Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Heat Goes On

Back when Sonny & Cher were HOT, they sang "The Beat Goes On."



I thought I'd rewrite their song and put a little summer 2011 Texas gardener spin on it...


The heat goes on, the heat goes on
Forecast keeps on calling for no rain
La de da de de, la de da de da


Gardening was once the rage, uh huh
Summer heat has turned the page, uh huh
Hot and dry's the current thing, uh huh
Xeriscaping is our newborn king, uh huh


And the heat goes on, the heat goes on
Forecast keeps on calling for no rain
la de da de de, la de da de da


A cloud or two would be a start, uh huh
The lack of rain just breaks my heart, uh huh
I'd love to march off to the garden stores
But temperatures have record-breaking scores


And the heat goes on, the heat goes on
Forecast keeps on calling for no rain
La de da de de, la de da de da


Gardeners sit in chairs and reminisce
Back to days that weren't as hot as this
Temps keep rising faster all the time
I still cry, "Hey Mercury, do you have to climb!?"


And the heat goes on, the heat goes on
Forecast keeps on calling for no rain
La de da de de, la de da de da
And the heat goes on
Yes, the heat goes on
And the heat goes on
And the heat goes on, on, on...
The heat goes on
And the heat goes on

By Toni @ Signature Gardens

Sonny & Cher sang, "Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain."  I think the heat has done something to mine!    And the heat goes on...stay cool, y'all!

La de da de de, la de da de da...

Toni :-)

25 comments:

  1. Great takeoff on a vampy song! And I feel the pain of your heat wave...now that I'm out of it (85 today), looking back, it was still as bad as it seemed.

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  2. Toni,
    You've got some great song writing skills. I'm so ready for this weather to change. I'll take a hurricane (without the damage) or even a tropical depression right now. Fall can't get here soon enough.

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  3. I love it! The only downside is that it's going to be running through my head all day....

    And, Prof, how lucky you are! We were 109 yesterday and 105 the day before. Today is supposed to max out in the low 90's, but we are still bone dry. This is the summer that just won't quit.

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  4. Awesome post! (I cannot believe you all still haven't gotten any break in the weather? No even a little 'hip check' to the big "high" pressure bubble over TX - so you can get some relief?) :(

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  5. It's like the summer that never ends. I keep waiting, knowing eventually it must rain - mustn't it???

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  6. Toni, I am in awe of your song-writing ability! I think this song is much better than Sonny & Cher's original. Looking at your thermometer, you're almost out of room for the needle to go any further clockwise. Have you ever seen such a summer since you've lived in Texas? I'm so sorry this drought and heat wave is still going on, I look at the radar online and always hope a nice cool front embedded with a long, slow rain will be heading your way, but day after day, no such luck.

    For what it's worth on my AJ sedum...when they are about six inches tall in the spring, I stick a shovel in the ground all the way around the plant cutting the roots. They wilt a little but soon recover and the root pruning stops them from flopping. I guess you can do the same thing by lopping the tops off when they are almost to mature height in late spring, but I'm lazy and don't like to pick up all the tops, lol. And probably the biggest reason mine don't flop is the sand they're growing in. AJ loves my low-calorie sand. Nice, rich soil makes them tip over, lol. (And 105+ degrees with no rain makes them keel over, too.)

    I'm glad you arrived home safe and sound from your trip. It was so nice to meet you and your family! I'm hoping the weather will soon change for the better. Off to the garden with a new song in my head...la de da...la de da....

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  7. Yikes! I'm sorry you're still enduring the heat. My parents live in Louisiana and they've been talking about the heat and dryness for months. They are praying for rain. Maybe yall need to do the rain dance!

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  8. oh lordy, you said it!

    wanted to come by and say hello and thank you for the comment you left on my 'introduction' post. really appreciate it! too funny how similar our backgrounds are - even to polka music and desserts! :)

    when is this heat and drought ever going to end for DFW / Texas!? eek!

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  9. @Southern Meadows: Thanks, Karin. Trying to keep a sense of humor, but I really just want to cry!

    @Prof Roush: Oh, jealous of 85! Glad you've got some relief up that way.

    @Rambling Wren: Thanks for visiting! We saw some large thunder clouds -- in the distance -- this evening, and looked on them with longing.

