2017-06-07 / Editorials

Mike Reese

“I was just thinking”

I’m cheating a little this week. Someone else wrote about 190 of the words you’ll read further down. But, instead of calling it cheating, I think I’ll call today’s column a public service column. And, I’m betting that most of you are about to learn something you didn’t previously know, before this very moment. I learned this “something” only a couple of days ago.

But first, you know how you can be in another room and hear the theme music from certain TV programs, and immediately, you know exactly what show is about to start, or is being advertised? Like the tick, tick, tick, of a stop-watch, and without seeing anything, you know right away that 60 Minutes is about to begin. Or, you hear the distinct drums and horns of the Hawaii 5-0 theme song, with waves crashing in the background. And finally, the most widely known theme song of any TV program, probably ever, the whistling tune that opens the Andy Griffin Show. Right now I can imagine some of you whistling or humming that catchy tune. You may be off key a bit, but you know the song. We all do.

If we ever change our difficult to sing national anthem, I’d vote to make “The Fishing Hole Song” the new national anthem. Can you imagine hearing “The Fishing Hole Song” being sung and whistled by 40,000 or 50,000 fans at a ballgame? Just kidding maybe.

Bet you didn’t know that the song even had a title, did you? And, even more surprising, did you know the lyrics, or, that it even had lyrics? Google Andy Griffin “Fishing Hole Song,” if you want to hear it done right. I tried applying the lyrics to the tune in my bathroom----door locked. Sad. Here are the lyrics, you know the tune.

“Well now, take down your fishin’ pole and meet me at the fishin’ hole. We may not get a bite all day but you don’t rush away. What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skipping stones. You’ll feel as fresh as a lemonade a-settin in the shade. Whether it’s hot, whether it’s cool, Oh, what a spot for whistling like a fool! What a fine day to take a stroll and wind up at the fishin’ hole. I can’t think of a better way to pass the time of day. We’ll have no need to call the roll when we get to the fishin’ hole. They’ll be you, me, and ol’ dog Trey to doodle the time away. If we don’t hook a perch or a bass, we’ll cool our toes in the dewy grass. Or else, pull up a weed to chaw and maybe sit and jaw. Hanging around, taking our ease. Watching that hound dog scratching fleas. I’m gonna take down my fishin’ pole and meet you at the old fishin’ hole. I can’t think of a better way to pass the time off day.”

Corny? Simplistic? Probably. But, is it better than watching the evening news? Absolutely!

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