The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 May 2004

Why I don't work in radio

I mean, I have the face for it, but the voice is not good and the occasional improvisation is not allowed.

Na, na, na na na na, late at night, these things come to me, and this one hit me last night: the "I Count the Tears" set, which includes, in addition to this classic Pomus/Shuman number recorded by the Drifters, the following selections, in numerical order:

Yes, that's the same Dickey Lee who was going to drown himself in the dirty old river that runs by the coal yard in old Shantytown for the love of Patches. And if you've counted the tears, you've come to 14,003,316.

Special Bonus Selection: "Let's Live for Today," the Grass Roots (1967), a remake of a song by the Italian band the Rokes, whose chorus bears exactly the same relation to "I Count the Tears" as does Shania Twain's "C'est la Vie" to Abba's "Dancing Queen", as noted here.

Posted at 2:38 PM to Tongue and Groove


Must have missed that Dickey Lee song from 1976 in my playlist; "Let's Live For Today" plays once in the list and so does "96 Tears" which for some odd-reason was my late wife's favorite song.

The reason Judy Stone's song never cracked the Top 40 was that the disk jockeys couldn't count that high.

Posted by: Larry at 6:02 AM on 23 May 2004

By then, Dickey was making more noise on the country charts, which is probably where he belonged in the first place after that brief flirtation with teen idol-hood; he did, after all, write "She Thinks I Still Care," a song forever associated with George Jones. (Incidentally, "9,999,999 Tears" was actually released in 1976; I have corrected the references after the fact.)

Judy Stone was very popular in Oz, but I don't think anyone bothered to see if they could sell any of her records Stateside.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:20 AM on 23 May 2004