    @Gaia Gardener: I've got that crazy song running through my head now too! Glad you stopped by :-)

    @Shyrlene: We had a brief break down to 97 degrees just long enough to knock us out of the running for the #1 record spot, but then it proceeded to ramp back up. It sounds crazy, but we were all hoping for that record. I mean, if we have to go through this, we might as well have a record to show for it, right? Crazy talk!

    @HolleyGarden: We can always hope it will rain again...one day :-)

    @Karen: Well, I am in awe of your garden!! Yes, I think my thermometer on the back porch is broken; it's stuck in that hundred-something position! Interesting tip on the AJ sedum - thanks! Mine probably flop because I try to be too nice to them. Enjoy what's left of your summer -- I know it is fleeting in WI.

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  10. @Ramona: Yes, I know Texas is not the only one in this boat -- the drought is pretty widespread. We're all praying!

    Oh, how funny...My husband is watching Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid in the living room, and I can hear BJ Thomas singing "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head." We all wish we could be singing that song (instead of "The Heat Goes On") -- Ha!

    @TexWisGirl: Howdy! Thanks for stopping by :-) Could there be a polka rain dance? -- tee hee

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  11. I love it! Pretty much sums up the last couple of months here in Missouri. Thankfully it's been cooler this last week. Hopefully you'll get a break in the heat soon!

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  12. This was so creative and to a tune so many know! A little fun thrown in on the hardships of the heat and drought, which is certainly no laughing matter by what we read about it up here. Yesterday I read a long article on Texas and Oklahoma. I feel bad for the trees, but also for the animals with lakes and streams drying up. Glad you are keeping a smile and hope your garden gets rained on and breaks this string of 100 degree days.

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  13. @Rebecca: Glad you've finally got some relief up that way! Thanks for visiting :-)

    @GWGT: I know I whine about my little patch of garden, but I really feel bad for the farmers/ranchers losing livelihoods over this drought. Sad stuff.

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  14. Yes, but it's a dry heat. LOL Southern Ontario saw those temps in late July. We get these heat waves every year, but always with high humidity. Makes one sluggish.

    When leaves start to curl to protect the plant from the drying sun, saving its root, I know I need to water.

    Sorry you're going through it and your garden is suffering. But you do seem to grow an assortment of drought-tolerant plants.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and Romantic Gardening.

    Lorraine

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  15. @Lorraine: Yes, like the inside of my oven is a dry heat, too :-) My sister visited from WI and commented that our heat here was much more tolerable than WI's (at the time) because of the lack of humidity. It does make a difference.

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  16. Someone made a comment recently that the migrating birds and wildlife that will soon travel south will have trouble finding nourishment because it's all baked out this year. That is sad. I hope things turn around before they make the journey. I love your lyrics, though.

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  17. Oh dear...You are right. The heat seem to be going on for you. My hubby left Plano 2 weeks ago and I thought the heat would have subsided by now. He mentioned that Grapevine is a beautiful place.

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  18. I have an Arlington, Texas friend who says her summer is like winter in the north - you're inside a lot, but at least you can drive in the heat!

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  19. Toni, I think you have a hit! We keep watching the tropics and hoping a little hurricane will make it into the Gulf and send rain your way, and a little more our way, too! But nothing destructive! Our temps are still well into the 90s, but there was a cool breeze this morning. September is coming!

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  20. Awesome way to make light of what must be infuriating to deal with. I'd rather have our earthquake than your never-ending heat! I keep hoping a tropical storm will show up in the Gulf to give you all a break!

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  21. Creative rewrite. I am singing Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! and hoping it will melt into rain and cool the temperatures to the 80s.

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  22. What a humourous post. LOL. I'm still giggling. Sorry you've had such crazy heat down there. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I think the cooler nights we get in August really help the phlox last longer.

    Cheers from Canada!

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  23. So very funny Toni! We just broke the all time record for most 100+ days :/ We are at 70 as of today with no end in sight. Longing for those cooler fall days - they have to come eventually, right?!? Shoot, 90 would be welcome at this point!

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  24. Toni, I think I like your re-write better than the original! Very funny! Although if I was there, I doubt that I would see anything funny in days and days of 100 plus temperatures with no rain. Texas has sure been taking a beating this summer. I will cross my fingers for you, that fall brings more moderate weather.

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