So Long Joe South, It Was Good to Know You
Joe South is dead at 72. I think he was a great song writer and a humble person, well, as humble as a music star can be.
I met him a couple of times at concerts that involved my old friend Billy Joe Royal, who he was the producer for. I doubt if he remembered me no more than he remembered swatting a gnat 55 years ago. Well, I doubt if Billy Joe remembers me either.
I like Joe's music. I think the words will be around for many years. Some of it seems to take a profound Hindu outlook at life transformed into rockabilly words. At the moment the only thing that comes to mind is "WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES".... that is just like me, the only thing I can come up with is an an ancient
Chinese proverb * that he borrowed.
*Actually I am just guessing it was a Chinese Proverb. I googled it and could not find the origin of the saying, but I did come across a funny explaination, "Walk a mile in his shoes before you criticize him; thus if it makes him mad at least you have a mile headstart on him.