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  • "Don't let them tear that little brown building down!"

    “Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back”
    Bobby Bare
    They passed an ordinance in the town they said we'd have to tear it down
    That little old shack out back so dear to me
    Though the health department said its day was over and dead
    It will stand forever in my memory
    Don't let them tear that little brown building down
    Don't let them tear that precious building down
    Don't let them tear that dear old building down
    There's not another like it in the country or the town
    It was not so long ago that I went tripping through the snow
    Out to that house behind my old hound dog
    Where I would sit me down to rest like a snowbird on his nest
    And I'd read that Sears and Roebuck catalog
    Oh I would hum a happy tune peeping through the quarter moon
    As my daddy's kin had done so much before
    It was in that quiet spot daily cares could be forgot
    And it gave the same relief to rich and poor
    Don't let them tear...
    Now it was not a castle fair but I could dream of future there
    Build my castle to the yellow jackets drone
    I could orbit round the sun fight with General Washington
    Or be a king upon a golden throne
    It wasn't fancy built at all we had newspapers on the wall
    It was air-conditioned in the wintertime
    Oh it was just an humble hut but its door was never shut
    And a man could get inside without a dime
    Don't let them tear...

    We’ve had this outhouse as a decoration for as long as I can remember. I don’t know whether it came from Michaels or if we picked it up at some little gift and craft shop in North Carolina or Tennessee when we first started going to the mountains. It originally held a place of honor on top of the bathroom vanity until my wife re-decorated and then it was banished high on top of the bookcase in the living room. But the point is that I was never able to complete the scene by having it occupied. So a couple of weeks ago I decided that it needed a customer and the only way to get it accomplished was to carve it myself. After taking some preliminary measures on the size of the seat , I worked out a rough pattern and then glued a couple of 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” pieces of practice block together. It wasn’t until I had it roughed out and gave it a dry run that it dawned on me that the “little house” is built out of proportion. To paraphrase Roy Schneider in the movie “Jaws,” "we're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat!” My little man fits the facilities perfectly but obviously he doesn’t have enough headroom. His problem will be the same problem that squids have been experiencing going through bulkhead hatches for 100’s of years. It’s duck or crack your head. Oh well, you just can’t win them all!


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    At least yours has a wide door good job on not only the carving but the verse
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Did you spend more time on the wording or the carving? They pair well together.

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      • #4
        Love it and, that song still sticks in my bean every so often ,.. Thanks for NOW will humming and thinking for several days. ,Not to say a great carving to make a neat project well done. Incidentally, none of ya'll have not had thee pleasure of freezing in one of these lil brown buildings, ya missed out on life. Cheers
        Last edited by NoDNA; 04-28-2019, 07:03 PM. Reason: Incidentally etc..

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        • #5
          Great one Eddy. I have one to make on my list but it keeps dropping in priority because of other carvings. However, you have just moved it up and will take a stab at one soon. You did a nice job and lots of nostalgia with those "things." My Dad told many stories and one of his yearly chores was to move it and fill in the hole...of course, lots of "quicklime."

          Nice carving, fits the poem nicely. Nice mood lifter. Fun one!
          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

          http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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            • #7
              Good one, Eddy!

              Claude
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              • #8
                Oh yes, I remember it well. Good one Eddy.
                Joe

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                • #9
                  I am laughing out loud, Eddy!
                  Herb

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                  • #10
                    Good one, Eddy! He needs a bear outside the door!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
                      At least yours has a wide door good job on not only the carving but the verse
                      Thanks Joe but I can't take credit for the verse. It's an old ditty that has just stuck with me. "The song Ode to the Little Brown Shack out Back was written by Billy Edd Wheeler and was first recorded and released by Billy Edd Wheeler in 1964."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RayV View Post
                        Did you spend more time on the wording or the carving? They pair well together.
                        Ray.... As I told Joe, the verse is not original. Just one of my favorite ditty's when singing to myself!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NoDNA View Post
                          Love it and, that song still sticks in my bean every so often ,.. Thanks for NOW will humming and thinking for several days. ,Not to say a great carving to make a neat project well done. Incidentally, none of ya'll have not had thee pleasure of freezing in one of these lil brown buildings, ya missed out on life. Cheers
                          Thanks DNA. You can call on me to provide an old ear worm anytime you feel the need! As to freezing certain portions of the anatomy off while using the little brown facility, I sure am glad that I experienced it as a young man and not an old fart! I'm afraid frostbite would become a problem these days!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                            Great one Eddy. I have one to make on my list but it keeps dropping in priority because of other carvings. However, you have just moved it up and will take a stab at one soon. You did a nice job and lots of nostalgia with those "things." My Dad told many stories and one of his yearly chores was to move it and fill in the hole...of course, lots of "quicklime."

                            Nice carving, fits the poem nicely. Nice mood lifter. Fun one!
                            I agree with your Pop! Moving an outhouse is second only to cleaning out a septic tank. I helped my dad move our outhouse in northern Vermont a number of times. There's not much dirt and even less perculation up in those granite mountains which means that the holes filled up rather quicky. When I was a kid I also helped him clean out our septic tank in Connecticut . Odiferous jobs that all youngin's should expereince at least once in their life. When you're knee deep in poop it's pretty hard not to be humble.

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                            • #15
                              I prefer the the folksy Wheeler version.

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