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The Honky Tonk Piano Man from Memphis, Tennessee

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-23-2000 10:58 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer


( I just LOVE having a reason for reposting old poems!)

I wound up in that little town just by pure chance that night,
A tiny spot down Dixie way where folks still treat you right.
I emptied out the camper of the products that I sell
Then settled for a night's sleep in a nondescript motel.
While finishing my toiletries, I thought I would, instead
Go down to have a nice cold beer before I went to bed.
I got directions from the clerk to find the local bar,
Deciding I would walk there since it wasn't very far.

When I was still a block away, I heard a wonderous sound
That sent my spirits skyward and then gently brought them down.
Piano chords, the likes of which I hadn't heard in years
Were flowing from that tavern with its buck-a-bottle beers.

Piano was my passion. I had studied with the best
But, in the end, I lacked the skills to pass the final test.
My passions did not dwindle, though. I still smiled with delight
Whenever I heard sounds produced such as the ones that night.

I entered through the side door and I mingled with the crowd.
Inside the music seemed to be ridiculously loud.
As I had passed the doorway, there had been a small marquee,
THE HONKY TONK PIANO MAN FROM MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE.

Two guitar pickers were on stage - a fiddle player, too,
A drummer so darned small he almost disappeared from view,
And, right up front at center stage, for all the crowd to see...
The honky tonk piano man from Memphis, Tennessee.

His fingers flew like lightning, gliding up and down the keys.
The toughest hand manipulations he performed with ease
And, all the while, a big smile grew and shot from ear to ear.
He waved out to the rowdy crowd and chuckled at their cheer.

I sat, in abject fascination, watching as he played,
My senses overloaded at the talent he displayed.
Yet he performed as though it were a simple thing to do.
My head was getting dizzy at the way his fingers flew.

Then, as I watched, it hit me. I had seen those hands before!
Performing off in London - Copenhagen - Singapore!
This man had been the great pianist Johnathon LeGree,
This honky tonk piano man from Memphis, Tennessee.

LeGree had been the best there was, receiving great acclaim.
His destiny had been assured, as had his wealth and fame.
But then, one day, he walked away and disappeared from sight
To show up in this tavern playing honky tonk at night.

The evening show now ended and I saw him in the crowd.
They clapped his back and mussed his hair and called his name out loud.
A waitress handed him a box of chicken - southern fried.
I hurried to catch up to him and followed him outside.

He sauntered to a pick-up truck. I called, "Mr. Legree!"
He smiled and said, "I see my past is catching up with me.
You wonder what I'm doing here - why I am not the rage
Of Europe and America, up there on center stage."

"Well, yes", I stammered nervously. "I mean, you had it all.
Your star rose like a meteor and then you let it fall.
How could you let it slip away is what I can't digest.
Of all the masters of the keys, you were considered best."

"I had it all? I still do, son." He smiled quite happily.
"I've got my truck. I've got my friends and got my family.
I've got my music every night to keep me nice and warm.
I love to play piano. I just don't like to perform."

"So tell the tails and bluehairs that old Johnny says hello.
I'd like to keep on talking but I really have to go.
The chicken's getting cold. My wife is waiting up, you see,
But, friend," he smiled, "I thank you much for recognizing me."

With those last words he smiled and climbed up in his pick-up truck
And, as he pulled away, I heard him say he wished me luck.
I watched the best pianist in the world drive round the bend
And, as the headlights disappeared, I said, "You, too, my friend."

I do get asked quite frequently who I think is the best
Of all the great pianists, who is better than the rest.
They always think I'm joking when I answer, smilingly,
A honky tonk piano man in Memphis, Tennessee.
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 06-23-2000 11:06 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Balladeer~
Dad-burn it .... this is GOOD !
I love, love, love it !

I just LOVE having a reason for YOU to repost old poems!
Love ya'
~*Marge*~




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2 posted 06-23-2000 11:35 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

Battabing!

