Heyday (Song for Joni)

by Michael McGuane - ReliablebowMusic 5-23-15

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"here is a song about someone who has inspired me for a long time...met her only on her long playing albums that told so much about the world around me.....always in her heyday" - Michael McGuane

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I slowed down for this hitcher
Sweet Refugee of the roads
She told me how her travelogue
Had taken her this far

Her beauty was the finest
I had ever seen
With eyes so full of sparkle
Offered me her dreams

Opening her treasure
Of ivory wood and steel
With voice as clear as crystal
She began to sing……………..

Told stories of the prairie
Of fiddles drums and towns
Of Greek and California men
Still chasing her white gown….down

Underneath a sorrow ran
Neck and neck with joy
No easing of the reins
No finish line in sight

Notes that played outside the lines
Delicate and strong
Glowed out shivers from the darkness
A new enticing light

The cracking of her humanness
With a painters eye
Brushed landscapes mixed in colors
Bled folk, jazz and jive

Within her strange new tunings
I’d somehow heard before
Bells tolled so familiar
Called me home once more

I reached my destination
And asked if she would stay
Yet somehow she seemed older
Though the child in her remained

Then within the smoke and dreams
Of clouds and circle games
She vanished into everywhere
Never to be tamed

Forever in her heyday
Forever in her heyday
Forever in her heyday

Michael McGuane Reliablebowmusic May 23, 2015


released June 9, 2015
Words & Music by Michael McGuane
Audio production by Gil Michael



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