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Ode To Hank Williams-The Man And The Poet

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Jeffrey Carter
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Time stood still on
that dark and stormy night
Heaven's gates opened wide
for him to make his final flight

He lived such a short life
yet he accomplished oh so much
Kinda makes me wonder if he knew
how many lives he would touch

His music is still alive
and growing every day
There'll never be anyone
who can do it quite that way

He took his heart and soul
and poured them into every word
And if you listen close enough to any song today
a little bit of Hank can still be heard

There's a little bit of Hank Williams
in every one of us
Nothing can tug the heart strings
the way his music does

And every time I hear the cry
of a lonesome whipperwhil
I'll always think of him
and the day that time stood still

The eerie haunting sounds
of "Men With Broken Hearts"
That's a lonely story
that could melt your "Cold, Cold Heart"

If you're heading down that "Lost Highway"
and you've fallen from your stride
Open your eyes 'cause he may be
sending you "A Picture From Lifes Other Side"


Just my meager attempt to pay tribute to a true poet at heart

Jeffrey

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1 posted 04-15-2000 12:35 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

This is great, I love it such a wonderful thought at the end.  
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2 posted 04-15-2000 02:30 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

A wonderful tribute, Jeffrey.  I spend a lot of time on that "Lost Highway".  Indeed, ol' Hank will ne'er be forgotten.


Michael
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Wow Jeffrey - this is wonderfully clever.
The way you enmeshed the song titles with
his tribute.
Oh I can start singing now, as I get my
southern twang going -- "hear the lonesome
whipperwill, he sounds too blue to cry, the midnight train is standing
still.. I'm so lonesome I could cry.

Thank you so much for taking me down memory
lane.

Yes, he was fabulous.

Teresa King
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4 posted 04-15-2000 04:26 AM       View Profile for Ella   Email Ella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ella

Jeffery,

This poem was absolutly breath taking i loved it. I read it around four times and each time i got more from it. Thanks for your reply i hope you stay in touch. Your a terrific writer.

Ella
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Nice tribute..I was thinking recently how poetic some of his songs were.  James
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Jeffrey~
This was a wonderful wake-up call !
I'm a Hank, Sr. fan ... and I really
enjoyed this.
Nothing like the music of Hank, Sr.
to 'light up the purple sky.'
Thank you so much for sharing this tribute
of memory makers.
~*Marge*~


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I agree with all of you. Hank Williams is one of the most influential "songwriters" in history. In a way I think we are all "songwriters of the heart"

Jeffrey
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This is a well written and wonderful tribute to a great man.
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9 posted 04-16-2000 12:17 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

very cool Jeffery...the way you worked in his song titles in this.
a very nice tribute piece...
wrote with a lot of respect.
(too bad Im much too young to know who he is) LOL
take care, jm

 Well the sun sets gently on your shoulders
And it makes me want to touch you there.
And the light in your eyes makes me feel
Like there's something much better out there
Something kind...
And I know someday I might be looking around
Trying to find some purpose
Well purpose it can't be that hard to find
As long as I've got the wind...
The wind and your love to carry me.
vertical horizon


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10 posted 04-16-2000 12:21 AM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

A wonderful tribute Jeffery.  He is one of my favourites  from the old country scene. Isn't it funny though, how his music just never seems to die....

Marina
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Janet,
I'm only 26 so what are you implying?...lol
Thank you for your compliment

Jeffrey
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Sorry Marina , you snuck in there on me.
Thank you for the compliment. I know you can hear his influence in most country songs even today. That is the real tribute.

Jeffrey
 
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