Why Can’t Johnny Bowl? By Lou and Peter Berryman

·April is National Poetry Month. These lyrics by Lou Berryman and Peter Berryman are my kind of poetry. And KR and I just bowled last month on Martha’s Vineyard with our pals Dave and Karen Kolb. I was only slightly awful. Though great fun. I so enjoy a sport I can sip a beer right in the middle of doing it.

Why Can’t Johnny Bowl? By Lou and Peter Berryman,
Cow Imagination CD 1990

Mama stop your knitting, turn the TV down
Poppa drop your paper, take a look around
Listen all you parents, open up your soul
Ask yourself the question, why can’t Johnny bowl?

Have you ever told him how much it can hurt
To bowl a fifty when your name is on your shirt?
Or how the night is magic when you’re on a roll,
Mercy, mercy, mercy, why can’t Johnny bowl?

When you mention bowling does he fain fatigue
Don’t you ask him why he never joined a league
When the world comes under communist control
It’s too late to wonder, why can’t Johnny bowl?

There are no easy answers in the world, you know
Some to say the questions are improving, though
Who will win the series? Do we have a soul?
What’s in tortellini? Why can’t Johnny bowl?

When he is a grownup with a bowling wife
Will she have to pick up his 10-4 splits of life
Will he spend his Sundays sleeping of the booze
Or will he be outstanding in his bowling shoes?

There are no easy answers in the world, you know
Some do say the questions are improving though
Is there life on Venus? Have we lost control?
Who ate all the cookies?
Why can’t Johnny bowl?
WHY CAN’T JOHNNY BOWL?
WHY CAN’T JOHNNY BOWL?

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