Helen Vahdati at This Thing Called Life One Day At A Time made me very happy today when I read this week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday. The theme is “drink“.
Now I am not a drinker myself but I love me some great drinking songs and I can’t wait to see what other people come up with. You should too, or come up with your own. Just check out the link above!
The first reason the theme made me happy is that I knew I could confidently go into my Neil Diamond collection and find several great candidates – Red Red Wine, Cracklin’ Rosie, Thank The Lord For The Night Time and more. But I knew the one I wanted.
“Soggy Pretzels” was a little ditty Neil put together as part of his 1972 “Hot August Night” tour (which coincidentally was my first ND concert of nine and the first ever where I went with a friend and not a parent!). I think it started as an adlib but I believe he did it throughout the tour and it even made it onto the live album. It has become a bit of a cult favorite for diehard Diamond fans (not that I would know anything about that).
Anyway, as you can guess there are not a lot of videos on this one seeing as they weren’t filming tours as much and it wasn’t a big enough hit to warrant a performance on American Bandstand or (if it were the 1980’s) Solid Gold. I had a choice between a very good acapella cover by a woman in a bar (she even added the legendary guitar riffs) or Neil’s own from Hot August Night with Spanish subtitles. I couldn’t pick so I will let you.
[blogger carefully removes her tongue from her cheek at this point]
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this cute little ditty. It is songs like this that make it even sadder that Neil has had to retire from touring. I love you, Neil, always have, always will.
You were cryin’ in your pretzels when I met you
You were washing
All the salt away from the dough
You were cryin’ in your pretzels
And I’ll never forget you
But, baby, just why, I’ll ever know
Cryin’ in your pretzels
Cryin’ in your beer
Cryin’ on the table
That’s where I found you dear
Yes, my sweet I came into that bar
It was in Mississippi
There you were, sitting in the corner
Crying in your pretzels
You’d already sogged up
A whole plate of potato chips
But the management didn’t mind
Because you were a regular customer
And I saw you sittin’ there and I said
“That person needs a friend,
And I’m gonna be a friend
Ain’t nobody deserves to cry in his pretzels
All night and wash away the salt.”
So I kinda sidled up to you and I said,
“What can I do for you? How can I help you?
What can I do to ease the pain?”
Well, you were cryin’ in your pretzels
Oh, you were cryin’ in your beer
Yes, that was the night I meet you
And I’ll always hold you near
Words & Music by Neil Diamond