Morning Musically-Minded, Medically-Minded, Masticators!
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Over the past 600+ episodes, The Simpsons has taken us on an amazing journey involving music, science, and food to name a few concepts.
And what better way to start your week, then by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?
So let’s get started this week by talking about some classic The Simpsons original songs.
In the fifty fifth episode of The Simpsons, Colonel Homer (Season 03, Episode 20), when Homer gets upset with Marge, he goes off for a long drive and ends up at the Beer ‘n Brawl. There he comes across the singing cocktail waitress Lurleen Lumpkin, voiced by American singer and actress Beverly D’Angelo.
Beverly D’Angelo (November 15, 1951 – Present)
Upon hearing her first song, Homer is touched in a way he couldn’t imagine.
Homer: “Lurleen, I can’t get your song out of my mind. I haven’t felt this way since ‘Funky Town!’”
Homer then agrees to be Lurleen’s manager. He gets her song on the radio and books a studio for her to record. The whole Simpsons clan is in attendance at the studio for her second song.
Lisa: “I can feel her sweet country soul in every digitally-encoded bit.”
Homer is pretty successful as a manager and gets Lurleen a TV gig. Much to Homer’s oblivion, Lurleen starts developing feelings for Homer and sings him a third song to express her desires.
Homer faces a conundrum of being a manager to a rising country superstar or being happy with his wife. When Homer chooses his wife and resigns as Lurleen’s manager, she sings a fourth song.
But have you ever wondered what four songs Lurleen sang?
Your Wife Don’t Understand You
Work all day for some old man
Sweat and break your back.
Then you go home to your castle,
But your queen won’t cut you slack.
That’s why you’re losin’ all your hair,
That’s why you’re overweight.
That’s why you flipped your pickup truck
Right off the interstate.
There’s a lot of bull they hand you,
There’s nothin’ you can do,
Your wife don’t understand you, but I do.
No, your wife don’t understand you, but I do.
I said no one understands you, but I do.
Bagged Me a Homer
Oh, the bases were empty
On the diamond of my heart
When the coach called me up to the plate.
I’ve been swingin’ and missin’
And lovin’ and kissin’
My average was point double eight.
So I spit on my hands,
Knockin’ dirt from my spikes,
And pointed right toward centerfield,
This time, I’m hittin’ a home run,
This time, love is for real.
I’ll slide, I’ll steal, I’ll sacrifice
A lovin’ fly for you,
I’ve been slumpin’ off season,
But now, I found a reason
I’ve struck on a love that is true.
I used to play the field,
I used to be a roamer.
But season’s turnin’ round for me now.
I finally bagged me a homer!
I finally bagged me a home
Bunk with Me Tonight
In this trailer, I get so cold and lonely,
Lyin’ there awake at night, mutterin’ “If only
You weren’t married so I might
Ask you to bunk with me tonight.”
Bunk with me tonight,
Oh, bunk with me tonight.
I’m askin’, will you bunk with me tonight?
Stand By Your Manager
His name is Homer,
He’s quite a man.
I tried to kiss him,
But Homer ran.
Sure wish I could say
That I was his.
I hope that Marge knows
Just how lucky she is.
Now that we’ve learned the songs Lurleen sung, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.
Did you remember the episode? Which of the four is your favourite song? What’s your favourite Simpsons song? What’s your favourite Beverly D’Angelo character? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.