The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76036 Message #2324773
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
24-Apr-08 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Subject: RE: Origins: Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
I've doing this song since the late 1950's with slight variations. It was often presented as from the Depression era, but it appears to date back before that timel. It's a pretty good tale of someone with a bit of "black" humor, looking up from the down side of life after being on top. Many can relate. I found a weird corollary to this piece in something Shel Silverstein wrote years ago, called "Beans, They Taste Fine." The chorus sort of sums up the tale with:
"After You've been eatin' steak for a long time,
Beans, they taste fine.
After you've been drinking that champagne and brandy,
You want to settle for - settle for wine.
Life is funny and people are strange,
And man is a creature of constant change.
After you've been eatin' steak for a long time,
Beans, beans taste fine."