Novelty songs are easy to dismiss as fluffy filler, but there’s an undeniable art to writing a really good one. Jerry Reed’s “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)” has had some sort of strange hold on me recently, but one of my all-time favorite novelty songs is David Frizzell’s “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home.”
Penned by DeWayne Blackwell, who was also a writer on Sammy Kershaw’s “Yard Sale” and a little Garth Brooks tune called “Friends in Low Places,” “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino” features some legitimately clever, funny songwriting and a note-perfect performance by Frizzell. Give it a listen and see if you don’t agree:
Anyway, here’s the question of the day: What’s your favorite novelty song? It can be a classic or something of more recent vintage (Brad Paisley comes to mind). Feel free to provide a link if you’d like.