Monday, August 1, 2011

The Lake (a ghost story) by Tim Buck

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I made a collage from my photographs (mostly mine...not the women, and not the gravestones in rows) put to Tim's song. Enjoy.


♫The Lake (a ghost-story song)- by Tim Buck

I float in my boat about one hundred yards from the shore.
I drift on the lake, drinkin' ten beers or more.
Summer sun cooks me up a serving of dreams,
and I drowse like that lazy faun by Claude Debussy.

Daydreams get stirred up with a relish of recall,
and I think about that time before the dam was installed.
All the homesteads were abandoned, the coffins disinterred.
Rites were performed so no curses would stir

stir the big water,
stir the big water,
stir the big water of Greer's Ferry Lake.

But sometimes the schemes of sincere mere men
get waylaid by unforeseen consequence.
I do believe that all of those cautions did fail.
I've seen things in the depths make a sober man quail.

Some of us folk got minds that are slightly free.
We don't mock our spirits, we don't chop down willow trees.
So what of those apparitions reported back then?
Has a liquid mausoleum sealed obsessions in

beneath big water,
beneath big water,
beneath the big water of Greer's Ferry Lake?

Sometimes when I peer down in the watery vast,
I see her mad spirit amid the crappie and the bass.
Not a-swimmin', she's a-swirlin', she's a-searchin' for God.
Gonna confront him for killin' her with diphtheria's blood rot.

Well, I ain't like those who have lost their inner eye.
My peripheral sight sees through what shadows glide.
Once as a boy jumpin' headstones, a spectre gave a fright.
Momma said that was a goat with long hair silken white.

So I am primed to see what lies beyond the pale.
Yes, I have a hoard of uncanny tales I could tell.
And I'll float upon this reservoir from end to blue end
until I can speak solace to my little restless friend.

Sometimes when I peer down in the watery vast,
I see her mad spirit amid the crappie and the bass.
Not a-swimmin', she's a-swirlin', she's a-searchin' for God.
Gonna confront him for killin' her with diphtheria's blood rot.

The waves of this lake lap incessantly.
Once into a lonesome cove at dusk I did drift.
The water transmogrified to mist eerily,
in the shape of a child, up through the pines she did lift.♫

4 comments:

  1. Sorry not sure I like it, but my oldest kitten Kimmi, she hated it...oh well, and i miss you responding to my comments, and Imiss your visits, smarten up, loveyou....

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  2. There are some mighty nice shots in that there slideshow! : j

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  3. whoa-loved the word play in the lyrics...really good. Good slide show as well.

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  4. Lorraine - How can a kitten hate that? Mighty persnickity little feline you got there.

    Alesa - Thanks :) Some good, some not so. Such is life.

    Tom - I might be able to write lyrics. I might be able to write a melody. I might be able to play an instrument. But doing them all together takes more talent than I have!

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