The Old Man is Snoring
He Went to Bed and Bumped His Head
and Couldn’t get up till the Morning
In Eugene Oregon, we have been blessed with an unusually dry summer. Sunshine and mostly warm days for the whole summer through yesterday. This morning I woke up to cloudy sky’s, dark sky’s a reminder of what it is usually like this time of year and the rain is coming down steady. It is supposed to come down steady through the next ten days. Which reminded me of this song this morning. Well more like a poem that my mom used to say to us, and it has stuck with me since childhood.
The song was noted in 1939 in New York by Charles Ives and later copyrighted by in 1944 by Freda Selicoff. wikepedia suggests: It has been suggested that the verse is a “classic description” of a head injury (“bumped his head”) resulting in an epidural hematoma, subsequent lucid interval and resultant decrease in conscious level (“snoring”, “couldn’t get up in the morning”). The source quotes a variant of the song in which the order of “went to bed” and “bumped his head” are reversed.
Well it sort of makes sense about going to bed in this weather. To me the rain brings a sense of hunkering down under warm covers or sitting by a nice warm fire watching tv or reading a book. Which would then most likely result in me falling asleep and snoring….hehe
A special thanks to the weather gods for allowing us to have an amazingly wonderful sun shining summer. And thank you for the rain to clear out the air.