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I am an International Man of Mystery - born in Trinidad, raised in New Zealand, and living in Australia. My earliest influences lyrically were those of the Calypsonians of the 1960s, the greatest being old Birdie himself the Mighty Sparrow as well as the joyful songs of The Merrymen. Later in my teens I was struck by the power of words and language from the mercurial pen of Bob Dylan. The first poem I ever wrote was in 1975 at the age of 14 for a class assignment. I copied the lyrics from the Pink Floyd song "Money" and got a great mark from my teacher, Mrs Laird. She congratulated me on my effort and creativity (something I possessed very little of in school) and so I eventually came clean and had to re-write it. She did commend me on my honesty and choice of lyric though and did what good teachers do...engage and encourage. It could have been worse - I nearly chose a Frank Zappa song that would have been highly inappropriate! My poetry is very much like me - a work in progress! I often revisit and revise my catalogue as I grow as a writer and am grateful for any constructive advice. The real writer and talent in my family is my wife who is more an author than a poet, but she is far too sensible to bare her soul to the world. I, however, am not! I love my golf, my cricket and my Rugby League (that's a similar sport to Rugby for all my non-European/Australasian readers) and support Russell Crowe's team, the mighty South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League). Go the Bunnies and go the Cowboys!


DON'T IT MAKE YOU WANNA GO HOME!

Blog Posted:5/21/2019 12:11:00 AM

 

DON'T IT MAKE YOU WANNA GO HOME.

BY JOE SOUTH

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CHORUS

Don't it make you wanna go home now

Don't it make you wanna go home

All God's children get weary when they roam

Don't it make you wanna go home

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Oh the whipporwill roosts on the telephone pole

When the Georgia sun goes down

Well, it's been a long time but I'm glad to say that I'm

Goin' back to my home town

Goin' down to the Greyhound station

Gonna buy me a one way fare

Good Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise

By tomorrow I'll be right there

CHORUS

But there's a six-lane highway down by the creek

Where I went skinny dippin' as a child

And a drive-in show down by the riverside

Where my grandma's cow used to graze

Now the grass don't grow and the river don't flow

Like it did in my childhood days

CHORUS

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There's just something about this song that resonates with me. I've always loved it.

QUESTION?

We all come from somewhere, we all grew up someplace. I'm interested to know a few things from my fellow Soupers. Firstly, where did you call home as a child? Do you remember it fondly or were you glad to get out? What did you love or dislike about it? Also, I'm interested to know about whipporwills. For many many years I wasn't sure what a whipporwill was. Does anyone have a whipporwill story?

 

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Date: 5/25/2019 9:51:00 PM
Nice to hear from all you earthlings and Tommy. What a diverse bunch we are.
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Date: 5/24/2019 7:47:00 AM
I was born in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Ontario Canada, the Capital of Canada, it is full of history and wonderful old architecture mixed with new, we take Heritage very seriously here. I was born here and though I traveled for seven years once there is no place like home, it looked like a Fairytale land when I came back in the dead of winter and, said to me, I will never leave again, this is HOME. I have fond memories (and some not so good) of my childhood and of my family( buried here in Ottawa) another reason to never leave ~
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Date: 5/24/2019 10:43:00 AM
We actually do have Whip-Poor-Wills in Ontario, they cannot be seen cause of their feathers that blend into the foliage and they come out at night and sing their name endlessly under the moon. It is a haunting melody from a tiny bird. They are threathed due to loss of habitat forests and will soon be Endangered. Zumba Girl!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/24/2019 8:03:00 AM
Hi there, Miss Zumba. Yes, Ottawa is beautiful. Any whipporwills up there?
Date: 5/22/2019 2:54:00 PM
my children were raised in New Zealand, now reside in Australia, one in Perth W.A the other Brisbane Queensland, Both born in the UK
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/22/2019 5:49:00 PM
I lived in Royal Oak for about 6 months as a kid. Used to love climbing up and sliding down One Tree Hill (of U2 fame). Small world.
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harry horsman
Date: 5/22/2019 5:29:00 PM
sorry typo Manukau, not Manakau.
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harry horsman
Date: 5/22/2019 5:25:00 PM
Started off in Royal Oak, near Onehunga which was then south Auckland, moved to Manurewa and lived in the Manakau area, for 32 years, then moved to Perth Australia, and finally back to UK and the Yorkshire dales where i was born...Leaving the Boys in Oz.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/22/2019 4:05:00 PM
Hi Harry. I spent 25 years in NZ. I lived in Albany. Whereabouts were you?
Date: 5/22/2019 1:09:00 AM
The song lyrics look familiar to me. They remind me of my own childhood. I loved drive-in movies and swimming (though never did the skinny dipping part!) I even had a grandpa who was a farmer. We lived on that awesome farm the few years after my mom left my dad and took her girls back to Iowa. That is the place I call my home, and I always will. I miss the cornfields, green rolling hills, the fireflies and the Mississippi river, and just being around relatives. (do not miss the humidity and the horrible cold!)I've written of whipporwills but don't know if I really ever saw or heard one.
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Date: 5/23/2019 12:25:00 AM
The Mississippi eh. I always wanted to be Huck Finn as a boy and write like Mark Twain as a man. I just had to settle for me!
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Son of Spock
Date: 5/22/2019 5:22:00 PM
Correction: I was a child of the turnip. Sheesh
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 5/22/2019 3:42:00 PM
hahaha. Actually I enjoyed children of the corn. I am a stephen king fan and love psychological horror movies. (also I love risque comedies and romance)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/22/2019 6:44:00 AM
Sounds idyllic, like little house on the prairie. You and Tommy have similar backgrounds in that you were a child of the cornfields and he was straight out of the children of the corn! Thanks for sharing.
Date: 5/21/2019 10:22:00 PM
I wrote a poem a little while back entitled "Unwanted Guest" it is about whippoorwills, or in this case a particular whippoorwill. It may shed a little different light on the subject.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/21/2019 10:36:00 PM
I like the little fellas. You're lucky it wasn't a crow.
Date: 5/21/2019 4:42:00 PM
wow, turns out Poetry Soup has a bunch of poems about whippoorwills... these verses likely reveal the mystery behind those creatures :D https://www.poetrysoup.com/poems/best/whippoorwill
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/21/2019 10:15:00 PM
Yeah, it's a very onomatopoetic bird!
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Michelle Smith
Date: 5/21/2019 4:45:00 PM
p.s. i looked up the birds online, they look kinda like fuzzy rocks to me
Date: 5/21/2019 7:50:00 AM
What's a whipporwill? A new kind of bug? Anyhoo Ohio USA is where I was born and remain to this day. I'd prefer sunny southern CA. but it is what it is. I hate the winters, but we have great autumns. Otherwise I'm a pretty boring guy (do I hear snoring?)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/23/2019 12:12:00 AM
If that's prune juice I'm Jean-Luc Picard!
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Son of Spock
Date: 5/22/2019 8:12:00 PM
It's prune juice. No really
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/22/2019 7:34:00 PM
Yes, that would be the LOGICAL thing to do! BTW, you aren't foolin anyone lol. Cheers!
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Date: 5/22/2019 6:46:00 PM
Oops. Gotta...change...avatar
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/22/2019 6:29:00 PM
My glass is never half full...not for long anyway!
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Date: 5/22/2019 3:18:00 PM
Vulcan's don't drink so...
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/21/2019 10:06:00 PM
True, but is your glass half full, Tommy boy?
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Date: 5/21/2019 3:10:00 PM
@ keith I'm half human. Duh
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 5/21/2019 8:04:00 AM
Wait, I'm confused. Is Ohio on Vulcan?

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