Sunday, March 20, 2011

LPSC Blues

OK, here's the other song I played at the Goose's Acre party that people asked me to post:  LPSC Blues.

This one has a bit of a long history. Jury Rig used to play it straight (as Summertime Blues with the arrangement by The Who), then we adapted it to be the LPL Blues, which Science Diet inherited.  When Science Diet started playing at LPSC we changed around some of the words again and all took a verse.  We never could get Joe Spitale to sing his verse, but that's another story.  I wasn't originally intending to sing this one at the party but a day or two before playing I decided it'd be a crowd pleaser (plus I came up with the second verse and realized I had to do it). 

I just kind of slapped this down quickly tonight, a couple of guitars (and my hands were killing me with the barre chords-- I'm out of practice).  The effect on the punchlines is true-ish to The Who and the original Eddie Cochran, though not so much for the way we played it, exactly.

You're probably here for the words, so here goes:
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I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler
I've been working the whole fiscal year to try to earn a dollar
I wrote off to NASA to try and get a grant, they said
"We'd like to help you son, but Congress says we can't."
I don't know what I'm gonna do but there ain't no cure for the LPSC Blues

I've been working on a mission and I'd love to see it flying
We've been studying it for twenty years, I'm kind of sick of trying
Went to the Decadal Survey to try to get it famous they said
"I guess it's kind of interesting, but we'd rather probe Uranus."
I don't know what I'm gonna do but there ain't no cure for the LPSC Blues

As long as I'm in Houston I must make a confession
I'm supposed to give my talk tomorrow in the morning session
Went to my coauthors, here's what they said to me:
"Go ahead and blow it off, it's just LPSC."
I don't know what I'm gonna do but there ain't no cure for the LPSC Blues

2 comments:

Amy said...

Ha! Probe Uranus. I guess my sense of humor isn't that sophisticated.

Andy said...

The crowd went wild, inasmuch as the crowd ever goes wild. :)