Carleen

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When I was a kid, Roger Miller was one of my favorite singer-songwriters. Miller was so talented that he could move effortlessly from humorous songs like "You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd" or "My Uncle Used to Love Me but She Died" to poignant and haunting love songs like "Hey Little Star," "When Two Worlds Collide" (Kenny Rogers and Dottie West recorded this cover in the 80's) or "Husbands and Wives" (Brooks & Dunn had a hit with this cover in the 90's). For people who aren't country music fans, you'll probably know Miller for his number one cross-over hit, "King of the Road"; someone who grew up on country music in the 1960's, though, will know other great songs by Roger Miller -- songs like "Dang Me" and "England Swings" among lots of others.

I hope you have fun with this one!





Lyrics

Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd
But you can be happy if you've a mind to

Ya can't take a shower in a parakeet cage
Ya can't take a shower in a parakeet cage
Ya can't take a shower in a parakeet cage
But you can be happy if you've a mind to

All ya gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it

Well, ya can't go a-swimmin' in a baseball pool
Ya can't go swimmin' in a baseball pool
Ya can't go swimmin' in a baseball pool
But you can be happy if you've a mind to

Ya can't change film with a kid on your back
Ya can't change film with a kid on your back
Ya can't change film with a kid on your back
But you can be happy if you've a mind to

Ya can't drive around with a tiger in your car
Ya can't drive around with a tiger in your car
Ya can't drive around with a tiger in your car
But you can be happy if you've a mind to

All ya gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down do it, do it, do it

Well, ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd
But you can be happy if you've a mind to

Ya can't go fishin' in a watermelon patch
Ya can't go fishin' in a watermelon patch
Ya can't go fishin' in a watermelon patch
But you can be happy if you've a mind to

Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd
SPOKEN: "Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd"

FADE
Ya can't roller skate in a buffalo herd



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8 Responses
  1. Run DMT Says:

    I love Roger Miller, but I have never heard this song before! That's awesome! I love watching Disney's Robin Hood with my girls because he sings most of the songs.

    "Can't drive with a tiger in a car"...That should have been in the Hangover soundtrack. LOL

    Happy MM!


  2. Susan Says:

    Ditto on loving Roger Miller! I've been trying to think which of his songs had "maple syrple" in it. Do you know, Carleen?

    "When Two Worlds Collide" is one of the best country songs ever written, in my opinion. Full of heartbreak and yet there's still a little hope in there. And Kenny and Dottie's voices together just sends cold chills all over me. I love Dottie West.

    Thank you for posting this.


  3. Amy Says:

    Another new tune for me. Have a great day.


  4. Carleen Says:

    @ Run DMT: Disney's Robinhood is one of my favorites for the same reason -- Roger Miller's on the soundtrack! :)

    @ Susan: I think that the "maple syrple" line is in "Dang Me." I'll Google the lyrics just to make sure, but I'm pretty sure that's it. :)

    @ Amy: Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to listen to a new song!


  5. Lapa37 Says:

    I have never heard this song it's different.Thanks for introducing me to something new.


  6. Carleen, I grew up on Roger Miller Do-Whacka-Do is my all time fave! I had a great time listeing to this TY for the post!
    http://www.moorebloglife.com/2009/07/20/musical-monday-pride-in-small-doses-is-good/


  7. Thom Says:

    Now this is foot stompin' music if I've ever heard it :)


  8. Diane Says:

    haha that WAS fun! trinity is dancing all around!!!


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