You are one of the BEST narrative poets I've ever read... and i'm not kidding...

the book isn't big enough
Martie
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3 posted 06-24-2000 12:09 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I'm with Marge...I just love this poem...and having a reason..do I need one?
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4 posted 06-24-2000 12:19 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Wow, Bal, you are capable of some serious classics. I rank this one up there. It got me on two levels: first of all I've played piano for over 14 years now, but I'm not as good as I wish I could be. Secondly, I also hate to perform. When I do my poetry readings, I speak in a normal voice, no trappings, no pretension. I do it for the love of words. Thanks for such a great poem.

Mike
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5 posted 06-24-2000 03:29 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Marge....and I just love, love, love your responses! You are definitely a true friend  

Doreen...from someone who can set a stage like you can, I take that as a great compliment. I thank you....

Martie....nope. Don't need one at all. I appreciate you..

Mike....glad you enjoyed. yes, you're right. Too many times the quality and enjoyment gets lost by concentrating on the performance. It's better to just do it....thanks for your kind words.
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6 posted 06-24-2000 04:31 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Of all the poems I've read by you this is my favorite!

(printing it) Hope you don't mind!



All my love,
Jeffrey

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

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7 posted 06-24-2000 06:05 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Yes, another one I remember well ! Still love it !
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8 posted 06-24-2000 06:30 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Yet another classic.  Wonderful read.
Denise
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9 posted 06-25-2000 11:47 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

You should have a book of your own, or books, for all your fabulous classics! Another one of your best here, Balladeer!  

Denise
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10 posted 06-25-2000 01:40 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Awesome - Simply awesome!!!

I know that you know that I knew that...
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11 posted 06-25-2000 10:13 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ya know, I hope I'm never in a position where I have to pick a favorite poem of yours!  Your talent is just awesome!

I say we get a page here on Passions just for 'deer' poetry!
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12 posted 06-26-2000 01:52 PM       View Profile for Not A Poet   Email Not A Poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Not A Poet's Home Page   View IP for Not A Poet

Yep, a classic, I have to agree. Keep 'em coming, please.

Pete
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13 posted 06-26-2000 04:37 PM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

yep, I agree, this has got to be one of my favorites....very good work  
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Glad to boost this one..the best always rises to the top!  
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15 posted 07-02-2000 03:55 AM       View Profile for Rindercella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rindercella

You tell a story well.
I think this is a good one.
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16 posted 07-03-2000 02:51 AM       View Profile for MagnoliaBlue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MagnoliaBlue

This is great!!!
Wonderfully written.

If I had to pick all
of my favorite writers
here at passion's and
vote them into a book...
there would have to be
many books.  

Thanks for this great story.
My Skipper plays keyboard.
He used to play piano and
loves that best!

MagnoliaBlue


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I love you!
Your Lady June~
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17 posted 07-03-2000 04:14 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Bal... you kow, I was wondering how you managed to get all my favorites here in Voices when I realized that it's because almost all of yours are!
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18 posted 07-03-2000 10:47 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:

(I just LOVE having a reason for reposting old poems!)


So do we.

A "Deer" Forum...great suggestion!

Sunny

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Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

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19 posted 07-24-2000 01:16 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I just never get tired of clicking that little old vote button for you Balladeer!  This one got me hook, line and sinker!!! Excellent ... geez you're wunnerful!  

Best wishes,
/Kit
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20 posted 07-24-2000 01:23 PM       View Profile for Heather Miller   Email Heather Miller   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Heather Miller's Home Page   View IP for Heather Miller

Again, Another wonderful poem. I love reading your work. It is GREAT
    
LITL,
Heather


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21 posted 07-24-2000 01:28 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Rules don't say I can only vote once...

Sunny

~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

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Yes they do Sunshine! Unfortunately.. hehe ^_^ Wow Deer.. this is amazing poetry.. ^_^ I love this story!!

Luv,

Lynne

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23 posted 08-01-2000 01:03 PM       View Profile for Gossamerwings   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gossamerwings

Beautiful read.
*we need the
"Books of Balladeer"*


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24 posted 05-19-2005 04:00 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Mike, Wonderful work I am finding here in the archives.Hope it is okay with you, I am printing them out and making a "Mike" album of poetry for myself. best to you, marty
 
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