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Gargunnock Blues

Parody lyrics composed by John Henderson in June, 2012
to the music that Fred Meinken composed in 1921 for the song, 'Wabash Blues',
here played by Jim Bottorff.

Often quite nostalgic since the day that he'd departed from his Scottish home;
Carse beneath his feet where crops were hard to beat but he then had longed to roam;
His old farmhouse he could well see, where all his life had been as grand as could be,
Now ev'ry day Jock's so homesick it's misery.

Oh, Gargunnock Blues,
A dirge Jock can't diffuse,
His weary soul's awry,
And makes him want to die,
Sunset's light that gleams,
Haunts him in his dreams,
So he pulls on his shoes,
To lose those carseland blues.

On Jock's window-sill a candle light is shining bright,
Mem'ry brings the scent of new-mown hay to him each night,
He is longing for that glen no need to ask him when,
He'll be leaving footprints t'ward his homeland once again.
And hopes to see the moonshine on the mountains ev'ry eve,
Seems that such a picture's bound to make his old heart heave
And cajole his mind to reach his homeland far away,
But until that happens here's the best that Jock can say:

"Oh, Gargunnock Blues,
A dirge I can't diffuse,
My weary soul's awry,
It makes me want to die,
Sunset's light that gleams,
Haunts me in my dreams,
I'll pull on walking shoes,
To lose my carseland blues."

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