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Mama Hated Diesels So Bad by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

May 26, 2010

Mama Hated Diesels So Bad by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

Performed by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and written by Blackie Farrell

I’m a sucker for a tear-jerker country song and they don’t come any better or jerk any more than Commander Cody’s “Mama Hated Diesels So Bad.” With the winding of the pedal steel, the irresistible hook of the chorus, the poignancy of the lyrics and Billy C. Farlowe’s singing, the song will pull you in, sit you down and make you listen.

The song opens with Billy C. leaning into the mike and half-talking, half-singing the chorus over the somber strumming of the guitar and the pedal steel:

Mama hated diesel so bad
I guess I knew it was something to do with Dad
The first time I seen her cry
Was after one of them things went by
Mama hated diesel so bad

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