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December 17, 2013 |
The schoolbus lyrics you sang in April are quite different from those you sang in February, 2006. What brought about the changes?
Do you mean the lyric "Bus Children," the one that begins:
Out on the prairie so wide
The school buses wending their way
From the towns they travel
For miles on the gravel
An hour before it is day.
And the winter wind blows
Cross the corn stubble rows
Where the dirt has turned the snow gray.
The lyric was shortened slightly in April, but the main difference was at the end. In the earlier version, the last line was softer, something like "And seldom will see them again" ---- in April I sang:
And in due course they will fly
Away, young women and men
With mixed emotions
Cross mountains and oceans
And become what we could not have been.
We will tenderly kiss them
Goodbye and miss them
And never will see them again.
I sang the lyric to the tune of a Carter Family song, "Little Moses." You can find the lyric in a new collection of poetry, O What A Luxury (Grove Atlantic).