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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Handout (04/14/11)

TITLE: play me a song, Old Fiddlin' Joe
By Jim McWhinnie
04/16/11


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play me a song, Old Fiddlin’ Joe,
play it sultry with soul,
play it oh so slow,
make it sing, make it cry,
for i’ve nowhere to go
and i don’t know why.

for nickels and dimes,
back in those lean, hard times,
you’d play the old tunes
and a few of the new,
you’d even at times,
dance the ol’ soft shoe

jus’ before eight, early each day,
you’d set up your chair, ready to play,
you’d open your case, and tighten your bow,
then serenade all with your fiddlin’ show.

with your dusty, brown coat, your scuffed up shoes,
you’d come to the streets to bring us the news,
that in the hurtin’, the losin’ , the heart-breakin’ sad,
you can still find some good in the midst of the bad.

so play me a song, old fiddlin’ friend,
play it with soul, play it through to the end,
tell us the stories of the wonders we’ve seen,
of the people we’ve loved, and the places we’ve been,


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Carol Penhorwood 04/21/11
My favorite line: "you can still find some good in the midst of the bad."
Margaret Kearley 04/22/11
I really like this - it would be really great set to music.
Kate Oliver Webb04/23/11
A beautiful, moving piece of poetry here. I've wished for a talent which expresses such feelings and thoughts without blasting the reader with guilt-inducing preaching. Well done!
Phee Paradise 04/26/11
Beautiful. You tell a great story with wonderful emotion.
Connie Dixon04/27/11
Very nice, very easy to read and tells a great story.