Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road (stinking to high heaven). 

“Dead Skunk” is a 1972 novelty song by Loudon Wainwright III. Released as a single in November 1972, it eventually peaked at number 16 on the Billboard charts on March 31, 1973. The song appears on Wainright’s 1972 album Album III.

The song is musically a simple folk song based on banjo, but accompanied by guitar, drums and fiddle. The lyrics describe a dead skunk in the middle of a busy road and the smell it produces for people as they drive by. Wainwright has said that the song came out of an actual accident involving a skunk, and that he wrote it afterward in 15 minutes. (“Someone had already killed it, but I ran over it.”)

Crossing the highway late last night
He shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right
He didn’t see the station wagon car
The skunk got squashed and there you are

You got your dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinking to high heaven

Take a whiff on me, that ain’t no rose
Roll up your window and hold your nose
You don’t have to look and you don’t have to see
‘Cause you can feel it in your olfactory

You got your dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
And it’s stinking to high heaven

Yeah, you got your dead cat and you got your dead dog
On a moonlight night, you got your dead toad frog
Got your dead rabbit and your dead raccoon
The blood and the guts, they’re gonna make you swoon

You got your dead skunk in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinking to high heaven
C’mon, stink

You got it, it’s dead, it’s in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinking to high heaven
All over the road
Technicolor

Oh, you got pollution
It’s dead, it’s in the middle
And it’s stinking to high, high heaven

Guess who got his guitar back after 45 years? Randy Bachman can hardly believe his luck

Canadian rock legend receives beloved instrument from Japanese musician decades after it was swiped in Toronto

Legendary Canadian musician Randy Bachman’s cherished Gretsch guitar was stolen from a Toronto hotel in 1977. After decades of searching and a stroke of luck, Bachman got the stolen guitar back during a Canada Day concert in Tokyo.

Randy Bachman has performed many times on Canada Day, but the event he played this year is like no other. 

The former member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive flew to Japan to reclaim a guitar that he’s been hunting for decades. 

“I’m really happy. I’m getting my lost Gretsch guitar back,” the 78-year-old rocker told CBC News in a meeting room inside the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

The guitar is a 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins, in orange, which he bought from a Winnipeg music store when he was 19 years old. 

Forty-five years after it was stolen in Toronto, it’s back in his arms, and he can hardly believe it. 

“If you never want to forget your anniversary, you get married on your birthday. You never forget your wedding anniversary. I’ll never forget this day,” said Bachman. 

A man holds an orange guitar.
Randy Bachman was reunited in Tokyo Friday with a beloved guitar that was stolen 45 years ago from a Toronto hotel. (Chris Corday/CBC)

The Gretsch was his first big purchase as a young adult, and he played it on the recordings of iconic tracks like Takin’ Care of BusinessAmerican Woman, These Eyes and Undun. But when his band BTO came to Toronto in 1977, it was left in a locked hotel room, where it was somehow snatched. 

Bachman launched his own search, which lasted decades and turned up nothing. 

Japanese media reports suggest the Gretsch was eventually taken across the U.S. border, where it was sold to a guitar trader from Japan. The reports say Takeshi, a musician who writes for Japanese pop bands, purchased it in 2014 from a Tokyo guitar shop, without knowing its history. 

Online sleuthing

Six years later, the Canadian rocker finally got a break in the case. A longtime fan and internet sleuth from White Rock, B.C., named William Long heard Bachman’s story and decided to try to hunt down the instrument using facial recognition technology. He found it in a YouTube video featuring Takeshi playing the guitar. 

He contacted Bachman, who got in touch with Takeshi. Then, plans were hatched to trade it back. The Canadian bought a nearly identical Gretsch to trade for his original. 

Two people exchange guitars.
Bachman, right, receives his stolen Gretsch guitar Friday at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo from Takeshi, a Japanese musician who had bought it at a Tokyo store in 2014 without knowing its history. (Eugene Hoshiko/The Associated Press)

On Canada Day in Tokyo, the saga finally came to a close in front of a packed crowd at the embassy’s Oscar Peterson Theatre.

Bachman and Takeshi met for the first time ever on the stage, and in an emotional moment for both of them, traded their vintage instruments, with the Japanese musician handing back a piece of Canadian rock history.

‘It was all worth it’

“I was going through a lot of emotions today,” Takeshi said through an interpreter while sitting next to Bachman on stage. 

“But seeing your smile after you saw that guitar, I just thought it was all worth it.”

Two people sit holding guitars.
Takeshi, left, and Bachman pose after they swapped guitars on Friday. (Chris Corday/CBC)

Bachman said he has mixed emotions, too. He said he became attached to the guitar he’s trading to Takeshi, but he’s more than happy to go home with his first love. 

“To come here to do the trade has been very emotional, and I appreciate this honourable man giving me the opportunity to get the guitar back,” said Bachman. 

‘Like a fairy tale’

The story of Bachman’s long-lost guitar made headlines around the world over the past year, largely because of how unlikely it was to ever be found.

Winnipeg-based rock journalist John Einarson has written extensively about the Guess Who and other bands of the era, and said the odds of getting this stolen Gretsch back were “astronomical.” 

The very first all Girl Rock band 

Originally named The Debutones, England’s The Liverbirds (aka The Liver Birds) moved from Liverpool to Hamburg, Germany in 1963 where they became a popular band on the Star-Club circuit. Although they never became big stars their contribution to rock and roll is historically significant in that they were the first serious all-girl rock band to play their own instruments and do it on the same turf as male rock n’ rollers.

“Girls with guitars? That’ll never work”. John Lennon.

Well, it did work for The Liverbirds who managed to record two albums, achieve a Top 10 hit in Germany with their single, “Diddley Daddy,” and last four years before splitting up in 1967.

Pamela Birch – guitar/vocals, Valerie Gell – guitar/vocals, Mary McGlory – bass guitar/vocals, Sylvia Saunders – drums.

Liver is pronounced like live concert, live TV etc.  Not like, “I hate it when Mom serves liver.”

Big Bottom

Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) is a fictional English heavy metal band created by American comedians and musicians Michael McKean (as lead singer and co-lead guitarist David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls). They are characterized as “one of England’s loudest bands”. McKean, Guest and Shearer wrote and performed original songs for the band.

The band first appeared on a 1979 ABC television sketch comedy pilot called The T.V. Show, starring Rob Reiner. The sketch, actually a mock promotional video for the song “Rock and Roll Nightmare”, was written by Reiner and the band, and included songwriter-performer Loudon Wainwright III on keyboards. Later the band became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary / mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap.

Big Bottom is one of the funniest songs the band wrote. Musically it’s horrendous trash.

The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin’
That’s what I said
The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand
Or, so I’ve read.
My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo
I love to sink her with my pink torpedo.

Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about bum cakes
My gal’s got ’em.
Big bottom
Drive me out of my mind.
How can I leave this behind?

I saw her on Monday, twas my lucky bun day
You know what I mean.
I love her each weekday, each velvety cheek day
You know what I mean.
My love gun’s loaded and she’s in my sights
Big game’s waiting there inside her tights.

Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about mud flaps
My gal’s got ’em.
Big bottom
Drive me out of my mind.
How can I leave this behind?