Tuesday, March 5th 2013
The Original Ramblin’ Man (UPDATED)

I just tucked boys into bed. Meaning, we just had our usual devotional time and it’s still making me laugh so I had to tell you.


Remember when I said we were going to pick a Family Song? Well. We are still in that process. So tonight for devotional we listened to three of our 9 nominated songs and then each boy discussed the meaning of the song and the lyrics and how it does or does not fit our family and where we are in our life and faith at the moment.

We picked tonight’s three at random.  Keep in mind that there were NO prerequisites for a song making the nomination list. If one of us picked it, it made our initial list.

Dead Man by Jars of Clay

Seth: I do not think that this fits us. We are not dead men on the carpet. We are not men. Not yet. We are living boys. We do not have carpet.

We agreed it was a great song but perhaps not OUR family song for this year.

I’m For You by tobyMac

This one had possibilities. Certain lyrics were meaningful and appropriate for us, as pointed out by children in surprisingly eloquent and insightful ways.

Me and My Gang by Rascall Flatts

And here is where it got SERIOUSLY interesting. This was one of Caden-9yr’s picks.  (Taking full advantage of the No Prerequisites Rule.)

We listened. We sang. We acted silly. And then… we discussed.

Ethan-12yr tactfully said that it was a fun song, but maybe not really ‘us’ since we don’t drink a lot of beer or sit around bonfires. Also, it seems to be about people who “travel to remarkable places” and we do not do that.

Caden-9yr said it was actually about “how much those people are like God. You know, the line about ‘Lord I was born a ramblin’ man?’  Well that was about God on this earth. He traveled. He was always going. He just WENT.”


Caden-9yr: Yes. Well. Also we do like ipods.

Me: That ramblin man thing was a reference to an old Allman Brothers song that had NOTHING to do with Jesus, OH GOD FORGIVE HIM NOW PLEASE, AS SOON AS YOU ARE THROUGH LAUGHING.

Ethan-12yr: Actually, he does have a point. It reminds me of Matthew 8:20 which says ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’

Caden-9yr: Why do you know THAT verse, anyway?!

Then an argument ensued about whether Ethan-12yr is only interested in scriptures that have to do with animals (he is, mostly) and why he won’t admit that (he won’t, mostly) and if it’s okay (I figure it’s a God given thing about him and I love it, so I just laughed and let this go on WAY too long).

It cracked me up that one kid was trying to make that beer and party song about Jesus and backing it up with the Ramblin Man argument and then THAT being backed up with scripture…. WOW. I love how their minds work.

In the end, we rejected this song as well. But I do not regret that it was nominated because I LOVE the conversation that it inspired. i had to write about it immediately before i could forget any of it.

Oh, boys. You are so precious. And weird. Very, very weird.




OKAY IT WAS HANK. Got it. I couldn’t sleep.  It was JUST beyond my consciousness that something was very very wrong here and THAT was it. Hank Williams. The first one. AND I JUST STEPPED IN CAT PUKE because I ran out of pepcid for the ulcer-y cat.

Good morning, y’all.


4 Comments on “The Original Ramblin’ Man (UPDATED)”

March 6th, 2013
3:54 am

I love it! You will have a wonderful journal to read back to your boys later on! They are just way too cute!

March 6th, 2013
7:41 am

1. You slay me. I’m still laughing about the eternal plastic jewelry from yesterday.
2. I was thinking the same as Ethan, about “no home” =ramblin’ man. See also: Rich Mullins “He Did Not Have a Home.”
3. I would like to nominate “Louie, Louie,” “In A Gadda Da Vida,” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.” Not because I think any of them make good family songs, but because I want to see the conversation that ensues.
4. I thought about “Call Me Al,” but naturally assumed that you have already talked to the boys about the roly poly little bat-faced girl. What haven’t we heard about that?
5. Hope you have a great day.

March 6th, 2013
9:24 am

So much laughing! Oh my gosh. And then I read Jeana’s comments and laughed some more!
My favorite line from this post: “Also we do like ipods.” Because that is some of the best logic I have ever heard.

March 6th, 2013
11:13 am

don’t forget Kodachrome.
Keep telling us about these conversations. I miss talking with my kids like this.
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