Friday Five: Who’s Gonna…

Juli Thanki | August 6th, 2010

  • The Wounded Heart Of America5. “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” – Tom Russell

    Here Russell contemplates the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and asks what would happen should “Uncle Sam [send] the illegals” home: “Who’s gonna mow your lawn?/Who’s gonna cook your Mexican food/When your Mexican maid is gone?” Russell sings that he “ain’t got no politics,” but he sure can write a decent song or two.

  • Song of the Traveling Daughter4. “Who’s Gonna Shoe” – Abigail Washburn

    Lots of artists have recorded this song under various titles, including the Everly Brothers, Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston. I like this version from Washburn’s solo debut, Song of the Traveling Daughter, as she–accompanied by her trusty banjo–puts a feminine spin on the traditional lyrics.

  • 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection3. “Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass” – Buck Owens

    In addition to said grass mowing, this fella serves breakfast in bed and chops firewood for the unappreciative lady in his life. He should just pack up his Nudie suits and go.

  • George Jones - 16 Biggest Hits2. “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” – George Jones

    “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” hit #3 in ’85. 25 years later we’re still asking the same question.

  • 1. “Who’s Gonna Take Your Garbage Out” – Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb

    The Texas Troubadour is my favorite duet partner for Lynn, and the two of them are excellent here on this playful “he said, she said” song from1969’s If We Put Our Heads Together. That album is only available on vinyl, so if you’re not one who enjoys haunting your local record store, Rosie Flores and Jon Langford did an excellent version of this song on Flores’ album Girl of the Century.

  1. Barry Mazor
    August 6, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Let’s not forget Tom T. Hall’s “Who’s Gonna Feed Them Hogs”.. but then, I guess “Whos’ Gonna Drive You Home, Tonight”‘ is asking in the wrong genre..

  2. Jon
    August 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

    What? No love for The Killer?! Say it ain’t so!

  3. luckyoldsun
    August 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

    The song is “Who’s Gonna Take YOUR Garbage Out.”
    It may be a small point, but I think the songwriter knew what he was doing.

    The best version of the song that I’ve heard is a duet by the Cajun singer Pott Folse on one of his semi-private label albums.

    Rosie Flores also did the song on her “Girl of the Century” disc with a British singer.

  4. luckyoldsun
    August 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I guess you mentioned Rosie.

  5. numberonecountryfan
    August 6, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Conway Twitty’s Who’s Gonna Know.

  6. Juli
    August 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

    The song is “Who’s Gonna Take YOUR Garbage Out.It may be a small point, but I think the songwriter knew what he was doing.”

    Yep, you’re right. My bad. I believe the song was co-written by Teddy Wilburn and Johnny Tillotson, FWIW.

  7. Paul W Dennis
    August 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    The ET – Loretta duet is available on at least one of the Bear Family boxed Ernest Tubb sets

  8. t.scott
    August 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    @jon

    I guess they will just have to retire “That ol’ Piano”

    cause there ain’t no one to hang it in like Gunga Din anymore…..

  9. t.scott
    August 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    (but he ain’t dead yet,baby!)

  10. Noeller
    August 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve always loved the full video of “…Fill Their Shoes” with Possum’s bus stopping at the old gas station and looking at the old memorabilia. Great tune, great vid, and agreed — still no answers.

  11. Paul W Dennis
    August 7, 2010 at 2:25 am

    “Who’s Gonna Tie My Shoes” – Ray Pillow
    “Who’s Gonna Tell Her Goodbye” Earl Thomas Conley

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