Appalachia Music

Stuck Up Blues

Stuck up blues

Have you ever run into somebody who just flat out thought they were better than everybody else- especially you? I have and I’m sure you have too.

Those kinda folks used to really get under my skin, but I’ve found one good thing about getting older is you don’t care near as much what other people think of you.

Roy Acuff had a hit with a toe tapping song that perfectly describes what I’m talking about Stuck UP Blues. The song was written by Jim Anglin, who wrote several other of Acuff’s hits.

My favorite line of the song: I said look here John I know where you come from and Your Pappy used to use those words by cracky and by gum. See if you can catch Paul grinning at Pap when he sings that part-near the middle of the song.

Did you tap your toes?



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    May 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I am like you, Tipper, the older I get the less I care what others think of me.
    I DID catch that little grin!

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    lynn legge
    May 7, 2012 at 3:19 am

    i love all the songs the boys sing.. and i did catch the little smile.. made me smile too.. and i was tappin along…. hope you and yours have a wonderful week.. sending big ladybug hugs

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    May 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    We had a stuck up cousin when we were younger, and I sure went to junior high and high school with a couple, but I’ve rarely given anyone who acted like that more than a few minutes of my time cause I never saw them as worth it, and I surely don’t now.
    God bless.

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    Suzi Phillips
    May 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Loved the pickin’ & grinnin’. Yep, my part of the world seems to be full up with folks just determined to ruin my day. I’d be in sad shape if I took each and everyone personally. Even so, all that superiority can sure wear on a girl’s nerves!

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    Jim Casada
    May 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Tipper–I got to thinking about this a bit and old mountain descriptions of stuck up include “uppity” and “puttin’ on airs.” Often as not folks given to such things are common as pig tracks, dumb as dirt, and foolish as an addled hen.
    All of the above thoughts come from expressions I’ve heard all my life, and what they tell us is that mountain folks, with their wonderful ways, have expressive ways of describing those who are stuck up.
    Jim Casada

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    Sue Crane
    May 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    caught the sly grin but also caught Pap not letting on that he caught it!! Love it!

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    Jim Casada
    May 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Tipper–My problem is that I don’t just think that so and so seems stuck up, I’m all too inclined to tell someone that they are letting their self-esteem get way ahead of reality. It’s gotten me in trouble more than once, most recently with a phone chewing out yesterday from an educational official for whom the word oaf seems to have been coined. Like Miss Cindy though (and she’s just a tender young thing compared to me–I know better than to incur her wrath), as I get older I’m increasingly inclined to say precisely what I think.
    Loved the song, which I hadn’t heard in a coon’s age.
    Jim Casada

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    May 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I know that there are many people that are big feeling or stuck up. These people can be difficult to accept or to live around – (almost used a preposition to end this sentence). Well, my Momma told me something that still echoes in my head to this day. She said, “Son, don’t be too quick to judge someone that seems to be stuck up because you don’t know if something could have hurt them and caused them to be afraid to get too close to others; you don’t really know what’s in their heart.” I really didn’t agree with her at the time but was not about to tell her.
    Some people are just big feeling I know but, she planted that little doubt in my mind that makes it so difficult for me to make an accurate judgement. Wonder if she did that on purpose?
    Someone said that this was the best song Paul and Pap have done so far and I think so myself.

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    Paul Certo
    May 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Here’s more in that vein-“Don’t Get Above Your Raisin'” I couldn’t find the original Flatt & Scruggs on YouTube, but here’s Johnnyfan1982. I don’t know anything about him.

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    Rick Kratzke
    May 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Your gonna find that those kinds of people are a dime a dozen.

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    May 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Had to laugh because…I was tapping my toes to the music! How lucky you are to have such great musicians in the family, filling your home with music.

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    May 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    My family would say they got “above their raisin'”. Just ran out of a store where the bride was registered for $145.00 platter. Background was like many of us–family didn’t have a pot. I told the clerk I probably would just get her some towels & she showed me the brides $14 ones. Oh well, maybe a wash rag???

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    May 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Tipper: i have found many people that a though were stuck up ,were really shy,and introverted . then there were just those dum,uns, that just though they was your better. regards from the northwest. k.o.h

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    May 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

    As far as I’m concerned, that is the best preformance I have ever seen out of those guys. Loved it! Yeah, I caught Paul grinning. I have been known to put some stuck up folks in their place. I don’t know why, but I get enjoyment out of watching their face turn red.

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    Mrs. K
    May 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Toes a tappin’! I’m with you, the older I get, the less it matters what others think. I’m comfortable in my own skin, happy with who I am, that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

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    May 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    yes to the toe tapping and this is a new one to me, and stuck up people make me crazy. we have 5 YMCA’s within 10 miles of our home. the one we go to is all us NORMAL and much poorer people. two of the others are where the snooty stuck up and very rich people go.

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    dolores barton
    May 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Yes, I have known people who think that the world owes them something. However,as native North Carolinian always tells me – ” they put their britches on the same way I do.” I think that says it all.

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    May 5, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Soon as the music started, my toes were tapping! Thanks for this, love the grin too, perfect:) Happy Saturday!

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    May 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

    What a way to start my day with a good olde toe tappin’ tune —-I sure did like that one perhaps I shall need to learn that : and as usual they did a good job —as far as I am concerned you could have a “special” every week…..

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    May 5, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Yes, I’ve known some folks like that, in fact a few are kin. I just try to stay away from them.It’s not that I care what they think, it’s just I don’t like to be around phony people.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 5, 2012 at 7:51 am

    My motto is: The only people who aren’t better than me are those who think they are.

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    B. Ruth
    May 5, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I am just a country girl, dumber than any old mule….LOL
    I think that some folks aren’t stuck up at all, they just might be intimidated by one others presense…Does that make sense!
    So to handle the situation they act stuck up…The best way to handle that is to get in their space and just talk away until that cold edge breaks away…LOL
    Most times you’ll find that you have more in common than you think…and maybe they thought that you were the stuck up one…LOL
    I try not to be/act stuck up…like I could…but I am sure it happens to everybody at some time or other..
    Yep, I stomped my feet and I always loved this rendition that Pap and Paul do of the “Stuck up Blues”…
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Its raining here this morning!

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    Uncle Al
    May 5, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Good ole song for sure. And, yes we onced lived in a town where one section of town were just about all that way. It was truly difficult at times to bite your tongue, but it was refreshing to know just how foolish they were (are). 🙂 Good music!

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    Bill Dotson
    May 5, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Tipper I loved that song, they do a great job I especially like to hear Pap’s voice in the harmony, it is the first time I have noticed his voice but I love the sound of the two of them.

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    May 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I’d forgotten about this song. I always enjoy hearing Pap and Paul picking together. And yes I did catch Paul grinning! Hope y’all have a great weekend. Hugs!

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    Mary Shipman
    May 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Been a long time since I heard that song! Well done as always, and yes, the toes tapped, Tipper!
    Thanks for sharing those thoughts and the music.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Hey Tipper, I saw that cute little smile, it’s a fun song.
    I’m with you, girl. The older I get the less I care what people think. At my age now, I don’t even care what I think. lol
    Today is a full moon in our part of the world and it’s in mystical, intuitive Scorpio so look out. There is no telling what could surface.
    Hope your class goes good this next week.

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