Mudcat Café message #1781034 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #92871   Message #1781034
Posted By: JedMarum
11-Jul-06 - 10:43 AM
Thread Name: What's wrong with this song?
Subject: RE: What's wrong with this song?
I had a different sort of response to 9/11 and wrote a song that, perhaps has a much too subtle message ... but it was inspired none-the-less by 9/11 events - in particular the comments of a young woman whose husband survived the WTC collapse. She had spent the morning fearing the worst and was so grateful for his good fortune, even in the face of such a loss to humankind ...

An MP3 of the song is on the jukebox at Myspace. It is called Letter From Lilac Acres. I used a Civil War era backdrop to tell the tale (hence my comment about too subtle a reference). Here're the lyrics:

Letter From Lilac Acres

1.) As I write you this letter the lilacs in bloom
Color still lingers on the daffodils too
And this springtimes as pretty as any Ive known
May the Lord keep you safely and deliver you home

2.) Theres a spot on the river down by the millpond
Where the boys have been fishing since the first light of dawn
How theyve grown since youve seen them these long painful years
Now the winter is passing and the summer draws near

CHO Ive begged the Lord over and over again
To send you home safely to me
When so many have fallen, so many good men
To hold you again is a blessing indeed
Now Im counting the moments til youre home to stay
Signed with lover, your Louisa on the thirteenth of May

Repeat 2nd verse, CHO out

I have to add a couple of footnotes:

Rick Fielding on autoharp, Don Reed on the lovely fiddle parts and Paul Mills taming us all into an orchestrated performance!