adventures in dysthymia

Monday, June 02, 2008

AT THE FESTIVAL

Put new strings on our guitars,
Stock up on beer and granola bars,
We'll spend all night playing under the stars --
Going to the festival!
Get a program, flip the pages,
See who's playing at which stages;
Hey, I haven't seen this one in ages,
At the festival!

It's the Florida Folk Festival
We'll take three days and fill 'em full
Of friends and fun and song --
Y'all come along!

The sun is high, gonna get damp
When we make that long hot tramp
From the Gazebo to the Seminole camp,
Taking in the festival!
We don't mind, we're having a ball
And we can stop by the lemonade stall
On our way to see it all
At the festival!

It's the Florida Folk Festival
We'll take three days and fill 'em full
Of friends and fun and song --
Y'all come along!

'Round the campfires, after dark,
Songs are risin' with the sparks;
We're at the Stephen Foster park
For the festival!
A smile for everyone who attends,
Strangers now but before it ends
We're all gonna be old friends
At the festival!

It's the Florida Folk Festival
We'll take three days and fill 'em full
Of friends and fun and song --
Y'all come along!

Stephen Brooke ©2008

Okay, I know it's still rough-ish, but the tune and chords are in place. At least the tune and chords I'm using for now; who knows if I'll keep 'em. More a playing-around songwriting exercise than anything that's ever likely to see performance.

Speaking of songs, I intend -- eventually -- to put up low-fi mp3 recordings (okay, lo-fi mp3 is redundant, isn't it?) of my rough demos at the web site. Perhaps the lyrics too; I already have a lyrics page for the stuff that appears on my 'new' album (of old material). All this in due time.

In the meantime, some of the material from The Wind on the Prairie, the Wind on the Sea, as well as a few demos, are up at three different MySpace pages: www.myspace.com/stephenbrookesongs , www.myspace.com/deadmanbay , and www.myspace.com/artistsandvagrantssouth . More to come!

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