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“The KKK Took My Baby Away”

Posted by purplemary54 on July 21, 2013

I’m not sure if the computer will be hooked up on Tuesday, so I’m celebrating now.  See, Tuesday is the BFF’s birthday, and I wanted to post a song that was special to her.  Something with meaning and sentiment.  Sure, I could’ve gone with the Kinks, the Clash, or David Bowie.  Maybe some Bob Dylan or Beatles,  or even a little Edith Piaf (she has a taste for French singers and pop music, a taste Mr. BFF and I do not share).  But then I remembered one of our goofy telephone conversations about music.  When we were younger, we’d spend hours on the phone debating the merits of various musicians and songs.  One of our favorite running jokes involved imitating Joey Ramone telling the rest of the band that the record company wanted them to “do more songs about issues.”  Why else would he be writing about the KKK kidnapping his girlfriend?

Of course, the reality of this song is a lot more poignant.  Joey Ramone did indeed write this song in response to losing a girl, but it was to one of his bandmates.  Linda, the girl in question, broke up with Joey, who still felt pretty strongly for her.  Johnny Ramone began dating Linda right away, although they did apparently try to keep the romance under wraps at first.  When Joey found out, he was devastated, and his already rocky relationship with Johnny disintegrated.  Probably made being in a band together kind of difficult.

BFF and I have never been in a band together, and although we’ve gone months without speaking sometimes, we’ve never been really angry with each other for more than a day or two.  We’ve been friends for damn near thirty years now.  She’s still the first person I want to talk to when something goes wrong, or right.  Nobody knows me better than her.  This one’s for you, Ducky.  Happy birthday, a few days early.


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