M*A*S*H fan Mark has a mystery on his hands. Maybe you can help. Here’s the e-mail he sent me:
When I was young and watching the series new, I remember clearly him [Loudon Wainwright III] singing a piece, possibly at the end of the show, maybe not a whole song either, containing words about “sweet smoke, pine smoke, white Seehawken moon…” It ended with words to the effect of up in the sky but I’m less clear on those. It’s been a mystery all my life and I’m still trying to identify it. Went back and watched the Spaulding episodes but no luck. I’m fairly sure it was Loudon Wainwright doing it.
Mark later suggested he’s remembering “the fade out music at the end of an episode.”
Loudon Wainwright III played Captain Calvin Spalding in a trio of episodes during Season 3: “Rainbow Bridge,” “There is Nothing Like a Nurse,” and “Big Mac.” I haven’t gone through the episodes listening for the lyrics Mark recalls, but he recently watched all three and didn’t hear the song he remembers.
Do these lyrics sound familiar to anyone? Were they heard on M*A*S*H? Are they from a Loudon Wainwright III song?