Rocky Raccoon

15 Jun


Cute no?

NO. Not cute. Destructive menace. Eater of Cat Food. Lots of Cat Food.

A few weeks ago, Mr. D. and I put a cat door, complete with magnetic latch, on our garage storage room. This way, our precious felines, Rosie and Domino, could access their food and litter box without “the neighborhood” sharing. Here is our cowardly duo.


Rosie & Domino

I say cowardly, as our spoiled and pampered cats allowed Rocky Raccoon to pillage their food and take over their “room”. Apparently, a wiley raccoon was climbing up a set of shelves to the open rafters, going over the top into the storage room, eating its fill, then exiting through the cat door. (The magnetic door restricts entry to only those wearing the magic magnet (see Domino’s neck), but does not prohibit exit.

Now, our two “babies” eat alot of cat food, so we generally purchase the industrial size, very cheap cat food. You know, like Alley Cat and Kozy Kitten. Thankfully, they are not picky eaters and absolutely HATE the good stuff. But I digress…. I mention this because we put their food in a large plastic bin that’s traditionally used to store charcoal. It looks like a giant cereal container. The crafty little varmit had figured out how to open the lid and basically feast on the tender morsels of cheap cat food. Of course, our cats nor the 19 neighborhood cats could not facilitate such a move and likely just sat there in awe of posable thumbs. Or maybe they just like cheering for the underdog and were accomplices in the “heist”. Cats are “double-agent” like that.

Well, the ‘coon was wreaking utter havoc in the garage and storage room, not to mention that they leave behind a filthy trail. So, Mr. D., ever the hunter, went out to Lowe’s and purchased a Raccoon Trap. After two tries, we caught the sucker. Cute, but mean as Lucifer hisself. We delivered him to Animal Control to be released into the wild far, far away. Maybe now, my cats will gain some weight. But I do think I see a hint of wistfulness in their eyes…

All of this raccoon wranglin’ got me to thinking about The Beatles’ Rocky Raccoon and just what was the point. Or was their one. So, while I’m away on a much needed vacation, give some thoughts on any interpretations or hidden meanings in Rocky Raccoon. Here’s an inventive video highlighting the song…

ROCKY RACCOON by The Beatles

Now somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota
There lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon
And one day his woman ran off with another guy
Hit young Rocky in the eye Rocky didn’t like that
He said I’m gonna get that boy
So one day he walked into town
Booked himself a room in the local saloon.

Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
Only to find Gideon’s bible
Rocky had come equipped with a gun
To shoot off the legs of his rival
His rival it seems had broken his dreams
By stealing the girl of his fancy.
Her name was McGill and she called herself Lil
But everyone knew her as Nancy.
Now she and her man who called himself Dan
Were in the next room at the hoe down
Rocky burst in and grinning a grin
He said Danny boy this is a showdown
But Daniel was hot-he drew first and shot
And Rocky collapsed in the corner.

Now the doctor came in stinking of gin
And proceeded to lie on the table
He said Rocky you met your match
And Rocky said, Doc it’s only a scratch
And I’ll be better I’ll be better doc as soon as I am able.

Now Rocky Raccoon he fell back in his room
Only to find Gideon’s bible
A Gideon checked out and he left it no doubt
To help with good Rocky’s revival.


Posted by on June 15, 2007 in Funny


8 responses to “Rocky Raccoon

  1. shrewspeaks

    June 16, 2007 at 7:24 am

    With all the complex lyrics and social commentary of the day that this song was written in 1967 (released in 68 on the White Album) it would be easy to layer in meaning after meaning. On it’s own RR is a straight forward old fashion tale of a crime of passion and revenge. It has been said that this song was a parody of Dylan’s style.

    When looking at the larger compilation of the White Album, a collection of vastly different song stylings; there are various overtones of gun play and violence in some of the offerings.

    “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” – 3:13
    “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” – 2:43
    “Rocky Raccoon” – 3:32

    Among other “disturbing” notion songs(eg. Piggys, Helter Skelter, Wild Honey Pie, which sounds more jarring than anything else), I’m So Tired, Julia (which was John’s Mother’s name) etc.)

    The final song on the 2 album offering is Good Night, origionally intended as a lullaby by John to Julian. Yet, it was over produced on purpose, supposedly to imply that the life (as represented by the various songs on the set) can not be molified neatly and a loss of innocense inevitble as one realizes that the comfort we know is often forced rather than true.

  2. music maven

    June 16, 2007 at 8:35 am

    I agree that the songs on the White Album were certainly diverse and a few were a little coy and seemingly trivial — O bla di – O bla da, Why Don’t We Do it in the Road — yet we all know that each have some meaning.

    Of course, the White Album also brought us the fantabulous While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    Of course the greatest song of the White Album’s recording sessions wasn’t even included on the final album…Hey Jude

    But what of Rocky? Who is he? What does he represent? And Gideon’s Bible? Is it really just a feel good, folly song given the social implications of so many songs on this compilation?

  3. shrewspeaks

    June 17, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Ah oh Libra Dragon!

    Okay…I ask is Rocky sympathetic or not?
    Rocky has ire; some would say justified. But Dan stole Lil and drew that first shot. Or is it just a tale spun to speak of anger and violence?

  4. Dingo

    June 18, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Of course, the White Album also brought us the fantabulous While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    And this is why I love you. That song gives me goose bumps. That George was sumthin’ special he was.

    The story about the racoon was funny and had me smiling. They are very destructive critters aint they? Thanks for the laugh, if it had been my meely mouthed scardey cat, the ‘coon woulda had him for lunch.

    For me personally, I loved “A Hard days Night” album and Abbey Road. “Oh! Darling has to be one of the greatest songs ever IMHO. Also, The Long And Winding Road” kills me every time. Sorry, I went off on a tangent but ya gotta admit, my song choices are consistent with the type of music I seem to gravitate to.

  5. leejolem

    June 18, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    My dh’s aunt used to have a pet raccoon that they had raised from a baby. That thing was huge. He weighed like 80lbs. He was the smartest, most destructive pet I’ve ever met. He could open any cabinet, drawer, frig, etc… and used to help himself to stuff in their pantry (he loved peanut butter and could open the jar). They had a huge cage built for him in their family room that took up 1/2 of the room. We visited a couple times. The best part was watching him “wash-up” before and after he ate. He was very meticulous. He finally died of old age at around 12 yrs old (I think). My kitties are such wussies they would run and hide if a raccoon visited our house.

  6. manders!

    June 18, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Oh boy. When nature moves indoors. I have a story about my mother and a ‘possum show down in the laundry room. Mom armed with broomstick and demonic vocal sounds, while my 180 lb. grown hunter of a brother, the cat, and I fought for space on top of the washer. Moral of the story = uncuth critters belong outdoors.

    On the song, I think the end of the lyrics sum it up. Rocky’s decisions were completely misguided and produced predictable results because violence begets violence. Now, alone, yet in the company of the regretable consequences, Gideon’s Bible (which we understand is the Bible company that supplies Bibles for hotels) gave Rocky a chance to redeem himself. How’s that for spin?

  7. brc

    June 22, 2007 at 6:36 am

    A week without Music Maven…. sigh.

  8. Little Deb

    June 22, 2007 at 7:19 am

    I know what you mean, brc. I keep checking here out of habit and just…….sigh……..


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