Pfft! You Was Gone
November 22, 2008 10:44 PM   Subscribe

What began as a gospel song became Archie Campbell's signature song on Hee Haw, with the help of Gordie Tapp and some surprise celebrity guests.
posted by Knappster (19 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
and ppppttt you were gone*

*not a comment on this FPP or the poster.
posted by sleepy pete at 10:49 PM on November 22, 2008

I wasn't confident that I could transcribe it correctly, so I went with the spelling in the BMI database (alternate title "Phfft You Were Gone").
posted by Knappster at 10:58 PM on November 22, 2008

Growing up, I hated Hee Haw even though my grandfather insisted on watching it every time we visited. But I always LOVED this part and I'll now be singing this until I fall asleep. It's also really fun to go Pfft in my cat's face.

Not to bring the hilarity down but it really makes me miss my grandpa -- who was totally Johnny Cash.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:53 AM on November 23, 2008

Ah, the age-old conundrum: "was" or "were"?

I'm a was man, myself.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:06 AM on November 23, 2008

This post made my morning. Suddenly I'm back in my grandparents' farmhouse laughing along with them.
posted by evilcolonel at 6:54 AM on November 23, 2008

Yay, nostalgia! I prefer the Bloom County spelling myself.

posted by nosila at 8:20 AM on November 23, 2008

Although I would have hated them at the time, now I'm really pissed that we never got Hee-Haw, Grand Ol' Opry, Louisiana Hayride or any of that other shitkicking stuff.

I mean we gave you Benny Hill and Are You Being Served? What more could we have done?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:44 AM on November 23, 2008

PeterMcDermott will really be pissed about missing out on Town Hall Party. That was the favorite show in my house when I was a youngster back in the late fifties and early sixties.
posted by buggzzee23 at 9:30 AM on November 23, 2008

Man, been years since I thought about Archie Campbell. In 1970's Pigeon Forge Tennessee, there was a major attraction named (you can't make this up) 'Archie Campbell's Hee Haw Village'.

I too hated Saturday nights due to not only Hee Haw, but the Lawrence Welk Show as well.
posted by UseyurBrain at 10:50 AM on November 23, 2008

Hey Granpaw! What's for supper?

Also, I totally met Junior Samples once. It was 10 AM. He was drunk.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:09 AM on November 23, 2008

Your daddy said "No!
I won't give up drinkin'."
Your mama would cry.
On her knees she would beg.
One night he came home.
He came home cold sober.
The dog didn't know him
And bit off his leg!

Where, where are you tonight?
etc ...

posted by RavinDave at 11:29 AM on November 23, 2008

Thanks for a fun post that brought back some great memories... My Dad watched Hee-Haw every Saturday night and I hated it as a child and thought I'd tuned it out. Flash forward some 15 years and I'm on a date with the future Mr. Adams. Somehow over dinner the topic of Hee-Haw came up, and I immediately went into a diatribe of how much I loathed that show...the "Pfft you were gone," the "Gloom, despair and agony on me," the "Hey, Grandpa, what's for supper?", the picking' and grinnin', Junior Samples, Kingfish the Wonderdog.... and then Mr. Adams looked at me soberly and said in his distinctive Georgia drawl: "For someone who hates that show so much, you sure do seem to know a lot about it...." Oy! It was some sort of epiphany to me that I'd actually absorbed that much Hee-Haw-ness.
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:01 PM on November 23, 2008

Just more proof that I was a weird kid: I *loved* Hee Haw AND The Lawrence Welk Show, and not necessarily in that order.
posted by briank at 12:48 PM on November 23, 2008

I don't care who you are. The corn-pone, self-deprecating humor of Hee-Haw was something to see. The Rindercella story at the end of 445supermag's link above is something to see.
posted by spock at 2:06 PM on November 23, 2008

There is an old Hee-Haw joke (I'm pretty sure) that ended, "Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?" I probably haven't seen Hee-Haw in 30 years but that still lives in my brain and makes me laugh.
posted by not that girl at 3:52 PM on November 23, 2008

There is an old Hee-Haw joke (I'm pretty sure) that ended, "Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?"

See here.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:25 PM on November 23, 2008

I should also point out that Hee Haw really demonstrated a special and unique bond between the US South... and Canada. Creators Peppiatt and Aylesworth were Canadian, as well as cast members Gordie Tapp and Don Harron (who played KORN newsman Charlie Fahrquarson -- a character he played on the very first night of Canadian television in 1952!)
posted by evilcolonel at 7:57 PM on November 23, 2008

It's is funny what sort of things stick in your mind. I recall Roy Clark playing a counterfeiter trying to hoodwink general store clerk, Gordie Tapp. Roy leers evilly at the camera:

"Watch me cheat this country bumpkin." [winks] "Pardon me, sir. Do you have change for this 18 dollar bill?"

"Sure! What would you like? Two 9's or three 6's?"

/comedy gold
posted by RavinDave at 8:32 PM on November 23, 2008 [1 favorite]

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