The biggest thing to happen to Goodlettsville, Tennessee in a long time is a, as my Dad puts it, "good lil' ole team" in the Little League that is advancing in the World Series. These kids just beat California and will play again on Wednesday night.
My Dad's been calling me and keeping me up to date on their progress. He just called to tell me that they projected the game on a giant screen at Moss Wright Park, where I used to play softball. (I rode the bench.)
Suddenly, out of nowhere, I remembered this little cheer my Dad used to sing when I was a kid. We lived in Goodlettsville--I began kindgarten at Goodlettsville Elemetary--and I remember distinctly sitting in the backseat where my father taught me a sing-song taunt:
"I can tell the smell that you come from Goodlettsville. Sardines (clap, clap) and pork n' beans."
As my father updated me as to the Little League team's new win I said, "You should sing your cheer." And he laughed politely, but I prodded, "Do you know what I'm talking about?" Then I started to chant: "I can tell by the smell that you come from Goodlettsville..." and he joined in for the rest. "Sardines (clap, clap) and pork n' beans...I can't believe you remember that!"
I asked for specifics of the origin of this cheer and he said that for some reason he was at a Goodlettsville High School football game as a teenager, even though he went to Cumberland, and that the cheer squads would volley taunting cheers at one another, and that was the one lobbed at Goodlettsville.
"I lost it," he said. And thus he remembered it. Then taught it to me. And now I'm teaching it to you.
P.S. Go Goodlettsville! I'm sure y'all smell great!