Lyr Req: Born Loser
Subject: Born Loser|
From: Laura N.
Date: 13 May 98 - 10:45 AM
I am looking for lyrics to a song called "The Born Loser" -- it is quoted in bits and pieces in a Robert Heinlein novel "Time Enough For Love". The song is about a guy who is always coming up short and leaving his overcoat at the pawnshop or hitting his sister up for cash. Anyone heard of the song?
Subject: Lyr Add: HARD LOVIN' LOSER (Richard Fariña)|
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 May 98 - 06:36 PM
Well, Laura, There's one in the "Rise Up Singing" songbook called "Hard Lovin' Loser," written in 1966 by Richard Fariña and made popular by Judy Collins. I can post that one for you if that's the one you want.
He's the kind of guy puts on a motorcycle jacket
and he weighs about a hundred and five.
He's the kind of surfer got a hodaddy haircut
and you wonder how he'll ever survive
He's the kind of frogman using 20 pounds of counterweights
and sinking in the sea like a stone
He's the kind of soldier got no sense of direction
and they send him in the jungle alone
But when the frost's on the pumpkin and the little girls are jumpin'
He's a hard-lovin' son-of-a-gun
He's got 'em waiting downstairs just to sample his affairs
And they call him a spoonful of fun.
He's the kind of person going riding on a skateboard
Well, he's got a parachute and screaming like Geronimo
I tend to identify with this song in my Walter Mitty moments. The Richard & Mimi Fariña recording is so-so, but the Judy Collins recording is about the sexiest song she ever recorded - or at least it was, in my adolescent mind at the time....