MC’s Song Of The Week #40: “Mama Don’t Whip Little Buford” by Homer & Jethro

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and for my 40th edition of Song Of The Week, I will be discussing “Mama Don’t Whip Little Buford” by Homer & Jethro.

I actually did not know of this group’s existence until a few weeks ago. I mentioned in my 34th Song Of The Week that I had recently started college, and as such, the campus library has been a place of frequent visitation for me. While there one day, I saw a couple of my friends sitting and I talked for a few minutes. It was in this group conversation that one of them showed me this song, which he said his grandparents used to sing to him, and I got such a kick out of it that I had to make a Song Of The Week segment out of it.

So for those that don’t know, Homer & Jethro are an old country/folk duo that focus mainly on comedic music. I have not delved too deep into their discography as of writing this, but if this song is any indicator for the rest of what they make, then these guys have some hilarious music! The track I am talking about today focuses on a boy named Buford, whom the song proves to be a troublesome and idiotic child. The chorus of the song focuses mainly on the restraint the parents take to not beat this insolent child, but it’s the verses that go into the ruckus Buford makes in hilarious details, with some of the funniest examples being him graduating the 3rd grade at 23 years of age, threatening his parents with his new Judo skills, and starting to drink at six years old. Not only is this song funny, but it is also a pretty good folk song on a technical level, containing some good, twangy guitars that fit in perfectly with the folk genre. If you are looking for a good laugh right now, I would highly recommend you check this song out!

Thank you for reading my 40th “Song Of The Week”!  If you liked this post, make sure to follow my website, Twitter, and Instagram, like this post, and be sure to check in soon for future content.  Also, if you have something you want to see me review, tell me in the comments.  Until then, keep on listening to good music! I know I will.

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