Just some thoughts:
“You ask me to give up the hand of the girl I love”
“But my friend that will never be…you better move on.”
Early this morning as I pulled out of my drive I slipped in an old Arthur Alexander cd. A personal cd I had made. Often at one of the big record sales (albums for ten cents an album) I go to here in Nashville I will buy up a bunch of albums of a particular artist I like. Then I will make up my own “greatest hits” of that artist. Songs of theirs that maybe were not big hits but favorites of mine. This was the case with this cd I slipped in my car player this morning. By the way I double if anyone reading this even knows who Alexander was. Sadly his later years were spent not on the stage but driving a Baltimore city bus.
The first song that came up caused me to smile. Just the night before my wife and I had dinner and then to a show with another couple. He had shared with me a story that so aptly fit ole Arthur’s singing to me this morning.
My friend and I could talk for hours on many subjects and matters. And often we are telling stories many from our past. As we waited on the women to leave the restaurant and make our way across the street to the theater for the music show he told me this story.
He and his wife were high school sweethearts. He once ask me if I had dated anyone else much beside my wife as he told me he and his wife had not. I told him well that was not the case in my life. Anyway.
He said one day at school he was standing talking to this girl. The one who would later become his wife. Later that day another guy said to him, “Hey that girl you were standing by earlier today, she’s cute, I’d like to take her out.” My friend said I told him” She’s my sister and she would not go out with you.”
Evidently that took care of the matter as they have been married fifty plus years. I don’t know if my friend knew of or had heard Arthur singing but in essences he picked up on the line:
“You better move.”
November 20, 2017