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Lyr Req: She Can't Fix Grits (Rick Strickland)

GUEST,stogie-em 09 Aug 00 - 06:12 AM
Jim Dixon 05 Oct 02 - 02:49 AM
mack/misophist 06 Oct 02 - 02:15 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 06 Oct 02 - 02:39 PM
Sandra in Sydney 07 Oct 02 - 09:08 AM
mack/misophist 07 Oct 02 - 11:02 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 07 Oct 02 - 01:03 PM
mack/misophist 08 Oct 02 - 12:18 AM
Jim Dixon 21 Feb 10 - 07:25 AM
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Subject: can't make grits
From: GUEST,stogie-em
Date: 09 Aug 00 - 06:12 AM

i'm trying to find the author, performer and words to "she can't make grits", popular 3 or 4 years ago. any help greatly appreciated. and in case you're wondering, i CAN make grits and i love to eat em!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: can't make grits
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Oct 02 - 02:49 AM

Well, the search for this song has introduced me to a whole new genre of music I had never heard of before: Shag Music. Well, actually, I know some of the songs, but I'd never heard that term. It seems to be a Southern thing. It seems to be mainly a revival of certain 50s and 60s pop songs--any genre as long as you can dance to it. Here's one person's attempt at a definition by example.

Actually, the song title is "SHE CAN'T FIX GRITS" and it appears on 4 different anthologies:

"Grand Strand Gold, Volume 1" [94] - Rick Strickland
"Shag Power Anthology" [99] - Shag Time
"Everybody Dance: Swing" [99] - Shagtime
"Shagger's Delight, Vol. 5" [94] - Shagtime

Rick Strickland seems to be the author.

CDNOW has a couple of sound samples, from which I transcribed this:

She's 26-34-36,
And when it comes to love, she knows all the tricks.
She calls me honey snookums and sweetie pie.
She says she loves to stare into my big blue eyes.
Everybody says that I oughta be happy.
Still I'm unsatisfied.
My crazy little woman makes me go into fits
But I'm gonna have to leave her 'cause she can't fix grits.
Ah, well, you can have your caviar and fillet...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: can't make grits
From: mack/misophist
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 02:15 AM

What is this thing with grits? Sure, I've had them dozens of times. When you're a guest, you eat what's in front of you. The only thing I've ever had that was worse than grits was home fixed chitterlins. Try to eat some of that and still smile.

For you lucky Yankees out there, grits taste like pre-digested paper...with all the flavor taken out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: can't make grits
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 06 Oct 02 - 02:39 PM

ALL RIGHT!!!! HOT DAMN!!!!

Finally found a subject that this dumb ole Florida-Cracker knows somethin' about. Wanna know grits? Jus' come on over an' sit a spell an' I'll tell ya 'bout grits.

The reason Nawtheners don't like grits is because the are under the mistaken impression that they are food! Misophist says, "grits taste like pre-digested paper", and she's asolutely correct. Problem is, Misophist probably tried to eat grits by themselves. No self-respecting Southerner would ever eat grits by themselves. Grits are like those gallons of "pastel tinting base" at the paint store. They're no damn good for anything by themselves. They're a neutral medium into which something that is good is dumped.

The simplest way to eat grits is to flavor them with butter, salt and pepper. But, when you're eating them, you're not eating the grits - you're eating the butter, salt and pepper. The grits are just a binder to hold the tasty stuff together. My favorite way to eat grits is to mix them in a bowl with a couple of scrambled eggs and some crumbled bacon. The grits are not the food - that's the eggs and bacon. The grits are just cheap filler so ya can afford to feed an army on a dozen eggs and a pound of bacon. Understand?

Now, next week we'll tak about okra.

Bruce   


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: can't make grits
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Oct 02 - 09:08 AM

Thanks for the info, Bruce - I have always wondered about this unknown food.

Several years back my American friends (both ex-Texans, now resident in New Jersey) introduced me to okra, which I can do without, and also to sushi. I have since become addicted to sushi - the cooked sushi that is - raw fish is another thing I can definitely do without.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: can't make grits
From: mack/misophist
Date: 07 Oct 02 - 11:02 AM

It is true that with enough sugar, butter, cream, and tobasco grits can be made edible. But it aint easy,

Bee-dubya-ell: Don't call me no goddam Yankee. I probly spent more time on the Sabine than you and for damn sure eaten more gumbo and etoufee than you, Oui, houm?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: can't make grits
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 07 Oct 02 - 01:03 PM

Misophist - My most sincere apologies for accusing you of nawthernliness. As you seem to be what is affectionately referred to along the northern Gulf Coast, from whence I also hail, as a "coon ass", we graciously concede to you the privelige of explicating upon that other southern delicacy/enigma, namely, okra.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: can't make grits
From: mack/misophist
Date: 08 Oct 02 - 12:18 AM

Now okra is a mystery. Okra is a necessary thing. And it's awful. Without okra there is no gumbo. Without gumbo, cuisine is impossible. Fried okra is it's own reward but nothing in this world is slimier than a stewed okra, not even a slug.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Can't Fix Grits (Rick Strickland)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 07:25 AM

Here's a bit more. Still not complete, though:


People, let me tell you 'bout this girl I got.
Her attitude is cool and her love is hot.
She bring me breakfast ev'ry morning in my bed,
Fluffs up the pillows layin' under my head.

CHORUS: Everybody says that I ought to be happy.
Still I'm unsatisfied.
My crazy little woman makes me go into fits
But I'm gonna have to leave her 'cause she can't fix grits.

She's 26-34-36,
And when it comes to love, she knows all the tricks.
She calls me honey snookums and sweetie pie.
She says she loves to stare into my big blue eyes.

Ah, well, you can have your caviar and fillet...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Can't Fix Grits (Rick Strickland)
From: open mike
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 10:25 AM

did you know there was a "grits belt" ?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grits

then there is this bluegrass band...
http://www.harmonygrits.com/

here are some southern menu items as sung by Smiley Burnett
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISOWBCxVw4E


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Can't Fix Grits (Rick Strickland)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 01:44 PM

Fix
Several usages in the great South.

fix- make, as in 'fix them grits' or 'fixing eggs, drippings and grits for breakfast'.

fix- getting ready, as in 'I'm fixing to go to town'.

fix- to repair. normal dictionary usage


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: She Can't Fix Grits (Rick Strickland)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 08:22 PM

26-34-36?


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE CAN'T FIX GRITS (Rick Strickland)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 09:44 PM

OK, here's my transcription from the recording at YouTube by the Shagtime Band:

[Leenia: You'll see that the measurements are corrected here.]

SHE CAN'T FIX GRITS

1. People, let me tell you 'bout this girl I got.
Her attitude is cool and her love is hot.
She bring me breakfast ev'ry morning in my bed,
Fluffs up the pillows layin' under my head.

CHORUS: Everybody says that I ought to be happy.
Still I'm unsatisfied.
My crazy little woman makes me go into fits
But I'm gonna have to leave her 'cause she can't fix grits.

2. She measures 36-24-36,
And when it comes to love, she knows all the tricks.
She call me honey-snookums and sweetie-pie.
She says she loves to stare into my big blue eyes. CHORUS

3. Well, my baby take me riding in her new Corvette.
She got to be the sweetest thing I ever met.
Girl's up beside me, kiss me on my cheek.
Lord, she got to love me, she's so doggone sweet. CHORUS

I got to hit the road 'cause she can't fix grits.
I got to let 'er slide 'cause she can't fix grits, y'all.


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