Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Harry Chapin

My friend Kendra reminded me that I have had an earworm (song stuck in my head) for the last two days. It is Harry Chapin's "Taxi" from 1972. I didn't think it was that long ago, but he died 30 years ago. He was the kind of guy that burned the candle at both ends and gave away all his money. As a social activist, " "He saw hunger and poverty as an insult to America". For his work he received the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously in 1987.
Maybe writing about him and this song will be cathartic and the earworm will go away. I'm not sure I want it to leave just yet and miss the chance to hear it once more. Here is a link to a slightly faster version of the original, but very well done from all those years ago.

When the Cooker gets an earworm it is usually some misheard lyrics like Creedence Clearwater Revival's "There's a Bathroom on the Right", or Hendrix, "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy". Makes for some good humor.


  1. GREAT recording!

    now excuse me,

    while I kiss the sky!

  2. Hunger and Poverty in America is a direct person insult to me as an American. I cannot fathom how we allow it exist and fly the flag at the same time.

    I was not familiar with the song or Chapin. Thanks Jon.

  3. The only way to get rid of an earworm is to replace here's Feliz Navidad by Jose' Feliciano.

    That'll be bouncing between your ears for a day. No thanks needed.
    ...Prospero Ano.

  4. Babbs, for such a young woman you do impress me with your musical knowledge ;)

    Nina, the latest statistics are pretty gloomy. The song was out when I was still in college and had hair.

    Barb, thanks for stopping by! Now I'll be thinking of Taco John's. Muchas gracias, anyway, and I'll be by your blog to do YOU a favor someday soon!

  5. Chapin used to perform at the University of Illinois -- Urbana -- once every year when I was growing up. I saw him several times. So far as I was concerned at the time, his were the best concerts at the University.