We have a ton of leeway here, what with the different ways we can take this. Arkansas, Pigs, BBQ... there’s a lot of material that we can work with on the playlist for tomorrow’s tailgate.
War Pigs - Black Sabbath
We lead off with an effort to find a song about Pigs, and this was just the first one off the top of my head. It has little to do with actual Pigs or any offshoot of the Pig family, but it’s still a great song and should get you in the mood for what Auburn’s going to do to Arkansas later tonight.
Piggies - The Beatles
More songs about Pigs, but this one’s got more meaning behind it that we can relate to Arkansas. From Wikipedia’s entry on the song:
YOU MEAN LIKE ARKANSAS’ GREED OF TRYIN’ TO STEAL GUS MALZAHN, HUH? MAYBE THEY SHOULD JUST GO BACK TO THE SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE.
Pigs - Pink Floyd
More about Pigs, who (according to Roger Waters) manipulate the rest of us to be cutthroat and competitive so that they can stay atop the social ladder. Maybe that’s why everyone shops at Wal-Mart and eats Tyson frozen chicken tenders. I know I do, it’s because of the Pigs.
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King
Alright, now we’re getting into the portion of the playlist where we opine about Arkansas itself. Take a trip to scenic Wolverton Mountain, where Clifton Clowers has a purty young daughter. It’s a tale of unrequited love based in the roots of the Ozarks.
Goin’ Back to Arkansas - Big Bill Broonzy
With a name like Big Bill Broonzy, how in the world can you wrong? Pay attention to the second stanza where he talks about boiling the ham hocks, like Gus is going to do to his friend Chad Morris later tonight.
Going to Leave Old Arkansas - A.E. Ward and His Plowboys
After going back to old Arkansas with Big Bill above, the Plowboys are plum outta town as they can’t handle life in the state anymore. It’s a sad song about life in the Great Depression, but we can turn it into life for Bret Bielema as he found no success and barely made it off the field before his time was up in old Arkansas last season.
Arkansas Lovin’ Man - Johnny Cash
Never a bad time to play some Cash.
Hog Wild - Hank Williams Jr.
Not really sure what Old Bocephus is going for in this video, there are a lot of mixed messages, but he’s at least titled the song appropriately enough for this list.
Something Like That - Tim McGraw
In true Tim Tyler Sky Bar fashion, we’ll finish it up with Something Like That, often mistakenly known as “BBQ Stain”. Basically, the moral of the story here is that we’re going to have a bunch of BBQ stains on our shirts after tonight’s game because that’s all that’ll be left of the Hogs.
Enjoy, War Eagle!