A post by Blogagaard had me savouring the tune to “King Of The Road” for much of yesterday, even though I couldn’t recall many of the lyrics. Somehow by evening this had led my mind to the classic Mac Davis hit “Oh Lord It’s Hard To Be Humble,” which I have not thought of in quite some time, either. It has long been a sort of ancestral theme song in the McCutcheon clan; my father and my father’s father before him were wont to bellow this out while cleaning the barn or shovelling snow, and I frequently contributed my rendition to the college dorm shower experience back in the day. It has been a long time since then, so I dusted it off on our snowy walk last night, causing Mrs. Mac to laugh uproariously and (shockingly) to say she had never heard it before.
For her benefit and that of others who may be rusty, here are the powerful and moving lyrics:
Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way
I can’t wait to look in the mirror, ‘cause I get better lookin’ each day
To know me is to love me, I must be a hell of a man
Oh, Lord it’s hard to be humble, but I’m doing the best that I can
I used to have a girlfriend, but I guess she just couldn’t compete
with all of these love-starved women who keep clamoring at my feet.
Well, I probably could find me another, but I guess they’re all in awe of me
Who cares? I never get lonesome, ‘cause I treasure my own company.
I guess you could say I’m a loner, a cowboy outlaw, tough and proud
Oh, I could have lots of friends if I wanna, but then I wouldn’t stand out from the crowd
Some folks say that I’m egotistical, hell, I don’t even know what that means
I guess it has something to do with the way that I fill out these skin-tight blue jeans
Truer words have seldom been spoke or sung.