Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

A Mess of Songs – Our Lullabies

A Mess of Songs

Always the same songs: a jumbled mess of music
Why does it have to be so?
Sunshine, lollipops and ice cream everything
Cause we’re together and
Apart

Leaving on a jet plane
Don’t know when we’ll be back again
In the early morning rain, with a dollar in my hand
And a suitcase on the run

Going to a mother and child reunion that’s only a motion away
Oh little darling of mine
What will be
Will be
The future’s not ours to see
K sera
Sera

Sitting pretty under the lemon tree
That saucy lemon tree
Where the lemon flowers are sweet: a bitter placebo

Cause Jesus loves us so and yes
The bible tells us so and this I know
And we are strong and so is he
Not weak
We “right” our songs and this is our song

So when the seasons change
I’m going find us a river we can skate away on
Oh, I made my baby cry

Don’t you cry for me Susanna
Cause you’re going to Alabama with a banjo on your knee
Where the men they dance on the polka dots
And the women tear their blouses off
And it’s partner found, its partner lost

Oh my darling
Oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost and gone forever and
I hope you get to pick
A peck of pickled peppers first
Like Peter Piper did
And have five little peppers and watch how they grow
And grow

I hope they don’t
Pave paradise and put up a parking lot
Cause we like buttercups
Dandelion fluffs. ice cream, lollipops, prairie winds
And une fille sous les branches
Sous une oranger

Jambalaya
Crawfish pie, on the bayou
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar
And be gay-o

I’ll fly with you
I’ll lie with you
I’ll sigh with you
Cause your love is like a silk thing in my life
And what am I to do?

Ice cream everything
I SCREAM
I SING
EVERYTHING to you.

by Brenda Wainman

About Alton Chapter

The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

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This entry was posted on February 10, 2016 by in Alton Chapter and tagged .

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