Andy McDowell

Western Clare
Wont you

bury me in Western Clare
and over my head place a stone cross there
prevail a casket all lined in red
with a shallow pillow for to rest my headPlace me in the weeds all thick and narly
have a pretty maid sing ‘shake the Barley
tell the folks back home I miss them so
they all know this is how I want to goDon’t you morn for me don’t shed a tear
for you know I’ve had many a good year
when the nights are cold with chill in the air
every once in a while leave a bottle there

And when the West Wind blows and the rain falls down
you may see me wander through your town
and if I hear a fiddle or a voice so sweet
at a local session we might meet

By: AT MC

 

 

There’s a grain elevator on the edge of my town
it doesn’t work now it’s all broken down
old as the hills and rusted and bent
but, once it’s gone can we ever repent

Stands like a sentinel with never a sound
determined to stand and never fall down
standing over the corn so tall
and the soybean fields hear the diesel’s call
on the prairie, golden prairie

Once there were red and blue trucks
and good old boys with lots of luck
they sold their grain for the higher price
back then life sure was nice
on the prairie, golden prairie

Now I see these little old towns
all boarded up almost shut down
and dusty old men in the cafes and bars
some of them never got too far
from the prairie, golden prairie

There’s something here that makes folks stay
maybe they like a simpler way
it’s hot and it’s cold and it’s dry and it’s wet
I guess we don’t care, cause were not gone yet
from the prairie, golden prairie

There’s a grain elevator on the edge of my town
it doesn’t work now it’s all broken down
old as the hills and rusted and bent
but, once it’s gone can we ever repent

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