehow, but I'm sure ya'll can supply your own.

That arson story is just horrific, though.

Internet Ronin said...

Has it occurred to anyone else that our gracious host also made "like a divorce and split" not long after posting this?

Mark Daniels said...

Sheesh, the divorce songs I can think of are 'Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth 'Cause I'm Kissing You Goodbye,' 'Husbands and Wives,' and 'Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.' And I'm not sure that they're really divorce songs.

MadisonMan said...

Pretty fantastic scenery.

Especially that road that goes north from Dodgeville to Spring Green -- so you get to drive down the long hill at the top of which is House on the Rock.

Marghlar said...

Yep -- that part is great. However, the House on the Rock is perhaps the creepiest thing in existence.

Ann Althouse said...

You're right. I did split. But now I'm back.

I can't remember too many of the songs, but I do remember two of them rhymed "alimony" with "baloney." Same concept too: you'll be eating baloney if you have to pay alimony.

One of the movie sound clips was Danny DeVito from "War of the Roses."

Oh, and one of the songs was something about whether your lawyer would speak for you in heaven. Yikes!

Ricardo said...

Ann: Just delete this if it's too long, but how can guys be talking about gopher and badgers when there's some serious singing to be done?

Kissing You Goodbye, by
Waylon Jennings

Verse 1:
I've learned to turn the other cheek
Is not what love's about
I've turned mine so many times
That I damned near wore 'em out
I've grown used to your abuse
And I thought I'd never quit
But I woke up this morning
Couldn't find my shiv-a-git
You've always liked to play your games
Well I got one for you
Pretend we're playing checkers girl
And it's your time to move
You'll find your suitcase on the porch
And the taxi in the drive
Get your tongue out of my mouth
I'm kissing you goodbye

Verse 2:
I see you've finally made it home
You been out all night
Your artificial hair's a mess
And your clothes don't fit you right
I've given and forgiven
Till there ain't nothing left
But all you gave was just enough
To satisfy yourself
I can smell that whiskey in your hair
And sen-sen on your breath
If you ever tried to tell the truth
You'd choke yourself to death
I don't want your nasty kisses
And don't tell me no more lies
Get your tongue out of my mouth
I'm kissing you goodbye
Get your tongue out of my mouth
I'm kissing you goodbye

Eli Blake said...

Now THOSE pictures make me actually think Wisconsin isn't such a bad place.

I'm committed to my marriage though-- I live in a community property state.

Jack Bog said...

Curious -- did Dylan play anything from "Blood on the Tracks"? His own raw take on the big D.

Jonathan said...

The upper photo is sublime.