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Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

November 1, 2002
Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

Dead Skunk
( Loudon Wainwright III )

Crossin’ the highway late last night
He shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right
He didn’t see the station wagon car
The skunk got squashed and there you are!

You got yer
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin’ to high Heaven!

Take a whiff on me, that ain’t no rose!
Roll up yer window and hold yer nose
You don’t have to look and you don’t have to see
‘Cause you can feel it in your olfactory

You got yer
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin’ to high Heaven!

Yeah you got yer dead cat and you got yer dead dog
On a moonlight night you got yer dead toad frog
Got yer dead rabbit and yer dead raccoon
The blood and the guts they’re gonna make you swoon!
You got yer
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin’ to high Heaven!

C’mon stink!

You got it!
It’s dead, it’s in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle!
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin’ to high heaven!
All over the road, technicolor man!
Oh, you got pollution
It’s dead, it’s in the middle
And it’s stinkin’ to high, high Heaven!

So why am I posting the lyrics to this old song? Well, our house was assaulted in the wee hours this morning by a sum’bitch skunk who decided to spray pretty much all around the outside of the house. We sleep with the bedroom window cracked slightly, for fresh air, and the stink was overpowering, awakening us both. It was roughly 5 AM when it happened, and there wasn’t much we could do that helped with the odor; some spray finally helped a touch, and eventually we were able to get back to sleep, but we both feel a bit out of sorts because of it. Windows are open around the house now, as we try to air it out.

Blech!

10 Responses to Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

  • Ugh! Makes me glad I live in Britain, where all forms of antisocial wildlife went extinct centuries ago (Except for the Common Lager Lout, which is all too common).

    We never did have the likes of skunks or poisonous snakes in the first place.

  • You’re lucky on both accounts! I wish that were the case, here — the stench is abominable.

    And I hate snakes, poisonous or otherwise.

  • What bad luck, perhaps it will rain or a breeze will pick up and dissipate the odor.
    Perhaps Kim should have reminded the skunk that less is more… O 🙂

  • It’s been windy today and we had windows opened, despite the cold. We needed to do that badly, or we’d still be suffering.

    Less is more . . . heheh.

  • Thanks for the lyrics. I play guitar and my dad taught me the chords for the song but neither he nor I knew all the lyrics. Thanks again.

  • Tristan — glad to be of assistance.

  • Same thing happened to us, & we sat up singing the same song cause it was impossible to sleep….BUT finally 12 long hours later we found this WONDERFUL recipe! If there is ever a next time what REALLY gets rid of the smell is
    4 cups of peroxide, 1 cup baking soda, 1 tsp. dish detergent. Put it in a pump sprayer and spray it on the grass, house, even dogs. Just be careful to not get it in their eyes or nose.

  • I cannot believe that you people would put down skunks in such a way. They’re really fantastic creatures, and adorable as well.

    Some people can’t stand the smell, but it’s just a smell like any other; You can choose to react all huffy about it, or just get on with life.

    Personally, I kind of like it. (o:

  • And you have no idea how we’re being nailed with skunks in the Bronx. It’s out of control, and the city apparently won’t do anything about it.

  • Skunk apologists. Now I’ve seen everything.