Monday, August 25, 2014

When My Father-in-Law Sang Jimmie Rodgers

"I'm a thousand miles away from home just waiting for a train." - Jimmie Rodgers

Most people smile and nod when they hear someone sing the blues; they
rarely cry. Maybe the smile's in recognition, kinship with the feeling of the
lyrics or with the singer's delivery. Maybe it's from a pure pleasure taken in
the musicality of the song. Whatever it is, don't ask people to take ahold of
this dowsing rod, this poetry. This poetry finds deeper water underfoot; it
twitches over lyrics, saying "Dig here, dig deep, dig now." When my father-in-law
sang "Waiting for a Train" to us today, the poem leapt in my hand, pointing
down to brackish water not yet drunk, unquenchable thirst, the tears beneath.


am said...

"The Voice in the Wilderness of your Head"


Yep. Thanks for your words and for the link and thanks to your father-in-law.

Dale said...

I have an old album that has -- can it be John Sebastian? -- singing that, and it's really harrowing, in that good good way.

Lori Witzel said...

I think that cover was on something called "Cheapo Cheapo" - gawd, I luv Google search!