Red Licorice Blues

Red Licorice Blues by Laurie Buchanan

Red Licorice Blues by Laurie Buchanan

[Smoky lounge with bluesy band in background]

My-y weak link
Nah nah nah nah
Is known far and wide

Nah nah nah nah

It’s sha-aa-meful, yes
Nah nah nah nah
In it there’s no pride

Nah nah nah nah

A friend came by
Nah nah nah nah
To more than say hi

Nah nah nah nah

To give me a bag
Nah nah nah nah
A family size bag

Nah nah nah nah

Of red lic-or-ice
Nah nah nah nah
To fulfill my wish

Nah nah nah nah

It hit my heel
Nah nah nah nah
My A-chil-les heel

Nah nah nah nah

The bigger they come
Nah nah nah nah
The harder they fall

Nah nah nah nah

I ate half the bag
Nah nah nah nah
My tummy is sad

Nah nah nah nah

This story is true
Nah nah nah nah
I wouldn’t lie to you

Nah nah nah nah

And that’s why I’m singin’
Nah nah nah nah
The red licorice blu-u-u-ues
Nah nah nah nahhhhhhhhh

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan
Copyright © 2010 Laurie Buchanan — All Rights Reserved.

A special thank you to Kim Grady of Butterflies Galore for the ginormous bag of red licorice.

27 thoughts on “Red Licorice Blues

  1. You can’t fight temptation ! LoL! Oh just too cute and funny…

    Once again to find the humor in your “weakness” to allow it to inform you rather than cause guilt…

    I am Love, Jeff

  2. Sing it sista Laurie! Do you have any specific memories or events that are tied to your deep love for this food? The cool thing about this experience is that now that you’ve been reminded of that feeling, you can recreate it any time you want to – without the direct stimulus. So, all of the endorphins with none of the tummy ache!

    • Carla – I hope that John is enjoying a wonderful Father’s Day — Len sure is!

      You asked, “Do you have any specific memories or events that are tied to yur deep love for this food [red licorice]? Yes, indeed! When I was a youngster, on Saturdays my parents would drop me off at the Bijou Movie Theater in our little town so that I could watch the matinee. For $1.50 I could see the movie, have a small Dr. Pepper, a small popcorn, and a small bag of red licorice twists. I would bite each end off one piece of licorice and use it as a “straw” to enjoy my Dr. Pepper. By the time the soda was finished, the licorice was soggy and “just right.” Being dropped off by myself meant that my parents trusted me enough to enjoy this freedom; this independence.

      [I took some papaya enzymes and my tummy’s fine now] …

  3. Hey, it is what it is… so get down, blow it out and be movin’ on.
    You been up to your tricks,
    with them Red-hot Licks.
    Time to move it on,
    Let them Blues be gone.

    Sometimes a woman gotta do what a woman gotta do.

  4. Wow, what talent, you go girl.

    I am experiencing empathy for you. Seems to be the weed for weak stuff!!!

    Okay, here what my lesson from the “Roadless Traveled” says about that.

    Delay Gratification. . ., did you atleast pause just alittle before digging in?

    Sometimes it’s a tight rope we make ourselves walk on.
    Forgive and move on.

    • Jean – Yepper, I can hold off for a very l-o-n-g time. As long as the bag’s not open. And I did. However, once the bag’s open — forget it! I can hear each individual piece of licorice calling to me, beckoning. Giving me that “come hither” smile that’s simply irresistible …

  5. SOOOO did you esat it all yet….LOL….Lets see you got it Friday and today is Sunday….

    Thanks for the tip! Next Dr Pepper is also the addition with it for sure…..When you mentioned the movies, I did the same thing. I think my first cool movie was “Diamonds are Forever” and Goldfinger!….Not licorice for me, Junior Mints!

    BTW the Stilten Cheese was about 8 dollars on, with something like 30 dollars shipping!
    I also went online to see who sells it. I went to Aldi, no luck….

    I love wine and cheese!……..

    I gave Mike a Granite (yes it was not cheap!) cheese cutting board and knife for Fathers Day. I think it weighs 15 lbs! I got it up in Woodstock while I was at the Farmers market on Saturday. It is a joke at our house that Mike LOVES granite and concrete, being a Director of Constuction…

    Hsave a great week..Kim

    • Kim – Junior Mints …. have you ever stirred them into hot buttered popcorn? Yowza — delicious! We get our Blue Stilton cheese at Joseph’s Market here in Crystal Lake (Trader Joe’s may have it).

  6. Today is the shortest day down here, and Ailsa being about the shortest person around always claims this day as her own. After lunch we went for a walk, took the dogs along the beach across the railway line and leaving the dogs outside, we went into a cafe where Ailsa had a coffee. We had bought some vegetable juice in a flask for me.

    I stood there, and looked at all the food in the cafe shelves, my mouth almost drooling. There wasn’t anything there I was allowed on the diet I am on, yet it all looked so delicious. I resisted.
    Mike’s Oscar Wilde quote above was one of my favourites also “I can resist anything but temptation”. Now I am resisting all temptations – that or die.
    Amazing how much will power that give a body.

    Still feeling a little better every day, and some days the craving for sugar or chocolate is stronger than others.

    Your song kinda makes me think of the time Ailsa and I visited Chicago in 1992, and went to a smokey blues bar
    in one of the back streets.

    • Ted – I love that Ailsa has claimed the shortest day of the year as hers! With you being so tall, and her so short, you must look like an interesting pair when standing together — sort of the long and short of it! I so admire your resistance, Ted. And I’m thrilled that you’re feeling better every day — whoohoo!

  7. Laurie, you would get along with our Australian family who LOVE their licorice, red and black . Wishing you a happy, red licorice kind of day 🙂

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