Dead Skunk

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"Dead Skunk"
Single by Loudon Wainwright III
from the album Album III
B-side "Needless to Say"
Released November 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Folk, Comedy
Length 3:04
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Loudon Wainwright III
Producer(s) Thomas Jefferson Kaye

"Dead Skunk" is a 1972 novelty song by Loudon Wainwright III.

The song is musically a simple folk song based on acoustic guitar, but accompanied by drums and strings. The lyrics describe a dead skunk in the middle of a busy road and the smell it produces for pedestrians. Wainwright said the song was an accident, written in 15 minutes.[citation needed]

Although the single was released in November 1972, it was not until well into 1973 that it caught on with radio stations, and its number 16 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was not reached until the week ending 31 March 1973.[1] It was the only record to chart for Wainwright.[2]

The song has been played every Friday near 9 am, on Top 40 radio station KRRY ("Y101") in Quincy, Illinois, since 1985. Y101 disc jockeys Dennis Oliver and Jeffrey Dorsey claim the two have played "Dead Skunk" more than any other radio station in the United States.[3]

The song has replaced the traditional "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as the 7th inning stretch song at Georgia Institute of Technology Russ Chandler Baseball Stadium.