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“Hard Luck Ace” by Lacy J. Dalton

These are the best lyrics I could find – and I had to modify them as usual:

On a cold and foggy evenin’ in 1959
Waylon Jennings nearly lost his life
Big Bopper talked the outlaw
Into givin’ up his seat
With buddy holly on that midnight flight
Well the paper said it must have been the snowstorm
Or that the pilot made a grave mistake
Well the rest all died that night
But the lone wolf he survived
And I say hats off to another hard luck ace

We were on the road with haggard back in ‘85
The year they wrote the amber waves of grain
The Okie from Muskogee
Was speakin’ for us all
When he wrote that song to bring the farmers aid
Just last month I heard that he’d got tired
And went away to rest and write someplace
Tell Merle we’re on his side
Cause he and mama tried
And I say hats off to another hard luck ace

Some of them are with us and some of them are gone
Some of them are out there somewhere barely hangin’ on
Each one is a treasure no one can take his place
And I say hats off to another hard luck ace

I remember meetin’ Janis
In a bar in Santa Cruz
With a dealer she pretended to ignore
She was swiggin’ Southern Comfort
And everytime the glass ran low
The man behind the bar pulled out some more
And I saw the dealer slip her somethin’ quickly
Do you s'pose he knew she had no time to waste?
And when she stumbled for the door
Then revved up that ol’ Porsche
Well I said hats off to another hard luck ace

They say Hank Jr. fell off of a mountain
Said he’d never walk or sing no more
Well the devil made the deal
But you don’t cheat the man of steel
And Hank just had to even up the score
Now some call it a family tradition
Others say that he just fell from grace
Well you should see Bocephus now
Lord he’d do his daddy proud
And I say hats off to another hard luck ace

Some of them are with us and some of them are gone
Some of them are out there somewhere barely hangin’ on
Each one is a treasure no one can take his place
And I say hats off to another hard luck ace
Hats off to another hard luck ace
Hard luck ace

Note to self: Nobody seems to be able to spell Muskogee.  (Yes, I know that in other usages it has several spellings, but the city in Oklahoma only has one.)

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Skye + Sugar Packets: A few theories

It’s a signal.  Skye told Mike in the pilot that her van is parked in the lot behind the diner.  She’s probably very familiar with the people who work there.  When she’s with Mike, she arranges three splenda packets, facing towards Mike.  When she’s with Ward, the packets sit facing away from Ward, at the edge of the table.  This could be a signal to the people who work at the diner, letting them know that everything is okay or that everything is not okay

It’s a con trick.  Skye moving the sugar packets around calls back to the “cup and ball” trick.  The cup and ball trick is about fast hands and being able to sneak a ball out from under the cup quickly, before the person notices that they’re being conned.  This could be an indicator of her true intentions; when she met Mike, she might not’ve had his best interests at heart (she might’ve been more interested in sticking it to SHIELD.) With Ward, she’s playing him, and the sugar packets call back to the idea that she is a con woman by nature.

She doesn’t realize she’s doing it. Skye once said to Ward that ‘CS comes naturally to [her]’ in the same episode that she informed FitzSimmons that she’s a high school dropout.  The implication might be that she’s some kind of closet genius, but there’s also an idea that something in her brain processes CS better than a normal, human brain might.  If she is an alien, it’s possible that she comes from a society that is more technologically advanced or naturally intelligent.  Arranging the sugar packets is like organizing an algorithm.  It comes naturally to her.  It shows us that her brain works in patterns and series of numbers, but she’s not aware that it does.

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Big record find from a couple months ago at a flea market: The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time by the Franklin Mint; a 50-box, 100-LP set with extensive liner notes. Goes from the earliest recordings through the early 80s. 

Best of all, it didn’t break my rule of only buying $2 records. Got the whole set for $100. Heckuva deal!

Found someone who annotated some of the details if you’re interested:

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