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Sarnia Blues

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Sittin’ here with a couple of beers
Wishing we were there
We miss the smoke stacks
Believe it or not
And the train just came to a stop

“Bluewater City” is the place for us
We met a seagull
His name was Gus
We’re not walkin’ in the same ol’ shoes
But we both got the Sar-ni-a blues

You can go to Flin Flon
Fly up to the Yukon
You can cross the border
But we’ll stay here
With our Sarnia blues
We’ll sit here pickin’
On our Sarnia blues

The Canterbury Inn is the place to be
The band is playin’ and it’s row-dy
You go down Eureka
I’ll follow Confed.
And we’ll  get those boys outta bed

You can go to Flin Flon
Fly up to the Yukon
You can cross the border
But we’ll stay here
With our Sarnia blues
We’ll sit here pickin’
On our Sarnia blues

© Michelle Beauchamp

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I actually wrote this 35 years ago with a high school friend about my college town. I accompany it with an acoustic guitar. The lyrics are obviously not too sophisticated but when my friend’s band played it at their university pub one night, apparently it was a hit.

I’m tending bar today over at dVerse Poets Pub and we are writing our own songs! It’s a bit noisy, but we’d love to have you join us.  Doors open at 3 p.m. EST.

 

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33 responses »

  1. I love it… sometimes writing a song connecting to a place, the contrast in what we love but also hate… very much inspiring. Thank you so much for the prompt.

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  2. Glenn Buttkus

    What a terrific prompt, Mish. I have books of poetry by Leonard Cohen & used to post Joni Mitchell & Jim Morrison lyrics as poetry. I surely hear the music in your piece, real slide guitar stuff. For me, Cohen was/is the master–poet first, singer second. I wrote my poem with Cohen’s voice.

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    • Yes, I agree that Cohen is a poet first. I would love to know how to play other guitars. My acoustic Takamine works well for this but wow…now I can hear that slide guitar for the real blues effect. Thanks!

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  3. Love the repetition and how this trips off the tongue! Is it Country or Blues?
    Thanks for a great theme in hosting tonight!

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  4. A song doesn’t need to be complex or clever to be good. If it just works (and this one does!), then it’s as good as it needs to be. Lovely to be able to find something from times gone by. 🙂

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  5. Love this.;..you had me at train

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  6. Sigh… wonderful!! Especially love that refrain 😀 its gonna stay with me for a long time.
    Beautifully written.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  7. Sounds like a little bit of jazz and a little bit of blues…I love it…those old Sandina Blues.

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  8. I love the sing-jazzy-folk song- poem Mish ~ The refrain works very well ~ Thanks for stretching our poetic muscles ~

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  9. A great prompt, Mish. You got to it before I could, but it was timely! Love anything lyrical and this is great! Thanks.

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    • Aww sorry about that, Walt. I’m sure in time it could be a good one to try again or with a different direction. So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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  10. Amazing that you did this in high school. Fun stuff, and I like that your song has a sea gull named Gus!

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  11. Sounds like something Springsteen would sing about. Thanks for a fun prompt!

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  12. An oldie but a goodie, Mish!

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  13. Love it! And nice to see some Canadian place names too!

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  14. Seagulls Sun a Spiral flue..
    Sun don’t mNd
    a fire of plume..
    ‘Round and
    ’round noW
    Feathers fly..
    Sun never goes
    lone WitH
    Gulls
    a’
    round..:)

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  15. I’m so late to the reading on these — but takin’ the time to do the pickin’ and singin’ the Sarnia blues. Love it! I am singin’ it in my head 😉

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    • No worries, Lillian. I have missed prompts completely due to work hours, etc. I think I hear you singing, so that makes up for it. 😉
      I really liked your song.

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