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In memory of A.H Hyrsko (Risko)


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Well,tough week around here,wasn't sure if I would post this stuff or not but,with well over 1/2 a 40 of vodka into me and some sweet John Prine playing,I'm just thinking about my Dad (John Prine was his favourite),I figured its cool....

My father Arthur H. Hyrsko (Risko) passed away in august 27 1997 while on the road working in the USA (Defiance,Ohio) in his sleep at a hotel.Last day we had together we actually were good friends (we didn't see eye to eye usually) but as if in some deep unknown knowledge he sorta knew he wasn't coming home and just wanted to hang out with me,we drank beers at the kitchen table and reminised about the past and had a good old laugh,told some lies and som fishing stories and generally just had a great time.All the while listening to John Prine,something we always saw eye to eye on.Went to bed that night with a sense of peace in me,and the next morning while I was at my chemo treatments he hit the road.

3 months later:

I was in line at the beer store just after buying my ticket to europe and was ready to celebrate my chemo & radiation treatments ending my cell phone rang and my ma told me to come to her house.I seemed to know what was up,I knew it wasn't good.The state police had called my ma's informing her they had found my Dad,in bed,in the hotel room,persumably dead three days,alone.Devasting.

I've never owned a cell phone again.I shut it off the very next day.

Labour day appropiatly was his funeral,he was a very great husband to my Mom and father to my brother,sister & I as well a strong Union man,not to mention one hell of tradesmen (Electrician).Coached hockey,was a fisherman,camper,traveller and a pretty dam straight up/no bullshit guy.Solid.Dam I miss the guy... emlove.gif

Here's to him.

I been thinking lately about the people I meet

The carwash on the corner and the hole in the street

The way my ankles hurt with shoes on my feet

And I'm wondering if I'm gonna see tomorrow.

Father forgive us for what we must do

You forgive us we'll forgive you

We'll forgive each other till we both turn blue

Then we'll whistle and go fishing in heaven.

I was in the army but I never dug a trench

I used to bust my knuckles on a monkey wrench

Then I'd go to town and drink and give the girls a pinch

But I don't think they ever even noticed me.

Fish and whistle, whistle and fish

Eat everything that they put on your dish

And when we get through we'll make a big wish

That we never have to do this again again? again????

On my very first job I said thank you and please

They made me scrub a parking lot down on my knees

Then I got fired for being scared of bees

And they only give me fifty cents an hour.

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To top it off this week also is the week my engagment ended 5 years ago....what a week.

Not sure why am ramblin here,just felt like it I guess...

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I know a guy

That’s got a lot to lose

He’s a pretty nice fellow

But he’s kind of confused

He’s got muscles in his head

That ain’t never been used

Thinks he own half of this town

Starts drinking heavy

Gets a big red nose

Beats his old lady

With a rubber hose

Then he takes her out to dinner

And buys her new clothes

That’s the way that the world goes ’round.

That’s the way that the world goes ’round

You’re up one day

And the next you’re down

It’s half an inch of water

And you think you’re gonna drown

That’s the way that the world goes ’round.

I was sitting in the bathtub

Counting my toes

When the radiator broke

Water all froze

I got stuck in the ice

Without my clothes

Naked as the eyes of a clown

I was crying ice cubes

Hoping I’d croak

When the sun come through the window

The ice all broke

I stood up and laughed

Thought it was a joke

That’s the way that the world goes ’round.

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take good care greg

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Here's the story of a man and his family

And a big trip that they took

Well, I heard all about in a restaurant

And I read it in a history book

They rented a car at the Erie Canal

But the car didn't have no brake

Said Ma to Pa "My God this car"

"Is gonna fall into the Bottomless Lake"

Well, Mama turned to Daddy with a pale face

Said "I've done something horribly wrong"

"Well, the waters still runnin' in the bathtub"

And I think I left the kitchen light on"

Then I heard a crash the car when splash

And the compass rolled around and around

Oh, for Heaven's Sake! We fell in a lake

And I think we're all gonna drown

Chorus:

We are falling down

Down to the bottom of a hole in the ground

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

I'm so scared I can hardly breathe

I may never see my sweetheart again

Play once after first verse

There was plenty of food in the backseat

And the windows were rolled up tight

So we all nibbled on a chicken leg

Told stories 'way thru' the night

Well, Pa told one that he told before

And the baby got a bellyache

Said Ma to Pa "My God this car"

"Falling down a Bottomless Lake"

Repeat Chorus:

Poppa played the music on the radio

Mama rocked the baby to sleep

He said he would've taken the other road

But he didn't think the lake was that deep

Well, if the ferry been there at the end of the pier

We'd be half way to Uncle Jake's

Instead of looking at fish out the window I wish

We'd hit the bottom of the Bottomless Lake

'Stead of looking at fish out the window I wish

We'd hit the bottom of the Bottomless Lake

So if you're ever goin' on a big trip

Ya better be careful out there

Start everything on you good foot

And wear clean underwear

Take along a Bible in the backseat

Read of David and Solomon

For if you make a mistake in the Bottomless Lake

You may never see your sweetheart again

If you should make a mistake in the Bottomless Lake

You may never see your sweetheart again

If you should make a mistake in the Bottomless Lake

You may never see your sweetheart again

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When I woke up this morning, things were lookin’ bad

Seem like total silence was the only friend I had

Bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down... and won

And it was twelve o’clock before I realized

That I was havin’ .. no fun

Chorus:

But fortunately I have the key to escape reality

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile

It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while

Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone

No I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun

Last time I checked my bankroll,

It was gettin’ thin

Sometimes it seems like the bottom

Is the only place I’ve been

I chased a rainbow down a one-way street... dead end

And all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen

But fortunately I have the key to escape reality

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile

It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while

Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone

No I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun

Well, I sat down in my closet with all my overalls

Tryin’ to get away

From all the ears inside my walls

I dreamed the police heard

Everything I thought... what then?

Well I went to court

And the judge’s name was hoffman

Ah but fortunately I have the key to escape reality

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile

It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while

Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone

No I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun

Well done, hot dog bun, my sister’s a nun

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